Something for the start of the weekend!
Author: Jen Frederick
Title: Losing Control
Release date: 16th of June 2014
Series: Kerr Chronicles #1
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Published by: Pear Tree LLC
Pages: 243 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.
Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.
Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.
This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.
Well, it was better than I expected. After deciding to try steering clear of such erotically heavy and rich billionaire/poor little lamb romances, simply due to the reason that they have become dull, highly unoriginal with almost the exact plots and devices (at least the books I’ve come across) and they don’t intrigue me at all anymore, this book for some reason caught my eye and I was forced to go back on my intention. And while I’m happy I decided to give it a go, it didn’t change my mind on why I wanted to give up the genre for a long while to catch a break in the first place.
This book had everything that makes this billionaire lover trope so popular with its own upgrades:
A force-of-nature-like hero who’s ravishing, rich, ripped and, surprise, has a tortured past, BUT, this again probably being a trilogy, I liked that his issues were actually introduced and there wasn’t too much mystery surrounding them, no excessive stalling to keep the excitement up, which usually to me becomes frustration if left hanging for too long. Con – he’s basically a clone of any other such hero, maybe he could have had an interesting hobby (eg. collecting stamps…) to set him apart from the batch?
I was positively surprised by the ending as well, there was still some whining and emotional confusion, but then BAM, everything was so clear and the characters were clear and at ease with their decisions and wants, and it was just beautiful. No overstretched push-and-pull, will-they-won’t-they kind of annoying behaviors or situations.
What sets this book apart from so many others is in my opinion the heroine. Yes, she’s poor and in a pinch and as ordinary as you can be with dyslexia and a sick mother to support with seriously lacking funds. She’s also a babe, of course, and catches the eye of our hero from the first glance – insta love (shudders, blehh). BUT, she’s kind of a cool girl, opinionated, hardworking, tough, able, determined, she’s no delicate little mouse for the hero to mold, command and take care of. Of course, he does all that being the rich and domineering piece of hot man that he is, but she is still her own person and I didn’t feel that he was setting the tone and leading the relationship – Tiny had just as much say and leverage as he.
Then again this had almost everything that forced me to become bored with the trope as well:
It follows the basic storyline of poor girl and rich guy meeting and glorious insta love happening, plus explosive sexual tension and lust. Girl needs money due to private reasons and guy is willing to give himself and anything else the girl wants. The guy successfully weasels himself into her life and takes over. Girl lets, and fantastic sex happens… for about a hundred times after every few pages. The guys dark past rears its head and some angst and conflicts happen and then, well, happy end… or is it?
Also, why does the sex always have to be so, for lack of a better word, impersonal… or is it just me? It’s just simple primitive sex I read, I don’t get emotions or actual care and tenderness with any of those scenes. It’s clinical and too perfect each time.
At the moment, I see room for improvement, but the material is quite promising.
It’s a decent addition to the genre, but doesn’t surprise with anything overly original. Then again it’s nicely written and manages not to be annoying, so I’ll definitely be reading the next books despite my obviously failing ban of reading such books.