Mayfair, London, 1810: Alexandra Alastair, a respectable young English widow, wonders if she dare add the new viscount who’s moved in next door to her list of potential husbands.
He certainly doesn’t look like the gentlemen on her list—Grayson Finley, Viscount Stoke, is tall and sun-bronzed, muscular and blue-eyed. He wears dress so casual as to be unclothed—long coats, leather breeches, shirts without collar or cravat, and he carries pistols wherever he goes. The men who attend him are just as strange, exotic-looking, even. And the way Grayson smiles at Alexandra whenever they pass in the street—sinful, blood-warming—turns her inside out.
In the middle of the night Alexandra hears shouting coming from the house next door, and the viscount’s life being threatened. She rushes over in time to save Grayson from being hanged by his greatest enemy, his former best friend.
Thus is Alexandra pulled into the adventures of Grayson Finley, former pirate and terror of the seas. Grayson has made a bargain with the devil (in the form of the pirate hunter, James Ardmore), in order to ensure the safety of his daughter. He’ll do anything to keep her safe, but when Alexandra saves his life, he looks into her eyes the color of water and starts to drown .
I came across this book because a few people on Goodreads that are in my feed recently re-read a few books in this series and were saying how amazing this series as a whole is. After reading a novella in the series (which in this type of series that feature a different couple in every book should be able to stand alone in my opinion) I don't see what everyone else saw in this book.
This novel (probably because it's a novella in the series) didn't do a good job educating me on how the universe the author built worked. My biggest grievance was with the collars. I wanted to understand how they came to be specifically and how they were built, how long they took to become a necessity. The heroine (for having lived in this world as long as she had) was no help whatsoever. She was just as uninformed as me (the reader) which made her come off as very dense and quite naive.
Ronan was an okay guy. Though he did get overly possessive way too quickly of Elizabeth. Which leads me to something else I disliked about this story: the insta-love. I understand it's a novella, but things getting that "deep" that quickly doesn't work for me.
The ending was rushed and way too easily resolved. Nothing made me feel like anything was a life-or-death situation so it didn't have the emotional impact the author probably wanted. Overall, I would have liked to have had more information on the universe the author created present in this novel, for people like me, who don't always start a standalone book series on the first book.
The Audio Book:
The overall narration was nice, but the story felt like it was missing something which made everything not so good. I will say that there were some words that, to me, were miss pronounced because I'm so used to hearing them spoken one way on tv shows, movies and other book narrations that every time they were said I would cringe a little.
Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away...
Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver's lethal underground scene, Hawk's protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk's Alpha attitude in the daylight, she's not so sure he's the one anymore.
I have a weakness for mountains and cabins and the pictures of Colorado mountains always leave me breathless. You can already guess that I liked the setting a lot. As in a lot.
Cassidy was a great character. She was independent, hard-working, and fearless. She loved what she did and to my relief she wasn't obsessed with clothes, shoes, jewellery, or makeup. She wasn't a kickass like Sylvie, but she also wasn't a doormat like Anya and Hanna. She was confident and knew what she wanted and also went after it with all her passion.
Deacon was cold and mysterious at the beginning, but attentive and caring when they started their relationship. You have to love the man, who cleans the gutters without you nagging endlessly about it. After Grant, who had so little page space, but turned out to be the biggest asshole, Deacon was like a breath of fresh air. And this man had a past. I was sobbing like crazy while reading about it.
Now about the story. The fist half of the book was amazing. I liked the pace of the story, how it flew and gave me time to enjoy getting to know the main characters. I liked to read about Cassie fixing the cabins and laughed when every time John Priest came back, the price of the cabin had gone up. The sex scenes were emotional and you could feel the bond between Cassie and Deacon. I also enjoyed their banter and the way they discussed things.
The second half of the book wasn't so enjoyable any more. There were too many sex scenes and they started "playing" in the bedroom. After that vanilla flew out of the window and all these numerous scenes were about bondage, spankings, and anal sex. The storyline somehow disappeared, I couldn't feel the emotional bond anymore. I started skipping sex scenes again. The only likeable things were that they "played fair", so Cassie wasn't the only one tied to the bed and both main characters accepted the other as they were.
Am I disappointed I read it? No. Am I going to reread it in the future. I don't think so. But I'm looking forward to reading Nick's story and I hope that there is more about Marcus Sloan and Daisy.
Oh, by the way, the scenes in a supermarket, I can totally relate to.