I push the button to close off the front of the car to the back of the car so we can have some privacy. “What’s wrong?” I ask.
“Nothing,” she mutters, averting her eyes.
I frown. “You’re looking at me …”
“I can’t look at you now?” she scoffs.
“You can.” I grab her chin and turn her head. “But not like that. Like you’re hiding something or think I’m the worst man in the entire world.”
“You are,” she says, smirking at her own savviness.
I lick my lips at her comment. “Worse than your father, who sold you to the first bidder?”
Her nostrils flare, and she looks away, blinking heavily. I know I touched on a sore point there, but it’s the truth, and she knows it. Her father couldn’t care less about her, explaining why she’s become such a stuck-up princess. Always trying to grab his attention and then right her wrongs when he wasn’t pleased. Her whole life revolved around making her family happy.
Well, not anymore. She’s mine now, and she needs to remember that.
“I’ll be good to you if you let me,” I murmur into her ear, and I press a kiss just below it. “If you’d just let me kiss you … fuck you … without fighting.”
“No way,” she hisses, but she still bites her lip as I place another kiss on her neck.
“You only say that because you think you should. Because you’ve been taught to act like a lady and defend against any immoral behavior. But you don’t have to with me. I want you to be immoral.” My hand slides up her knee between her legs to right where her soft spot lies. And she clenches her legs in response, her breath faltering. “Be sinful with me. It could be so fucking good.”
I’ve always been a fan of this author’s books (more or less). She has an easy way to her writing that pulls you in right from the start. It was also a relatively short book, so the plot moved along at a good clip. The plot itself was intriguing. An enemy to lovers type of tale. Although, we are still mostly in the enemies part by end of part one. (lol) Still the couple had some decent chemistry, which makes me excited to see where the story goes in the book two.
I was a little surprised by the lack of heat in this book. I am used to this author’s books being sizzling and dirty, but this one was much tamer in that department. However, I am sure the “sizzling” is coming. There was no OW or OM drama. I didn’t find this particularly angsty, but there are a lot of acrimonious exchanges between these two.
Which leads me to the main issue I had with this book, and that was Easton himself. I’ll admit it…I didn’t like him. I didn’t quite understand why he blamed Charlotte for something her father did. And the reason he was angry with Charlotte (a perceived slight) was pretty lame (IMO). Considering he saw what happened to her when she was a girl and stood up to her father, it seemed a little over the top to have that much anger towards her. Her father, ya, fine…I got that part, but the way her treated Charlotte through the whole book rubbed me the wrong way. Now, Charlotte herself I LOVED. She didn’t bow down (most of the time) and I loved that about her. I was cheering her on at the end of this one and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to in the conclusion.
So a bit of a mixed bag with this one. Easton (and his behavior) was the main issue for me, and I am hoping we get a (little) softer Easton in book two to smooth out some of his rough edges. I want to feel that he has some feelings for Charlotte and it isn’t all about revenge and control. So we’ll see…fingers crossed and all that.