As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.
On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon learned he was only a temptation, a pit stop on the road to the rocker’s dreams, and Jessen was gone as quickly as he’d come. Ian buried his heartache in academia, the only home he’d ever known.
When Ian encounters Jessen at a party, the seven-year separation seems insurmountable. There’s too much pain, too much distrust. But Jessen declares he has a new dream, and that’s a life with Ian.
Ummm, I couldn't really tell if this was a romance, or simply erotica with a good bit of mental badminton over a very short-lived past desertion.
I found it pretty difficult to get into the story to begin with, as instant infatuation immediately seemed to turn into insta-love.
Plus, the wording wasn't flowery per se, but it felt right on the cusp to me, which I found distracting. That tendency seemed to dissipate a bit as the story progressed, or maybe I had just gotten more used to it, I'm not sure.
I wish those extra words had been used to explain the *precise* event, laid out with full detail, which caused Jessen to abandon Ian in favor of continuing to tour with his brother. As explained, I was left with many more questions than answers.
The steamy bits were well-written and very hot; however, I got that they were hot, beautiful, gorgeous very early on in the story, so I didn't feel the need to be told again on nearly every single page. I was already sold on the physical descriptions.
I'd have to rate this novella at slightly under 3 stars, mainly for the physical sparks between the MC (aka the 'sexy times'), as there were very few specific detailed examples of events from their past that had made them who they were, deep down.
My copy of the book was provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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