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Olivia’s initial letter to Jack about a corset she bought from his lingerie company has lead to a year long conversation, albeit via texting, one that has become a comfortable, exciting friendship. Jack’s experience in the lifestyle of of kinky and casual sex would broaden Olivia’s sexual knowledge and help her leap into writing erotica. I enjoyed Jack and Olivia’s friendship and lively banter between them. I loved Jack’s character, not as a player, but as someone who genuinely cares, he’s quite the gentleman as things are revealed. He’s really more than he seems. And wow, the secrets that Olivia and Jack are keeping from each other brought a whole deluge of emotional heartbreak. I can’t imagine surviving such hardships. My heart ached for both of them with what they separately endured, but I think those events made them closer together. I couldn’t help but cheer for them towards the end. Elijah, Jack’s brother and Cecily, Olivia’s best friend, were great supporting characters.
Charming Olivia is a sexy, sweet romantic story, and is the first book in the Geary series. Ms. Harper created two main characters that are endearing. Written in dual POVs , readers are able to immerse fluidly into the thoughts, motivations, and experience Olivia and Jack like you are right there with them. Nicely done.
A copy provided by Gavin Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack is into the BDSM lifestyle and has been for quite a while, he has many lovers and they each know that there are others in his life and he is not looking for anything more than a "play-date." While Olivia is visiting Jack he takes her on his play-dates so she can witness first hand (from a voyeur's perspective) what BDSM is about. The thing I liked most about Jack is that he has a softer more vulnerable side that he lets Olivia see and no one else.
I struggled at first with this book because Olivia mentions quite a few times that she is a married woman and it isn't until about 47% through the story that we find out more about her husband, but during that time Jack continuously tries to put the moves on her and Olivia finds herself fantasizing about what he would do with her if she gave him the chance. There is NO CHEATING in this book, I know that is a big NO-NO for a lot of readers so I need to put that out there without giving any of the story away.
Jack's brother Elijah is a lot like his brother and I know there is more to their story than we have been told so far and I look forward to reading more about them in the next two books of the trilogy.
***I have received this book from Gavon Publishing through netgalley in exchange for my honest review***
I have so many mixed feelings about this book even days after finishing it. I struggled with Olivia watching Jack with other women. The author wants you to believe that Jack is attracted to her from even before they actually met, yet he doesn't seem to have a problem sleeping with other women right in front of her?
The other part that I struggled with was that Olivia wants to see all this because she wants to write erotic books but she doesn't want to be part of it. If that's the case, why not just watch porn? I would think that would be much easier and less awkward than being in the same room while others are having sex.
I wanted to know more about the history between Jack and Olivia. They communicate via email and text messages for over a year, yet we never get to read about that part of their history. I think it could have helped to feel the connection to the characters.
The end of the story really bothered me; Olivia's reaction in the final chapter seemed completely out of character. She acted as if she didn't care about Jack's feelings and behaved very selfishly; her carefree attitude seemed very out of character for her. Jacks' feelings towards Olivia seemed to go from lust to love incredibly fast which is where I think having some more of their back story would have helped.
** ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **
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