My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
While I loved the premise of this story, there were certain aspects that I just couldn’t fully connect with. I juggled a bit with the rating but ultimately decided to go with an indifferent 2.5—didnt love it, didn’t hate it—stars.
The story begins with a beautifully tragic prologue, which I found to be heartfelt and believable. Erin has suffered a tremendous loss that forever changes her view on love. She vows never to let ‘love’ anywhere near where it can hurt her again. Enter the sexy and dangerously seductive Aleksandr…
Alek Dostovsky—I initially thought I was going to love you and your infamous playboy ways!–Until the perspectives switched and suddenly the infamous playboy seemed to have lost his ‘swag’. I typically love dual point of views but I don’t think it worked too well in this case. I didn’t particularly like being inside Alek’s head; his inner dialogue at times became corny and just did not live up to his rumored alpha-male tendencies. He made the typical turn-around after becoming smitten in a microwave minute, and I would have liked a steady decline rather than a flipped switch.
Erin’s reluctance to let down her guard was fairly understandable, and although many of her dignified moments were admirable, I never really felt connected to her, either. Her inner dialogue occasionally became irritating—namely, her repetitive use of phrases such as Reckless Me and Righteous Me, but I did LOVE how skilled she was in the art of telling people off. She definitely had some sass!
What I ultimately enjoyed the most was the emphasis placed on the ‘prelude’ concept, as well as the addition of music. I always love when authors include music and other art forms into their work. I also appreciated the slight element of suspense woven in. All-in-all, a decent read that entertained but did not astound.
*Copy kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: High
▪ Romance: Quick connection. Complicated relationship.
▪ Characters: Damaged hero. Strong heroine.
▪ Plot: Fell short for me.
▪ Writing: Descrptive.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Dual Perspectives
▪ Cliffhanger: None
▪ Next Installment: Follow up