Review: The Intern by Serena Akeroyd
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
Serena Akeroyd is a new-to-me author, and while I had seen her name in several book event sign-ups from a couple of author and book public relations groups, I was hesitant because I didn't want to jump in the middle of an ongoing series. Yeah, I'm one of those readers who needs to start a series from the beginning, and with the slew of books I'd already committed to reading, I have to be picky. So, when I saw that Akeroyd's upcoming release was a standalone AND an M/M romance, I jumped right on it. I love reading romance in general, but I confess that this is a personal favorite sub-genre. Also, The Intern being a standalone was the perfect way for me to fully discover Akeroyd's writing.
The Intern is the story of Devlin Astley and Micah Nygard, the latter being a thirty-eight-year-old member of British peerage, specifically the Viscount of Lynden, and the CEO of Astley Publishing, and the former a twenty-two-year-old American interning at the publishing house. The two meet in one of the infamous dark rooms of a club called VICE, and it was a hook-up that turned out to be lifechanging for both of them. When they see each other at Astley Publishing, they're taken aback. They know that a repeat of what happened between them would be a mistake, but the temptation that each represents may prove to simply be too alluring to turn away from. Being in a relationship with another man is a foreign concept to both men, and they come from different worlds. All they want is to be free to be together, but will that freedom come at too much of a cost?
Color me impressed and surprised! There was quite a bit about this book story-wise that I didn't see coming, and I always give kudos when an author is able to keep me on the edge of my seat as I anticipate what happens next. From the moment Devlin and Micah are introduced to readers, there's simply no way you can turn your attention away from them. These two were enthralling to say the least, as individuals and as a couple. I appreciated their complex back stories and where they were in their lives when they meet. The villain in this story isn't your typical sort, and they truly are worthy of the title. My two quibbles would have to be the abrupt nature in which one chapter shifts to another and how the issue with the villain was resolved. All things considered, my enjoyment of my first Serena Akeroyd never faltered or waned. 4.5 stars for The Intern.
Release Date: 15 December 2020
Date Read: 14 December 2020
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