- Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book, but having said that I must admit that I by far, prefer love scenes that leave a lot to the imagination of the reader, such as the ones the late Kathleen Woodwiss used to write. This book's love scenes were very explicit, something that I have come to accept if I want to read romance stories, but in this book they were also very dark, to the point that I had to skip pages, though I hate to do that, in case I miss a declaration of love. I was also turned off by the theme of pain/master etc. The saving grace for me in this instance; was the fact that the hero was just as turn off by this happenings, and that such things took place "off page". Yes I hated these aspects of the story, but I still would of given this book 5 Stars, I am willing to put up with a lot as long as I get a hero who has to work very hard to win the heroine. The only reason I did not give it 5 Stars :
(SPOILER TO FOLLOW) is because of the facial scar an uneven cheeks, the heroine got during the progression of the story. I just don't like scarred heroines, very shallow of me I know, but I don't see myself as a deep intellectual thinker (if ever) when reading romance books. For me they are just a fun, wonderful escape from my daily reality, and I just don't want to read about a woman with physical scars, it is a matter of my personal taste. END OF SPOILER
Now for things I absolutely loved about this book. The heroine read as some kind of femme fatale, instead of the inexperienced and/or virgin, who cannot begin to resist the man. It was she, who had her man unsure of himself, it was she who was reluctant, and she definitely could hold her own with him, especially in bed. I must definitely like alpha heroes, I find it very appealing when such a man is willing to sacrifice his pride because his need for the heroine is stronger, than his self discipline and self esteem, in MY opinion this does not make him any less "alpha". In most romance stories, it is the heroine (weak or strong) who more often than not is called to sacrifice her pride, at time even her dignity for the sake of her love interest. I was so celebrating that the roles were reversed in this story. I also loved that the heroine was not just beautiful, but stop traffic gorgeous, and that she knew it. The hero was handsome, an attention getter in his own right, but it was the heroine who drew the most attention when they were in public, no eclipsing the poor woman in this story, with a too dazzling man, and she feeling unworthy of such a hunk. And finally I also loved that we get a lot of his point of view, including all the nuances of what he is feeling, it was so descriptive, emotional and for me delicious. And an added bonus for me as well, was that the hero was significantly older than the heroine. Bravo!!!!!! I only wish there were more romance stories like this one.