Oct 29, 2013

Theirs to Keep


When Cade Winslow and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can’t just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can’t afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.


Elle feels safe with her two protectors, and the longer she spends with them, the more she realizes that she has no desire to remember her past. Not when it could compromise her future with Cade and Merrick.


Cade has his own set of concerns when it comes to Elle, and it quickly becomes clear to the two men that for the first time in their friendship, a woman is coming between them. But what if they just kept her there? Between them. Where she belongs.








I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

WARNING: This story is a non-traditional romance and contains M/M/F scenes.

In the interest of full disclosure I jumped into Theirs to Keep as an established Maya Banks fan. From The Colters’ Legacy toThe Breathless Trilogy, Maya Banks knows how to write solid reads with unique hooks. I went into Theirs to Keep with very high expectations, and I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed. Well-rounded characters and an interesting plot led me to devour this story in one sitting.

Waking up on a muddy river bank broken and bloody, Elle has no memory of who she is or what has happened to her. All she knows is that a man hurt her badly and if she doesn’t keep moving he might find her and finish the job. After spending several days desperate and alone, Elle breaks into a store seeking shelter for the night.

Cade Walker and Merrick Sullivan’s lifelong friendship has made them into brothers by choice. Cade is the head of a thriving private security business he built with Merrick’s support. Merrick is a dedicated Mixed Martial Arts fighter giving one last go at making a name for himself in the MMA professional circuit. When the two respond to a late night alarm call from a store Cade’s company represents, the last thing they expected to find is a savagely beaten and tortured woman who doesn’t even know her own name.

As the two quickly piece together that Elle’s attacker may have been a law enforcement officer, they make the decision to take her security and protection into their own hands. What starts out as a feeling of duty to a fragile woman quickly turns into a spark that both men try to deny.

Elle struggles to piece together her past but begins to wonder if it’s worth the pain. The few memories that have surfaced have only managed to disturb her. Shockingly Elle’s most terrifying thought is that if she finally remembers her old life it may destroy the bonds she’s formed with her two new protectors.

Cade and Merrick never planned on falling in love with the same woman. Rather than losing Elle or risk permanently damaging their friendship in a fight for her heart, the two lay their feelings on the line hoping that maybe she’ll be willing to take them both on.

Shady thugs, jealous coaches, and the lingering question of what happened to Elle cause a few not so minor road blocks in the pursuit of happiness. The three must decide together and on their own if they’re willing to fight for a life as a unit.

If you’re looking for a trashy wham-bam-thank you-ma’am read,Theirs to Keep is NOT the book for you. The love scenes, though very well done, are minimal. At its heart, Theirs to Keepis a swoon-worthy love story. Not once in the entire story did the relationship between Cade, Merrick, and Elle come across as cheap or tawdry. The two male leads constantly reassure Elle of her value to them and emphasize that there is no pressure for a physical relationship. Ensuring Elle’s safety and security becomes the air Cade and Merrick need to breathe. They see in her a soul mate and each is willing to make sacrifices in their friendship to create the kind of relationship that gives everyone the opportunity for happiness. My favorite quote comes from Merrick’s attempt at describing his feelings:


“How do you explain why the sun rises every morning? How do you explain the stars in the sky? How do you understand why no two snowflakes are alike? Some things just are, baby. And this is one of them. I can’t give you pretty, dressed up answers that are so polished they don’t even sound sincere. I can only tell you that for me, it’s you. It’s always going to be you and nobody else. Fuck explaining it. I don’t need an explanation. I just need you.”


Like I said earlier, swoon-worthy.

Theirs to Keep is a great start in a promising series. I unashamedly loved this story and recommend it highly. If you’re new to “non-traditional” romance this is a non-threatening step into warmer waters.

Always Mine will be book two in the Tangled Hearts Series and I’m already looking forward to it.

Happy reading.


Oct 28, 2013

Light In Mourning *Blog Tour*


They say that madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...but what happens when the very person that brought your heart back to life has the ability to shatter it with one confession? 

