“Whatever it is, let’s figure it out together. Let’s find a way through it… You’re safe with me. I promise.”
SQUEE!!!! I’m in LOVE with this trilogy!!
This is the first book of a complete trilogy (how exciting is that — all the books are out!!!) and I read it in one non-stop sitting. My heart was RACING from the first chapter and I literally could not stop smiling!! It’s an erotic contemporary romance (with BDSM). The hero was a SWOONY world famous movie star who was also a sexual Dominant… and he fell in love with a young teacher he ran into at a park one day, who had sworn off sex after a scarring experience in her past. So, these two were total opposites but their CHEMISTRY was off-the-charts and this story was about them trying to make a relationship work. The dialogue was GOLD and I honestly loved EVERYTHING about this book. Total BOOK HEAVEN!!!
“Join Flynn and Natalie as their story unfolds in three full-length books. From New York to Los Angeles, from Hollywood to Las Vegas, their whirlwind love affair has it all — romance, passion, steamy hot sex, relentless paparazzi and a murder that could be their undoing…”
Ok I need to explain why exactly I loved this so much. The main reason (apart from the fantastic writing) was honestly the structure of the story. To be really blunt, there was absolutely no stupidity from either character ever and all the drama came from sources external to the relationship. That’s such an important thing for me! Don’t get me wrong, they had issues to overcome, but I felt like I could understand where they both were coming from every step of the way. Their concerns all felt valid and I respected the way they dealt with their problems. There is absolutely angst and drama but it came from things like relentless paparazzi and not from miscommunication. Gah. THIS is the kind of story I most love reading!
Apart from that, I also felt like I believed them falling in love with each other. Yes, you could argue that their feelings grew quickly, but I personally really do believe that when you meet the right person you just know. So why not act on it? Even though they had instant chemistry, I actually loved the way Flynn never ever ever rushed Natalie into anything she wasn’t ready for. Even before he knew her secrets, and the real reason she didn’t want sex, he still respected her and was willing to wait until she was ready for it.
“He laughs and takes hold of my free hand. I love the easy, casual way he does that, as if we’ve been holding hands forever. It feels natural to me, like my hand belongs wrapped in his.”
Speaking of Natalie. A few things I immediately loved about her: she had strong boundaries and wasn’t going to budge just because a man made her swoon, she was smart (like telling her friend exactly where she was going on her first date with Flynn and not just automatically trusting him because he was hot and famous), and even though she’d been through a lot in her life she was such a strong character. I loved her!
You know when you literally can’t stop smiling as you read because of how awesome the story is?? That’s exactly what happened here.
Oh, and Flynn made me swooooooon!!! He was immediately captivated by her and wanted to get to know her better. He worked so hard to gain her trust and put her at ease in his world. He was gentle, kind and considerate… charming and totally heart melting. This guy rode a motorcycle like a bad boy but cleaned up sharp in a tux on the red carpet. He was this gorgeous, world famous movie star to the outside world, but in private he was just this down-to-earth, all-round good guy …. and also a dirty talking Dominant who was stepping completely outside of his world and lifestyle to be with this woman who he was falling completely in love with. You just got the feeling off him that he’d go to the ends of the earth to protect her. Pure swoon and hotness!! He was impossible not to fall in love with!! YOU HAVE TO MEET HIM!!!
“The more time I spend with her, the more I want her. I want her to be mine. It doesn’t matter that I might not be good for her. I can be someone different for her. I’ll be anyone she needs me to be if it means I get to have her in my life.”
The dialogue was smart and witty! I loved the way both Flynn and Natalie handled their growing relationship. I feel like they asked all the right questions, had all the reasonable fears and doubts, but also took understandable risks to follow their hearts. It felt very realistic despite it’s almost fairy-tale nature.
I was so relieved by how open and honest Flynn and Natalie were with each other. They each had secrets in their pasts that they weren’t yet ready to share but they just came right out and openly admitted that too!! What a welcome relief! No secrecy or lies, just two people falling in love and trying to make it work.
OMG and there was some hilarious stuff in there too!! Natalie has this old dog named Fluff who hated Flynn’s guts. That’s actually how they met… she was walking Fluff and fell, then Fluff bit Flynn but I’ll just let you read that for yourself cuz it was so fun!! But LOL, the scenes with this little hateful (but adorable) dog VS this charming movie star who was trying to win her over were just too funny!!!
He leans in so he’s nose to nose with Fluff. “Get used to me. I’m not going away.”
She replies by showing the ten teeth she has left and growling again.
This is an erotic romance but I loved that the story did not revolve around the sex. The heart of the story was them and the sex complimented the story, but it was not the center of it. Every scene drove the story forward and was (in some way) character building. THIS is how a strong erotic romance should be!
And holy freaking hotness!!! Much of the story feels vanilla because he’s trying to make her comfortable and move at her pace but we do see glimpses of his world in his dreams and ohhhhh my is it HOT!!!!
Despite the fact that being a Dom was such a strong part of who he was as a person, Flynn was endlessly patient with Natalie — never once pushing her outside of her comfort zone. I loved the way he constantly reassured her that nothing she could tell him about her would change the way he felt about her — THAT is the foundation of a solid relationship. Yet another thing that impressed me so much in this book.
He gathers me in even closer to him, his arms tight around me, and all I feel is loved and protected…. “We’re going to figure this out together. One day at a time, one step at a time. Whatever you need, whenever you need it. I’m in this so deep, Nat.”
Ohhhhhh and it got intense towards the ending!!!! But can I just say how much I appreciated that the cliffhanger wasn’t drama between them but rather something that happened to them. Again, LOVED that!
I’d definitely recommend this for fans of Fifty Shades and Love Unscripted (with maybe a dash of The Original Sinners mixed in). I’m absolutely loving the trilogy and am planning to read all three books back to back. I mean, I feel like this review is just a giant list of things I loved about this book but I honestly don’t have even one single complaint to make. This book just had everything I love it in. It had amazing writing, a gripping story, characters I fell in love with and respected, and a romance that made my heart melt. I read it cover to cover in one sitting and can’t wait to go right on and read the next one immediately.
If you’re looking for sexy, swoony, and utterly addictive series to fall in love with, try this!!
Rating: 5 stars!! Erotic contemporary romance.
PS: I apologize if there are any typos, I don’t think I’ve ever written a review this fast before but I just really desperately want to go on to the next book so… I typed as quick as I could. Hehe.
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