Falling In by Lydia Michaels
The debut of an emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance trilogy, in which love and trust are the most dangerous games of all…
With a dark past that would have shattered most people, Evelyn “Scout” Keats is doing what no one in her bleak world thinks possible—getting off the streets and leaving her impoverished life behind. She’s a new maid at the luxurious Patras Hotel, and aims to keep her job no matter what. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to sacrifice her dignity, or let anyone into her heart. The risk of losing either is just too great.
When hotel tycoon Lucian Patras discovers Evelyn in a compromising position, he uses everything at his disposal to seduce her—a proposition that both surprises and frightens her.
Ignorant to her true circumstances, Lucian relentlessly pursues Scout as a prize to be won. But he is soon given an unforgettable lesson in love and sacrifice when he learns how far Scout has gone to gain her independence and discovers that there are some things money can never buy.
Falling In is filled with brokenness. My heart wept. What I loved: the leading lady, the anxiety building storytelling filled with emotional overload and mixed with lots of sexiness and mystery. What I didn’t love so much: well, really there wasn’t much I didn’t love, there may be similarities to other romances inasmuch as there is brokenness and the main male character is a successful businessman, but that is what we like about books – the fantasy.
I could not fathom the background of our heroine, Evelyn (Scout). Scout was such a strong, street-wise, determined woman filled with naivety. Scout is innocent and yet judicious. Her character was a conundrum and throughout Falling In the pieces to the puzzle that Scout is slowly revealed. Lucian is a character that I hated to love and loved to hate. He was complex, hard to read and we are never sure which side of him we would see. From demeaning to caring, strong and sexy – he was at the same time sweet and sexy and a major ass. Lucian is definitely broken and therein lies the irony with his relationship with Scout, as he seems like he is the success story as the millionaire bad boy, but there is much below the surface. Author Lydia Michaels’ writing was emotive, dark, light, sexy, mysterious and I found Falling In to be an easy read (and by that I mean it flowed well, had a strong development, execution and story. The writing was not a distraction from the story.) Falling In is the first book in the Surrender Trilogy) and I’m falling in! Give this a try and surrender to your next book crush. 4.0 Stars