Struggling artist Avery Ross is barely scraping by. Bartending at a trendy New York City restaurant for an overbearing boss and two weeks away from losing her apartment to a condo developer, she’s desperate for a break. So when she’s offered a temporary housesitting job, she takes it.
Living at one of the poshest addresses in Manhattan is like entering a new world–one that catapults her into the orbit of billionaire Dominic Baine, the darkly handsome, arrogantly alpha resident of the building’s penthouse. What begins as a powerful attraction soon explodes into a white-hot passion neither can deny.
Yet as scorching as their need for each other is, Avery doesn’t expect Nick’s interest in her to last. Nor does she dare to dream that the desire she feels for this scarred, emotionally remote man could deepen into something real. For Avery has secrets of her own–and a past that could destroy her . . . and shatter everything she and Nick share.
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by Lara Adrian
May 24, 2016
Lara Adrian. I am a huge fan of her Midnight Breed paranormal series. I have read all of them, so when I saw this new contemporary erotic romance by her, I immediately requested it from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did this even though I am not a big fan of erotica. That being said, I loved this book. So much.
Avery Ross is a bartender/artist that is going to be evicted in two weeks. She has no family that can help her, and has no place to go. So when out of the blue she gets the chance to house sit in a luxury high rise for four months, she jumps at the chance. The icing on the cake? She gets paid as well. She pretty much runs into Nick Baine the first night. They don’t speak then, but things are intense from the get go. While attending an art gallery showing they meet again. Chemistry off the charts. And so begins an erotic journey unlike anything Avery has ever experienced. Problem? She lies to Baine from the outset and he has no idea that she is a bartender or that she is homeless. She also has deeper darker secrets that she is afraid to tell him.
This could have been just a book with a lot of sex scenes. Instead, Ms. Adrian introduces characters to care about. Avery was a wonderful character that has had a horrible past. Nick is a mega billionaire that never allows himself to fall in love or get involved with anyone deeply. Avery has a best friend that she works with named, Tasha. Tasha is one of those “what you see is what you get” type of women. The best friend anyone could ever want and Avery’s sounding board for all things Nick-within reason. Another friend, Margot works at the art gallery that was showing Avery’s work. She has a link to Nick that Avery knew nothing about.Her boss at the restaurant and a suck up waitress named Kimmie, are the villains of the book. All of the characters were drawn exceptionally well by the author.
So okay, it’s a bit Cinderella like in a way. Poor girl, rich guy and all the wonderful things that he introduces her to. That didn’t bother me in the slightest. He may have been a bit arrogant at times, but he developed real feelings for Avery, as she did for him. Of course,not all is perfect, as in life.
This was the first of three books and when I finished, I looked immediately to see when the next one releases-winter of 2016. I can not wait.
Well written, this book just cemented to me what a good writer Ms. Adrian is.This story isn’t for everyone, but I thought the sexual scenes were done a lot more tastefully than some erotica. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing tame here, but I wasn’t DNF’ing the book either! Highly recommended to adult contemporary/erotica romance readers.
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Lara Adrian
Lara Adrian is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than 20 novels, including the Midnight Breed vampire romance series. Her newest novel, BOUND TO DARKNESS, is available now in eBook, trade paperback and audiobook. To get notified of new releases and to enjoy subscribers-only freebies and promotions, sign up for Lara’s newsletter mailing list at her website.