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Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles) (Volume 1)
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1. The editing is not terrible compared to many of these types of books, but there are some errors. Some punctuation errors, missing words, and word usage (waste instead of waist) problems but there is not much that interrupts the reader.
2. The flow and pacing are well done, but there is almost no conflict. On the plus side, there is none of the contrived conflict that becomes so tedious and annoying in some books.
3. The sex scenes are explicit but not particularly intimate. Even as Ian and Victoria get to know each other better and the author tells us how much more intimate the sex has become, the scenes just don't read 'intimate'. Hot, yes; intimate, no. Maybe just me; you decide.
4. I really liked the characters. All of them.
5. Yay for no cliffhanger! Yes, there is a 2nd, final book, but readers are not left hanging.
This is book 1 in the Kerr Chronicles. Victoria “Tiny” Corielli is going thru a very rough time. Her mom’s cancer has come back and she has to work long hours to pay for their housing plus pay for her medical and that now isn’t covering everything. She is basically running on fumes. The job she has is of a bike courier and that is basically all she can do because she has a learning disability. It’s because of her job, making a bike delivery, she meets Ian Kerr. There is where she meets Ian. He is a very intense and sexually compelling businessman. He sees her and he wants her, there is something about her that calls to him. He tells her that he wants her and pretty much propositions her and offers her a “job” and she says no. Well Ian starts stalking her, making sure he knows where she is because in his mind she is his. But there is something also involved with him wanting Victoria.. Something to do with revenge. He wants to use her , keep her around for more than just a “snare”. Ian has true feelings. But things do not go like planned –Victoria finally agrees to Ian’s job and their professional agreement goes into personal and a relationship starts and feeling occurs but secrets are abound- There is so much to say but I do not want to give spoilers. You just need to read this hot as all get out book.
This story has romance, mystery, a hot as heck alpha male , and an independent yet soft core inside which longs for her true love female. What is going to happen when Victoria’s step brother dirty dealings come into play and Victoria , who has been used as a pawn , gets dragged into a game that is between the powerful players and she realizes it. What will happen to her fairytale then? Loved this story and cannot wait for book 2 which is coming out at the same time as book 1. This book does end on a cliffhanger.
My rating: 4.2 stars ****
Well, it was better than I expected. After deciding to try steering clear of such erotically heavy and rich billionaire/poor little lamb romances, simply due to the reason that they have become dull, highly unoriginal with almost the exact plots and devices (at least the books I’ve come across) and they don’t intrigue me at all anymore, this book for some reason caught my eye and I was forced to go back on my intention. And while I’m happy I decided to give it a go, it didn’t change my mind on why I wanted to give up the genre for a long while to catch a break in the first place.
This book had everything that makes this billionaire lover trope so popular with its own upgrades:
A force-of-nature-like hero who’s ravishing, rich, ripped and, surprise, has a tortured past, BUT, this again probably being a trilogy, I liked that his issues were actually introduced and there wasn’t too much mystery surrounding them, no excessive stalling to keep the excitement up, which usually to me becomes frustration if left hanging for too long. Con – he’s basically a clone of any other such hero, maybe he could have had an interesting hobby (eg. collecting stamps…) to set him apart from the batch?
I was positively surprised by the ending as well, there was still some whining and emotional confusion, but then BAM, everything was so clear and the characters were clear and at ease with their decisions and wants, and it was just beautiful. No overstretched push-and-pull, will-they-won’t-they kind of annoying behaviors or situations.
What sets this book apart from so many others is in my opinion the heroine. Yes, she’s poor and in a pinch and as ordinary as you can be with dyslexia and a sick mother to support with seriously lacking funds. She’s also a babe, of course, and catches the eye of our hero from the first glance – insta love (shudders, blehh). BUT, she’s kind of a cool girl, opinionated, hardworking, tough, able, determined, she’s no delicate little mouse for the hero to mold, command and take care of. Of course, he does all that being the rich and domineering piece of hot man that he is, but she is still her own person and I didn’t feel that he was setting the tone and leading the relationship – Tiny had just as much say and leverage as he.
Then again this had almost everything that forced me to become bored with the trope as well:
It follows the basic storyline of poor girl and rich guy meeting and glorious insta love happening, plus explosive sexual tension and lust. Girl needs money due to private reasons and guy is willing to give himself and anything else the girl wants. The guy successfully weasels himself into her life and takes over. Girl lets, and fantastic sex happens… for about a hundred times after every few pages. The guys dark past rears its head and some angst and conflicts happen and then, well, happy end… or is it?
Also, why does the sex always have to be so, for lack of a better word, impersonal… or is it just me? It’s just simple primitive sex I read, I don’t get emotions or actual care and tenderness with any of those scenes. It’s clinical and too perfect each time.
At the moment, I see room for improvement, but the material is quite promising.
It’s a decent addition to the genre, but doesn’t surprise with anything overly original. Then again it’s nicely written and manages not to be annoying, so I’ll definitely be reading the next books despite my obviously failing ban of reading such books.