Review: Unveiled, by Lisa Cardiff

Unveiled (Vargas Cartel, #2)Unveiled by Lisa Cardiff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The second book in the Vargas Cartel series, ‘Unveiled’ picked up the story of Hattie Covington after her return to Washington D. C. Shunned by Ryker, Hattie finds herself again at the whims of her overbearing mother and manipulative boyfriend, Evan. After Ryker rejected her, he all but pushed Hattie back into Evan’s arms.

In the blink of an eye, Hattie is suddenly engaged to Evan. You probably remember him as the A-hole from the first book that she caught cheating on her. Yep, that’s the guy!

To say that I had some heartburn over Hattie’s submission, is putting it mildly. It was like the lady had a personality transplant or something! She was a doormat and I really had trouble relating to her as a heroine.

Of course, Ryker isn’t completely out of the picture. Hattie has not seen the last of the Vargas Cartel. It seems that Ryker is as indecisive as Hattie is, telling her to move on one moment and then reappearing in her life the next.

With little build-up, the story would turn in an entirely new direction. Although there were some improvements when compared to the first book, the story still felt disjointed. Sometimes I felt like my head was spinning, unable to understand how the story ended up where it did. Other times, I was bored, wondering when something of interest would happen. It seemed to me that an exorbitant amount of time was spent describing unimportant details, like Hattie’s daily routines. Meanwhile, important twists and big revelations were kind of skimmed over quickly.

Not surprisingly, Ryker and Hattie’s relationship is not over. However, Hattie finds herself in a very familiar situation at the end of this book. Only, this time her own reckless actions have placed her in danger. Honestly, she worked her way into the TSTL category of heroines by the end of this book. I was left shaking my head, asking “what the hell was she thinking?”.

This book ends with a cliffhanger. Even though I was not overly impressed with ‘Unveiled’, I was curious enough and invested enough in the story to want to continue the series and see how things worked out. That must count for something.

Overall, I’d say that this was an “okay” book. Like the first book in the series, it failed to “wow” me. However, it was a fairly quick and easy read. I can’t say that I feel particularly attached to the characters, but I am curious to see how things work out and will read the third book. If I had it to do over, I can’t say I’d start this series though.

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