Losing Control, Jen Frederick

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Losing Control, Jen Frederick
review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Wow – what a great read this was…Tiny makes a great lead. She’s gutsy, loyal, loves her mum – who’s having treatment for a return of her cancer, and even loyal to her jerk of a stepbrother, who’s a real immoral, opportunistic people user. Tiny’s a bike courier, she’s intelligent but severly dyslexic, so struggles to get anything better paid. She loves her mum dearly, but they struggle to pay her medical bills, so as mum was too sick to work she shares Tiny’s one bed, fifth floor flat. Now her mum is too sick to make the stairs, and they really need a ground floor or serviced flat so she can at least get out of the same four walls….but the money – they don’t have it. Desparate Tiny has been doing jobs for her stepbrother, knowing that as they are well paid they’re also dodgy, and through this she meets Ian. She’d already bumped into him on one of her regular jobs, and she feels an instant pull to him. It’s not just his looks, his voice, but the way he is, the way he says her name, and she ends up working for him on a plan of revenge he’s pursuing…
Well, the sexual tension between these two – and the way its written – is fabulous. Sensual, erotic scenes, that sizzle up the pages. Ian’s an inventive lover, and a man who’s full of control in everything. He and Tiny clash over that, he kind of steamrollers her life and she’s not happy about that. She is worried he’ll drop her as quickly as he picked her up, and her heart will break so she’s snarky, tries to close herself off and keep away from him, but he’s not one to give up what he wants. I love both Ian and Tiny, love her snark, her wit, and the way she is. Her mum too – as someone who’s had cancer and chemo via long, long hours on a drip, that part was really true. It is is an exhausting regime, and you do want to give up at times… but Tiny was so good to her mum, and then Ian came along and he was amazing.
So, I love the story but… it feels like half a book, its a great read, I loved the way it played out, but it feels like a train ride taking a meandering, scenic route up a steep mountain. I think we’re almost at the peak, and once we crest that it’ll be a dramatic, breathtaking, tension filled ride to the finish. I’m hoping that part is book two – due out Sept 2014 – and i’ll certainly be looking out for it. It’s one that will make a great read read back to back for me, that’s the way I like to read, to keep the tension and the momentum going. I wish I had it now!! It ends on a natural break, there’s no cliffhanger ending, but a satisfying conclusion to that part of the story.
Stars: Four, loved the book but missed the drama, though when book two is out I think it’ll be a five star read combing both books.
ARC supplied via publisher

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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