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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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There are books that just work. Your heart is in your throat, you are teary, you are cheering for a character, crying for their past hurts, begging them to see what is right in front of them.
This book is one of those. Dahlia and Damien, oh my. Now, there is the kind of chemistry that you want in a book, that you read to experience. They have the kind of connection, passion, and story, that is going to leave me swooning and thinking about this for days.
I absolutely loved Dahlia. She is so strong, but she has such a great heart. I also loved how Damien just gets her, he sees her for who she is and he loves her. There is a part at the end where this is tested, and without spoilers, I could not have been happier about how Emma Hart handled this. (I *might* have sent a message to her about this, I'll never tell). I love it when a book surprises me in a good way. I love it when an author gets to know her characters so completely that she allows them to act as they would, or at least as I think they would.
Dahlia is the more open of the 2 of them, and she does not shy away from letting Damien know how she feels about him. At first, I think her complete dislike of him is a challenge, as it is definitely not something that he is accustomed to being rich, single, and hot. Their interactions are wonderful, she surprises him by her reactions to him, and this is such a treat to watch.
Damien is closed off, not really open to his feelings and terrified of being hurt. I think, in one way or another, this is very relateable to all of us. Maybe it is not as extreme as it is for him, but in one way or another, we have all had the feeling of putting ourselves out there and having it maybe not go as planned, and we react differently the next time. Damien is real, he is a person, his reactions are real, and you believe him as a character.
You spend a lot of the book feeling for him, knowing that he wants to be more open with her, and some of the time thinking "Oh, just talk to her already, it is worth it" but, at least for me, I never got to the point where I was mad at him. You can feel his struggle, how hard it is for him. And, it is so well written that you just can't get really mad at him...and, Dahlia spends enough time mad at him, so that frustration gets a release, so to speak.
Your heart breaks for him too...and, in another thing I have to be vague about because, spoilers are evil (and if I put spoilers in this I have a feeling I will find snakes in my pillow) there is a scene late at night, after work, during a conversation where you get to be in his head as he struggles to talk about something, and you feel for him. So, while he is closed off, you are there for the changes to him emotionally, for the big moments that matter, and they let you know that he really is a great guy, the one that you are seeing really is the real him.
The pacing of the book is really well done, as is the writing and the development of the characters. There is a challenge in a book where the characters start off hating one another; if the author gives the reader too much reason to dislike one of the characters, the romance is then a tough sell. This is not even close to an issue, as you like both Dahlia and Damien from the beginning, and neither of them ever acts in a way that makes you think they are not perfect for one another.
The supporting characters are wonderful, and I love how the relationships Dahlia has turn out to mean she is living in a smaller world than you would think. But at the same time, this gives the story a lot of credibility, as characters and people in real life, don't exist in bubbles. When supporting characters are done well, they make the main characters feel more real, and in this case, the supporting characters are perfect.
I know, vague and talking around events, but I don't know of another way to tell you how much I loved this, how much the book just makes you like and understand the characters, and how drawn to them you are as you are reading. Each scene is perfect, I related to the characters, I wanted them to be happy. And, this connection makes the romance, the sexy times, and the funny times all that much more rewarding.
Any heroine who loves books, well, she already has a place in my heart from the beginning. Once I got to know Dahlia, I think she is my very favorite of all of Emma Hart's heroines. And, as Damien is my favorite hero, this works out nicely.
Obviously, I recommend this title. I would give this more than 5 stars if this was an option.
These contrasting characteristics perfectly describe the hero and heroine of Emma Hart’s latest release, SIN, and there’s no better location/setting for a story rich in secrets and a decadent, enticing, sinfully hot story line than Las Vegas.
At first glance, Damien Fox personifies every woman’s ideal man because of his striking good looks and well-toned body, but once he opens his mouth, he becomes a bit of a smug jerk who believes his smooth moves and calculating actions allow him to claim anything and anyone he wants. But what’s most interesting about Mr. Fox is that his cocksure and smug attitude is more of a facade than anything else; it’s a shield for him to protect himself against his past and against the possibility of someone getting too close to him because he refuses to give that kind of power to anyone ever again.
In order to truly understand why Damien became the cold and emotionless man that he’s perceived to be, Emma Hart slowly reveals his past and his true nature, which means that initially, readers agree with Dahlia’s assessment of the pompous jerk, but as Damien and Dahlia’s exchanges become more about their attraction to one another than about what he wants from her, Dahlia as well as readers begin to see him in a new light and can’t help but want to bring out the man Damien truly is and see if there’s a chance of a future for him and Dahlia despite their shaky start.
Dahlia Lloyd is quite the dynamic heroine - one who Damien drastically underestimates simply because he’s too far under his father’s control at the beginning of the story. Regardless of the tragic events, Dahlia has had to endure, she’s an independent, intelligent, and good-natured woman who counts her blessings despite losing those most important to her. She definitely keeps Damien on his toes from their first interaction, and her sassy personality knows no bounds, especially when it comes to some arrogant man child who thinks he can smooth talk his way into her pants and into the deed to her bar. And as Dahlia figures out a way to beat Damien at his own game, she also helps him let go of the guilt he feels over his past and find a new way to handle things both in the present and the future.
Emma Hart makes Damien Fox work for everything when it comes to Dahlia. They seem to walk around each other for quite some time, never truly succumbing to their desires because there’s too much at stake for both sides. But once they give into their attraction, the rules and the game itself are redefined, forcing both acknowledge what is truly happening between them and what that means for both their personal and professional lives.
The secondary characters in SIN make for quite the entertainment. Abby and Fergus provide a dramatic flair to the story, offering commentary when it comes to Damien and Dahlia’s more than business relationship as well as adding some over the top antics to lighten the heaviness of some of the story line.
I can’t write a review about SIN and not bring up the name and theme of Dahlia’s Las Vegas bar. I absolutely LOVED the concept of The Scarlet Letter and the back story of its creation and its reinvention now that Dahlia’s in charge. There’s something so cool about the bar’s dynamics and what it offers its patrons and I for one would wait in line to experience the ambience of a bar like The Scarlet Letter.
Dahlia and Damien’s story is a fantastic start to what I’m sure will be a sexy and dramatic series, and with who the female lead is in book two, I can’t wait to see how Hart crafts Perrie’s story because that girl has a ton of demons to slay and a past and present that once told will shed light on just how dark and gritty her life became.
4.5 Poison Apples
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