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Instigation (Clandestine Affairs, Book 1) by [Teevan, Tessa]
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Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn't technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn't hyperbole. She just doesn't know it yet.

Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape.

Until him.

When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do.

Until her.

Watching from the shadows, he's drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that's not enough to stop him. Or her.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and this is only the beginning.

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.

Book One in the Clandestine Affairs Series. Book 2 will release August 2015.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously entertaining ... 20 April 2015
By Sarah - Published on
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Gabriella Latham entered into a whirlwind romance with Adrian Morningstar. Their love was intense. All-consuming. He was everything she could ever want.

Until he changed. He’s harboring secrets and she can no longer see the man she once loved. He’s now cold. Distant. Unrecognizable.

Rafe Matthews is a man with an agenda. He’s also inexplicably drawn to Brie. It doesn't matter that she’s taken by his boss, he just knows he has to have her. But he, too, has secrets of his own.

And Brie is quickly learning that some secrets can get you killed.

Oh, where to begin? I’m a huge fan of Tessa’s and have read every single story that she’s written so far. And this book is unlike any other work that she’s published. It’s suspenseful and intriguing. It’s sweet and sexy as hell. It’s something that will grab a hold of your attention from the very first page and hold you captive until you've read the words, “the end.” And then you’re going to write her a letter demanding that the second book to be sent to you NOW.

Adrian is intense. He’s shady. I liked him in the beginning and found myself hating him as the story progressed. Then I found myself wanting to know more about HIS story. I’m looking forward to learning more about him later in the Series.

Brie drove me crazy. A part of me wanted to smack her for her stupidity. Another part of me wanted to shelter her from the storm that was inevitably coming her way. She was too trusting. Too gullible. Too sweet. But as the story progressed I got to see her transform before my very eyes. She became a vixen. She became more confident and more in control. It was nice to see her holding her own.

Rafe. Just typing that name makes me smile. He’s hot. Mysterious. Sweet with his words. He’s a character that I just gravitated towards and didn't want to let go of. I have some suspicions and guesses as far as what his story may be, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in future installments. All I know is that I want more of him in my kindle and on my bookshelf asap.

Instigation was a deliciously entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked it the first time I read through it and I loved it even more the second time around. And because of that fact, I’d have to give it 5 stars. But don’t take my word on it. One-click this book and try it out yourself. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instigation of Obsession 20 May 2017
By Cassie Schlenk - Published on
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This book takes off and doesn't stop. From the start it is easy to see where lines are drawn for "teams" with both of the Hs.

Gabriella/Brie makes my heart break. Her story is a tragic one in top of the current mess she is in. However, watching her regain a backbone and come back out of her shell (or starting to) had me cheering for her hard.

Adrian. All I will say at this point I do not get how he could have a "team" although I immediately wanted Teevan to dive into his backstory... but alas I think that is all part of mystery.

Rafe Matthews knows how to make panties melt. His fierce protective nature and his tender heart collide with Brie's need for change and make beautiful symmetry.

This book already has me questioning everything and its only part 1 of 3. I love a good mystery within the romance genre and Teevan delivers fabulously and completely.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat! 20 April 2015
By Mara De Guzman - Published on
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5 Rafe Stars
Review also posted on Mara's Bookshelf

I’m going to start this review by saying that this is unlike any of the previous books written by Tessa Teevan. From sweet and funny to charming and sexy and now, suspenseful and intriguing, Instigation is a sure book that will leave you hanging on to every word that Tessa Teevan writes.

Gabriella “Brie” Latham is a young woman who has no one in her life. Being an only child didn’t help especially with her parents passing away. She’s left alone and wandering through her life. Brie, 22 years old, fresh out of college, looking for a job, and uprooted from her hometown an hour outside of Chicago to Philadelphia. I couldn’t imagine myself being in her shoes and how she was portrayed made my heart ache. Even in just the first pages, I can already feel how lonely she might be and how much she is struggling.

But that was until she met the alluring Adrian Morningstar.

Adrian Morningstar is a knight in shining armour. An answered prayer. A prince charming. While Gabriella was spending her time on her computer in a coffeeshop, looking for a job, in comes Adrian who helps Gabriella with her coffee. He was a prince charming, alright. He charmed the hell out of the unsuspecting young woman. Good-looking and seductive, how is that not going to attract beautiful and lonesome? Adrian used all of his charms to his advantage. It worked. It worked for me as well, if that counts! He made me smile and swoon until I wasn’t anymore. There are secrets and deception. Does he know from the start who Gabriella is? Why did he approach her that day at the coffeeshop? What are his plans for her? And why now?

“My mind reels, wondering if everything between us has been a lie. It couldn’t be, could it?”

After years of being with Adrian, the earlier days a whirlwind of romance and then when that whirlwind slowed down it became mostly of Brie conforming to what Adrian wants her to be. She stopped working as a receptionist and became Adrian’s assistant, they live together, Adrian provides for her. It’s safe to say that everything she has, Adrian gave her. Remember when I mentioned earlier that even from the start, her loneliness is palpable? That is the reason I can sympathise with her and her decisions. It’s understandable. It may not be how you or I will go about life but it worked for her at the beginning. I wanted to be her friend, someone she can at least talk to and someone who can give her advice or some friendly reminders. She didn’t have that and Adrian was there to be her person.

When the sparks started to dwindle and Brie started to realise things haven’t been the way it is for a while now. Something has changed and now she wants out. But how can she leave? Where will she go? What will she do? She has nothing. She has no one. She has nowhere else to go. And I wanted to just drag her out of Adrian's house already! It pains me how much she wants to get out already but can't because of Adrian.

Not until Rafe literally popped in her life.


Yet a welcome distraction

… and a possible escape.

