Monday, January 26, 2015

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai [Review]

 A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai
A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai
Format: ebook
Source: provided through NetGalley
Date read: December 13, 2014

Alisha Rai
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Shameless. That’s what she was.

Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.

Shameless. That’s what she made him.

Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.

A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.
Thoughts on A Gentleman in the Street: Oh, man. There were so many moments in this book that got to me. Not only is it sexy as all get, Akira and Jacob are so broken in their own ways. Except... not on the surface. They both SEEM like they have it all together. It isn't until they begin letting down their walls around one another that you see how much of a facade it really is.

Jacob, who's held himself rigidly in check nearly his entire adult life and who refuses to show Akira just how deeply she affects him. Akira, who hides her want for him under provocative, sexy confidence. They both have their demons and they both have to work through them before they can have a chance with one another.

I'm usually a sucker for repressed, damaged heroes, but I have to admit Akira's confident sexuality worked. Especially against Jacob's desires. Her willingness to be honest with herself and what she wants goes a long way in drawing Jacob out. His willingness to let go and step out of his comfort zone was pretty hot, too.

I do love a couple who enjoy pushing boundaries.

Smokin' sex, a dynamic couple, and enough tension to make the buildup steam. Man, I think I want to read it again!

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