Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.
As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?
I loved the chemistry, the relationship and the characters of Autumn and Blake. I loved that they each were willing to accept the other, for who they were, for the things that mattered to them, and for the decisions they already had made in their own lives. I also really liked that each character was allowed to stay true to themselves, while making the changes and seeing the things that allowed their life to move forward, together, in NYC.
I did think there was a little too much time spent with Ian. I get that this was a recent break up, but I thought decisions made around him, or because he was no longer in her life, were a little too prevalent in parts of the story and I would have liked there to have been a little more time, or distance, from when they were together to the events in the book.
Eve Dangerfield is a new author to me, and I enjoyed meeting her writing in this title. I thought it was smooth and that it was seamless. It was not obvious that each author was writing a certain part or parts, although as one author is in New York and one is in Melbourne, it seems likely each was responsible for those details.
I enjoyed this overall, and I recommend it.
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Her work has been described as ‘the defibrillator contemporary romance needs right now,’ and not by herself, or even her mum, but by OTHER PEOPLE.
Eve lives in Melbourne with her boy, a bunch of semi-dead plants and a rabbit named Billy. When she's not writing she can be found making a mess.