Summary from Goodreads:
“I’m intrigued. Tempted beyond what I’ve ever been before. To know her, to open her up. To break her.”
In love, sometimes what you fear most is exactly what you need.
Laura Drake is an author. She writes bestselling paranormal romances that continue to top the charts. She is sharp. She is confident. She is in control.
And she doesn’t exist.
Samantha Jansen is the woman behind the wig, the woman most of the world doesn’t know exists. She is shy. She is insecure. She is nothing like her main character or her alter ego. She is scarred—deeply scarred—by a past she can’t let go of and a present she can’t make peace with.
Samantha’s dreams are consumed by one man, the broken hero from her books. Mason Strait is both her wildest fantasy and her most terrifying nightmare.
When Samantha meets Alec Brand, a corporate consultant, it is as though Mason has come to life. Alec is handsome to a fault, as elegant as he is arrogant, and more intense than any man has a right to be.
Samantha is soon sucked into a world that mirrors the fiction she writes. Just like her main character, Daire Kirby, Samantha finds herself unable to resist the forbidden lure of Alec. And just like Daire, she also finds that she is faced with taking a chance on a man who could either set her free or destroy her.
The scale tilts toward destruction when Samantha finds out that Alec is as much a work of fiction as Mason. And he has scars of his own, scars that could ruin them both.
**OK FIRST AND FOREMOST** how are people seriously trying to ban this book?? I’ve read far worse, shady, and atrocious subjected books before this one and I’m sure I’ll read them after this one! There are some dark subjects here, and chilling material, but whoa people… reel it in! This was a wonderful story of struggle, healing, and acceptance! It’s not a light-hearted read by any means, but it’s not something that should even be considered for elimination from any selling point!
Samantha is such a wonderful person who seems to be stressed with events that happened in her past as is Alec. The only variation between the two is Samantha puts it down on paper, but never does anything about it, whereas Alec goes out of his way to investigate, explore, and adhere to a certain way of life to come up with his answers! When the two get together it’s like oil and water! You know there’s chemistry, but not you’re not sure if it’s in a good way or not!
The book is 320 (Kindle version) pages long and I literally whizzed right though it in one day! I sincerely could not put it down! It’s a longer than average read, but seemed to flow and read as effortless as reading the games on a cereal box! The POV kept altering with the change of a chapter which I found to be rather invigorating. It keeps me up to date on how both parties feel about the different subjects that come to light and what not!
The pacing is excellent and the highs and lows are adequate enough to make you drag out some booze and some blood pressure medicine! I was not expecting the finale I got, but was satisfyingly surprised none-the-less!
(Please note this book is no longer available anywhere for purchase because the author pulled the book from publication. If you want to read M. Leighton’s thoughts go HERE)