Two billionaires determined to claim her.
And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield–the heart.
“What an incredible book! Survival of the Richest has everything — Skye Warren’s beautiful writing, a sexy, compelling story; intricate characters, and a provocative love triangle that will captivate you until the very end.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Nina Lane
My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan’s harbor.
A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy. Instead he protects me with fierce determination.
That should have been my happily ever after, but then Sutton appeared–ruthless and seductive. He doesn’t care that my heart belongs to someone else, because he’s determined to win. No matter the cost.
It’s an impossible choice, but I can’t have them both.
Romance | Contemporary | Adult Fiction
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy through a blog tour hosted by Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review***
Obviously I have been missing out here comrades! This is my first Skye Warren novel ever and I can definitely tell already I have been giving myself an injustice with this. Her writing style is absolutely cunning, beyond entertaining, taking a very well known (sometimes overplayed) trope – dun dun love triangles – and created such a unique twist of events that was both complex and deliciously simple.
So this intensely interesting love triangle… Harper and Christopher plus one sexy, mysterious business partner of Christopher’s, Sutton are all battling between what appears to be a sexual tension filled competition – at least one between Christopher and Sutton seems to be a alpha-male pissing match, this in turn seems to have Harper slightly turned on about.
First things first, as always we are curious to know who is who told by who? Surprise surprise, Survival of the Richest was told only by the perspective of Harper. Which if you read the prologue edition with Trust Fund, which I hope you did, it continued in that front. What did I like about Harper – well I can admit I liked a lot about her but I also didn’t like her character. Christopher really hit the head when he called Harper a ‘spoiled little rich girl’ because she is. She acts like she knows everything, a real chip on her shoulder but honestly it isn’t entirely unjustified. Though she is a richie rich gal, she hasn’t had the best life with her parents divorce and both constantly at war, bringing Harper in the middle plus their undying need to contentiously remarry.
Though her personality does irk me in a huge way with this personality, she also hits a spot I really enjoyed. She is someone who speaks out with bigger statements than most would. She is a talented artist, one who brings a new light to how to represent Medusa and Cleopatra – she is really an interesting breed. So regardless of my distaste towards her personality I cannot help but idolize her.
Christopher pops in because along the line Harper’s parents remarrying, Christopher was a reflection of her fathers marriage – just one of the many few, thus making him the stepbrother. Because we get the perspective from Harper of Christopher, as the reader we can’t help but be conflicted by him. He is a grade A dick head at times, yet a complete sweetheart. It is an emotional whirlwind. As for Sutton, I cannot get a read on him. He has this front that he is the charismatic hero but I still get this push that he isn’t this hero, he has a hidden agenda. I find him rather toxic personality in the triangle.
Because this is a love triangle there is definitely chemistry. Harper and Christopher’s chemistry is a lot of push and pull factors – on one hand there is the need to rescue, hover and really become the possessive nature to keep Harper safe yet at a distance. But at the same front he is definitely intense with the passion between them. From the beginning there is an unfinished fire between them which definitely hits a head every time Harper approaches Christopher for her trust fund money. Of course between Sutton and Harper there is definitely a more obsessive, perhaps consuming, I even side with the word toxic attraction. It is almost like Sutton is feeding off of the sexual tension with claiming Harper only to win some battle against Christopher while Harper is using the connection just as much to prove some point. Definitely a lot….
Speaking of this battle of alpha-pissing contest I keep mentioning – this is definitely the main backbone of the plot. Not just with the love triangle but there is definitely more to the story between Sutton and Christopher; definitely way more.
And if I am being completely honest… I am totally #TeamChristopher – I have already claimed my territory and demand he is the victor! Oh yes comrades I went there, I officially jumped on this shipping bandwagon and I am taking it to the end.
FLIPPING LOVED IT! Ugh… that cliffhanger – there I admitted it. I want more, hell I need more! And yeah, parts about Harper’s personality irked me a smidge, the dynamic between Christopher and Sutton leaves me conflicted but nonetheless I enjoyed this novel tremendously. I honestly cannot wait to see how this turns out, and I definitely already pre-ordered The Evolution of Men… I am obsessed with Warren.
- Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine
- Million Dollar Man by Lana Del Rey
- Back to You by Selena Gomez
- High by Zella Day
- Endgame by Taylor Swift
- Renée Elise Goldsberry, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton
- Love is Madness by Thirty Seconds to Mars (feat Halsey)
- Hard Love by NEEDTOBREATHE
- Can’t Help Falling in Love by Andrea Bocelli and Katherine McPhee
- Let Me Fall by Josh Groban
My body heats at the words, at the remembered pleasure of Sutton’s mouth on my sex. Christopher looks down at me, as if he can feel the heat emanating from between my legs. His expression turns stark, as if he’s in pain. That’s only fair, because I’m in pain too.
“You deserve better than that,” Christopher says, but there’s no way to pretend he’s talking about Sutton. He’s talking about himself and we both know it.
“He gives me what I want, which is something you might try next time you like a girl.”
“It wasn’t that,” he says, harsh again.
“No?” I step forward and place a hand on his chest, feeling the way his heart beats strong and fast. He may want to be unaffected by me, but he isn’t. I tilt my face up toward him. “You didn’t imagine me naked in the cabin later?”
He sucks in a breath. “You were too young then.”
My words come out as a whisper. “What about now? Will you do what Sutton said—imagine me in this dress when you go home after this?”
“It’s not fucking decent,” he says, even though the silk covers every part of me. It’s a perfectly respectable dress, when it’s not hitched up around my waist.
“You can thank Sutton for this,” I say, because it’s true. He’s the only reason I lean forward and place my lips against Christopher’s, touching them in some terrible attempt to show him what he gave up, to prove to myself that I don’t care about either of them.
Christopher sucks in a breath. For a second I think he’s going to pull away. He stiffens and grasps my hair with his fist. Easy enough for him to stop the kiss. Instead he dips my head back and deepens it, exploring my mouth with his teeth, his tongue. Opening me wider until I whimper. Pulling me close until I can feel how hard he is beneath his slacks.
His other hand fists in the gauze of my dress, and I realize he’s holding me with both hands clenched—one in my hair and one in my clothes. I don’t know whether he’s doing it so he doesn’t have to touch me or because it’s a way to control me without bruising me. He uses both hands to tug me closer; I’m pressed so tightly I can’t imagine getting away.
Where Sutton had been raw sensuality and playfulness, Christopher is pure determination. He kisses me like he’s a conquering army, like I’m made of gold he has to grasp—or lose forever.