Living In..., Book 2
At twenty, Lily Andrews has already lived a lifetime. Her battle with leukemia put her three years behind her ballet career, and now that the grueling treatment is behind her, she's eager to put her dancing shoes back on-literally and figuratively.
One man has been her personal light at the end of her tunnel, the one man she's sure will help her rekindle her passion for life. Kahu Winter. And she'll let nothing stand in the way of having him-not even Kahu himself.
When Kahu catches Lily sneaking into his club, the desire in her eyes tells him it's more than a delayed act of youthful rebellion. Her lively spirit calls to him, but Kahu is too cynical, too jaded, too broken for a sweet young thing like her.
But Lily won't take no for an answer so he'llmake her a deal: She's got one month to seduce him and after that, he's moving on-figuratively and literally.
There's just one thing he forgot to keep out of her reach. His heart...
Warning: Contains a hot older man in need of some anti-cynicism pills, a snarky younger woman who's going to get past his defenses and make him beg, more forbidden lust, and naked ballet dancing. Advanced WTFery for experienced users only.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This fascinating tale of forbidden love is the story of Lily and Kahu. Lily is a twenty year old woman, recovered from cancer and desperate to re-establish her dream of dancing ballet professionally. She wants to regain her passion for dance and life and figures an affair with a man she's always wanted, a friend of her father's, will provide that for her. Kahu runs a night club now, but has a seedy past as a male prostitute. When Lily attempts to seduce him he can barely admit to himself that he is sexually attracted to her - but he is, and as she wears him down he begins to feel things for her, real feelings that he never thought would be possible. Yet shame over his past blocks all thoughts of making their sexual fling into something that it could be if he would only give himself the chance. Can two damaged souls, separated by age and life experience find healing in each other? Wow, Jackie has written a scorcher of a book! From their first meeting together as adults, when Lily approaches Kahu at his club with her request for an affair, the sparks fly between them. The sexual tension is richly drawn out as they meet on a weekly basis until Kahu is willing to accede to Lily's request. The love scenes that follow are steamy and passionate yet emotionally charged as well as Kahu tries to deny that Lily is attracting not only his body but his heart as well. The characters are well drawn and engaging to the reader. Lily is mature and confident for her tender age of 20, having suffered through cancer treatments and emerged determined to live her life without fear. She is driven and focused and wants Kahu, and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Kahu is a cynical world weary older man, having lived through a poor and unstable childhood. When he was 'rescued' from his male prostitution by one of his clients, she helped him reach his true potential and make something of himself, but her inability to love him left him with a caged heart and no key - or so he thought until Lily fashions one for it with her persistence and care. Their characters though years apart in age share a stubbornness and determination that are at odds as their sexual relationship becomes one based on love. I found this story to be fascinating and once I started was unable to put it down. It was an emotional , heart rending, passionate story and the happy ending for Lily and Kahu was so well deserved. 5 fabulous stars!
Lily and Kahu’s story was very enjoyable and not quite the typical forbidden romance. Even though this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. Lily is a dancer. She is also a cancer survivor. After a three-year battle she’s ready to get back into the dancing scene. During an audition she is crushed when she’s told her dancing lacks passion. Lily concocts a plan to seduce her father’s friend, Kahu. She sets things in motion hoping if he takes her virginity that she’ll finally know what passion feels like and it’ll make her a better dancer. Kahu is damaged and broken with the belief he’ll never be whole again. He tries denying her because he knows the only thing he’ll do is hurt her. But soon the attraction is too much to fight. Lily and Kahu’s story was slow building but the pay off was well worth it.