Synopsis:Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.
My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.
I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
There are few things I love more in a book than a novel with a real message; one that can resonate with anyone and everyone. Sure, it’s on different levels but somehow no matter who you are, you can relate. Fisher Amelie has given us that in The Seven Deadly series. First with Vain, and now with Greed. Let’s just be honest -- we’re all a little greedy. We all want more than we have. We all want something newer, better, faster. It’s human nature. There’s a little hunger for more in all of us, and like she did so poignantly in Vain, Fisher opens our eyes to the second of the seven deadly sins: GREED.
Spencer Blackwell wants it all. Well, actually, he has it all, but that doesn’t matter. He wants more. Sure, he comes from a privileged Los Angeles family and drives an Aston Martin, but that’s not enough. He’s a slave to money, to material things. Hence, why he helps his father “negotiate” business deals through very conniving means. He drinks to excess, he pops ecstasy, he crashes cars on the Vegas strip; he’s Spencer Blackwell, and he doesn’t give a damn. That is, until he and his younger sister, Bridge, are left with no choice but to flee their parents’ home and pray to God their father doesn’t find them, at least until after Bridge turns eighteen. Spencer and Bridge leave behind the glamorous life of Los Angeles and take up residence on a ranch in Montana. It’s far from what Spencer is used to, but one of the few people he does genuinely care about is his sister; and he’ll do anything to make sure she’s safe and far away from their controlling, sadistic father.
Y’all, Fisher Amelie never ceases to amaze me. While I didn’t love Greed as much as I did Vain (that one is going to be craaaazy hard to top), it was still a pretty excellent read. Spencer’s character arc was fascinating; to watch him transform from a selfish, money-hungry asshole to a selfless, giving man was touching. It doesn’t happen overnight, but really, how the heck could it? The impact the people of Montana had on him turned him into a character I loved instead of hated. And while we’re on the subject of the people of Montana…
Let’s talk secondary characters. They are in…wait for it…credible. Bridge is perfection, Jonah is adorable, Emmett and Ellie are heartwarming, Ethan is intense, and Cricket is intriguing, albeit a little infuriating at times. It’s such a wonderful mix of characters that no matter what situation they’re in or who is in the scene, you’re constantly interested.
Now, I will say one thing that irked me a little bit. The romance between Spencer and Cricket was a bit odd. It’s a fast romance, even though it does take some time before anything happens between them, and some of the lines felt too intense too soon. Insta-love is a tricky little thing for me – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. (For me, that is). I was on the fence with this one, and didn’t firmly plant myself on one side until I was almost finished with the book. That being said, I thought the ending was fantastic and there were definitely a few moments throughout this novel that I became a victim to the ugly cry. But hey, that’s how you know it’s real.
I adore this series and it's become one of my favorites already even though we're only two books deep. I am incredibly anxious to see who the next book, Fury, is about although I do have my suspicions! It's kind of ironic that this book is all about a lesson in greediness, and yet here I am, being a greedy little reader wanting the next book already! But hey, I'm allowed to be a little greedy when it comes to book right?! Yeah, that's what I thought, too. *whew* ;)
MY RATING: 4 STARS
About the Author
Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, "Hey! You're funny. You should write books." Which in turn she said, "Hey, get out of here! this is the lady's restroom." While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.