Rating : 5 out of 5 Stars
To put it simply, I adored this book! The story was riveting and kept me reading until the wee hours of the night! All In is a Swedish romance set in the merciless world of corporate finance. It is well documented, realistic and perfectly written. But above all, this book is an irresistible roller coaster of emotions that kept me flipping the pages.
David Hammar is Sweden’s most infamous venture capitalist and corporate raider. He is a ruthless and arrogant businessman known for crushing companies and people. This modern-day pirate started from nothing and has been immensely successful. David comes from a tough past, his story was heartbreaking and made me admire him for what he was able to achieve.
He is planning the biggest and riskier deal his firm has ever done: a hostile takeover of Investum, one of Sweden’s largest and oldest companies. This deal is very personal, though and is intended to take revenge on the owners of the company, the upper class family De la Grip. To make things easier, he seeks to get someone from the family on his side and gets in contact with the daughter of Investum’s CEO, Natalia De la Grip, but quickly realizes that she is loyal to her father.
Natalia and David have much in common. Their background is different, but they are outsiders. I felt for them. Nathalia is a corporate finance talent in a very misogynist world. She is a savvy and strong willed businesswoman, who wants to be respected for her abilities. David is prisoner of his quest for revenge. He is convinced that the downfall of the De la Grip family will set him free from his past, even if he crushes Natalia in the process. But he can’t stay away from her. Their chemistry is intense, these two are destined to be together, but nothing will be easy for them.
David is totally flawed, what he did to Natalia was wrong, but I appreciated how his character grew as the story unfolded. Natalia is a wonderful heroine, generous, genuine and forgiving.
Natalia and David’s journey was deeply emotional, sexy, romantic and compulsively readable. All In is a story to get lost in, with unforgettable characters! And the Swedish virtual sightseeing I did on Google while reading was an added bonus!
This book is the first in a trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone and has a HEA.
An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.