His Every Need
Beauty and the Brit, #1
Terri L. Austin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: August 5, 2014
Number of pages: 336
Cover Artist: Roberto Pastrovicchio
How far will she go to hold on to her family home?This review is long, long overdue. See, I discovered Terri Austin with her Rose Strickland Mystery series. And since I thought they were fabulous, I did all the things that fans do: I followed the author on Goodreads, subscribed to her newsletter, followed her on twitter and liked her on Facebook. I think it was through one of her Facebook giveaways that I actually won this book. It wasn't long after I received it that I started it, reading a little bit every day on my lunch break at work.
When Allie Campbell's father loses their home to British tycoon Trevor Blake, she pleads for more time to pay off the loan. But Trevor refuses to acknowledge his own family, so he's completely unconcerned with hers. Allie impulsively offers to do anything to keep the house, so he teasingly tells her to move in with him and cater to his every need. To his amazement, she agrees...
It was a good story; one that I enjoyed enough that when the second book was released, I requested an ARC for review. So, back to the question of why I didn't do a review at the time.... Um. *shrugs* I don't have a good answer, other than books that I read for my personal enjoyment I don't tend to do formal reviews for. But when I reviewed the second book in the series, I realized that I should officially review the first.
To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not when I started it. The whole idea of the Alpha-hole guy basically cornering the scared woman into a sexual relationship... eh, sounded a bit creepy, smacked of a bodice ripper historical and so-ho-ho not my usual fair. But I figured I would give the author a chance to convince me with her plot and storytelling. You know what? It worked. I was by turns assured and persuaded to her vision. And though there was plenty of smexy good times to be had, that actually is built up to far more slowly than some other "traditional" plot line romances that I have read.
Trevor's not the A-hole I first envisioned and Allie's not the weak-spined ninny letting the "Man" bully her around. It really is a love story of two slightly damaged people, each with their own hang ups and issues. Together, they complete each other and created something stronger. I especially liked Trevor's crazy parents. Meeting them explained so much. So, so much. I liked it, thought it redeemed my initial fears, so I gave it 3 stars.