Heroine: Cricket Hunt - Metal Sculptor, Country Girl
Hero: Spencer Blackwell – Greedy, City Boy
The Greed was more powerful than the will to do right.
Spencer Blackwell is unable to escape his father, who is a greedy monster that tries to run his life. He’s made Spencer into his own personal lackey, doing his dirty work by manipulating and blackmailing clients who don’t play well with his father. His father also bullies and manipulates his family and if they don’t abide by his rules, they pay. And Spencer has been paying for years just by being his son. Spencer has formed this mentality of want and need. He feels like he needs to do these bad things for his father for the money that secures him and helps maintain his lifestyle. Spencer finally reaches his breaking point when his father threatens his sister Bridget, trying to force her into giving up something that would emotionally crush her.
With his saved money, he goes to great lengths to protect Bridget. This is how they end up on the Hunt ranch in Bitterroot, Montana, living in a small trailer and working on a farm to earn their keep. And it's where Spencer meets Cricket Hunt. Cricket lives there with her grandparents and also helps run the ranch. This smart and strong young woman with a big spirit and even bigger heart loves her family and the ranch. Yet she dreams of traveling and doing bigger things with her art someday. But Cricket has a painful secret that keeps her from living her dreams. She feels indebted to her family to stay on at the ranch.
From the moment Cricket and Spencer meet each other, an instant attraction is formed. As Spencer gets to know Cricket, he sees just how beautiful she is not only on the outside but she truly shines from within. Spencer finds her to be a unique, remarkable, and refreshing young woman who is completely different from the superficial women he usually goes for.
“She was beautiful beyond belief, but she wasn’t some object to conquer, she was someone to be cherished, someone to be loved, someone to be revered.”
The potent chemistry between Spencer and Cricket continues to simmer just below the surface as they work side by side every day. Spencer has never wanted anything, anyone more in his life until he met Cricket. She annihilates him. But he can't have her, because, well… Cricket has a boyfriend named Ethan. They've known each other all their lives and have been dating since childhood. While Cricket admits she wants Spencer and finds it difficult to stay away from him every day, she continues to be with Ethan. The reason for her loyalty to her family and Ethan is part of the secret she keeps hidden. Spencer is frustrated and hurt and, for the first time in his life, unable to buy what he truly wants.
Even though Spencer and Cricket come from very different backgrounds, they are kindred spirits. I love the way Spencer and Cricket ebbed and flowed like two people who had been together all their life. They got each other. They clicked. And, every day they spend together, their feelings for each other become a pressing weight on their hearts. I was honestly on the edge of my seat the entire time, wondering how and when Cricket and Spencer would get their happy ending.
Spencer is the narrator in this story and I was compelled seeing things from his perspective. Though I did wish for Cricket’s POV many times as the story progressed. I wasn’t a fan of her having a boyfriend first of all. And secondly, not knowing what was going on inside of her head as she battles to choose between Ethan and Spencer made me frustrated. I wanted to feel more of her emotional turmoil. I wanted to understand her better and know what troubled her. But I do love this quote by Cricket. It helped some.
“I suffer for you,” she barely got out. “I want to be near you always. I’m falling in love with you and it’s – it’s a sweet agony, however, it’s still an agony.”
Despite my issue, I did like this story. Fisher Amelie is a very talented writer. She writes deeply layered and flawed characters that tug on your heart strings. Spencer grows and changes from the man who desired money and materials, to a man worthy enough to be a true hero. He makes internal changes that are thoughtful, mature, and humbling. He realizes money is not everything. I fell hard for Spencer.
The secondary characters were written really well. I loved the side love story between Bridget and Jonah Hunt. The Hunt family is a caring and loving bunch who opened their arms to strangers and protected them in their time of need. They changed Spencer and Bridget’s lives for the better. They gave them hope and family ties. They are the definition of good people.
Overall, Greed is a wonderful new adult love story that takes us on a journey filled with love, laughter, forgiveness, growth, acceptance, and finally a HEA. I really like this author’s voice and am looking forward to the third book in this series, Fury.
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.