From the blurb:
I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.
And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.
His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.
There is a LOT of love for this book out there among early reviewers, and I have to say, much of that is warranted. I think if you are looking for a well written book that is about a woman's sexual exploration after a horrible relationship, this book will suit you very nicely. However, for me, I was looking for so much more- more relationship development, more REAL feelings, a more believable story- and I don't think that was what I got.
The main plot of the story is a woman on the run meets reclusive, rich man, who is also damaged in his own way. While I really liked the fact that Annie was coming into her own, I really didn't buy the whole jump to a deeply sexual relationship with a stranger. From someone with that level of repression to trust someone else so easily with a part of herself that she has never explored, it just didn't read as believable.
Annie was also a bit of a mess of a character. She was so contradictory; bold but shy, blushingly naïve but also a temptress, and I can't help be reminded of many of the "good girl" typical main characters that I've seen over and over again. I didn't find her sexual exploration to be very interesting, and unfortunately that was a main part of the relationship development between her and Dylan.
Dylan... also sort of a mixed bag. I wasn't sure exactly what it was about Annie that he loved so much, other than her inexperience and the fact that they had lots and lots of phone sex. They both had a very surface understanding of each other, and I prefer something deeper than insta-love/insta-connection. I like my relationships in my books to develop slowly over time, with real experiences and real knowledge driving the intimacy. I don't feel like I got that here.
What I did like about the book was the writing. Woah, this author can write a super engrossing tale. I was very impressed with her ability to create atmosphere and draw me into a book that was less than perfect. This author's way with words is something to be admired; she is no amateur. I actually really enjoyed the secondary characters as well, and I could have had the entire story take place in that trailer park, learning more about the rocky and difficult lives of its other inhabitants.
It was hard for me to rate this book because, on one hand, I couldn't put it down, and I think this author is talented. However, at the same time, I didn't like many things about it. I didn't like the mega cliffhanger ending that seemed to come on artificially and with no reason for the conflict, and I didn't like the forced connection between the MCs. Overall, I think this book will be a huge hit with many people, but I don't think I care enough to move on to the second in the series.
**Copy provided in exchange for an honest review**
Catch ya later!!