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It was so refreshing to read about intelligent leads. I loved the expression, vocabulary and intelligent (not just witty) conversations and banter between Dominic Knight & Kate Hart. Dominic is a self-made billionaire and master of his universe, that being a global tech empire. He is a man who always gets what he wants and does not accept "no" as an answer from anyone. And, with Kate, he is relentless but smoothly so, and let me say, I love a powerful man in pursuit! I was also happy to find such a strong heroine in Kate, who has these mad skills in cyber-forensic accounting. The description of her work in her perspective was actually enthralling, as she described her work as giving her an adrenaline rush. Perhaps, that is how she connects with Dominic, as they both are thrill seekers.
This author is really good and I enjoyed her style of writing. It's written with an omniscient narrator which reminded me of Tolstoy's style of writing in Anna Karenina. It was interesting to get the perspective of surrounding characters, especially in Dominic's life, showcasing how different his pursuit of Kate was. Initially, Kate was largely aversive to Dominic's domineering approach, but you got to see Dominic soften and bend to win Kate over, and win her over he did!--At least in the bedroom. For that reason, there is a lot of sex. The plot builds mainly around two strong personalities trying to meld together.
The only time this book got tedious was when Dominic and Kate were moving from "vanilla" to "kinky" in the bedroom. Kate was almost ridiculous in her argumentative nature toward Dominic. It was actually tiring because she had this green light/red light thing going on with Dominic. It was "yes," then it was "no"--her signals were all screwed up. It was almost manipulative on her part. Anyhow, as seems to be the pattern in trilogies, this one doesn't end well. So it's on to the next book to find out how Dominic is going to get Kate back!
Regarding the narrator, Elena Wolfe, she performed masterfully. I loved her sweet voice for Kate, and she did a good job with the masculine voices, as well.
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Katherine "Kate" Hart is a 22 year old MIT graduate. She is a forensic accountant and an IT guru. She has mad skills and is extremely intelligent. Kate is feisty, driven, focused, can be a bit selfish/self-centered and at times argumentative. She grew up in a happy loving home, has not major hang ups, not body image issues.
Dominic is a 32 year old widower billionaire. He owns several corporations and is also very intelligent. He is a BDSM playboy, though that lifestyle doesn't show up much in this trilogy. Dominic is single minded, focused, driven, initially a bit shallow and self-focused. His childhood was affluent but emotionally painful. He doesn't always listen and is emotionally distant.
This book is the first in a trilogy, it is not meant to be a stand alone and ends in a cliffhanger. Don't get it thinking you will be able to stop after just 1.
I enjoyed this series greatly. The narrator was excellent. The language and editing used were first rate. The story grabbed me and sucked me in from the beginning. I definitely recommend it!
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