Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Audible Studios
Released on December 24, 2013
Length: 11 hours 4 minutes
Source: Audible Romance Package
Looking forward to reading something from Kristen Proby, I think I picked the wrong story to start. It’s a sexy book with high octane amounts of sex. Lots and lots of sex that had me skipping and skipping to get somewhere.
The story starts off with a harsh confrontation when Natalie Conner is taking pictures of the calm beach when a stranger confronts her trying to take her camera. Luke Williams is tired of people trying to get photos of the reclusive former actor turned producer. The altercation ends with some attraction, some fear and a lot of irritation. Only they don’t exchange names or numbers. Running into each other is a chance happening and the romance starts to flow kind of hot and fast from there.
Natalie comes off cold-hearted on the way she handles men. A tragic incident in her younger years has jaded her on love even if she has witnessed it in her parents, who are deceased now. Luke seems to pull the tale from her and worm himself into her heart as he starts to obsess with his need for her. Often he does something unwittingly wrong. Sometimes she does something he has asked her not to do. The jealousy that rolls off Luke often struck me as harsh and wrong. Like he can’t trust her to keep her pants on with any other guy.
Erotic photoshoots keep Natalie busy, but she doesn’t need the money. Luke also doesn’t need money. The two just need each other and at times….well, it just got to the point that it felt overwhelming and the story was just dragging on. I understood the wounds each had. Oh, Luke had a fan kill herself over him, thus he doesn’t want to act any more. He also had a bad relationship at one time, but you don’t see him running from love, you see him almost obsess over his love for Natalie.
The arc of the story comes when they seem to break up. Someone gets hurt. Someone feels guilt. And some people just think sex is the answer. Sex seems to be the answer for a lot of things in this story. Overwhelmingly I was a part of so much sex. Did I say there was a lot of sex? One more time. Sex.
There is a point when sex just doesn’t make the story better. Cutting out half of those scenes might have actually made it better. I ended up fast forwarding thorough a lot of them and the is the crux of my problem with the story. Throw in I never really like Natalie and Luke just scared me in a creepy way.
There are beats to every story. I just had a hard time understanding what beats this one was trying to hit with me.
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