After an explosive affair left their hearts shattered and scarred, Georgia and Tristan are trying for a fresh start. She is determined to take it slow and not repeat the mistakes of the past, while Tristan is willing to throw caution to the wind as long as he has his dark-haired girl in his life...and in his bed. 

But Georgia and Tristan can't shelter their love from the outside world, and the moments of exquisite passion they share aren't enough to sustain the relationship. When scars from the past resurface—will their hearts meld together as one? Or will outside forces tear them apart, leaving an empty shell where love and passion once thrived?

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Oct 25, 2013

Seductive Secrecy

“We were two broken souls who had found each other in a world of shadows. We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.” 

With her art career flourishing and the mansion predators no longer a threat, Charlie is creating a new life. Her desires have changed, and she has a chance at a healthy, loving relationship with Cameron—if they can bury the memories and doubts that plague them. 

Can they overcome the destruction of their clouded pasts, or will the revelation of more painful, shocking secrets pull them back into the shadows?





I received an ARC copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

Love and forgiveness are easy things to say but harder things to embrace. In “Seductive Secrecy” author Marni Mann brings back her damaged heroine Charlie and creates a haunting and powerful story of discovering that you can’t just believe in deserving happiness, you have to truly want to be happy too.

After exposing the treachery of the Mansion and initiating the take-down of those responsible for the disappearance and death of countless girls just like her in “Seductive Shadows,” Charlie is slowly and carefully building a new life. Charlie spends her days creating art. Her nights are spent wrapped in the arms of beautiful, gifted, and equally damaged artist Cameron. 

“A little pain was always involved in our intimacy; it heightened my passion. But I knew this was more than him just giving me pleasure. He was reminding me that my body was his. I responded, arching my back, giving him full access to whatever he wanted to pleasure… or hurt.” 

Nursing their own individual personal demons, Charlie and Cameron are forced to navigate unfamiliar roads in solidifying their relationship. Jealousy rears its ugly head and the looming threat of reprisal from the fall of the Mansion hangs heavy. Unexpectedly the greatest obstacle facing the fragile couple comes from the only other person Cameron loves, his brother Ryder. Ryder has a devastating connection to Charlie that may destroy not only the couple but also what little happiness each has ever known. 

Gripping and emotional, this is one of those books I had to take a step back from after reading. A recurring theme in this book is that darkness is necessary to truly appreciate light; that you can’t value heaven unless you’ve known hell and Mann delivers some pitch black dark and vivid hell for her characters. “Seductive Secrecy” seamlessly moves from startling hot steaminess to heartbreaking angst to soulful intimacy and back again. This book hurt my heart and made me happy at the same time. I was thankful that for each hurt Charlie faced she developed the strength to grow and learn from it.

“All that mattered was that I wouldn’t give up on him. I didn’t want him to be the reason I cried, or a source of my pain. But the fact that I’d shed tears over this man told me everything I needed to know – and finally, I knew it. I loved him.” 

There are so many lines from this book that are beautiful and vivid. I started my review with 20 quotes that I pulled while reading. One of my favorites:

“We were held together by a connection of secrets, dark and fearful and reluctant to leave. They recoiled whenever light reached them. Their depth was seductive and overwhelming, an endless ocean of black that threatened to cover the brilliance we kept reaching for with each other.” 

“Seductive Secrecy” has solidified me as a long-term fan of Mann. The connection between Charlie and Cameron felt tangible throughout the entire story and their hard fought love gets a worthy resolution.

“Seductive Secrecy” is a sequel and should not be read as a stand-alone. Please do yourself a favor and if you haven’t already read “Seductive Shadows,” do so before jumping into “Seductive Secrecy.” Charlie’s journey in both novels is inspiring and it will make you happy you invested in both books.

Happy reading.




Oct 22, 2013

Falling Behind *Blog Tour*



Going into the her second year of high school in the rural town of Laton, Reese was ready to come out of her shell, experience life with her best friends and find a way to tell Titus she wanted to be more than friends. When Josh, the new student, shows up on the first day and a whirlwind relationship starts between him and Reese, she was in her own world and barely noticed her friend spiraling downhill. The night Josh pushed her to far her best friend died, causing her own world to spiral. 


Trying to move on from losing her best friend and ignore what Josh did to her, Reese pulls away from everyone. She had to overcome her fears and face her demons to be able to move forward.



TitleFalling Behind
AuthorDee Avila
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Release Date: June 2013
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I always thought I would end up with Candice. She was the girl everyone wanted to be with and I was her best friend. Sure, we were boyfriend-girlfriend in elementary school; but by fifth grade, we had become just friends. Good friends. That’s when she introduced me to Reese. Reese was this shy little girl. She’s still shy, if you didn’t know her; and I suppose that is why I didn’t think things would happen as fast as they did between her and Josh.
Anyway, the day Candice had made me promise to never date Reese, she also kissed me.
It was one day last summer, she and Reese had one of their fights and Candice asked me to go with her to Black Bridge.
“Come on, Ty, there’s a train coming. Let’s hide by the track.” Candice’s eyes sparkled with excitement. “It’s the best rush, come on.”
I’d never been able to say no to Candice. After grabbing my shirt, we crawled up the levee and headed down to the train tracks.
The rusted metal bridge had braces every four feet, creating the perfect niche for teenagers looking for an adrenaline rush to hide. “Let’s duck down into this first niche,” I suggested.
“No way. To get the full effect, you have to be in the middle.” She pulled me along behind her to the center of the bridge. Smiling, she ducked down into the alcove.
I pushed back against the bridge wall and stared at the graffiti on the other side. The newest was a funny fish with sharp teeth, signed SPAZ. Everyone left their signature, here. Whether it was a gang sign, like F-14 for the Fresno County Dogs, or just a name and date, it was immortalized in spray paint for all to see.
I leaned forward looking left and right for the train that Candice swore she heard. It was coming from the south and I heard it before I felt the vibrations or saw it. I hoped it would be an Amtrak. They were shorter. I took in a lung full of air, wiping my sweaty palms on my shorts to hide my shaking.
Watching Candice chew her upper lip and search the track, I knew this was her first time.  Screeching metal on metal and the whirl of the train’s engine had her clutching my hand. My heart raced in panic, my chest tightening.
Burying her head in my shoulder, Candice said, “Hold me, I hate trains.”
Candice had always been one to do overly stupid things—things that scared her, things that made absolutely no sense, just to seem brave. I never completely understood it.
A Thunderous roar filled my ears as screeching metal grated on my every nerve. Each one of them was alive and pulsing in rhythm with the train. I opened my eyes to catch the tail end of the train pass by. Thank goodness, it was an Amtrak. My shoulder was sore where Candice had dug her nails in deep.
“Candice, we’re safe. Open your eyes.” I lifted her head, my finger on her chin. That was when Candice kissed me. I expected it to send my head reeling and my heart pounding, but it never happened. I didn’t feel a thing.
“Thanks for keeping me safe.”
She quickly jumped up and trotted down the tracks, heading home. Kissing her had proven to me there were no longer any feelings other than friendship. 
As we headed home, Candice grabbed my hand, stopping not far from her house. “I need to ask you something.” Her big hazel eyes searched mine as I nodded and waited for her to continue.
“I need you to promise me two things.”
“What?” My brows pinched together in concern. I never knew what to expect from Candice.
“Promise me you won’t tell Reese about our kiss, today,” she pleaded, dropping my hand and holding hers together in front of her as if praying.
Nodding, I said, “What else?”
“We’re best friends. The three of us. I think that.” She let out a long sigh and I rolled my eyes.
This was not new news. We’ve all been friends for quite a while, now. What was she getting at? “And?”
“And I think it’s best if we promise to never date each other and you promise me you’ll never date Reese.” She paused and I didn’t react or comment. If she didn’t want to date me, then why did she just kiss me? We’re sophomores in high school, I don’t play little kid games. Crossing my arms over my chest, I waited for her to continue. She quickly spat out the rest of her reasoning.  “I need both of you. Neither of you realize how much I’m going to need you this next year. And if you date, and I know you like her”—
My eyebrows shot up in surprise. “Huh?”
“I know you like her. I see the way you look at her. Watch her. I just need to know that you won’t date her this year. Not yet. In case, if you break up and never speak to each other again. I need you. I need you, both.”
“It’s that important to you?” 
Candice nodded. “It is.”
“Why?”
Shaking her head she answered, “It just is. Please Ty, please promise me.” Candice blinked away the tears in her eyes and I wondered what had her so worried.
“I promise.” 




I'm a wife and mother of four. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I use to write fairy tales when I was in grade school, but now I love writing about those tough high school years and how one decision can change the course of your life. Friendships, first loves and over coming the odds all interest me.
Three years ago, I decided life was too short to waste my stories by letting them collect dust on my shelves. I researched querying, took a few writing workshops and wrote the whole time. I first ventured away from what I normally wrote and tried a Paranormal Romance. That novel is tucked safely away. A year ago I chose to go back to my roots and write what I love - friendships, love and choices - how speaking out can save a life, maybe yours or a friends.

I talked to other authors and made wonderful friends. That's when I learned about self-publishing. I'm glad I followed through. I was so nervous to hit publish, but now I am grateful for the encouragement. It was the best decision I've ever made.

I'm usually in front of my laptop. When I'm not writing I am either trying to catch up on a weeks worth of laundry or on Facebook. I am a huge procrastinator. Usually close to a deadline, you can find me actually cleaning house just so I don't have to hit send. I think sending my books out to betas and my editor is the second scariest thing in the world. I love Rockstars and PB&J sandwiches. (Not the healthiest I know but it’s the fastest and it tastes good.)

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Oct 20, 2013

Only For You *Giveaway*

“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!” 

All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned. 

When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born. 

Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal.

Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.

• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.







Genna Rulon is an up-and-coming contemporary romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story. 

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories.  Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends.  Married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly!  Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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“In its purest form love is self-sacrificing, eternal, selfless, enduring, truthful, forgiving and indulgent. It also feels an awful lot like a kick to the stomach when you try to fight it!”
All Everleigh Carsen wanted to do was complete her final semester at Hensley University and begin the life she carefully planned.  When a wave of violent crime seizes campus, Everleigh is persuaded to attend a school sponsored self-defense seminar by her best friend, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles. After Everleigh’s biting sarcasm induces Hunter to eject her from class, a tempestuous relationship is born.  Everleigh is determined to forget the striking man, but fate—that fickle shrew—continuously intervenes. Unable to escape him, she declares Hunter an enemy combatant. The only complication…Hunter is resolutely pursuing vindication…by any means necessary. Verbal warfare ensues, and despite Everleigh’s ingenious efforts, in Hunter, she has finally found her equal. Only For You is a compelling tale of friendship, desire, and redemption—brimming with intelligent characters, witty dialogue, unexpected twists, profound sorrow, unfettered hope, and love’s unassailable perseverance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
 • This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Only For You is the first book in the For You series by Genna Rulon. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone novel.


I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

YOU NEED THIS BOOK. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE PLEASE GO BUY IT.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… Author Genna Rulon has created a character driven gem in “Only for You” that in turns is a charming romance and also a suspenseful drama. I was quickly sucked into the story and loved every single page. The witty banter between the characters is so solid and quick I felt like I was watching tennis pros volley back and forth. The smoking hot hero who manages to be mysterious while still treating the intelligent and strong heroine with respect and affection, an added bonus. This story hit every single fangirl button I’ve got and is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2013.

The story opens with the women of Hensley University under attack. Brutal assaults are occurring on a weekly basis and the police are nowhere close to catching the culprit. Everleigh ‘Ever’ Carsen and her best friend Sam are trying to enjoy their final year at Hensley but fear is starting to weigh on them. Self-defense class offers a needed sense of security with the added thrill of training under alpha male defense instructor Hunter Charles.

“He was no altered ideal – he was authentic sex incarnate.” 

Ever’s big mouth gets her quickly ejected from class and sets her on a course of full-fledged verbal warfare with Hunter. Hunter proves to be a worthy opponent and quickly works his way under Ever’s skin.

“You can’t move past an incident and then bring it back up at a later date as if there had never been a resolution. He doesn’t have the right, he’s not a woman. We own that privilege exclusively.” 