“Never again will I fall for a pretty face. Or well, in this case, a ruggedly handsome one.”

Rafe slightly creeped me out at first. No, really. It may be hot but that first meeting was awkward. But unlike with Adrian who made me smile at first and made me want to punch him eventually, Rafe creeped me out but made me smiling as the book progresses. He’s a mysterious guy with his own agenda but even with that, he genuinely cares for Brie. He wanted to take care of her, help her, and not just by making her dependent on him like what I felt Adrian did but by making sure she can stand with her own two feet and providing her support and even friendship. I loved him for that!

Rafe is such a sweetheart. I will always think of him fondly as that creep from the start but he's the creep who made me giddy and feel hopeful for Brie. Although, Tessa did a turn and got me thinking who the heck Rafe really is.

Tessa Teevan managed to bring out all these contradicting emotions from me with these 3 characters and their story! I didn’t know who to root for, who to dislike, whether I should be happy about that one thing or be frustrated because of the other. And these emotions? The author pulled it off. It left me on the edge of my seat and thinking “What the hell is going on in here?!” and Adrian? I’m thinking Tessa has a soft spot for making not-likeable characters a lovable one (*ehem* Branson Wellington *ehem*). I think Adrian has something to tell us and I'm waiting to find out what it is!

Stars: 5 stars
Recommended to: If you like stories that make you think, with a bit of suspense… this is Tessa Teevan’s wonder book! Go get this!
POV: First person. Alternating POV.
Series: Yes. The Clandestine Affairs Book 1 of 3.
Extra Comment: Yes, this ends in a cliffhanger. No, you don’t have to wait long before the continuation comes out!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately disappointing. 25 April 2015
By Cat Whisperer - Published on
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I'm a huge Tessa Teevan fan so I was surprised and disappointed to find that I don't know if I really liked this book. First, there is a cliffhanger which I really try to avoid. The book literally began and ended on the same scene but it was in between the beginning and the end that had me disappointed. I just couldn't seem to get into the characters or understand their motivations. I actually ended up skipping and skimming through pages here and there to get to the next scene hoping the story would move along.

Gabriella loses her parents and after shutting out friends and family she meets Adrian and instantly falls for him. What I didn't get is that it doesn't seem like she knows anything about him. After some time together she knows he's cheating on her and attempts to leave him. She gets a bit scared when he reminds her how isolated she is and how much control he has over her. Then he leaves for a month and she just stays put anyway. During this time she is supposed to be overseeing a construction project and meets Rafe, the head contractor. She falls for Rafe and he for her all the while knowing that Adrian supposedly knows everything she is doing. When she finally does move out Rafe tells her not to go back to the mansion for any reason but of course she does. She runs into Adrian and he absconds with her. There is also some mystery surrounding Rafe and I'm not sure if he's going to be a good guy or a bad guy or a bad guy trying to do a good thing. I feel like Gabriella went from the frying pan into the fire and didn't learn a darn thing. Overall this book left me feeling dissatisfied and not because of the cliffhanger but because it seems like there wasn't much a story just killing time between the beginning and the end which as I said before was the same scene.

I will probably get the sequel just to find out what the rest of the story is but I sure hope the story actually moves along instead of feeling like its spinning its wheels in place.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Use Your Words." Such a great start to this series!!!! 9 August 2015
By Tiffany Williams - Published on
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"Use your words."

Holy Freaking Crap!!!

From the prologue alone I was immediatly hooked to this story! It was suspensful and mysterious. You had to know what led Gabriella to the situation she was currently in.

Gabriella was a girl that had a tragic past and seemed to have a future that was going nowhere. That was until she met Adrian Morningstar. He made her feel wanted, desired, and no longer alone.

"My very own American Prince Charming. He wanted to take care of me, and I wanted to let him. What a fool I was."

Their relationship was a whirlwind. It was hot and steamy, and then, everything changed. I will tell you that I was on the edge of my seat for every part of their relationship! I kept waiting for something to go wrong. Is that weird?! They were too perfect!! Gahhh!

"My Adrian was gone, and I had no idea how to find him again."

Enter Rafe Matthews. Good lawd! Just the description of this rugged man was enough to make me want to know more about him. He was a mystery right from the start. Tessa does an amazing job at keeping the interest in Rafe even though you secretly are cursing her for not giving up info on him yet! Grr Tessa. Just grr!

Rafe has his eyes set on Gabriella and he doesn't plan on letting anything, or anyone, stand in his way.

"Unknown to him, he may think he's teaching her a lesson, but in reality, he's just getting her ready for me."

My goodness the sexiness was off the charts when these two were introduced to each other! The way he calls her "Brie"!! Swoon! He was everything that she missed in her life. He was giving her back everything she no longer had with Adrian. He made her feel safe.

"One man wants to own me like a cheap toy, his until he's ready to discard me. The other looks at me as if he can see the old me. The real Gabriella. Or, in this case, Brie."

This story had me hook, line, and sinker! I'm a lover of love triangles. Even though this story doesn't really come off as one, in my mind, it does. Brie might be in complete lust with Rafe, but her mind still goes back to Adrian. She can't help but be curious as to what truly happened. What made him change so much?

"What am I going to do? And just which one of them is the devil and who, if anyone, will be my savior?"

I was not expecting the cliffy at the end of this story, but wow!!! This book was full of hot and steamy moments and enough suspense to leave you holding your breath! I can't wait for the continuing story!! I have so many questions left unanswered. What really happened with Adrian? Why is something from Gabriella's past haunting her today? And the biggest question of all...Who the heck is Rafe Matthews?!

Ahhh!! I need book two right now!!!

"We're often blind to the true nature of those we care about the most. After all, the devil himself was once an angel."

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