Easy Virtue by Mia Asher is the first book in her two-part series Virtue. I wasn't sure what to expect going in but was encouraged from the reviews of others and the buzz about the upcoming release of the next book, Sweetest Venom, so I grabbed a copy and dove in.
Blaire's life was rough in a way that was purely emotional neglect first by her self-absorbed parents and then by her own making. It made for an emotional read without setting any situation as dark and twisty. The only thing dark and twisty was Blaire's opinion on what she deserved. She thinks she is doing well, handling things, living life like she determined she would those few years ago when she left home and moved to New York, but when she meets Ronan, things start to change within her. Add Lawrence into the mix and it gets messy, fast.
I am NOT a fan of love triangles AT ALL. But this book wasn't that. It has all the elements of one, without actually becoming one, at least in the ways I don't like. This book was extremely emotive, a definite page-turner. I blew through both this and Sweetest Venom in a day or so. It does have a cliffhanger ending, but good news, book two is out already at the time of this review. I was quite blown away by this story and loved how I was never quite sure what was going to happen next.
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