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(A Dangerous Man #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,611 ratings  ·  178 reviews
His voice is hoarse. “I am going to make love to you now.” He says, “So if you want me to stop, tell me.”

I shake my head frantically. If he stops at this point, I’ll probably die.

Sophie Bennett has virtually no experience with men. Orphaned from birth, she's gone from living with her reclusive spinster aunt, to a sheltered education in boarding school. So nothing prepa
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Published June 14th 2013 by Raven Press
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It was an ok read, but somehow it just didn't wow me. Nothing earth shattering here, nor anything I found memorable enough to make me want to re-read it. Nevertheless, after I read the teaser for the next installment, oh my goodness, it totally piqued my curiosity! So, on to the next one!
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“You’re beautiful,” He says, before pulling me closer as he turns to his side. “You’re so damn beautiful.”

Well, this is very short but incredibly sexy. It feels almost like a prologue – like we’re being set up for events and I got a strong feeling that everything is not as it seems.

Sophie Bennett is our heroine, orphaned and brought up by a straight-laced aunt who has convinced her she is good for nothing and bound to end up like her mother – pregnant and alone. She has absolutely zero confide
'Awakening' was a very fast-paced, quick read. In 87 pages, this first in a series of short serials takes the reader from a brief encounter between two strangers, all the way to marriage. The story progressed at a whirlwind pace and left me wondering what was motivating David's actions. A first date and a one-night stand would have been a lot of ground to cover in so few pages. A first date all the way up to a marriage, makes me wonder what the hell David and Sophie are smoking! Sophie doesn't e ...more
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
Received an ARC from the author for an honest review
3.5 Stars

18 year old Sophie has recently started working in a local gift shop, after the passing of the Aunt who raised her. Within the first few lines you realise that Sophie has not had an easy upbringing. While thinking about her future she meets David. They are immediately attracted to each other, David asks Sophie to go out to dinner with him and she accepts. Saying anything else will ruin the entire story, so forgive me.

Okay so this was a
Serena Grey
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Laura DeSimone
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. Wow. WOW.

Well, first of all I would like to say that this all happened WAY too fast for my liking! Serena!!! Why, oh why would you leave me with the sensual thoughts of David Preston all to have him ripped from my kindle so quickly!!! (Trust me guys, the extra exclamation points are completely necessary)

I was messaged by Serena and asked if I would like an ARC of "Awakening" I am so grateful I agreed. This book, like I said happened way too fast for me. I mean I read it within an hour. I wo
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I forgot to update this on GR. I think because it's so short that I forget about reading this once I go online lol.

Yes, it does feature your typical naive and innocent girl who falls for this mysterious tall, dark, and handsome man in a suit... but I really really liked it. There was something so fairy tale-ish about it but in a very dark and not-so-fluffy way.

Truth be told, this was one intriguing novella in spite of its short length. It left me with tons of questions and hey,
Sara Luck
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, so this is one of those really short fast paced novels. Make sure you buckle up for the ride. Its only about 36 pages so there isn't much of a background, just a quick short story. By the end, you will be asking yourself, "what in the hell is going on" but, you'll still be desperate to know.
Sophie is 18, sheltered her whole life by an aunt that obviously wanted little to do with her.
David is obviously some sort of rich businessman. There is no real indication of his background or what he
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. This was a solid 4.5 stars for me. It was a super quick read, only 35 pages on my nook, but it still drew me in. I have read full length novels that did not pull me in like this did. Though the plot moved ridiculously fast I still felt invested in what was happening. The relationship moved pretty fast for my liking but somehow it wasn't as crazy as I thought it may be. There is so much that I want to know about Sophie and David t ...more
Jacquelyn Toll
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to say thank you to Serena for sending me the arc copy to this book I very much enjoyed it!!!! Serena grey has written an amazing 10,000 word book.....what can I say about Sophie she is timid and shy just the right kind of character for this series. She doesn't believe to highly of herself she pretty much calls herself ugly but honestly who can blame her with her mother gone and her horrid aunt Josephine what 18 year old wouldn't be this way!! After the sudden death of her aunt Sophie lea ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sophie Bennett lost her mom at a young age and lives with her aunt Josephine. Josephine despises Sophie so it’s no surprise that Josephine’s will left little to nothing for Sophie. Stacey is Sophie’s boss and her “guardian angel.” Stacey loves Sophie as if she was her own but times are hard and Sophie my not be Stacey’s assistant much longer. David Preston comes into Sophie’s life and makes her feels things she’s never felt. He warns her of the type of man he is. Sophie is willing to take the ri ...more
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time with this story at the first read. I think I was road kill for how quick it all moves. Without spoiling too much, any relationship that moves that quick from introduction to I do, has some serious issues to come out soon.

