I was born into luxury and used to getting what I wanted.
What I desired most, with my life in disarray, was the man who sat across from me.
He was tall, dark and handsome, but, most notably, forbidden.
It made every accidental touch more sinful and every session more addictive.
There was so much tragedy and he was supposed to fix me.
I shouldn’t have wondered how it would feel to be trapped under his broad shoulders.
I shouldn’t have focused on the way he licked his bottom lip every time his gaze dropped from mine and roamed my curves.
I shouldn’t have dreamed about him breaking the rules to comfort me the way I desperately needed.
I did though, and I was the first one to break.
He was my protector and my confidant and then he became my lover.
I teased him, tempted the two of us and now there’s no way to take it back.
With everything I’ve been through, I didn’t expect to fall for him.
There’s only so much heartache I can take.
No one can know, not a soul, but secrets in the life I lead never last for long.
Series: Love The Way Duet #1
My Rating: ★★⋆
I’m going to keep this one short my peeps. I was absolutely drawn to this story, turning page after page looking for the deliciousness that you can expect from these authors.
But I have to say, I’m confused as a motherfucker. The book is part of a duet so I’m hoping more answers will come in book two. The first 15-20% I had no clue what was going on. Just when I thought I’d figured it out, something else is thrown in the works that leaves me confused again.
What I loved about this book;
The normalisation of mental health issues. Zander Thompson is former military and is as manly as you can possibly imagine a man to be. Yet, he too suffers from mental issues that he has sort help for and speaks freely about. That’s refreshing and a necessary conversation nowadays.
Eleanor Bordeu is a rich, young woman with a life that from the outside looks like the absolute best. But she is plagued by demons. I love that she too suffers from mental health issues, and has taken the steps to address them and seek help.
Basically, I feel like the authors did a good job addressing the stereotypes surrounding mental issues with rich people and macho men and really highlighted that not all that glitters is gold.
However, I don’t know what the hell went on to cause Eleanor and Zander to have said mental issues. There is not going back in the past to explain to us the characters past lives for them to have the issues they’re dealing with currently. Having said that, maybe that will come in book two?
I wasn’t sold on their chemistry either. It feels like they wanted a dom/sub relationship, and somehow that changed into something that involved emotions. At least judging from Zander’s reaction at the end. I don’t feel like they spent enough time together to cultivate a proper relationship that didn’t involve their stolen moment.
I didn’t like Eleanor much. But I’m not sure if that’s fair because I also feel like I really didn’t know her. She seemed like a spectator in her own life, leaving all and every decision to her manager. What is up with that manager anyway. I don’t trust him.
Anyway, while it was a good read, I felt that there was so much more room for it to be better. There wasn’t enough drama and the parts that were good, were left too late in the book. Generally, the feeling I had at the end of the book was