***THIS STANDALONE FORBIDDEN LOVE TRIANGLE, IS BEST ENJOYED WHEN YOU DON'T READ ANY REVIEWS OR SPOILERS BEFOREHAND. GOING IN WITH AN OPEN MIND IS BEST.***
"Take a risk. Just for the pleasure of it."
He was my lover.
He's my future father-in-law.
Who do I choose? Promises are not meant to be broken. Are they?
NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating.
4.5 intoxicating stars
I knew going in that this was a love triangle, that's why I read it, I love the drama and the angst with these kinds of reads. Intoxication however threw me at every turn.
Sianna, you could say she's a young woman down on her luck, her parents are dead, she has an ogre of an Aunt, she loses her job because she won't sleep with the boss, then she finds herself homeless. I immediately felt sorry for her.
Out of the blue, and by chance, she ends up with an offer she can't refuse when she meets an older man, a stranger, with whom she has immediate attraction and chemistry. The guy, knowing her predicament and knowing she won't just take money from him, offers Sianna one night with him for enough money to get her on her feet.
After days of debating the offer, she accepts.
I've read a few books like this so this isn't anything new, although I have to say their night is frickin hot!!
A night of passion, filled with desire and lust but there's an undeniable connection, chemistry, and something more.
Sianna is woken the next morning by a text on his phone and reads the message. OH, OH, It's from his wife. She leaves while he sleeps and doesn't look back despite feeling heartbroken, she also leaves without the money.
Now like I said, I knew this was a love triangle but when I discovered this older guy was in a loveless arranged marriage I thought this isn't so bad, this isn't that much of a love triangle. BUT oh boy was I wrong, this was just the ripple that leads to a tidal wave of unexpected emotional dilemmas later on in the story.
After her night with the stranger, the plot jumps to eighteen months later when Sianna is on her feet and in a job she loves. Yay, the girl sorted herself out all on her own.
She seems more brazen, more confident, and gone is the blushing young woman especially when she meets the next guy in the story.
Her change in character had me a little confused. What happened to the shy young women who had never been with a man in the previous chapters? What happened in that eighteen months for her to grow balls? despite my dismay, I went with it. There are a few other things in the story that threw me, I would have liked more info on her cousin and who were the other guys she shared a house with? Chunks were missing, chunks of her puzzle weren't painting the picture and while I'm pondering about that, what happened to the Aunt? and why the heck did she take a vibrator with her when she was childminding, who does that?.
Anyway, I digress and I tried not to dwell on these questions that had started to swirl in my head and so I read on.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I will tell you I was hooked. There wasn't any content in this story that made me cringe, that made me think it was wrong or immoral but what I did feel was that at every turn in the plot I was left thinking where the heck is this all going to go to next.
I don't know if you would call it bad luck, fate, or destiny, but before Sianna reaches her happily ever after she finds herself in one hell of a predicament, two loves in her life, torn between two men. Sianna has one hell of a decision to make and that there is the love triangle I never expected.
My first book by this author. I don't read love triangles that often but I do love a book with angst and I really enjoyed this. Charlene's writing style was easy to follow and the plot easy to follow most of the time, so I would definitely read more from this author. What I am looking forward to reading next is the story of the guy who sadly didn't get the girl. A small cliffy has me desperate to know what happens next.
Told in first person dual pov. Available in KU. A standalone love triangle romance. Contains sex lots of it. Enjoy.