by K.L. Kreig
Series: Finding Me #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20th, 2017
We all have one.
That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.
Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.
What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.
What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.
I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.
About the author:
As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption.
Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).
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This was my second book from this author and after having read and absolutely loved Black Swan Affair I had high expectations on this book. It started out really good and I loved it at first although the story seemed a bit 'dull' in the middle part since nothing really happened which had me feeling a little off because I had loved it until then. It didn’t minder my enjoyment of this book though. The story was well written and had a good pace; just the middle part could've maybe been a bit shortened to keep the reader’s attention.
I liked the main characters a lot even though I couldn't connect with Willow, which could've been because she was kind of a closed off character but Shaw and Noah compensated that because they both were really outgoing and enjoyable characters.
‘I don’t push people away, per se, but I also don’t invite them inside. And while keeping others on the fringes may seem easy, it’s not. Trust me. It’s exhausting. I’m not proud of it. But it took me a long time to figure out that I didn’t know who I was. I lost myself by being what everyone else needed me to be, and how can you let someone in if you don’t know who the hell you are yourself?’
‘Lock everything else down, because if you don’t, you could easily get lost in between what is and what could never be.’
Willow wasn't living the life she once dreamed about but sometimes there is a reason for why things turn out a certain way.
Her current day job doesn't earn her enough money to pay all the expenses, growing bills and care for her mother and her occasional night job isn't a permanent solution even though it brings her fast cash which she’s in desperate need for.
So when Shaw Mercer offers her an awful lot of money for four month of pretending to be his girlfriend, she eventually can't refuse this offer that will help her financial problems tremendously.
But even with terms set for their arrangement and no interest of going anywhere further than that, neither of them can ignore their sexual attraction.
'He's what?Gorgeous? Check.Commanding? Check.Larger than life? Double check.Possesses mind-altering sex-appeal? God, if I could fit a dozen checks in this box, I would.'
'"Shaw Mercer," she repeats slowly like she's tasting my name for the first time. Savoring every consonant and every vowel. Fuck. I sit back and cross one leg over the other to hide my rock-hard erection.'
I loved the interactions between Willow and Shaw but it never really felt like there was a contract between them because even though Willow was closed off (which she probably would have been with any guy), both really were into each other from the very beginning like an average dating couple.
‘In a gravelly voice he tells me, “You feel this thing between us just as much as I do. It’s not going away. It’s going to spread and thicken until it consumes us both, burning so fucking hot and strong it will never be extinguished.”
When Willow's past catches up with her, the story finally picked up and got me hooked again. I can't wait for the conclusion because I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to know what happens next since the book ended in a cliffhanger. Oh my.
This is another great story from this author you don't want to miss! With a great storyline, good writing and well drawn out characters.
BTW I loved Noah from the first second. I surely hope he will get a good story too =)))
-- I received an ARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. --
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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