Monday, January 26, 2015

Undersold (City’s Secrets, #1) written by B.B. Hamel (151 pgs) – finished reading 1/25/15 – 4 stars - Contemporary Romance (Erotica)

The story pulled me in right from the beginning. There’s just something so powerfully erotic about a mysterious man, and Shane Green was just that man. Shane is confident and strong. Not just in body, but in attitude and spirit too! He’s rather the controlling type, making rules as he goes along, but there’s a disturbing reason that has to do with his family that pretty much dictates as to how and why he lives his life so privately. Oh, and here comes little nerdy and plain Amy Woodall. To herself she’s just your normal hard-working young woman. But, to Shane, she’s much more than that. When they finally come face-to-face under unusual circumstances, they’re both shocked by the familiarity with each other. They’ve been secretly in contact through an on-line dating service while neither realizes who the other is. What will happen as Shane’s need for privacy and rules regarding their relationship comes into play? Will Amy go along with Shane’s need for secrecy?

This novel sucked me in from the very first page. It was a short quick read that packed a punch with family, friends, and lovers. I wasn’t always the happiest with Shane and Amy. I thought that Shane was just a little too controlling with Amy. His feelings seemed to come first and foremost. But, when I found out Shane’s reasoning for all the privacy and his need to safeguard the ones he loved, I felt that he was more than justified when it came to his actions. I couldn’t help but feel what a protective and loyal man he actually was. And, Amy at times came off a little desperate when it involved Shane’s will to dominate her. It just seemed like whatever Shane wanted her to do, she did. She was somewhat of a doormat. Sometimes I didn’t think that Shane realized just how much he was hurting her.  But, in reality, Amy seemed like she would do just about anything for the people she loved.

This was an enjoyable first novel from new author B.B. Hamel. She writes her characters with devotion and integrity. Their love story was erotically passionate with a strong emotional connection. I did like the take on how the handsome billionaire was attracted to the nerdy tech employee. The idea totally swept me away. As the story is written in Amy’s POV, I couldn’t help but feel her pain when a death claims one of her family members.  It was very sad and touching when she realizes that they are no longer suffering. The author brought me into the story with interest and emotion from the very first page until the warmhearted ending brought closure to their story. So looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

**Thanks to the author for providing me a copy for an honest review**

Review Written, 1/26/15

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