by Suzanne Rock
Genres: Contemporary Romance
PASSION COMES WITH A PRICE.
Tired of living a lie, Arianna Perconti leaves her fiancé at the altar and runs into the arms of her family's fiercest rival, Jason Stone. Hoping to cash in on their 'friends-with-benefits' arrangement while hiding out from bitter relatives, Ari instead finds herself falling deeply, desperately in love with the sexy hotelier. Jason is everything she never knew she wanted—yet she will do absolutely everything to show him she means business. In bed...
CAN THEY AFFORD TO LIVE WITHOUT IT?
Jason lives in the fast lane and has the race cars to prove it. A born adrenaline junkie, he must admit that Ari is the perfect partner for his heart-pumping bedroom games. The problem? The relationship is starting to deepen, but is Jason really cut out to be a one-woman kind of man? The question haunts his days, only fueling the passion he and Ari share during those hot, hot nights. But when an estranged sibling enters the picture, threatening to take away everything he holds dear, Jason is forced to make a decision: Say goodbye to his wild ways or risk losing Ari forever?
This book was a little difficult for me to review. On the one hand, it has lots of hot, steamy, kinky, melt your kindle, scenes. On the other, I wasn’t really crazy about either one of the main the characters and not really crazy about the plot as a whole. It was a little disappointing because the prologue grabbed me immediately and I love Suzanne’s other books.
Arianna is a young woman who is to about to get married to forge an alliance for her brother. But being in a loveless marriage, even one she agreed to be in, suddenly has her feeling trapped and on her wedding day, she pulls a Julia Roberts and runs to her boy toy on the side, Jason. Arianna’s biggest problem is that her brother runs her life and doesn’t see her as an adult because of some mistakes she’s made in the past. She’s determined to make him see her as an adult. She does this by hiding out with her friends with benefits and her brother’s rival Jason. While they’ve been together for years, they know they’re both in it for the kinky sex and have no other expectations other than that. So when she turns to him for help, it changes their relationship. He’s another equally domineering man so it’s mostly Arianna taking herself out of the frying pan and directly onto the flame. Was never sure how she was supposed to exert her independence if she couldn’t even find her voice.
Added to this, she continues to make bad choices time and again. I mean, there’s naïve and then there’s Arianna. I don’t know. It just felt that she lacked a lot of common sense and she was beginning to irk me. Throw in Jason’s brother who’s shady as all get out, acts suspicious throughout the entire book, and no one seems to really have issues with it and it just became a point that I started to skim through the book to see if anything else was going to happen that might give the characters some redeeming qualities and a little more depth.
All in all, if you like to read kink and don’t care that the characters are sort of annoying, this will work. For me, there were so many of the scenes, it actually got a bit boring. It was every chapter. Seriously. Yeah, I get it. You’re in the laundry room and you could get caught. Oh, do you hear someone? And here’s another scene where we could get caught. I don’t know. It stopped being hot after a while.