Apparently, I wasn’t paying close attention so I got a bit of a delightful surprise when I got into this book. I knew it was going to read a bit rough since it is translated into English and I was fine with that once I adjusted to the cadence of the writing and some grammar quirks.
However, instead of just getting this hot erotic story between a domineering, arrogant doctor and a timid, naive girl that is blind, I also got the twist of the paranormal.
Now, its a neat surprise in the story so I don’t want to say much about it so the reader can experience it too, but I thought that I’d mention it just in case its a sticking point for someone. Another thing I’m going to mention is that this one has the flavoring of a popular erotic romance out there right now, but I don’t see it as more than flavoring because the chief conflicts are not the same. The characters are where the similarity will be strongest. If arrogant jerks and naive girls full of sympathy aren’t your thing, well then…
The story opens with twenty-five year old, Maya O’Bryne determined to break out of the cotton wool that people have wrapped her in for the last ten years since the accident that made her lose her eyesight. She’s blind, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t live a little. She’s left alone in the world since her dad’s death, but she still has her best friend, Jeremy, who would like to be something more and her housekeeper, but then her world expands when her late father’s employer decides that he wants to honor her dad by hiring her to become the office assistant for her middle son at the private clinic where they do cosmetic surgery.
Maya senses there is more to it, but then she is distracted by the fact that her new boss is a Grade A jerk. Orlando is cold, harsh and unrelenting. His rudeness borderlines on threatening and she can’t figure out what is the issue since she is new and just trying to do her job. Orlando Saxton, for all his faults, intrigues her by his strong, sensual sexuality that he is not afraid to flaunt even there in his office with a woman he knows from some private sex club. Maya is tempted by this wanton lifestyle because it is something so wholly different and matches the freedom that she has longed for, but with Orlando Saxton? She must be losing it.
Orlando Saxton has secrets as does the whole family, but he is pretty sure his dad’s suspicion that the little, sweet blind Maya is innocent of the truth and her dad took their family secret to his grave. That isn’t what occupies Orlando’s mind so much as his inexplicable attraction to the pure, innocent that doesn’t realize how close she is to a dangerous predator. His habits are rough and lusty and dirty. She doesn’t fit into this world, but she is curious. He needs to nip this in the bud even if it means doing something harsh that will hurt Maya.
So, like I said, this one has to be read with the knowledge that it was not originally written in English and the translation is not smooth in a few places. I had some moments where the story jumped ahead or dropped a plot thread without full development. I’m not sure if that was a result of the translation, if its part of a series that will address some of this later, or its just rough in the transitions.
I found the premise very strong and the characters had some appeal particularly a few of the secondary characters. I wasn’t so taken with the personalities of the lead characters though I didn’t dislike them. Orlando’s cruel methods pained me, but oddly I didn’t hate him for it. Maya actually showed that she had a bit of larceny in her too toward the end and she wasn’t exactly reluctant to dive in with Orlando even though caution should have been in order based on what she knew.
I found the back story elements an enjoyable twist. The heat action was mostly due to Orlando’s proclivities that don’t involve Maya and are described, but not too closely. Orlando was actually pretty gentle with Maya when he wasn’t trying to push her away in cruel ways that were mostly of the mind game variety though there is one scene of exhibitionism and voyeurism.
All in all, it was moderately engaging and a nice diversion. I’d be interested to see the other brothers get their stories. This would have appeal to those who enjoy erotic romance on a milder scale and don’t mind a mild paranormal twist.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
New to Me #36 author/translation from Italian
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Romance Roundabout #61 ER
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