Top positive review
Love the beginning. Missing point for not having the whole enchilada in one sitting!
Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
Sade Rena is among my new favorite writers in the IR category. Her story was categorically erotic, it started with the heroine giving herself eros love yaw, and I was worried, but then we get an angsty, wholesome complete (well half complete love story) between two really likeable characters and normally I don't like baldish or bald guys in books, but the hero is just magnificent, sporting some bad boy tats and a beard. He's super sweet and kinda one of the best heroes ever, assertive and masculine but also genuine and thoughtful (total suspension of belief is required for some of his many amazing acts of care towards the heroine (but it's a romance novel, people are more sensitive and thoughtful in the HEA world (duh)! Nothing better than seeing a beautiful brown skinned woman being treated like a queen! The hero totally comes through. The heroine was a little hesitant but couldn't resist having a connection with another person, and the depth of conversation grows through the course of this short read.
A plus especially for a subordinate heroine situation: there's no abuse or non consent, there's no usage of power in this dynamic lorded over the subordinate, there's no cocky douchebag displays of masculinity but there is straight confidence and real talk from the hero. IR rarity!
Another reader worthy aspect: Tons of cute feels and also sexy times with an even amount of chemistry for the first book in a series. I do hope there is some resolution in the book as it has a workplace drama in the backdrop and a heroine who wants to earn respect for a job well done, not on her back.
I love the sweet, witty banter between hero and heroine. I adore that he respects her decisions throughout the story regarding the inevitable meetup. I found it refreshing that they didn't jump into bed and their first time together was super realistic and a little imperfect. This isn't a story for people who are fainthearted and it isn't all sexy either.
I viewed the book as tender, sophisticated and sweet, rather than just erotic despite having erotic scenes and a premise around phone love. The author executed the themes and tropes really brilliantly. I almost expected to say this book was too much or over the top but it was just the right temperature as the heat level goes.
The most ironic aspect of this book is how it meets a desire to know someone despite it starting as a spontaneous phone love conversation. The heroine and heroine are candid, mature and cool. Really enjoyable read. As I said I'd have preferred to have a really long book that allows me to dig in with a cup of tea in the corner of my couch. I found myself wondering about the whats next and backstory for the two mains and it's a good thing, as I've read books in the past full length with underdevelopment.
Well, hope to see what's next! Trying desperately not to be a spoiler. I can't lie after the boyfriend experience I'm hoping for full length books from this author. She just landed a steady reader.