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.
*If dirty-talking, dominant alphas are not your thing, move along. Mature, 18+ only. Book 1 in a 2-part duet.
LOST IN BETWEEN is a combination of Pretty Woman meets Fifty Shades of Grey, except that I didn’t find the story to be nearly as enjoyable. Rave reviews of KL Kreig’s previous book and the gorgeous cover for this one, had me dying to get my hands on this story. Maybe I went in with my expectations set too high. I just never could connect with the story.
The hero, Shaw Mercer, is described as a billionaire playboy who is the object of every woman’s desire but whose affection is nearly impossible to obtain. This man has no problem getting any woman he wants and he dabbles in quite a bit of sexual debauchery, including having threesomes with his equally hot business partner, Noah Wilder. I was excited to get a taste of a menage with two heterosexual men enjoying and sharing one woman among them but was so disappointed when it never happened. The synopsis alludes to a triangle but the other man turned out to be someone I hadn’t expected and who just came out from left field. I would have preferred the other love interest to be who I had envisioned when I first started to read this story. I won’t give away my thoughts on that so as not to spoil it for those who plan on reading this. I was disappointed again when Shaw turned out to be far from the alpha male he was described as in the beginning of the book. For most of the story, he acted like a jealous, obsessed and lovesick puppy dog. He was literally wrapped around the heroine’s pinky.
Shaw’s father is a politician who is up for re-election and because Shaw’s sexual escapades make for bad press, his parents order him to settle down with a girlfriend. His friend Noah helps him by hiring a beautiful young woman who works on the side as a paid escort to help pay for her ailing mothers in home nurse and other medical bills. Willow Blackwell is a beautiful young woman who is haunted by the untimely deaths of both her sister and her father. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders as she is the only one left in her family with the sole responsibility of caring for her mother who has developed advanced Alzheimer’s. She works part-time using her voice for audio books of romance novels and also as paid arm candy to lonely but wealthy men. She doesn’t sell her body, just her companionship. Shaw is shocked when he is introduced to Willow, as they had already met during a minor fender bender days before. Their attraction is almost instantly ignited and burns hotter than anything they’ve ever experienced. The deal they make is to pretend to be a couple for a few months till his father’s election. Shaw makes it clear that at the end of the three months, they’ll be going separate ways. Well, the guy couldn’t be more fickle if he tried. He says one thing but he pushes her every chance he gets to bare her soul to him.
Shaw’s constant come-ons became increasingly less sexy to me and at times I found his vocabulary to be that of an eighty-year-old proper English butler. He was hardly coming off as a dominant alpha male to me. I couldn’t even feel a connection to Willow’s character either. She just seemed one dimensional to me.
This could be a case of where “It’s me and not the book”, but I won’t be continuing on with this series. I still plan on giving this author a chance as her other books have gotten some pretty outstanding reviews. Maybe I just picked the wrong book to start off with.
LOST IN BETWEEN is currently available.