Embrace, The Affair Series, book 2, S. Layne


Embrace, The Affair Series, book 2, S. Layne
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Genre: Erotica, Romance
I loved part one, full of action and drama but somehow part two has lost that magic for me. Laurie is looking for answers, reeling from everything that was dropped on her in book one, where her private and business lives collided and collapsed. James refuses to give up on her, but she’s still head over heels with Liam. He seems to be promising more one moment but in the next saying he’s happy as they are…running hot and cold again really. That’s what put me off in the first book, even though he’s clearly an incredibly charismatic man. It makes me wonder just why he’s like this. What happened to him? Sadly we don’t get any answers to that – maybe in another book? I feel he’s got such potential if the right person could unravel all the things holding him back. He doesn’t seem to thing there’s a problem though, so until then he’ll carry on as he has been. Its going to be a lonely time for him at some point in his future.
James; he really made up for so much here, though at times like Laurie I was – what the heck is he annoyed about – he’s the one who cheated, had someone else’s hands all over him when Laurie thought everything was perfect. He’s so jealous of Liam, even though he acknowledges he’s at fault. He still can’t seem to tell Laurie what was wrong though, but she discovers though he wouldn’t go for counselling when she suggested it he now is seeing a counsellor. That’s a huge step in the right direction and finally it seems as if he realizes they need to work out what went wrong somehow if he is to persuade her to try again. At the moment though she’s still tied up with Liam, though reeling from the fact he’s been planning for a long time with her father to take over the business she works for. She feels betrayed by her dad, who knows she doesn’t want to work for him, betrayed by Liam because he knew the day after they met who she was but didn’t tell her, and of course there’s still the shock of Becky – her former best friend – and James affair…Poor Laurie.
Then another big shock comes, which takes precedence over everything else. It’s coming up to decision time, Liam or James, or nobody and a fresh start perhaps. James wants her back for good, as his wife, Liam just wants her for as long as they are having fun and won’t commit to more, but his attraction for her is magnetic. What will she do? That’s a great question and a hard decision to take, especially when she has this latest drama to contend with.
Somehow this book didn’t work so well for me, its still a good read but after all the drama of last time it felt a little flat. I got to like James more, especially once he recognised he needed to do more than just say sorry and send flowers. Liam, he’s still Mr Sexy and a real lust magnet for Laurie, but he seems colder, not the same man we first met and as I said I’m curious as to why. I’m also still a bit confused as to why Laurie keeps seeing him, knowing how he acted, and that he isn’t interested in a future with her. Does she think maybe he’ll change, or is it just that she needed to feel attractive, sexy, wanted again after James betrayal? She just doesn’t feel like the kind of lady who’d do flings…
Stars: Four, a neat finish but lost the magnetism of book one for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley.

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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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