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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1984225456
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- Publication Date: February 8, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0797Z1WQZ
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by Lisa Lace
I received a copy for an honest review.
One of Lisa Lace's Contemporary Romances, this novel touched me as deeply as her Mail-Order-Alien-Bride.
As usual, she creates an alpha male who loves completely and wholey, who wants to be more than his corporate raider father sees him. Edward is the company hacker who wants to do more than allow his father's company to digest companies and spit them out in pieces. He sees his chance in Mia's cosmetic company. And in Mia, he sees the love of his life, including her daughter.
When his father dies and leaves most of the main company to Edward and the foreign companies to his brother Jackson, Jackson swears revenge on Eddie and tries to use Mia and her daughter get it.
Edward puts up a fight, with paper and pen instead of blaster or sword as her more interstellar heroes, but he does just as well.
The love scenes hit you in the gut and often lower as it is clear Edward is head over heels in an instant. His reaction to Mia's daughter is heart melting even as her true identity is revealed. He is gentle and loving all around.
Jackson, while the typical villain, has a deeper and dark layer that is reveals as the book goes on.
Mia, a heroine who may waffle in her love life, never once waivers on her need to be a separate and independent woman and mother.
While this is labeled a contemporary romance, it could easily have played out as a fairy tale, making it all the sweeter. Mia even has a Fairy Godfather and Edward a fairy Godmother by other names.
As usual, Lisa's shift POV's are easy to follow by her command of her character's inner language. The text itself is gorgeously done.
5 out of 5
This book is Book Nerd Approved
I Had trouble getting into this book. When I read a book, I usually feel like I am right there with the characters. This time however, I was outside looking and listening/reading in on them. It is probably because I could not relate to Mia at all. The book should come with a rape trigger warning. But again, I was pretty removed from the story, so it did not feel all that bad. Still, I have trouble relating to women who do not fight for themselves.
The story had a great premise and was interesting, this the four stars. I finished it in 2 days, so it definitely kept my interest. There were just too many things I could not relate to.
I am not into dominant/submissive stuff. So, maybe I just don’t know what a dominant guy is like. But I would think he would be confident in and out of bed. But Edward let’s his father and brother walk all over him on the beginning of the book. Sure, he does stuff behind their backs when he believes something is right, but in person he just does not give off the dominant vibe when his family is around.
Mia and Edward are great together, but with the different aspects of his personality, it seemed to me like he was putting on a show in bed to satisfy her submissive needs. I could totally see him needing a slow and sweet moment in bed with her that would not include dominating her and I am not sure that Mia could physically enjoy that.
The other issue I had was the fact that Edward knew not to trust his brother. Heck, from the amount of times his brother offered him that drink, I knew there was something wrong with it, but not Edward. I simply had trouble suspending disbelief on this book.
But Edward is loyal to Mia throughout no matter how many times she jumps to conclusions and kicks him out. His escape trip seems out of place and out of character, but I guess that was his breaking point. I am glad Mia came to find him before he could do something stupid.
In the end, they have their HEA.
It was hard getting into this book, there were too many times where I went...what ?? What bothered me the most is when Edward went away and what happened, first he won’t let Mia go no matter what and then he gets into all that stuff on the island, to me that was cheating and those chapters seemed out of place and not needed, at least not like that...maybe because I didn’t like it but I lost respect for both Edward and Mia right there, no matter how it was justified or why he did it. Also what happened to her in college, it was more of a passing...oh well it happened...if the man did it once he’s done it many times. There were also questions left unanswered...who was the mole ? Who got to Mia’s will ? What were the charges for the jail sentence ? There were steamy scenes and acts of submission, the plot was good and I liked how Edward was honest in the beginning with Mia.
*I voluntarily read an advanced copy and expressed my honest opinion*