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Posted July 2, 2012
I have to fan myself after finishing up this read; it was incredibly hot and steamy! The main characters, Raith and Willow, certainly did not experience love at first sight. Lust, yes, but not love. For over half the book they were constantly getting on each other's nerves, biting back with snarky comments, and trying to convince themselves that they actually hated each other, all while having mind-blowing sex. It drove me a bit nuts at times; they both clearly were developing strong feelings for the other, but were too stubborn and afraid of rejection to express it. They wasted a lot of time trying to pretend they were just in it for the sex. However, I did really enjoy their interactions. One minute they would be tearing each other apart, the next they were rolling around in bed...or on the table...or wherever they happened to be. Like I said, very steamy! The secondary characters added some different dimensions to the story and I liked them for the most part. I became slightly annoyed by Willow's cousin, Camille; one minute she would be kind of okay with Willow being in a "relationship" with Raith, and then she would admonish her for continuing to see him. I guess she probably couldn't decide if she should support what her cousin wanted or be completely against it.
The relationship between Raith and Willow was not typical, but that's what I liked about it. Every once in a while they let their guard down and it was actually pretty sweet. I'm bummed that I can't tell you more. One of my favorite quotes from the book would be a huge spoiler, and I don't want to ruin this book for anyone. So disappointing! I'll just say that it was a really sweet quote by Raith and it may have brought a little tear to my eye.
I loved the ending. The story started to lose me after a certain huge plot turn that felt a little ridiculous, but I felt different about it by the end. The suspense part of the novel seemed more of an after thought. I realize the main theme of the book is the complicated relationship between Raith and Willow, but I wish the stalker aspect would have been developed just a little more.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started this book, but I would say it exceeded my expectations. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the story line. If you're in the mood for a steamy romance with a little suspense thrown in, definitely check out this book!
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Posted September 14, 2014
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the author for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was a quick paced book with lots of heat, suspense and family members and was not what I expected at all. The sparks flew whenever Willow and Raith were in the same room whether they were together or not and when they did get together their chemistry became explosive.
They both fought commitment as much as possible and had problems communicating their wants, needs, desires and feelings partly because of their different backgrounds. They were best together initially when it was only the two of them, they could block out the outside world and they didn’t have to interact with others. Throw in law enforcement officers, lawyers, crazy ex-cons, her father the judge, overprotective family members and friends and it’s a surprise they had time to act on all those sexual tensions and figure out where it should lead.
There were so many unexpected twists and turns to the story that my interest was held from the first page to the last. The characters were multifaceted and their quirks and positive traits were shown to us little by little. Watching Willow and Raith realize what their feelings were for each other was comical at times. There was sex, romance, love, an underlying mystery to be resolved, laughter, tears, hurt, longing, sadness and finally happiness. The prologue showed how the past impacted the future. The epilogue tied everything in nicely and provided wonderful closure.
Kage is a new to me author and I look forward to reading some of her other books even though they are a little steamy.
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