Determined: Elizabeth Brown (Day four of the review challenge)


Another day, another review from mylittlebookblog; today is number four of the review challenge and so far so good. I’m currently finding the challenge not only rewarding in terms of helping to deliver some of the older reviews in my inbox but it’s already helping me improve my review writing on the whole. I find I’m enjoying writing the reviews more as the days go on, and I’m reviewing the books more as a whole rather than fixating on every little detail. Today’s review is a sultry read from the lovely Elizabeth Brown; enjoy readers.

Samantha Sharp always knew her direction in life. Do well in school, attend a top university, graduate with honors. Having secured a plum gallery job right after graduation, she was well on her way to accomplishing her goals. That is, until a chance meeting with a handsome stranger made her question her life’s entire course. Billionaire David Keith was sexy, successful, and on the wish list of every woman in San Francisco. Sam knew it was dangerous to hope she was different than all the women David normally dated, but for the first time, success wasn’t the only thing on Samantha’s mind. Would this distraction be her undoing?

So a little bit of a contrast to yesterdays incredibly intense book The Cage Legacy. As the blurb describes the book follows the steamy relationship between Samantha Sharp and the devilishly handsome David Keith. The two meet at an art gallery event and after an accident with a glass of wine and a white dress the two end up in a car back to Samantha’s. Intrigued by each other the two part ways but this is not the end of this potential love story. David is intrigued by the young female and will do anything to make sure the two cross paths again; this isn’t difficult when you’re a billionaire and the two embark on a burgeoning relationship but will it stand the test of their differences? Read on to find out.

So it’s best to get this bit out the way first; it’s not the most original of story lines however don’t write this story off just yet. Yes, sweet kind-hearted honest female meets incredibly sultry but closed off business man with a troubled past. Despite this it is a sultry read that is definitely going to keep a reader of romantic literature entertained. In terms of storyline it is a little formulaic but the character profiles are well rounded; David is a generous character with a controlling nature whilst Sam is elegant but with a flirtatious streak which does tend to get her in a number of difficult situations. Attractive and confident her air of sophistication helps to ensnare wealthy David effortlessly. Yes it is a little typical and maybe a little contrived but perfectly enjoyable.

Reading the book I thought to myself that this is a fantasy read; he send her flowers without thinking, he finds out her dress size and sends her a beautiful outfit with the most darling pair of shoes. He jets her off to different events around the world and travels with her and her family to Tahoe on a private jet to celebrate thanksgiving. The chance of it happening in one of our lives is yes very little but this book kind of makes it feel like it could be. It makes the fantasy feel a little closer to home. The chemistry between them feels realistic and genuine and although the connection is very sudden I did find myself engrossed in their relationship. Additionally, the sex scenes are very steamy. This lady does not hold back on details; hot and heavy I found myself blushing relentlessly on the bus to work this morning. I did also enjoy watching their relationship develop from the initial spark to a potentially fully committed relationship.

In terms of negatives, the two do fall for each other incredibly quickly and although their relationship does suffer some adversities it is very trouble-free and almost effortless. I guess for me, I don’t want to always read of the perfect relationship because love isn’t trouble free. I also, for some reason didn’t find myself fancying David, which I was a little miffed about, he didn’t capture my imagination however I know he will for many others. Despite this I did really enjoy the book because it was such a light and easy read. It really gives the reader that blissfully happy and steamy relationship. Yes it’s a fantasy but we all need a little of that in our lives and if I was about to go on a wonderful holiday away this would definitely be stashed in my bag for the beach. For me a little too clichéd, and little too perfect but a lovely saucy and romantic read.


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