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Tessa is a real estate agent, a top performer at her agency, and the boss's pet. She is ambitious, talented, and assertive in her job, and she's on track to go places.
Then Damien comes along.
Damien is a transfer from a competing company, and immediately sizes Tessa up as his top competition, literally giving her a run for her money. He ruthlessly sets out to beat her numbers, even using some pretty underhanded methods to go about it.
But things aren't always what they seem, and they both find out soon enough that there's a little more to each other's story than what meets the eye.
3.5 STARS (Rounded up to 4)
This book has a pretty good opening line and immediately starts giving the reader some depth to the main character. Immediately, we know she has a habit of being late, and she's pretty realistic about making a point to work on that but knowing it's not likely to happen any time soon.
Throughout the book, there are some witty lines that made me laugh. The writer has a pretty good foundation on writing well, overall. I also felt like the story flowed at a good pace for the majority of the book.
Then there were the steamy scenes. Quite a few of them, actually! Those, I felt, were well-written and did a good job of pulling me in. In fact, I'd say the steamy scenes are what made this book work, and I especially liked the tension building up to those.
I also liked that the female protagonist/main character was a strong female lead, not just a weak, damsel-in-distress type who needs to be rescued and have other people solve her own problems for her. I definitely liked Tessa's character the most, but Damien's character wasn't so bad himself. Of course, isn't it every girl's secret fantasy to make the bad boy fall so desperately in love with her that he changes for her and her alone? No? Okay, well maybe that's just me.
What could use some work:
My biggest complaint about this book is, I felt like the ending could have been developed a lot more. I felt like there could have been a little more conflict in the final plot twist to help draw it out and keep the reader hooked in to the story. As it was, without giving too much away, it felt almost too easy, and then some emotional stuff that happened a little too instantly for my taste, or maybe not instantly but definitely too fast. This could just be a personal preference that others would not agree with.
Instead of an epilogue, I could see there being a sequel to this book, that goes into the struggles, conflict, and ultimate resolution for something major that was revealed in the end portion of the book, that would let us see how Tess would ultimately reach her biggest goal in life. Those are some stakes, right there.
There were a few minor grammatical errors here and there (against when it should have said again, he when it should have said she). These were few and far between, and not enough to deter me from reading.
Overall, I felt like the story was interesting, and there wasn't any point of the book where I really just felt like putting it down because of my interest level, even though I took several days to read it from beginning to end. It was a fairly quick read, and I would recommend it, especially for the steamy scenes! (/fans myself.)
Tess has worked hard in her career as a real estate agent and is the top seller at her agency. When the new guy, Damian, starts, Tess is instantly attracted to him. Until he opens his mouth and she finds out he's cocky and arrogant jerk. Damian sees Tess as a typical blonde Barbie and begins a war of sorts. Tess is one to never back down and the game is on. When they are forced to work together, the sparks begin to fly. As they grow closer, they each learn that their first impressions of the other are completely wrong.
I'm a sucker for insta-attraction and enemies to lovers stories and this book has both. Tess and Damian are sizzling hot together and I was completely drawn into the story.
This story too deals with love. It is about how the initial hatred for and anger against a person slowly gets replaced with love. There is attraction, there is passion, but in the end, it is the mutual feelings for each other that matters. This story is about relationships and romance in the true sense of the term.
The story is very simple, in fact, if need be, it can be narrated as a short flash fiction. Yet, what sets it apart is the manner in which it has been narrated. Libby has a distinct writing style and that is what had compelled me to read all her stories. Her stories are not complex but the emotions depicted are. Reading it would make to want to run to the protagonist and give her a hug. It kind of generates empathy, making you want to be a part of the happenings that are going on. The story is for a mature audience yet, Libby has given more emphasis to emotions like love, pain, sorrow. Her writing makes you live through emotions as you keep reading.
There are not many characters and that complicates a writer's task. Yet, Libby has done complete justice to portraying the vulnerabilities, the strengths and weaknesses of all the characters. The complexities in human relations, emotions, drama, are all elements that have been brought out in intricate details.
To sum, I loved the series and there is a tinge of disappointment that it has ended. This story, though a part of the series, runs parallel and that sets it apart from the other three. It is a must-read for all those who believe in the magic of love. It is a key to all the others who have an open home but closed heart. On the whole, an awesome piece of writing.
P.S - I chose to read this book for the writing style of the author and the review is an unbiased opinion. I hope there are more stories to come from this upcoming author.
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