I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Bantam on October 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Source: the Publisher
Cara Michal has had to fight every step of the way to earn her place in the glittering seven-figure world of Wall Street. Years ago her hardworking father, a small-time investment adviser, was humiliated and wrongfully accused of fraud. Now Cara is at the top of her game, trying to support not only herself but her mother and brother. The occasional night out dancing soothes Cara’s soul, even as a bitter need for revenge against the man who destroyed her father makes inner peace elusive.
Then, in a moment of heat, Cara kisses a sexy stranger at a party—only later to discover that the man is Branden Duke, her new boss, an infamous operator with a wicked reputation in bed and on the Street. Branden is a man who seemingly has it all—except a woman who connects with him on a physical and emotional level. Now that he’s found Cara, he’s not sure he can let her go, even if he should.
In spite of herself, Cara is drawn to this charismatic guy. He is a challenge like none she has ever faced in her life. Their passion for each other is unquenchable, surprising them both with its ferocity. Even as Cara wonders if she can trust this man with her heart and soul, the ecstasy of their love cannot be denied. But when the past threatens the present, the two are faced with a truth from which they may never recover.
Cara Michal is one of the hardest working women on Wall Street. She has to be. Not only is she a female player in a male-dominated profession, but she must support her mother and brother as well. And that doesn’t leave room for mistakes. Then she meets a sexy stranger at a party that seems to pull the rug out from under her. Especially when Mr. Sexy Stranger turns out to be her new boss. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Cara simply can’t let anyone jeopardize her career.
I’ve never read anything by Virna DePaul, but I have a feeling this will not be the last book I read by her. I definitely enjoyed the premise, even if I didn’t really understand a lot of the financial background of the main characters. The middle…the middle left something to be desired though. The characters seemed to wander a bit. For example, Cara was constantly going back and forth with her “I want him, but I can’t have him. Oh wait, yes I can. No, I can’t.” Some waffling is fine, expected even. But this happened over and over again to the point where I wanted to skip through whole scenes because it was boring and repetitious.
The saving grace – and what makes me want to read more of Ms. DePaul’s books – was the complex characters with interesting backstories as well as the smoking hot sex scenes. Branden was an atypical alpha – definitely dominant and alluring, but with a caring, sensitive side typically seen more in beta heroes than alphas. Cara was powerful and independent in her own right. Together, they make a striking power couple.
Drama, Intrigue, and a dash of suspense coupled with a great romantic plot – definitely check this out!