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Posted November 4, 2013
In the third book of the The Lost Girls series, Tempting Fate, a
In the third book of the The Lost Girls series, Tempting Fate, author Amber Lin weaves a passionate erotic romance novella written in the first person narrative that follows the forbidden romance between Rose Murphy and Drew Laramie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Rose has lived a sheltered life under the protection of her mobster older brother Philip. As Rose's professional ballet career comes to an end because of her age and injuries to her knees, she dreams of opening up a ballet studio and moving out of her brother's home. Drew Laramie is a Harvard graduate and Philip's attorney. Both have harbored a longing for each other for a long time, and now their fantasies turn into reality ... but can their romance last when Philip learns about their relationship?
This is a sensuous novella that follows Rose and Drew's longing, sizzling attraction and sexual tension that unfolds into a passionate romance that will curl your toes! This is a beautifully written story of two people who have waited a long time for each other, through angst and longing, their coming together was palpable and very sigh worthy. I loved watching Rose blossom when she was with Drew, and he was the perfect man for her. As their romance grew, their ability to overcome obstacles that stood in their way with strength and love was captivating and made the story that much more enjoyable. The only drawback is that I wish that this story was a full length novel as I didn't want it to end.
Tempting Fate is a wonderfully sensual, tender and passionate erotic romance story that you will not be able to put down.
Tempting Fate is the third book in The Lost Girls series. While it can be a stand alone read, in order for the reader to fully appreciate this wonderful series, I would recommend that the books be read in sequential order, you won't be disappointed!
Posted October 28, 2013
Compelling Read is a Nice Addition to the Series
The Lost Girls series continues its emotional rollercoaster ride with this latest installment featuring the sister of the enigmatic Phillip, Rose. She had a harsh childhood of abuse from her father and later on a boyfriend that Philip saved her from but led to his overprotectiveness. He swore to keep her safe which has led to a nun-like existance for a 26-year-old woman. The only moments of true freedom for her are when she's dancing and the attraction she feels towards Philip's lawyer, Drew. Her past and her obligation to her brother has held her back though. Deciding to open a dance has bolstered her confidence and she finally goes after Drew wholeheartedly in a sensual yet naively planned out seduction. Rose was a sweet character who just wanted to grow up. Her brother saved her but is smothering her and keeping her from a happy future out of fear. I applaud her strength and ached for her when a silly roadblock puts her HEA in jeopardy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Drew is a strong and sexy man who at first loved the challenge of working on Philip's questionable deeds. He sometimes had to work in the grey areas to see Philip succeed but has come to realize how dangerous it really is. He's been attracted to Rose for a long time but didn't feel she was ready to have a relationship with him. Her sensual show in front of the window has him seeing her as an adult which unleashes him to seduce her in a slow build-up of sexual tension-filled moments. We unfortunately don't get a deep understanding of Drew in this story. I found him admirable but not very compelling.
Who I continue to find compelling is Philip! He's mysterious with questionable ethics but I find myself drawn to him even more as the series progresses. We get to see another layer of him in his over-protectiveness of Rose. His actions are out of love but they take away free will. He's a control freak who wants to control everything and play people as chess pieces to make his life easier. Even with these faults I'm dying for his story to be told as I find him an utterly fascinating multifaceted character!
This story was enjoyable yet not as intense or deep as the previous installments. Rose had a rough upbringing but not near as traumatic as the rest of the heroines in this series. The roadblock to their HEA was casually inserted and quickly dealt with behind the scenes. The sexual interludes were hot but not as impactful considering how quickly the protagonists came together. Ms. Lin has created an addictive series that keeps me coming back for more....and here's hoping Philip's story is on the horizon.
Posted September 6, 2013
Rating: 3.5 Stars In the novella Tempting Fate (The Lost Girls)
Rating: 3.5 StarsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the novella Tempting Fate (The Lost Girls) by Amber Lin, ballerina Rose Murphy has lived a sheltered life. She endured more than a few frightful incidents throughout her childhood and high school, which has created the complacent, slightly timid, graceful woman she is today. From the moment Rose's mafia-like brother Philip turned eighteen and was granted custody, he has been her protector and savior. With Rose's professional ballet career coming to an end due to her age and injured knees, she is ready to find love, open her own ballet studio and move out of her brother's home.
Harvard graduate Drew Laramie has been Philip's attorney for many years. From the moment he first met Rose, he was infatuated. And so, he worked really hard, became very successful, saved a lot of money and waited for Rose to come into her own. Rose has always felt a little something for Drew, but due to Philip's potential reaction, she never did anything about it. Now that they know how each other feels, they begin to spend time with each other. Unfortunately and as expected, Philip is not pleased when he learns about their relationship, because he believes if it does not work out, in addition to Rose's heartache, the future of Philip's businesses will suffer. As a result, Rose and Drew decide to remove themselves from Philip's dealings.
I found the tone of this short story to be subdued and tame, while the love scenes are sensual and seductive. The characters are well-developed and thought provoking, providing interesting exchanges.