Series: The Fowler Sisters
Published by Bantam Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
I really had high hopes for this book, I really wanted to like it, it’s not that I didn’t end up liking it, I just didn’t love it either, I could take it or leave it. I liked the idea of the heroine, Violet, having survived an ordeal and still making a life for herself. And I think the idea of Ryder kind of appealed to me as well, in the synopsis he sounds like a sexy, self-assured guy who kind of helps Violet find her own confidence.
Violet had potential to be a character I really liked, but she was just so wishy-washy about everything. I mean one second she seemed able to put her foot down and assert herself, and then next minute she was basically being walked all over. I hated at the beginning of the book she was so okay with being with a man (Zach) who was constantly cheating on her, and yet still wanted to get married to him. It was perplexing.
Ryder, was well, a jerk. There is really no way around it. I have a hard time even calling him the hero in this story, because I didn’t really like him at all. He has horrible motives about thing, and he gets other people involved in these insane hurtful plans, including plans that are set out to hurt Violet. I know in the book he kind of has moments where he seems to be changing his ways or becoming a better person or whatever, but it never feels real, and I really just never liked him.
The two of them together, Violet and Ryder, just read weird to me. I have a hard time with reconciling the two of them together, to the point where it just doesn’t feel very believable. Especially as she finds more and more about Ryder and what he has done in the past. I also really hated Zach, he was just the worlds biggest d-bag, well maybe he’s tied with Ryder. This book just wasn’t the book for me, but that’s not to say that other people won’t like it, so if the synopsis works for you then maybe you should give it a try.