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Losing Control Kindle Edition
About the Author
Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories, from heartwarmingly romantic to wildly erotic. She's been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled-on pages in her loft will attest to. A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her very own hero and three awesome kids, and if she's not tapping out a story, she's wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors. Reach her on Facebook, Twitter (@rach_b52) or rachaelstewartauthor.com.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08DRTR4D5
- Publisher : Mills & Boon Dare (1 September 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 804 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 610,415 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In so many ways this one did all that. And yet, something was still missing. It took me a while to place it, and I think it comes down to the lack of details of the characters business and town. In her other books, Rachael has enough detail about these that you know what job people do, you know where they’re living, and you get little details to describe the location as you’re going.
Even after finishing the book I don’t know what the family business does, other than something techy. And even though we got a little bit location description, it was so sporadic and minimal that it didn’t feel like I got to picture the location at all.
On the other hand, the level of detail provided in the characters history, backstory, thoughts, emotions etc was phenomenal. I don’t know if she’s ever done to that level of detail before. But, there’s also a downside to this as well.
I know it’s traumatic, but I did feel like the mention of why Alexa hates Cain so much was talked about too much. It felt like it controlled her life rather than being something that she’s either over, processed or is still processing.
I’m so glad Rachael used this as the sensitive topic for this book. It’s another topic that really isn’t talked about enough and needs to be recognised and accepted so people CAN feel like they can talk about it. I just felt it controlled Alexa too much. But I’ve never gone through that, so maybe that is an accurate perspective of someone who’s gone through it.
Top reviews from other countries
Can someone get the door for me please? My hands are full...
Oh, you are an angel *mwah*.
*drops box on floor*
Sheesh, that thing is heavy!
What was that? Oh this? *points at box*
Well... ta-da! *turns box around with a flourish*
This is the LOSING CONTROL SURVIVAL BOX! What else? *shrugs*
*rummages in box*
1. A box of tissues – trust me, they are very much needed for this moving story!
2. Bridget pants for when you think you can’t go on. Push through, peeps – push through!
3. A cuddle cushion – I needed a hug so bad, so this was the perfect substitute.
4. Snacks! *brandishes crisps, nuts, and chocolate* I can’t be the only one who stress eats – surely?!
And, finally, *whips out a jar* this is for the author not us. It’s to collect our tears... *whispers* coz she’s twisted like that *winks*.
Think you know DARE romance? Think again! Losing Control is a second-chance romance, but not as you know it. Cain and Alexa’s story grapples with a very sensitive subject, but in Rachael Stewart’s trademark style she handles it with all the care and empathy I’ve come to expect from her writing. This lady writes direct from the heart and you feel that in every single word.
Pain can manifest itself in ugly ways. Until Cain returns home to face events from his past, he will never know peace. Home is more than a place, it’s a feeling, a belonging – it just is *shrugs*. Returning home also means facing Alexa and heartbreak.
Alexa is one of those characters you want to bundle up in cotton wool. Now don’t get me wrong, when it comes to business, she is more than capable but emotionally her inner turmoil is pulling her to shreds. Cain’s return brings it all to the fore. Yet maybe that’s a good thing – for them both?!
Ugh, they say there is beauty in the pain and although I feel like I’ve been through the emotional wringer, Cain and Alexa were worth it.
With all the heat I’ve come to expect from a DARE read, Losing Control proves that once you give your heart away it’s no longer yours to control. Neither time nor distance will change this fact!
Cain and Alexa’s chemistry is so alive on the page, their scenes together feel real and they felt integral to each other. What surprises me the most was how convinced I was that these two did belong together. With reunion romance, you always seem to run the risk of making it unbelievable. If it didn’t work out 5, 10, 20 years ago… why would it work now? Why is now the time? Rachael just turns that on its head and delivers very true to life feelings and made me feel like an intruder on moments so personal and poignant. I definitely find I lean more towards the emotional elements in a book regardless of what line it is for, but this book does deliver the heat and the fire the line promises, and the energy that burns between these two makes for some wonderfully written romance.
The writing is as flawless as ever. The pacing is fast with this one, which gave me thriller vibes at times. Combined with scenic descriptions of Dublin and you could almost feel you were there. This is definitely bolder than any of her previous books, and I think that shows how much Rachael has grown as an author. She’s cultivated a style and voice that is uniquely hers and delivers hard-hitting romance time after time.
A little darker than previous books I’ve read by this author, Losing Control takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. With loss, love and moving forward as its central themes, you can’t help but feel for the characters and all that they have been through. That’s not to say there aren’t lighter moments too, and, of course, as it’s a Rachael Stewart novel, there are plenty of well written steamy scenes also.
I liked Cain and Alexa’s backstory and learning about their happier past. I also liked Cain’s mum, who was always there, attempting to keep her family together despite her own losses. The HEA was, of course, expected but nonetheless sweet, it felt well deserved in balance with the turmoil of the past and certainly left me with a big smile.