Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reason to Believe by Gina Gordon

Title: Reason to Believe
Author: Gina Gordon
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: White Lace #2
Main Characters: Grace and Ben
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Grace Nolan is doing her best to conform to the rigid corporate world and put her history as a paid escort behind her. And even after seeing the worst that men have to offer, she still hasn’t given up on finding love with the right guy. But right now, Grace could use a distraction to take her mind off her nonexistent love life. The trouble is, giving fashion advice to a former fling with rock-hard abs and a bad-boy attitude isn’t exactly what she had in mind.
After working his way up from cameraman to vice president of an adult media company, Ben Lockwood is floundering. While he reevaluates his future, he asks the most poised and polished woman he knows to make him look respectable. Ben even swears off sex, which makes spending time with Grace pure torture. It’s only a matter of time before they give in to the heat—but unless Ben confronts what his heart has been denying, they may both get burned.

My Review:
This is not your typical romance because this is not your typical hero and heroine. Grace is a former escort (nice word for prostitute) and Ben is VP at White Lace...a company that produces pornography. He's also starred in quite a few of the movies, too. Flat-out...they are both broken and neither truly believes a happily ever after will ever be possible for themselves. Who would want someone with that kind of past? It's not something that most prospective partners could overcome, especially when there are almost always reminders that happen every time they go out in public. 

But the two are best friends with another couple, so they are always thrown together. Neither one sees the other as a possible relationship prospect although they had an incredible night of amazing sex six months ago that neither can forget. It should also be noted that neither one has had sex again since that night...not something that either is used to. These are two people who are normally VERY sexually active...much more so than the average person.

I thought the set-up for the story was really creative. Ben and Grace connect and understand one another better than most people would just because of the similarities in their backgrounds. I liked that tie between them. I also loved how protective they were of one another. Both characters experience hardships throughout the story when their past comes back to haunt them. While it's easy for them to back down and say, yes they deserve that kind of treatment, I loved that the other fought back and said no. For that reason, the story was really an interesting read. I liked seeing their viewpoints change and evolve as they got deeper intwined with the other character. 

There were moments throughout this book where something fairly significant happened and then the story would only have a line or maybe two of follow-up to that event. That made the book feel like it wasn't fully flushed out. This could have been an amazing emotional book, but it fell just a tiny bit short of that because the author didn't fully take the time to explore the events happening and all the reactions to that. 

Note...one of the things that I thought the author did brilliantly was bring in the college intern and speaker's aspect into Ben's story line. That's one of the things that always caught him up...his lack of education. Seeing that he still had something valuable to share about his art was awesome. 

While the book wasn't perfect, I did enjoy reading it and look forward to more from this author. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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