We get to know Sophie & her past & where her mind is at. She is in a place in her life where she wants more. She wants out of the town where she is & wants more from life. Then along comes David, he's hot & rich, piercing blue eyes, a few years
Mary Fazzi
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!! This is a short book but packs a punch. Sophie is a young girl who is so innocent that she is starting to live her life that is unknown. Loosing her mom at a very young age and was taken care of by an aunt that sounds like Sophie was the last thing she wanted to do.
On a normal day a chance meeting with David Preston who is somewhat taken by Sophie ask her for a date. Things change in a moment and with nothing holding her back she is trying to be more.
David Preston you don't know much ab
Kimberly Wiley
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all I loved the first part of the book the way it gave a short backstory of the main character Sophie it didn't linger in flashbacks which I love the way the story moved on. Then comes David!!! I think there's way more to this character than what we've seen so far I got so engulfed in the story I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to read more of this story. The only negative thing I can say about this story is it wasn't long enough. I'm predicting good things from this author can't wa ...more
Karen Peacock
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. This was a quick mysterious little read and the author set-up the start to a very interesting story to continue in the next book. I read this book in about an hour. Sofie and David have a definite chemistry in an instant attraction sort of way. The end left me wanting to discover more about the mysterious David and where the road goes for them both. This was a great start to a potentially amazing story. I am looking forward to reading more fro ...more
S.E. Bolles
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-july, series
*I received an ARC copy for my honest review*

Just Wow!!!! 4.5 happy dancing stars!!!!

Talk about a whirlwind romance. Serena Grey you naughty woman!!!! You had me slacked jaw through most of the book. I had this constant *no way... *no she didn't *wait... yes she did thoughts while reading Awakening.

I am going to try my hardest to not give any spoilers because EVERYONE should read this book.

You have Sophie shes a sweet although very sheltered 18 year old girl. Though at times I felt she should
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2013
I really liked the story and I am looking forward to Rebellion (A Dangerous Man #2). The excerpt at the end has me so ready for the release of book #2 and book #1 isn't even realized, yet.
It's main character's are Sophie, who is 18. Her mother died during childbirth, and she was raised by her Aunt, who was not a pleasant person, but is recently deceased. She works for Stacey Carver a shop owner, who has been helping her since her Aunt died. Sophie wants to go to Bellevue instead of Seattle to f
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


I hate giving bad reviews. sigh..

I felt like I was reading a high school freshman' s first draft for an essay. This is in dire need of some major red pen annihilation!

The story- fail.
Abandoned girl, left to face the world alone. Meets rich boy who instantly steals her innocence and pulls a Britney Spears and boom-wedding bells?!!

They speak like 5 complete sentences between dinner and marriage! And how they "met"? He was dr
Gina Ceballos
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I was very lucky to be given an ARC of this book. This is a short story, hopefully one that will turn into a serial. So if you are not a fan of waiting for the next installment, this probably will drive you crazy.

The good thing about this short stories is that everything happens so fast that writers need to be masters in their craft to give enough information for a background and still very little to keep you wanting more. This was perfectly executed.

