With: Wendy Byrne
Revenge is a four-letter word for: this will not end well. Now of course I know that revenge consists of more than four letters, but you get where I’m headed with this. When I think of all the movies and TV shows centered on revenge, it’s mind-boggling. Heck, there was a TV show called Revenge. There’s a whole list of movies on the subject. The first ones that come to mind are Kill Bill, Braveheart, Mad Max, Carrie, Man on Fire. Each time the hero/heroine wins in the end and leaves behind a trail of dead bodies in their wake—although sometimes their own is included in that body count as well.
There are a lot of movie quotes out there about revenge: “Go ahead punk, make my day” from Sudden Impact. “Forgiveness is between them and God and I’m about to arrange a meeting,” from Man on Fire. “Are you going to do something, or just stand there and bleed,” from Tombstone. And probably, the most famous revenge movie quote of all, “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather.
But do they really win? Is revenge ever productive, or does it only give the illusion of success that’s short lived? Is there any satisfaction in the concept of revenge?
I started to think about the hero in my book The Millionaire’s Revenge. Luke wants to get even with Cyrus Whitaker for stealing a property he wanted for himself and is using the man’s daughter to exact his revenge. But somehow what starts out as a simple exercise of getting even, ends up much more complicated than that.
Here’s an excerpt.
“I’m sorry. Garrett, this is Luke.” Grace made the introduction. It must have been his imagination that she didn’t seem real thrilled with Luke being here right now. Maybe she was embarrassed being escorted by an accountant instead of some society boy. “Garrett and I go way back. Middle school?”
“Actually, I think grade school. Remember when…” Luke blocked out the remainder of the conversation, because he couldn’t get his mind off the fact that Garrett still had his arm around her waist. Not ten seconds later, the guy spirited her off to the dance floor when Stay with Me by Sam Smith came on.
That’s when Luke headed toward the bar and tried to keep occupied while wearing a hideous tuxedo and watching Grace and that jerk slow dance like they were ten minutes from taking their clothes off. His jaw clenched. Something territorial swarmed around him as he fought against the sensation.
What the hell kind of BS was this? He didn’t even like this woman. All right, he might like her, but that didn’t mean she wouldn’t go down. Still didn’t explain why his teeth kept gnashing.
It seemed like the song lasted forever as he watched them joke and laugh together. His natural drive to be the top dog must be the reason for this tight feeling in his chest. Nobody bested Luke McCall, especially not a spoiled little rich boy.
Real estate tycoon Luke McCall has a plan to take down the underhanded competitor messing with his livelihood. He intends to romance the man’s daughter, gain her trust, and get the information he needs to put his rival out of business once and for all. He just didn’t plan for the way she makes him feel.
Grace Wilson is tired of men using her smarts, social position, or her father’s status for their personal gain. It’s time for a new philosophy: Test. Screw. Dump. But after she meets Luke, she’s not sure she’ll be able to walk away. Not only is he sexy and charming, but he survives every test she puts him through. But can she trust a guy who seems too good to be true?
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About Wendy Byrne:
Wendy has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing.
Between teaching college classes, trying to get her morbidly obese cat to slim down, and tempering the will of her five-year-old granddaughter, who's determined to become a witch when she turns six so she can fly on her broom to see the Eiffel Tower and put hexes on people—not necessarily in that order—somehow Wendy still manages to fit in writing. She spends the remainder of her days inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy.
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