by Anne Calhoun
Series: Irresistible #4
Published by InterMix on August 18, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
Format: ARC, Ebook
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
When it comes to the wolves of Wall Street, Ryan Hamilton is the leader of the pack. But his bravado is all bluff. The bank he works for is up to it’s assets in fraud and shady deals. And thanks to pressure from the NYPD and FBI, Ryan is working as both a trader and a whistleblower. His only respite from the tension is when he parades his latest arm candy at a fancy lingerie shop.
Simone Demarchelier owns Irresistible, crafting custom high-end lingerie. So she’s more than happy that Ryan is spending a fortune on his women. But she senses that behind the hotshot facade there is something more. Something tortured and sad. And when he flies her out to the Hamptons in the shadow of a summer thunderstorm in order to fix one of her designs, she instead finds herself stuck in the opulent home with a distraught Ryan.
Is Simone the one person who can mend Ryan’s heart and soul?
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, Anne Calhoun is one of my favorite authors and I adore her writing style. On the other hand, I didn’t connect with this particular story the way that I’ve connected with her other books.
Ryan Hamilton is a hotshot Wall Street investment banker. He’s hugely successful, but he has also just discovered that his firm is involved in the largest Ponzi scheme in decades. Ryan is working with the FBI to obtain enough evidence to take down the firm.
Meanwhile, Simone Demarchelier owns and runs an upscale lingerie boutique, Irresistible. She prides herself on creating exquisite pieces that not only pamper women, but also give them confidence. When Ryan comes into her shop one day with a supermodel on his arm, she’s taken by his presence, but recognizes that she must stay at a distance since he’s clearly with someone.
Here’s where the story just didn’t work for me. So, Ryan is seeing this supermodel, but it’s a casual thing–basically just sex. However, Ryan goes back to Simone and tells her about his sexual encounter with the model. And later in the story, after he hooks up with a famous actress, he goes to Simone and tells her about that encounter as well.
I have so many issues with this. Despite the characters’ reasoning that Ryan was really fixated on Simone the whole time, I just couldn’t accept the fact that he’s with other women for 80% of the book before he and the heroine even get together. That really bothered me. Yes, the circumstances are special because of Ryan’s involvement with the FBI, so he has to keep up appearances by not altering his existing lifestyle. But I just really didn’t enjoy reading about him being with women other than Simone.
So when Ryan and Simone finally do get together, it was a bit too late for me. I was glad that they get their happily ever after, but I wasn’t invested in the relationship because of the events that led up to it.
Having said all that, the writing itself really is beautiful. As I mentioned, Calhoun is one of my favorite authors. Even though I didn’t connect with these particular characters and this story, I can’t deny the quality of the writing itself. But unfortunately, this isn’t one of my favorites by her, so I hesitate to recommend it.
Rating: 2 stars