Review: Slave to Love by Julie A. Richman
Note: This ARC was provided by The Rock Stars of Romance in exchange for an honest review.
I've had author Julie A. Richman's Needing Moore series on my TBR list ever since the first book was available as a freebie on Amazon and while I was able to get the boxed set when it went on sale for less than a dollar last year, time (plus real life and heck of a lot of pending reviews) made it impossible for me to make time to read it. So, yes, Slave to Love is my introduction to this bestselling author's writing, and overall, I enjoyed this story about two successful thirtysomethings, Hale Lundström and Sierra Stone, who try to curb their attraction toward each other since an inter-office romance would be something frowned upon by their peers. This has some humor as well as heat, but what it has all throughout, is heart.
I love books that have characters that are considered more mature in terms of age and experience, whether they be in their thirties or forties. I think it's because a lot of attention is often focused on the young adult and new adult genres, both of which I enjoy on a regular basis. When a book like Slave to Love comes along, I look forward to cracking it open and exploring the story and characters to see if I can not only relate to it all but if it's something that I'll enjoy from start to finish. In the case of this standalone, thirty-seven-year-old Hale and thirty-three-year-old Sierra and their tension-filled romance kept me entertained, although, just like with most love stories I know, their road to happiness was bumpy.
There's a twist in the story that felt so out of left field that I had to go back several pages to see if I missed out on any vital clues. It does provide the point in the story where Sierra's life is put at risk, and it added a bit of action and excitement, but in my humble opinion, it was a tad over the top, though I like the idea behind it and appreciate the message that the author wants to get across. As is often the case with couples in love, secrets not only muddle a relationship but wreak havoc upon it, and this is what happens with Hale and Sierra. With the stops and starts these two had to go through, there's a fair amount of frustration on my end, but it all played out pretty well. Slave to Love won't be my last Julie A. Richman read. Four stars. ♥
Date Read: 19 January 2016
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