"I’m intrigued. Tempted beyond what I’ve ever been before. To know her, to open her up. To break her."
In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need.
Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.
And she doesn’t exist.
Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.
Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.
When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.
Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.
The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.
**This book may be read as a stand-alone, as the story of Alec and Samantha comes to a conclusion in this book**
4 stars - Not my normal romance but compelling none-the-less
This book is different than other romance books I've read. Truly, these two are broken. As bad as one is, the other is worse. Perhaps it takes extreme to fix someone so broken. This book has that extreme. I will warn you that the sexual relationship in this book is that extreme. It may not be comfortable for some readers.
I loved Samantha. She does something that though some might be strange, the shy side of me gets it. Her reasons are more than shyness but it plays a part. She hides her personal life from her professional writer life. Right down to a disguise for personal appearance, she transforms into someone more confident and daring when she becomes Laura Drake, author of vampire books. But the best part of her was her total infatuation with her own leading man, Mason. The shock of meeting him in the real life Alec Brand was fascinating to see.
And Alec Brand? Well, you know I'm always more interested in the guy than the girl in a book. Alec does a lot to keep you interested. Mysterious and keeping secrets of his own, I will admit that the man scared me. So not my normal love, he has a darker side but what do you expect when the fictional vampire from Samantha's books takes real life form? Alternating between POVs, Alec keeps his secrets until the very last moment. I was totally blown away with the one he's most tight lipped about. Not his kinky sexual desires, no I saw those clearly. Something else and I'm so not hinting as I wouldn't want anyone to miss that moment of pure shock.
Read this one over a couple of nights. Stayed up till 1:30AM finishing it. Clearly, this book is ADULT. If you like your sexual pleasures on the kinkier side, then this romance is a great choice.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton lives in the deep South with her super-hero husband and super-smart malti-poo. She has a fondness for coffee and chocolate, loves the color red, laughs at almost anything and often stares out her window, daydreaming of far-away places.