Young interior designer Ava O’Shea has an appointment for a first consultation at The Manor with the owner, Mr Jesse Ward. She is expecting nothing more than an overweight, cravat wearing, well-to-do countryman, and on arrival, nothing would suggest otherwise. How wrong could she be? This Man is devastatingly handsome, charming and confident. He is also a conceited, hedonistic playboy, who knows no boundaries. Ava desperately does not want to be attracted to him, but she can’t control the overwhelming affect he has on her. Every instinct is telling her to run, so she does, but Jesse Ward is not so willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her. She knows she is heading for heartbreak, but how can she run when he won’t let her?
Well I had this book for a while, I was thinking about starting it a while ago, but I got sidetracked. When I started this time it was because of lack of ideas, but after the first 50 or so pages I was hooked.
I will address this here, before going in depth because I know that this is something that bothers some so…Jesse is controlling, very controlling in fact and frustrating, BUT, yes there is one of those…there always is one of those, he is not a Dom thus the book is not about/with BDSM in spite of some graphic scenes presented in the book. I really hope that this will not deter you from reading the book.
The book might seem similar to Fifty Shades of Grey, but it has it’s unique plot, characters and everything else in fact. I was against reading similar books for a while, but after reading Crossfire I changed my mind and I am glad that I did because I truly fell in love this book. I started reading it in the afternoon and I was still reading it at 5 AM the next day. I would have finished it if I could, but my eyes stopped cooperating at four-ish. I haven’t been this impressed by a book for quite some time now. I guess you can tell by now that it is not short, but I really wanted it to be even longer. Thankfully it is only the first book int his completed series.
Now about the characters…
I loved Ava, I really did. Ava is the perfect model of a 21st century woman. She is someone who did very well for herself at an early age, she managed to become someone in one of the biggest and more competitive cities in the world: London. She works hard, but she also knows how to party and make friends which is something to be admired because not many are able to do that successfully.
Ava is very easy to like. I am glad for the first meeting with Jesse because then we discover that despite sounding quite confident she cans till be shy and affected at times. She is by no means perfect which makes me like her even more. I loved the fact that she is not easy, she did not jump in bed with Jesse when she had the chance. And not even after
“Just tell me one thing before you leave, Ava.” His voice prickles at my senses… His face is serious, but still stunning. “How loud do you think you’ll scream when I fuck you?”
She tried as long as possible to resit him and reject him and not because she wanted to play hard to get, but because it was something she truly wanted to do despite Jesse being one of the most amazing man she ever met.
Jesse….hmm, he is one of the most frustrating characters I’ve “met” so far, but also the most lovable. He is strong, powerful, he knows what he want to tries his best to get it. Right from the beginning I was able to tell that he knows the meaning of the word NO even though at times it seemed like he would never give up. Despite many of his faults he would never hurt anyone.
He has a sordid past, just like many of the other characters we grew to love, but he can be very sweet and protective, sometimes more than necessarily.
“I want to look after you forever.” He whispers, pressing his lips against my temple.”
I am trying to keep my end of the bargain, I really hope I have not included any spoilers because that is not my intention. I try as much as possible to keep my reviews spoiler free.
The plot is very complex despite the fact that everything happens so quickly. I loved the way that this book was written, the author surely knows how to capture your attention and make you become involved in the life of the characters, make you connect with all of them and sometimes make you become them.
I am not going to say that this book does not have it’s faults because it does, just like any other book ever published. There are a lot of sex scenes for my taste, but you could easily ignore them or go over them fast. There were some things that I found hard to believe, but who knows, maybe they do happen to some…I do not live in their world, so I cannot tell you that they never happen. Some people are more eccentric than others…
The cover is absolutely brill. It fits to a T.
I recommend reading this book because you have no idea what you are missing. I loved it despite its faults and despite that it makes me dream a bit too much and lose touch with reality for a few moments.
From me: 5/5
“Lady, you’re mine forever.”
“No!” I push him away from me. “You’re not manipulating me with your delicious Godliness!”
He grins that roguish grin. “You think I’m a God?”
I huff, turning back to the mirror.
“Damn me for being half naked so I can’t escape. Instead, I’ve resorted to feeing into the bathroom, hiding like the desperate tart that I am.”
“Leave out what you expected and tell me what you got.”
“No, it’s the way he looks at you, like you’re the centre of his universe.”
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