Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Book Review... The Dark Side of Desire - Julia James
The Dark Side of Desire - Julia James
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Offered by her father…
English rose Flavia Lassiter has never been comfortable in her father’s glitzy world. Summoned to yet another of his ostentatiously lavish parties, she has one order: to be ‘nice’ to a wealthy investor. Her body may be on offer, but she shields her heart behind an icy shell.
Taken by the billionaire!
Leon Maranz emanates a dark power that sends shivers through her body – threatening to shatter her frosty façade. To let the self-made billionaire bed her would be to do her unscrupulous father’s bidding. But to turn Leon down would be to deny her body’s deepest desires…"
The blurb of this book makes it sound remarkably similar to James's book 'Purchased for Revenge'. And while it is a little similar in terms of style, the story is different.
I'll be honest and say that at times I found this frustrating to read. The angst in this story is through the roof, and there is so much inner monologuing. It got really annoying after a while. The word here is Drama!
What I did like about this book though is the simplicity of the love that grows between the hero and heroine. The hero in this book is brilliant - he falls for the heroine hard and isn't afraid to say so. Makes a nice change from the usual badly behaved/revenge focused Julia James's hero.
Has a few problems, but this is an absorbing read. Don't be put off by the blurb!