As the attacks on women at Hensley turn from violence to murder, the frenemy relationship with Hunter gives Ever a needed spark to power through the daily fear. Frenemies become besties and besties become something much more. Snark and sarcasm quickly turn to passion and heat. When Ever realizes that she’s given Hunter her heart she’s broken to find he may not be willing to hold it for her. As she faces an immense tragedy she’s forced to draw a line in the sand with Hunter.

“Hunter, you’re tearing me to shreds so that you can keep the pieces of me you want and discard the rest, and you’re destroying me in the process. You don’t get to keep my heart anymore if you refuse to give me yours in return.” 
There are some dark elements to this story as a key component of the plotline deals with violence against college age women. Rulon addresses the matter honestly and respectfully. When a key character to the story is impacted I felt a gut punch. I was invested and I suffered for her and those around her. The feeling of hope that Rulon creates in the period of darkness for her characters is part of the reason I loved this story. There is angst but it’s not overwhelming, you still see the light. Love and friendship don’t erase hurt but they have the power to heal.

“Only for You” ends with a solid resolution, no cliffhangers. I was so happy with the ending I wound up rereading the whole thing. It’s that good.

With zero reservations I recommend checking out “Only for You.” I need more stories like this. You need more stories like this.

This December “Only for You” will be followed by “Pieces for You,” which will focus on Ever’s best friend Sam and soulful musician/bartender Griffin. I fell in love with both characters in their supporting roles in “Only for You” so I’m beyond excited to check out a story with them as the focus.

Happy reading.

