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Staking His Claim

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BRIEF SUMMARY Elaina Ruiz has recently been staying with her aun

BRIEF SUMMARY
Elaina Ruiz has recently been staying with her aunt and just started college. While staying with her aunt, she meets her aunt's neighbor, Raul Vega. A thirty year old who thinks she's eighteen.

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This is another nice read by the author and as ment...
BRIEF SUMMARY
Elaina Ruiz has recently been staying with her aunt and just started college. While staying with her aunt, she meets her aunt's neighbor, Raul Vega. A thirty year old who thinks she's eighteen.

THOUGHTS

This is another nice read by the author and as mention in previous reviews of her wok, it has the same concept that gets the blood boiling. What I liked about this story, it almost borders a taboo subject with age.

Raul is thirty and sees Elaina and assumes she is eighteen. Feeling an attraction for her, he tries to not cross the line although he finds himself being consumed with her and jealous of anyone who approaches her. Although Elaina is twenty one approaching twenty two, she continues to let Raul think she is eighteen. The concept of the forbidden fruit drove Raul crazy and made for an interesting read. The opening scene with Raul and his attitude, sets the pace for the rest of the story. I have to admit, Elain drove me a little crazy as she did act like an eighteen year at times as she is coming from a place of innocence and vulnerability. Nevertheless, the build up to their climax was worth the wait.

The story was quick and to the point with other likeable characters. Also the southern feel to it was a plus as I appreciate a different setting from the author. As much as I found myself liking this story, it had simplicity to it and I don't feel it was the author's best, but as always, I do find that I enjoy myself reading her novellas.


Storyline: FAIRLY GOOD
Enjoyment: GOOD
Intimacy Level: GOOD

posted by LadyRavenRAVE1 on March 10, 2012

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9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

While I prefer books with a bit more length to them, I'll never

While I prefer books with a bit more length to them, I'll never turn down a good short read. If only this book was good.

A lack of substance between the main characters was my biggest issue. Very little communication, just a lot of yelling from Raul's part and awkward ...
While I prefer books with a bit more length to them, I'll never turn down a good short read. If only this book was good.

A lack of substance between the main characters was my biggest issue. Very little communication, just a lot of yelling from Raul's part and awkward stuttering for the "young" Elaina. And bam suddenly they are in love. I understand the author is trying to portray intense chemistry and later makes a redemption attempt to give the relationship more substance than a dominating male figure and a submissive female character, but at this point it was too late for me. The main characters are already saying "I love you" while knowing nothing about one another. (and I love a dominant male in my romance novels but this is one step beyond the line of what is acceptable dominance in a male character)

However, the absolute worst part of reading this book? The author will not let up on CONSTANTLY mentioning the 8 year age gap between the two characters. And throughout the beginning half of the book Raul thinks Elaina is 18 and therefore "off-limits". He keeps telling himself she is just a child and he can't touch her, yet he does touch her. As a reader I felt dirty reading about this relationship, it felt perverted and pedophile-like. When I was 22 I dated a guy who was 29, I don't mind big age gaps in relationships. What I mind was the way the age gap was made into the absolute focus of their relationship, it was made sinful, and the author keeps saying "young Elaina" or referring to her as "little girl". As a reader I'm now thinking about her as a little girl and Raul as a man and the meshing of the two in a relationship seems wrong. Lynda Chance has the raw talent she just needs to better elaborate on the appropriate details like dialogue and a meaningful communication within a relationship rather than age logistics that end up not mattering in the end.

posted by MissSwtSamantha on March 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Beck 14

    Totally sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Great

    It couldve been longer, but it seemed like a novella even though it was novel length.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Good Read

    Good Read

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