The William S Club by Riley Banks
Released: September 8, 2012
Publisher: Aussieicon Books
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Seven years ago, Charlotte Burke changed her name and fled Australia, swearing never to return. Now in London, working as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph, Charlotte has put her old life behind her; a life scarred by memories of her mother’s suicide and her father’s criminal past. Charlotte’s past crashes into her present when she is invited on a Harvey Incorporated press trip.
Damon Harvey has not spoken to his grandfather in years. When his grandfather contacts him out of the blue to head up a press trip for a group of handpicked journalists, Damon is automatically suspicious. The William S Club - the derogative term
given to the secretive clique his grandfather created – never does anything without ulterior motives. Charlotte’s instant hatred of him, brought on by the mention of his family name, increases Damon’s sense of unease and makes him determined to find out what his family are up to.
In Sydney, Paul Baker has been released from prison with one aim in mind - to rebuild a relationship with his estranged daughter. When Paul speaks with his daughter’s boss, he discovers she is a guest of William Harvey, a man with a secret he has already killed to protect. But Paul’s attempts to find his daughter are hampered when he becomes the prime suspect in a new murder.
Despite her initial reaction to Damon Harvey, Charlotte soon finds herself falling for the handsome heir but when her friends start dying, she wonders if she was too quick to trust. Has she been sleeping with the enemy or is Damon just another victim in his family’s vicious game?
The arrival of Damon’s charming twin brother ups the ante. Will Charlotte survive or will she become the latest victim of The William S Club?
Charlotte Burke AKA Victoria Baker is an investigative journalist in London. She has a craggily demanding boss who against his better wishes sends her on a multi-week press tour for Harvey Incorporated.
Harvey Inc. is a family owned business mostly of real estate holdings that makes them one of the wealthiest families on the planet. Out of the blue Damon Harvey hears from his grandfather after several years to head up the press tour. There have been four generations of William Sydney Harvey which make up The William S Club. William, Bill, and BJ are the current members.
Charlotte’s criminal father and deceased mother have an intertwined history with the William S Club and now they’re using her as the pawn in a bigger game. A lot of people who come in contact with her are dying. She has to decide if she can trust Harvey to help her or if he’s just like the rest of his family.
I found this story under the erotica genre but would not consider it erotica at all. While there are a couple of spicy moments, sex is used as a device and in most scenarios is either not consensual or the people are under the influence of drugs. There is quite a bit of violence and death. It is not as much of a whodunit and as it is a who will survive and why was this done. Although not my favorite category, the core of the story is interesting and intriguing.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.