Virgins, bad boys and villains
Considering this is a hot romance novel and not poetry or heavy philosophy and comparing it to other such novels, the story itself is nowhere near refreshing. The question is: do I mind? No, I don’t! Granted, it’s full of tropes, but those are just perfect for the genre: a grumpy, dangerous and sizzling hot guy, never before being tempted by women on a deeper level until now? That’s a cliché I love in all the romantic stories I read! Him getting paired with a goody two shoes virgin is like the classic recipe to a successful love story. It’s as simple as that.
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However, what makes this book better than average, is the handling of said virginity. Though the brooding, reckless dude is experienced and though their chemistry is cleverly presented from both perspectives, showing the undeniable attraction, mister hot&cold truly (or more aptly: the writer) gets creative in barely holding back. And to be honest, barely holding back is the perfect foreplay, isn’t it? Thus far into the story, the leads made out, got to all kinds of “bases” and got release without the virgin actually losing that status. It all leads to a very good build up of tension, which is highly needed in an otherwise well-known context.
So, kudos to the writer for setting this up so well 👍