Buttons and Shame makes a shift from Crow and Pearl to that of Cane and Adeline. Although Pearl and Crow are not the main characters in this book they remain an integral part of the story as we get to see them from Cane’s perspective as well as get their POV.
Cane is Crows younger brother, and yes he’s the one who bashed Pearl half to death. Although he was somewhat given redemption, he will never forgive himself for hurting Pearl especially now that he sees her as a friend and like a sister.
Cane has taken over the Barsetti family arms dealing business. One his clients Tristian (he is a bad guy) has failed to make good on his payment promise. To keep the peace, Tristian offers Cane the loan of his slave for 31 days until he can come up with the remainder of the cash.
Cane is conflicted by the offer because of his friendship with Pearl and knowing what her past was, but when he sees Tristan’s slave Adeline, he can’t help but accept the deal.
Adeline is feisty and hostile but she ignites something inside of Cane that he had long given up on. Will Cane be able to give her back when the 31 days are up?
There is a noticeable similarity between Cane and Adeline’s story to that of Crow and Pearl. I found Cane harder to connect with than Crow. He’s rough and ragged but his immaturity at times was a massive turn off. The sex scenes were a tad juvenile and the darkness level certainly has been turned down more than a few notches.
Adeline was adverse and hard to come on board with easily. I only hope that the next instalment provides more character depth and growth to keep my interest, I loved the Pearl and Crow parts of the story which kept me invested in the story.
- Paperback: 357 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (17 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1548106844
- ISBN-13: 978-1548106843
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews