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Tiger Lily # 1
Amélie S. Duncan
Released February 10th, 2015
What started as an assignment became more than Lily could have ever hoped for...
Lily Salomé has encountered more challenges than the average twenty-four year old. After a horrendous crash killed her parents, an abusive relationship was all she needed to calcify her broken heart to stone. So when Lily’s boss comes to her with a challenge most girls would balk at, she knows there isn’t much left in this world to be afraid of.
The target: Jonas Crane, a brooding business mogul who hasn't smiled once since his divorce. Dark, dangerous and mouthwatering, Crane has written a book about life in the fast lane and with the recent publicity, Lily's boss wants the rights. Problem is, Crane won't return a phone call, let alone agree to a meeting. But if a pretty publishing assistant happens to run into him at the Waldorf, with a business card and a smile...what could go wrong?
A lot, it seems. Lily thinks she's going to the Waldorf to meet a rich jerk, or worse, a playboy, but the truth is way more challenging. Jonas Crane is smart, engaging...and devastatingly out of her league.
The sleek mahogany bar with porcelain snack bowls dotted along the top took up a prominent portion of the room, and thereby was the first thing I noticed upon entry. Searching for a place to stand or sit, I zeroed in on one of the empty Japanned leather bar stools, and briskly made my way to secure the seat before someone else. With luck, I captured the vacant seat and swiveled around. Eyeing the eclectic mix of patrons, I stared over the high-fashioned starlets, middle-aged tailored gentlemen, and nouveau-riche designer clad tourists and wondered where I fit in.
Not sure, but I patted my back on arriving with ten minutes to spare before Jonas Crane was due to arrive. Jonas! It finally dawned on me I didn’t have a plan for approaching him. Knitting my brows, I tilted my head down and tried to focus on making an impromptu plan. What would be a good opener? Hello, yes. Jonas? Can I call you Jonas? I’m Lily Salomé from Arch Limited, and I’m your publishing house stalker, nice to meet you.
Fidgeting and inward gazing didn’t mix. At least not when holding my satin handbag with sweaty palms. Unfortunately, this realization came too late and my bag took flight, sliding across the floor.
Shit. I had barely made it inside the bar and hadn’t even ordered my first drink or eaten a pistachio nut without embarrassing myself. Straightening my shoulders and ignoring the burning of my cheeks, I lifted my chin and eased over in the direction of my bag, doing my best to pretend I was bored and didn’t care, or that I had maybe even purposely tossed it around. Spotting the bag, my insides winced at the polished leather shoes it had bounced against. I hastened my steps, but paused as a pair of large tanned hands with a golden ring on the left ring finger picked it up.
Gazing up further, I met the most luminous eyes I had ever seen. They were a rare combination of blue and turquoise like a tropical sea. He had black wavy hair that hung a little longer on the top and sides. Some lines around his eyes, but boasted of an otherwise flawless face. With a smooth angular jawline, straight nose, and well-defined cheekbones most women would die for, he was divine. Not to mention, full sensual lips were flashing a perfect set of teeth.
My hand trembled a little as I took my handbag from him, and recognition finally set in. He was not only gorgeous, but he was the man I had come here for, Jonas Crane. Serendipitous or cliché, it didn’t matter. My “accidental on purpose” encounter with him had taken place.
On the surface, this seems to be nothing more than a story about a young woman who manages to discover her sexuality with a handsome older man. But there is much, more to this book.
Lily is learning to move on from a very difficult place in her life, and doesn't see how beautiful she is to other people. When she meets Jonas Crane, she doesn't understand or believe that he finds her attractive. I liked that while they were both attracted to each other, they weren't overcome with insta-love. Jonas kept everything honest from the beginning, saying that while he would like to have Lily's companionship when he was in New York, he was hesitant at the same time because he didn't want her to develop any deeper feelings for him.
They do have chemistry together, and although Jonas doesn't know much about Lily during their first couple of meetings, he's astute enough to realize that Lily isn't comfortable in her own skin or with her sexuality. And that would be due to her d-bag ex-fiance Declan. The man who mocked her family, as well as being verbally and physically abusive. And yet while Lily is cognizant of all the crap DBag Declan put her through, she still agrees to meet with Declan to pick up something he claims to have found that involves her parents. But he shows his true colors again which leads to an ugly situation for Lily.
Overall, I liked the book, but I can say with certainty that I don't care for Lily's roommate Natasha at all. She's nothing but a bitch. The relationship between Jonas and his ex-wife was a bit confusing; are they just better at being friends than being married? It's going to be interesting to see what's going to happen in the next part of the story, I can't wait to read it.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances with a dark edge. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.