Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: 19 December 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Twenty-three year old model Charley Whitlock built a quiet life for herself after disaster struck four years ago. She hides beneath her beautiful mask, never revealing her true self to the world... until she comes face-to-face with her new photographer — sexy, possessive Jude Anderson. It's clear from the first time she meets him that she's playing by his rules. He says jump, she asks how high. He tells her to unzip her cream Dior gown; she knows she has to comply. But what if she wants him to take charge outside of the studio as well?
Jude Anderson has a strict "no model" dating policy. But everything about Charley sets his body on fire.
When a tropical photo shoot in Hawaii forces the stubborn pair into sexually charged situations, their chemistry can no longer be ignored. They’ll have to decide if they’re willing to break their rules and leave the past behind or if they’ll stay consumed by their demons forever.
Will Jude persuade Charley to give in to her deepest desires?
**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**
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This was a book that evoked a few reactions from me: laughter (the dialogue with Naomi), empathy (for Jude's past), hot & bothered (the Hawaii trip), shock (Charley's mom), sadness (for Charley's story) and last but not least a combination of happy and sad (happy for the outcome, sad cause that meant the book was over).
Both characters were developed fairly well; Jude could have been portrayed as an egotistical, arrogant jackass, but he owned up to why he was the way he was. He could have come across as only playing the game simply to get he wanted from Charley, but underneath to glib attitude was someone who not only wanted Charley, but truly wanted to help her overcome her issues.
Charley's past is tragic, and because of that she doesn't let herself get close to people (with the exception of Naomi, and even she doesn't know everything). And then she meets Jude, who wants to be with her yet doesn't know how to get past her defenses.
A sweet love story about learning to let go of the past in order to move forward in life and love.
ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review.