In this story, we learned that Sophie had a d
Tanya Mayes
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a ARC that's a nice quick read that left me wanting more. The story is about Sophie who meets David when she was standing outside the gift shop she was working in and David was driving by and seen her and Had the driver stop dead and back up. When he gets out the instant attraction between them is so strong. David ask Sophie to dinner and while at dinner the attraction and sexual tension is there. Will David walk away because he knows Sophie is so much younger then him or will he stay. W ...more
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This was a short quick read that I felt was too short. Sophie Bennett has virtually no experience with men. Orphaned from birth, she’s gone from living with her reclusive spinster aunt, to a sheltered education in boarding school and then she meets David Preston. This book had a few problems for me first of all it was too short and second it was too fast pace. The characters young, plain, poor, virgin sales clerk meets gorgeous, insanely rich, over confident 27 year-old man. Man, instantly becom ...more
Heather andrews
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Aunt Josephine is a Biatch, "why do I even bother?" She snaps at last. "Anybody can see that you're going to end up exactly like her, pregnant with God knows who's child." David is very demanding, "I want to see you." Sophie doesn't think highly of herself it's kind of sad, "it's heartbreaking that I cannot even keep a man like him interested in me for longer than a date." Good lord I David makes Sophie sound like a damn chew toy at times, "you should go now," David tells him. "And try to rememb ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
so this is a NOVELLA! This book was is the best hot mess ever#@! I'm not sure even at the end of this book where it was going; but I'm going to keep reading. Grey has reeled me in with her fast pace and fascinating writing style. I'm am now a fan. This will be several small novels that tell Sphoie Bennet's story. If I have one complaint it's that I'm greedy and want the whole story LIKE YESTERDAY!!!!

I received this book by Advanced Copy from the author≈ Thank you Serena Gray. Your book amazed me
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an ARC from the Author Miss Serena Grey for an honest review... The writing was exceptional. I was pulled in from the start. Such a shame that the story is short for my incessant reading needs, since I do love me a long story. None the less I enjoyed (Awakening) and Mr. David sure is scrumptious. I got to have more! I need to read the second book, to know what happens when Sophie and David move to Seattle together.... Please tell me book two is done!!!!

***Read*** you will not be dissa
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. I finished reading this book within an hour. It was a quick read but a satisfying one. I instantly liked the main characters David and Sophie. Their romance is quiet interesting, how it progress really quickly. And the ending, it left me wanting more, specifically on how Mysterious David is. I cannot wait to see where their story would lead us and learn more about David's story. All in all this was an amazing start for a new series. Well done ...more
Mariely Otero
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Really great book... It was a really fast reading and, at the end, you just want to know more... The story was light and sexy. There is definitely something mysterious about David and I can't wait to find out what it is. If you don't like to leave things unsaid, then you should wait for next book. I'm looking forward for the rest of the series, I would definitely buy them. Nice work!
Sue Parker
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paces book. We begin with a flashback that sets up the main character. Because this is a short story you don't get much in the way of background information about the characters. Sophie is young and is swept off her feet by the handsome stranger named David. It's a whirlwind romance that leaves you wanting more. And the teaser chapter at the end makes me want to read the next story.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC for a review.
The sweet and innocent Sofie and David have a definite chemistry from the moment they meet. Things happen quickly for them and they're off and running.
This was a solid 4.5 stars for me. It was a super quick read, only 35 pages on my kindle. It was fast paced, but really drew me in out of reality and into a story that left me seriously craving more!
Leanne Gillings
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow are u ready for the ride! A short story bursting at the seams! Never a dull moment a fast track meeting that turns into even more of a fast pace.......... Think this could be the beginning of a beautiful series! I want to learn more about David as I am really unsure why he has done half the stuff he has, think he is going to be a really interesting character that we will have to keep unpeeling layer by layer!!!!! Need to read more :)
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Serena Grey is a bestselling contemporary romance author. She is in love with love and is a proud and unrepentant incurable romantic who swoons over sexy billionaires and delicious book-boyfriends. She loves music and movies and believes that books are sacred. When she's not writing, you'll likely find her reading, or indulging her addiction to coffee, ice-cream, and wine.

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“His voice is hoarse. "I am going to make love to you now." He says, "So if you want me to stop, tell me."
I shake my head frantically. If he stops at this point, I'll probably die.”
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