ARC supplied by Netgalley.
Since the runaway success of 50 Shades there’s been an avalanche of duets and trilogies, but many of them are beginning to feel very “samey” – swap the names but the plots are almost identical. C.L.Parker doesn’t fall into that trap but brings us a two part story based around a successful, wealthy man and a girl needing money for her sick mother.
What’s different about this novel to so many of the others is that the basic premise of rich man poor girl is used but in a new and different way. Its a believable story that she uses to explain how come rich, suave, attractive Noah is trawling the sex club Foreplay to buy a girl for sex for two years. Lanie too has what seem like real reasons for putting herself and her virginity up for sale – she wants to save her mothers life but doesn’t want her parents to know where the money has come from so the anonymity of the club suits them both.
I liked the premise of the story, it was executed well creating a plot that was believable, and not the thin, easily dismissed ones found in too many books. Some seem to create a barely conceivable story purely for the excuse of selling sex. Sex on every third page doesn’t make an erotic book – actually it gets boring 😦 and I’ve read a trilogy just this past week like that. Needless to say my rating for that was pretty low….In contrast the sex scenes in this book suits the people and the plot. They’re hot, steamy and very erotic. Noah is a kind man, it might seem like he’s being hard hearted buying someone like a slave but he has his reasons, although soon he starts to feel a bit of a heel. Lanie is lovely, cares deeply about her parents, and tries to help them in the only way she can. She starts off resenting Noah and he’s quite impatient with her, but soon the attraction between them becomes more than just sexual and the story starts to build. They have a very volatile relationship with Noah liking control at all times and Lanie not being a natural “yes “ girl. What will happen when he finds out why she’s doing it, what will he feel about her then? What can Lanie do to protect her heart thinking that he isn’t interested in someone like her, especially when she seems some of his past ladies. She feels very much down-market from them but incredibly jealous of them too. Noah isn’t always aware of how she’s feeling and unintentionally creates more jealousy through his actions. Oil and water, fire and ice – that’s how their relationship runs.
Its a good plot, well thought out and executed, and though it’s a two parter (out autumn this year) and ends on a sort of cliffhanger its not an abrupt ending and there is the beginnings of book two showing us the direction they will be taking so it doesn’t feel like the reader is left in limbo – that the type of cliffhanger I’m always complaining about, especially when it can be up to a year before we get next part. Well done Ms Parker for promising us part two quickly 🙂
Like I said I really enjoyed this book, well written with a storyline that’s a different slant to those we’ve been used to seeing in this genre. The characters are great, there’s some interesting supporting casts too – Polly for one! She’s like a whirlwind. Its a book well worth the £4.49 price and its strong enough to join the keepers file for re reading. I’m looking forward to more from Noah and Lanie.
Stars: a solid four – great book 🙂