Monday, November 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Intensity by C.C. Koen

Title:    Intensity
Author:   CC Koen
Genre:   NA, Contemporary Romance
Release Day: October 20, 2014    


What would you do to improve your life?

Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?

Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?

Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.

He yanked me up from my seat and launched his lips on mine so fast the contact zapped me with a thousand volts. His strokes, bold at first, lightened to soft, tender kisses almost as if he was asking permission to enter—to taste.
The heat from his hands, holding my upper arms, seared me.
My fists clenched and unclenched over and over at my sides.
Touch him? Don’t touch him?
Unable to deny myself, I moved closer, aligning my body with his. My hands gravitated of their own volition, melting to his tight abs and drifting upward, over his chest and up to his neck, where I held on for the ride.
His loud groan rumbled across my breasts, and his firm arms wound around my back, crushing me against him.
For the first time in my life, I surrendered and parted my lips, ready to welcome him in. Instead of tongues diving toward one another, Linc stilled and clamped his mouth shut. As I started to step away, he clenched my hips, holding me in place. He pressed his forehead to mine and slammed his eyes closed.
           Kiss me, please.

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While I liked this book, the story wasn't quite what I expected. Somewhat understandable why Serena chose to go the route that she did in order to deal with the financial calamity that she's had to endure with her grandmother's health and subsequent death. I would have thought the story would be focused more on Serena's experience after gaining employment with the escort service, but there's actually very little mention of that in the book. She interviews with the owner and he immediately declares her to be exclusive. Which wasn't made clear for Serena tells Mylaynee and is then told exactly what being exclusive means. Even more unusual, they sleep together, but that's all they do: sleep. None of the bed gymnastics takes place between them, although the sexual tension between them is hot enough to set a pile of snow on fire.

Then there are the questions: is Linc really with B.B.? Where does he go every Sunday? What other businesses are he and Jax involved with? Why didn't Serena actually confront Linc over the crap B.B. was spouting? How is it that Serena didn't put two and two together and come up how she was suddenly getting requests for her accounting services? Will she ever actually tell Linc about her mother?


ARC provided in exchange for honest review.


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