I’m actually annoyed with myself that it’s taken me this long to catch up with the last two of Fiona Cole’s books that I hadn’t read - because she is absolutely fabulous and her books are incredibly hot and steamy with story lines that will grab you from the first page and don’t let go!! And what’s even funnier is that I am reading this loose series - the main characters from each book all know each other and/or are related - in reverse order. I read Imagine Me - Juliana and Shane’s book - last year, now Deny Me and I’ve got Where you can find me - Luella and Jack’s book - still to read.
Anyway, now to Deny Me.... this is a story of friends to lovers - one of my ultimate favourite romance tropes - and I love the little twist in this one. Evelyn is the lover of one night stands and hates relationships, while our hero Jameson is ready to settle down and find his girl. They’ve been friends for ages and their flirting and banter is evidence of the great chemistry between them. But both are hesitant to take their relationship to a physical one because they value their friendship and the relationship they have with Luella - Jameson’s sister and Evie’s best friend - too much to possibly disrupt that. But one week in Jamaica changes all that and perhaps it’s for the best.....
"Jameson looked at me like he wanted to know inside me, every part. It was disconcerting, because the more he looked, the more I wanted to let him in."
What I love about Fiona’s books is that they are more than just a simple steamy romance novel. She always finds something bigger to say and I love her for that! Deny Me looks at the feminist aspect of being an independent woman who doesn’t need a man or a relationship - as a woman you are strong enough to stand on your own two feet and support yourself, love yourself and be enough for yourself. This attitude has been fed to Evelyn by her mother since she was young and when Evie finally gives into her desire for Jameson, all of these values she once held dear are brought into question. And what I really like is that there’s no right or wrong here - Fiona doesn’t soapbox about the issue at all, just presents both sides (the wonderful Luella helps so much with this!) - and reading about Evelyn finding her own way to manage these long held beliefs is a fascinating one.
I cannot end this review without mentioning the hot and steamy sex scenes. Fiona has a way of writing a dominant male that just hits the spot and I loved not only the chemistry and build up between Jameson and Evie, but the moments when hey come together and it’s sparks igniting and fireworks going off 🔥😍🔥😍 And Jameson can boss me around in the bedroom anytime he likes!! I loved that Jameson and Evelyn balance each other out and this balance is what makes them so good together. I hope Fiona revisits this group of friends (a novella perhaps) because I’d love some more from this fabulous couple!!
A book that had many laugh out loud moments. The pranks pulled in this story had me laughing. I will read more from this author in the near future. Other characters have roles in her other books, so you get to enjoy the continuity, which always makes for better reading, in my opinion. I enjoyed this book. 4 dirty stars x