Sunday, October 10, 2010

Review: Mistress to the Beast by Eve Vaughn

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Can this beauty tame the beast?

Her father's shop is more than just a family business. It's the place they lovingly call home. When a powerful property development company stoops to barely legal tactics to force them to sell, Lila's outrage spurs her straight to the source to fight the injustice.

A serious accident left Hunter Jamison's body scarred. A bitter split from his latest lover has left the former playboy without faith in the female sex. Yet, confronted with Lila's fiery beauty, he finds himself offering her a deal: If she'll be his mistress for three months, he'll allow her father to keep the shop.

A simple agreement? Hardly. It's a battle of wills that flares into much more than either of them bargained for-a consuming passion that could heal Hunter's soul-deep scars-or inflict new ones.

Warning: This title contains blackmail, vehicular sex, angry sex, light bondage and graphic language.
My Thoughts: I didn't really care for this book. I don't know if it was because I was expecting something a little more historical (the word "mistress" makes me think of flouncy dresses, demure ladies who are caught in the web of a scandalous life and rakish men who undoubtedly hold a title and own a large house with plenty of land and horses) or what, but I never really connected to the characters.

For starters, Lila spends the first half of the book angry and ashamed that she's basically whoring herself out so that her father can keep his livelihood and then she miraculously has a turn around and decides that she needs to get to know Hunter better.  At that point, their angry sex because impassioned and they begin to realize that maybe they could love one another.

For me, the revelation came too suddenly.  Lila hated him and refused to look at him (which, of course, causes Hunter to think that she's repulsed by his scars) and then suddenly she's throwing herself whole-heartedly into making sweet, sweet love with him.  Wait.  What?  It simply didn't work for me.

As I said, I just didn't care for it.

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