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This is the type of book that I find really hard to rate. I really loved the chemistry and intensity of the connection between the leads, Derek Alexander and Melissa Jones, but there was one thing that made it lose stars for me (which I'll mention later).
Derek and Melissa meet in Scottsdale, Arizona as Melissa is on a spa retreat with her best friend Elaine, and Derek is staying at the same resort for a conference. He is also accompanied by his best friend, Patrick. The hot, steamy sexy-time between Derek and Melissa begins right away, but it's always somewhat strained because Melissa is in the middle of a really bad life event that she refuses to disclose (to the reader and the male lead). Yet, I enjoyed how Derek sought her out and, oh boy, when Melissa stopped churning the wheels of indecision in her head, these two couldn't stop the floodgates of their passion. However, my issue stems from when Derek and Melissa part ways after spending a hot, but emotionally road-blocked week with one another. So, while Melissa goes through her "stuff" (which is pretty bad), well Derek is not present in the book….his absence was too long for me (maybe for about 1/3 of the book). And, it pissed me off that the secondary characters, the "best friends" had a smoother love affair than the leads….GGGGrrrrr!!!! Derek reenters the book right on time, but 38 minutes before the book ends!!!! UGH!
The only thing that made Derek's absence balance out was the beautiful epilogue. It is from Derek's point of view and it's the only time where you get Derek and Melissa, hot and steamy with no road blocks in sight (well not major ones). The other redeeming quality is that there is a second book in this series that is dedicated to Derek and Melissa and when I read that I was like, "damn straight!!!" The author needed to remediate Derek's absence in this book and give readers some more sexy Derek and Melissa time.
Narrators: Lucy Rivers did a fantastic job narrating the majority of the book. Christian Fox came in at the end as he narrated only the epilogue. His voice was super sexy and dreamy.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This story is fundamentally flawed because the only time the two main characters interact is to have sex. There are no opportunities for the reader to learn anything about these people, their histories or their quality of their characters. Then we are supposed to believe that they fall in everlasting, soul-mate love as an outcome of their "one week stand." It just does not track. The author spends all of her time describing sex scenes and no time describing the characters. Her dramatization of the sex is not that exciting either, so this book really has nothing to recommend it. Save your credits.
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