Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Losing Control by Jen Frederick

Publisher & Release Date: Montlake Romance, August 4, 2015

Time and setting: Present Day, NYC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 258 pages

Heat Level: 3 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 3.75 Gold Crowns

Book Description:

Welcome to a world few people know. A world where the hottest bedroom desires become a reality and where good girls like Victoria “Tiny” Corielli shed their sweetness for carnal, bad-girl pleasures.
Victoria nurses her mother through cancer treatments and works long hours as a New York City bike courier to pay for the roof over their heads. When a suspiciously high-paying delivery job thrusts her into the arms of impossibly attractive businessman Ian Kerr, Victoria is sorely tempted to enjoy his attentions and his chiseled body, if only to forget her responsibilities for a while…no matter the cost.
Kerr seems to have it all: money, power, and charisma to spare. What he doesn’t have: revenge on an old nemesis, but he intends to get it. Kerr is prepared to cast innocent Victoria as the lure in his vengeful plot. Yet the more they explore midtown Manhattan—and each other—the more she means to Ian. Will it be too late for him to stop the dangerous plan he’s already put into motion?
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Vikki’s Musings

This is the first book I have read by Jen Frederick. Losing Control is the first in the Kerr Chronicles. The second book in the duology is Taking Control, and I will be reading it very soon since I accepted both these books from the publisher, via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review. When I read the book description for both books, I was intrigued.

Victoria Corielli is a bike messenger in New York City. She has dyslexia, so she struggles with reading and writing to the extent that she even has trouble reading a simple text.  She has just found out her mother’s cancer is back. Desperately in need of money, she agrees to make deliveries for her step-brother. Even though she knows whatever she will be delivering for this shady guy will probably be illegal, she has to find a way to cover the mounting bills for her mother’s treatments.

Ian Kerr is an investments guru. When he meets Victoria on one of her deliveries, he is immediately attracted to her. When she arrives at his apartment, the sparks zing between them. He discovers Victoria is the woman who is supposed to help him with his special project, a project that will finally bring him satisfaction and revenge for what happened to his parents.

Can such an unlikely match find the road to happiness, or will Ian’s need for revenge destroy their attraction for each other before it has a chance to grow?   

While I enjoyed the romance between Victoria and Ian, I did find problems with the story line. Victoria’s extremely problems with her dyslexia seemed a bit unrealistic to me. While I understand it is difficult for someone with this learning disability, with the right help, many individuals learn to work around it, going on to achieve great things. Victoria’s case must be very extreme.

I did like both Victoria and Ian’s characters, and even though they are vastly different, I could see them falling in love with each other. Ms. Frederick puts a great deal of passion into her writing, and I did find it quite moving, especially the love Victoria has for her mother. I don’t want to give anything away, but her mother’s situation is quite heart-wrenching. I look forward to reading the next installment in the Kerr Chronicles. Happy reading! 

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