I would not have read this were it not a freebie on iBooks. Considering the last billionaire erotic story I read, ie. the Worst Book I've Ever Read, tI would not have read this were it not a freebie on iBooks. Considering the last billionaire erotic story I read, ie. the Worst Book I've Ever Read, this was surprisingly fresh, despite all the tropetastic elements. Trying to get funding for a good cause, getting stuck with a rich and gorgeous guy, a jealous ex, creative bed (or should I say car and dungeon) sports. I relished it all in my stride.
I was surprised by the emotional bent at the end, contrived as it was, but definitely rolled my eyes at the revelation that this is actually a story in a series. I've had it with that sort of thing now – how much more emotional baggage can you milk out of two people over eleventy books?? But hey, I could just be invested enough to keep going. ...more
**spoiler alert** This novel highlights just how good Ms. Sorenson is at combining the thrill of the chase (in every regard) with nuanced plotting, sa**spoiler alert** This novel highlights just how good Ms. Sorenson is at combining the thrill of the chase (in every regard) with nuanced plotting, satisfying character arcs and always a hot and emotional romance.
Looking for an emotional roller-coaster? This one delivers – sexy tension, nail-biting suspense, and intermittent laugh out loud moments guarantees a very entertaining story.
The one thing I'd like to have seen is the resolution of Ian's and Maria's relationship. We're still left hanging there!...more
Without a doubt, Ms Day is up there with the best of erotic romance writers—she's incredibly versatile across all genres, and geebus can she write hotWithout a doubt, Ms Day is up there with the best of erotic romance writers—she's incredibly versatile across all genres, and geebus can she write hot scenes.
When I began to realise this book was kind of sort of OK a lot not really reminding me of a certain fanfic-turned-published-novel which I haven't even read yet but is so pungent in my mind, I became wary. Wary of this overt trend of "troubled" characters fighting their demons and their sexual appetites, but while I reserve judgement for said fanfic-turned-published-novel, I think I am safe to assert that Ms. Day does a much finer job.
The voice of Eva in this story is raw and earnest; I found her annoying at times but she's just so readable. Her emotional hang-ups, her severe uncertainties and bursts of happiness are all spilled onto the paper. The choice to tell the story from a first-person perspective is appropriate, though I really would like to have tapped into Gideon's mind more too. Perhaps we'll see this in the sequel? I hope so.
What Ms. Day does with notable finesse is make these pretty unpleasant and difficult characters believable. She has taken a tiresome and problematic trope and whipped it (oh am I punny) into a poignant and engaging love story. Eva may be submissive, but she is not weak. Gideon may be controlling, but he is just as vulnerable and needy. There are a few issues I had with the supporting characters—the angsty gay best friend roomie thing is just not so convincing now, but I hope there'll be further development in the sequel.
While I don't always like Eva and Gideon, and I don't believe we are meant to, I root for them to better themselves and overcome their fears, and to build a healthier, more solid relationship.
I am really looking forward to reading more! To think I normally run away from these kinds of plots... Also, I loathe the archetypal happily ever afters, with marriage and babies, and ugh; I like leaving threads open, so it's awesome that Ms. Day has more development on the way!...more