Oct 18, 2013

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Light In Mourning
~~~~~*Light In Mourning Synopsis*~~~~~
They say that madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...but what happens when the very person that brought your heart back to life has the ability to shatter it with one confession?
After an explosive affair left their hearts shattered and scarred, Georgia and Tristan are trying for a fresh start. She is determined to take it slow and not repeat the mistakes of the past, while Tristan is willing to throw caution to the wind as long as he has his dark-haired girl in his life...and in his bed.
But Georgia and Tristan can't shelter their love from the outside world, and the moments of exquisite passion they share aren't enough to sustain the relationship. When scars from the past resurface—will their hearts meld together as one? Or will outside forces tear them apart, leaving an empty shell where love and passion once thrived?


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Oct 16, 2013

Burning Embers *Review*

Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but naive twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her father. She's leaving the life she's known and traveling to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance--the plantation that was her childhood home--Mpingo. On the voyage from England, Coral meets an enigmatic stranger to whom she has a mystifying attraction. She sees him again days later on the beach near Mpingo, but Coral's childhood nanny tells her the man is not to be trusted. It is rumored that Rafe de Monfort, owner of a neighboring plantation and a nightclub, is a notorious womanizer having an affair with her stepmother, which may have contributed to her father's death.

Circumstance confirms Coral's worst suspicions, but when Rafe's life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fiancé, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman's affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral's inheritance? Or does Rafe's troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine?

Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers down a destructive path wrought with greed, betrayal, revenge, passion, and love.






I received a copy of this story for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room.

When her father dies leaving her Mpingo, a lush estate in Kenya, twenty-five year old Coral Sinclair sets sail from England hoping to use the opportunity to recover from a humiliating heartbreak and re-establish herself in a country she has not stepped foot in for almost two decades.

On her journey abroad, Coral encounters the enigmatic Rafe de Monfort, a man who gives her comfort in a moment of weakness. Little does Coral know that Rafe will keep popping up in her new life, bringing both happiness and frustration. When painful ties between Rafe and Coral’s deceased father emerge, Coral must decide if the fire she feels when she’s around Rafe should burn with love or with hate.

Fielding creates striking images of Africa that helped me to visualize her settings clearly.
“Variant tones of pink were gently spreading into the sky, struggling to seep through the symphony of blues. A few moments later the sun burst forth, dazzling in this multicolored canopy, and the dark outline of the landscape gradually loomed on the horizon, transforming first into the dark green, gray, and russet skirt of the jungle before revealing the bush, rising in layers toward the backcountry.” 

Visuals aside, I confess I struggled with Burning Embers. I found myself stepping away from the story multiple times and each time I jumped back in it was a little harder to reinvest. I could not connect with Coral as a heroine. Burning Embers is set in 1970 and even for that time period, Coral seems much younger and immature than 25.

Rafe also rubbed me the wrong way. Coral’s father was a notorious ladies man and his philandering contributed to Coral’s mother leaving him and taking Coral to another country. By falling for Rafe, Coral is falling for someone just like her father. The fact that Rafe not only kept a dancer as his mistress, but also had an intimate relationship with Coral’s stepmother, just left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m typically a sucker for a happy ending but when Coral and Rafe found theirs, it wasn’t enough to change my opinion on the overall story.

Burning Embers is not poorly written, it just was not my cup of tea. If you’re a fan of historical romances or period dramas, it could be just what you’re looking for.

The best comparison I can give is Academy Award-nominated movies. When Academy Award nominations come out, my husband and I use those nominations to create our “must-see” viewing list. Every year as we burn through that list, we come across one or two movies that after we finish watching we just look at each other and give a little head shake in confusion. We know the movies are artistic, they have merit, and somewhere somebody identifies with it and loves it. We’re just not those people. I am just not that person for Burning Embers.

Happy reading.


The Billionaire Bankers

When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have. For young and Innocent Lana, The unthinkable is her only choice.When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.
Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.And now he wants her.Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she?When he has opened a door that cannot be closed…




























I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and Lana Bloom is so far past desperate she would need binoculars just to see it over her shoulder. Lana needs a large sum of cash quickly but she’s just another young woman from the impoverished council flats in England. The only things of value in her possession are her virginity and the rights to her body.

Blake Law Barrington is a privileged son of the Barrington banking dynasty, a family synonymous with power, prestige, and wealth. The Barrington’s wield power across continents, influencing royalty and world events, while still managing to keep the details of their comings and goings hidden in the shadows. What Blake wants he gets and when he catches Lana bartering with a brute of a man he knows that if anyone is going to own her, it’s going to be him.

“His breath is punched out of his body, and he is seized by an unthinking, irresistible call to hunt. To possess. To own her.”
When Blake doubles Lana’s asking price there is no hesitation before she signs on the dotted line. For three months Blake will have exclusive rights to her. Lana will abide by Blake’s rigorous rules and never speak of the relationship once it is done. By day Blake will introduce Lana to a glamorous and glossy world full of Aston Martin’s, champagne, and exclusive restaurants. By night he’ll use her body however he wishes.

“She turns her face away from him and shuts her eyes in despair. She understands what he is doing. Always, she must be reduced to an orifice.”
Ownership turns to interest and interest turns into something close to love. But as the days tick by Blake and Luna face challenges not only from the confines of their arrangement but also Blake’s powerful family, a jealous rival and an act of God. Tears fall and - WARNING – “The Billionaire Banker” ends with a frustrating (at least to me) cliffhanger.

Girl in financial need stories are not new. Where “The Billionaire Banker” succeeds is in emphasizing the dignity that Lana carries throughout the story. Her motives are pure and as an innocent in this situation her growing attraction to Blake seems realistic. For every time he hurts her he shows her a kindness and he is the only man she’s ever known.

Where the story falls short for me was in the romantic/sexual connection between Blake and Lana. Spark, heat, friction – those are things I needed to feel from a male and female character in this type of situation and I just wasn’t feeling it. Blake comes across as very cold and mechanical. I never developed a solid read on his character. He’s rich. His family is powerful, controlling, and has expectations. He doesn't do emotions. In the bedroom he’s there to get what he wants and he’s gone. As a hero or even anti-hero, I was missing some sort of redemptive trait or characteristic and I just couldn't find it. When Blake starts to show that he cares for Lana I couldn't fully commit to it.

Though a little bumpy, “The Billionaire Banker”  has enough hook that I would suggest giving it a try.  A follow-up to “The Billionaire Banker” is scheduled for this coming January and I will be checking it out to see what’s next for Lana and Blake.

Happy reading.

 
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