Her heart was guarded…
Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O’Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she’s determined that this is what she deserves…
Until he tore down the walls…
Mason Langley’s life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expects to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to shake the doctor, and he finds himself liking the way she makes him feel.
Almost over night Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly, she lowers her guard and invites him inside but when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it’s better to be alone and safe than to love and lose…
With a super cute, gorgeous lead male, some shamelessly steamy sex scenes, an up tight doctor, the heartbreaking death of multiple loved ones, a lot of sticky fun with some peaches and cream and possibly the sexiest shower scene I’ve ever read, this book is Hot with a capital H, tear jerking and an extremely gripping read. It’s adopts the proven, common format of a contemporary romance; easy going guy meets up tight, tortured girl, attempts to break down her walls, succeeds, they fall for one another… yada yada yada… but there’s something more to Exquisite. Despite the standard foundations, this book is so much than that that. So much more than standard.
“It’s time to feel again. Let me save you from yourself. You were drowning when I found you, but I’m not letting you go, not without a fight.” He kissed her sweetly and moved back standing up and over her. Lena looked up at his out stretched hand.
“Take my hand Lena.” He offered and she knew he meant it in a way that went far beyond offering to help her stand.
Let’s start with Lena. I liked her character. She was foul to begin with, but you could understand her defensiveness. Gradually gradually, you began to see the change in her as she let her guard down. I liked that she didn’t fight it too hard. She had her doubts, but she was rational and eventually a strong, happy, confident woman emerged.
And then there’s Mason. Wow. Seriously, just wow. He’s gorgeous, successful, charming, has mandatory book-boyfriend dimples and is utterly determined to win Lena over.
Why on earth had I agreed to this? Oh, that’s right. He suckered me into it with his manipulating words and those damn dimples.
So then there’s the sexual chemistry. *faints* Christ alive! The scene by the window. Holy hotness! The shower scene… I’m lost for words. It’s intense, don’t read it in public if you want to save face! You’ve been warned. And the peaches. It’s safe to say I’ll never look at a peach in the same way again.
“I’ve got the peaches, you bring the cream.”
I loved the role reversal at the end. Lena becomes the strength and Mason, the tortured sole in need of rescuing. And Lena does a fantastic job of rising to the challenge of knight in shining armour. Or in this case, sexy doctor in ‘wrap your legs around my waist and fuck me HARD boots’, as Mason so eloquently puts it. But, whatever, same difference. This allows them to save one another and I think cements and strengthens their connection, eventually.
“Once upon a time I met a man who saved me”
It was such a beautiful end to an already captivating love story and the epilogue just wrapped it all up and put a cute little bow on the top.
Overall, I highly recommend Exquisite, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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