Monday, April 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Confessed by Nicola Rendell

4.35 Stars

Fleeing the scandal of tainted meat from her family’s empire, Lucy Burchett, 23 (or 22, both ages are given), hits the road and literally another vehicle in her rush to leave her old life behind. Vince Russo, 34, is running too.  A former convict with a Russian mobster on his tail, he wants to start over as well. What ensues is a road trip of adventure, hot sex, finding love, and new identities.
“The Beemer is custom—maple burl wood, full-grain leather—but I don’t know what the fuck is happening with all these pills. It’s like an ecstasy factory. I pick one up and put it on my tongue. Peppermint.”
The early humor in this pulled me in, the descriptions colorful and witty. Told via their dual alternating first person POV, the narration is entertaining and the plot engaging.
“The bar is called the Last Resort. It looks like a shack outside and smells like Pine Sol inside. It’s surprisingly crowded for a place in the middle of nowhere. I’m almost sure there’s a table of Hells Angels to my right as I walk in. Or ZZ Top impersonators with borderline personality disorders. One of them is carving a pentagram into the table with a knife while the rest of them sit watching and grooming their chest-length beards.”
The aforementioned bathroom-wrecking sex in the blurb…sexy and hilarious!  
“The automated hair dryer comes on, blowing on my balls. I’m not gonna lie. It feels fantastic.”
Like I might have read the line to my hubs and couldn’t get it out because I was snorting with laughter. I probably won’t look at automated bathroom features the same way again.

There’s no shortage of sexy times in this story. And while there is a point where a few sex scenes began to feel out of character, as if every edgy romance kink was thrown together, there were enough other things going for this couple to overlook a few scenes that might have been better left on the editing floor.

Overall, I liked both Lucy and Vince. While Lucy didn’t always behave the most cautiously, she certainly wasn’t weak. Hallelujah for a non-virginal, independent, daring heroine. In fact, at some points, she’s pretty bad ass.   
“Barreling down the highway towards Atlanta, exhausted, thirsty and dirty, with my head in my heart and my heart between my legs…”
Vince—I definitely picked up on the shady, criminal vibes at the start. I was wearier of him than Lucy. But he has heart, and when he beats up a misogynist, racist redneck… be still my heart.
“‘Learn some respect for women, you motherfucker!’”
Watching him fall for her and fall apart over her was beautiful. I was rooting for these two to get their HEA for miles. If you enjoy road trip adventures pleasingly void of OW/OM drama, this is one to take for a spin.

*Title purchased from Amazon in April 2019. All reviews written by Book-Bosomed Book Blog are honest opinions. 

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