Series: Embrace, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Kingston “King” James is THE male supermodel. He’s at the top of his game, yet he’s bored. Money and fame come easy, women even easier — until her.She’s everything he thought never existed…
For Phoenix Ryan every day is a reminder of heartache, of all the agony that poisons her soul. She’ll go to any length to appear strong, including convincing herself that she’s actually living —
He’s everything she can’t stand…
As their lives relentlessly cross will they give in? Will they Relinquish?
We meet King with last night’s regret. I tend to have a problem getting into romances where the opening scene depicts the H with some floozy even if he is being a jerk so maybe that led me down the road to meh early on.
King is plain cocky and conceited so his POV chapters, while colorfully written, didn’t make him book boyfriend material for me. His initial and subsequent meetings with Phoenix felt abrasive, and I honestly didn’t feel their connection. In the long run I suppose that was good that I didn’t get too into it because what actually unfolds is a little different.
I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers. Let’s just say that the twist ending in this book felt rather strange. It was more like something you’d find on a daytime soap opera than in most contemporary romances. If you like those types of crazy plot twists, then you’ll enjoy this, but if you prefer something a little more firmly rooted in “reality,” than it will disappoint. I'm not saying it's a bad story or that it doesn't have it merits, but it's not what I was expecting from the blurb.
“Aw, Kitten,” he places his hands on both sides of my face, “Don’t be mad, I had to make sure you couldn’t leave…and I really don’t regret one fucking bit of it. Seeing you like this is worth it,” he says as he leans in to place a quick kiss to my lips.
“You’re straight up crazy, you know that, right?”
“No, there’s no debate, you, sir, are fucking cuckoo for cocoa puffs.”
“Uh huh, that has to be the lamest thing I’ve ever heard come out of your mouth.”
My jaw drops at his ribbing. “Dick!” I yell as I smack him in the arm.
“Okay, sorry…but it’s the truth.”
I smack him again, “Watch it, mister, I bite.”
“Oh, don’t threaten me with a good time, Kitten,” he says with a gleam in his eye.
The doorbell rings. “Saved,” he laughs, “Ready to eat?”
I walk away from him, and out of his bedroom, doing my best to sashay my ass as I pass, and throw over my shoulder, “I have something you can eat.”
He growls, fucking growls so low and deep that the tingling is back between my legs. He snatches my upper arms and flings me backwards to him, my back to his bare chest.
“Careful, Kitten, I already want to make sure your pussy feels me there for the next week. Keep that shit up and I’ll make sure you ache from my cock for the next fucking year.”
SE Dean lives in the Midwest with her husband, two small children, and their bed-hogging dog, Harley. To add to the craziness, last year she decided to go back to school to fulfill a dream of a graduate degree in nursing, and is currently striving towards that goal (pass the coffee and antacid please!). Her love of romance novels led her to writing, and she has plans for many more books in the future.
If SE isn’t working, studying, or being a “super-hero mom” (as dubbed by her eldest – no pressure! Thanks kid!), you can often find her gulping down her beloved Starbucks, glued to her Kindle reading a saucy book, offering free sarcastic comments, cheering on her favorite basketball team, or watching titillating movies.
SE is currently working on the next book in the Embrace series, and can’t wait to share the story with you!