Blurred Lines by Jennifer K. Brand
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He was alluring in the kind of way that makes good girls like me want to break all the rules.
So I did. I broke my rules for him, and in turn, he gave me what I craved.
Hearts and Flowers.
Yet I wanted more. I wanted to know him, claim him the same way he had claimed me. But you can't claim that which doesn't exist. A mirage. A man who showed me one face while showing the world another. A complicated man. A dangerous man.
Now I'm caught up in his world. Trapped under all that is dark and dangerous. From hearts and flowers to guns and knives.
I want out. But I fear it's too late.
When a client from Lori Brinkley’s law firm treats Lori and her team to a trip to Barcelona, little did she know that her life would be forever altered. It’s there on her relaxing escape that she meets Davide Valenti, the mouth-watering hotel manager who sweeps her off her feet in a week of passion. When her time in Barcelona came to an end, Lori left a part of her heart there with Davide, and her return to the normalcy of her life in the states didn’t ease her pain. A year later, when she finally had enough wondering “what if?,” Lori packed up and went back to find the man who she just couldn’t forget. What she found there was not what she expected, though, and she was hurled into a world of danger that she never signed up for.
So, the premise of this story had me intrigued, because I love the whole “Rico Suave is actually a bad, bad, boy” concept. Lori’s questionable decision to go all the way back to Barcelona for a guy she only knew for a week aside, I was excited for the thrills and drama that I knew would come with her finding out Davide was not what he seemed. Davide did a complete 180 from the man she’d met, going from sexy romantic to coldhearted bastard in a blink. He was between a rock and a hard place, having to pretend to be the lethal monster he was meant to be while at the same time wanting to keep Lori safe from his world. The question was whether or not he could be convincing enough to protect her without blowing his own cover, which meant a whole lot of tension between these two lovers.
While I liked the push-and-pull of Davide having to play two sides, the emotion behind what he and Lori were supposedly feeling was lost here. Lori came across as too needy and oblivious at times, and for an intelligent, successful attorney, it annoyed me that she was so naïve. Davide was so drawn to her and she to him, but all they really seemed to have was a great physical chemistry that at times was over the top for their situation. I wanted to feel their connection so I could get more into the story, but it just wasn’t there for me. I did like the action and unexpected turns, though, so all in all it was an enjoyable read!
“You really have to stop sneaking up on me,” I said smiling. “Now where’s the fun in that?” he asked leaning to kiss my cheek.
I was starting to love this very European gesture. ~Loc 342
I knew he felt it. But it was as if he didn’t want to put a name to it lest it become real. Every time he touched me I felt it had become more. But he never said those words and I was too much of a coward to. So just like him, I stuck to showing him without the words. ~Loc 631
No, it was not love. He was way too practical for such an impulsive feeling. Yet whatever it was, he’d felt drawn to her. It was the goodness that shined through her. It resonated with everything he wished he’d been, had he been given the chance. ~Loc 1248
Her favorite kind of hero is possessive with a dangerous edge, but has a sweet heart beneath it all. Her heroines are strong and witty and can't wait to tame their men. She loves Gin and Tonics, Spain, Monopoly and kittens :) Look out for her new book Blurred Lines, coming soon!