OWNING HER INNOCENCE
A sexy older bachelor give into his longstanding attraction for his closest friend’s daughter.
Owning Her Innocence
I’ve read most of Alexa Riley’s books. This one was a bit flimsy compared to the others. I think it was her first, which might explain why it doesn’t quite match the others in character development and plot complexity.
Haley and William are both likable characters, and they share a spark, especially in the erotic scenes.
I found the story arc way off. There’s no time given to character development. Even a short piece like this can offer a little something in terms of character. The potential is there, but the final result is rushed. Also, William’s initial overtures are creepy and a non-sexy kind of predatory. Haley has some promise at first, but she gets too baby-talky. It edged past role playing and became off putting. She seems dopey rather than innocent and sheltered.
It’s a quick read with some good moments.
OWNING THE BEAST
An orphan has no idea what she’s gotten herself into when she agrees to marry a reclusive bachelor sight unseen.
Owning the Beast
OWNING THE BEAST is a retelling of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but the plot is somewhat more complex than the classic story. Annabella (Belle) Blanca is alone in the world. She thinks she’s signing on for an arranged marriage when she’s unwittingly fallen into high-class prostitution. Griffen Stone is a beast in more than looks. He’s truly unpleasant at first. He thinks Belle’s his latest order from an obliging madam. Then he thinks her arrival was a mix-up. It isn’t. There’s a villain in the background who made sure Belle was sent there.
It took me a while to warm up to Griffen. This dude does not like women. It’s clearly a “reject them before they reject me” situation. His eventual attitude adjustment is a tad too abrupt. I would have preferred a more gradual softening. Still, he’s a sexy thing. Very snarly and masterful.
The story logic is rough in spots. Mostly when it comes to the villain and his motives. We come to understand what this bad guy wants, but there’s no credible reason for him to think that Belle in particular would be a good way to get to Griffen. There’s some sense that Belle reminds him of someone he cared for (can’t say more or I’ll spoil the story). And, sure, she’s not his standard tart. But every tart starts somewhere, right? That she might provide a way to hurt Griffen isn’t made plausible enough for me. Despite this, the climax is full of suspense and had me biting my nails.
If you can set your brain’s logic meter on “pause” for the duration, you’ll enjoy this erotic take of the classic fairy tale.