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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Controlling Assets by Shae Coon is a suspense-filled romance novel. The narrative alternates between Caleb Marron and Talia Stone. The second book in the Marron House series, the backstory of Caleb Marron’s motivation to destroy anything connected to Reed Ellison’s legacy is put on display. Specializing in technology, Caleb has targeted Tanish Technologies. William Tanish had been a depraved client of Reed Ellison’s, selling his wife for sex trafficking. When he was killed, Lucy Tanish refuses to sell the company. When Talia Stone’s mother sues for control of the company, claiming Tanish had fathered her daughter, Lucy allows her 49% of the control. Talia’s mother passes away, and Talia is determined to make the company change. Her best friend Michael gets an invitation to a charity party, where Talia tries to convince Lucy to sell the remaining shares. She discovers Caleb has already purchased the shares. When Caleb requests Talia to meet with him to discuss the company, he offers Talia a business deal she secretly doesn’t want to refuse.
Shae Coon shocked me with the vivid emotional turmoil that both Caleb and Talia experienced. Controlling Assets is far from being predictable, and the amount of detail was perfect in conveying the scenery of each location. The supporting characters placed throughout the plot were well-developed. I liked the way the personalities of Scotty and Caleb were described. Scotty was autistic, and his behavior matches his personality. Caleb was considered a nerd and felt weak when a child, so it made sense that he strived for perfection in his work and in maintaining a fit physique. This is a fast-paced story that had me glued to the pages. I definitely look forward to the sequel to see how everyone progresses in their careers and lifestyles. I recommend this book to adult readers of romance stories that are unpredictable and filled with a lot of intrigue.