My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.
After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?
2.5 stars — I read this book in an anthology (inTENse), and I’m thinking it wasn’t the best introduction to Ms. Keeland’s works. From what I can vibe from reviews, it’s got a bit of a different feel, and besides that, earlier works are never the best representations.
This book was just very meh for me. The characters were OK. Not horrible, but not super endearing. I kept getting glimpses of potential sweetness/vulnerability in Jack, and that intrigued me, but it was usually glossed over in favour of the stereotypical alpha behavior. And I’ll get this out of the way right now, I’m one of those rare readers who’s not actually that big of a fan of alphas. Weird right? *shrugs* What are you gonna do. It’s not that I hate them or anything, I just tend not to gravitate towards them. There are always exceptions to that rule, but Jack wasn’t an exception for me. Every time he practically peed on Sydney to mark her, I just kind of rolled my eyes. It can be sexy, but it wasn’t for me in this case.
This book just felt very much like a lot of books that I’ve seen out there, and I’m not sure what I was expecting…in fact, looking back on the anthology, it states it’s 10 books about 10 alphas, so I wasn’t very bright in my choice eh?
So yeah. Super rich hero. Playboy who’s very experienced but has never really had a relationship. Heroine has a LOT less experience. Supposed to be a short fling, but of course they fall in love (ish — no words, just deep connection, neither has ever felt that way about another person). Secrets, shameful past of hero. He’s kind of a jerk pushing her away because of it. Heroine feels insecure b/c of other women in his life. You know, the usual.
Steamy scenes were pretty good. I liked that Sydney wasn’t too much of a pushover. Her BFF Sienna was pretty sassy and funny.
In the end it wasn’t a bad story, it just didn’t stand out. And in fact it kind of dragged on longer than I expected, so I got a bit bored. If you love these kinds of stories though, I think you’ll enjoy this one…they’re just not really for me. And I have no interest in finding out what happens in the next book with Jack and Sydney. Oh well, it was mostly my own fault for not understanding what kind of story this was going to be…