The Ruthless Gentleman by Louise Bay is LIVE!
This isn’t a holiday romance. No one’s on holiday and Hayden Wolf isn’t romantic.
Louise Bay is one of my favorite writers. Her heroes always have this dominate nature, like the silent, confident, uber-sexy man, her heroines are always incredibly likable and rival their male counterparts, and she writes some of the hottest scenes ever to grace the pages of a contemporary romance novel. The Ruthless Gentleman, not surprisingly has every single one of these aspects.
Hayden Wolfe is very reminiscent of her most recent heroes – silent, broody, hot, and oozing sex appeal. Hayden, though, is shrouded in a bit of mystery when we first meet him, and the reason for hiring this select crew seems eccentric. Obviously, as the plot progresses and his character is developed we learn more about his motivation to charter this voyage, and the reason makes us love him a bit more. It shows that he is a good man, trying to honor the people he loves, and he is doing anything he can to salvage what is left. He is a noble character, which is one of the many reasons, readers want him to give into his desires and allow himself to connect with Avery.
Avery is also a virtuous character. She works very hard to provide for her family, and it is the main aspect that drives her actions throughout the book. Her desires and attraction to Hayden, obviously, causes problems for her, as she struggles with her wants and her responsibilities. Again, because she is a great heroine, we want her to throw caution into the wind and take a chance on Hayden.
While I enjoyed the overall story, the pacing at the beginning is a bit slow. Their chemistry is fantastic as a couple and the mystery surrounding Hayden is intriguing, but I found myself wanting to get to the good stuff, the moment when they finally give into their desires and succumb to the inevitable forbidden nature of the relationship. The pay off is certainly worth it, as Louise Bay always delivers some of the hottest moments in existence between characters, especially for a non-erotic genre. I also found that the conflicts are not surprising, and, although realistic, they easily remedied, which didn’t help with the slow pacing at the beginning.
The Ruthless Gentleman, while not my favorite Louise Bay novel, is still completely entertaining. She provides a delectable hero, a heroine to adore, and enough chemistry and mystery to keep readers entertained, and, as always, the writing is well done. It is certainly worth a read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
As a chief stewardess on luxury superyachts, I massage egos, pamper the spoiled and cater to the most outlandish desires of the rich and famous.
I’ve never had a guest want something I can’t give them. Until British businessman Hayden Wolf comes aboard—all sexy swagger and mysterious requests.
He wants me.
And Hayden Wolf’s a man who’s used to getting exactly what he demands.
Despite being serious and focused. Demanding and ruthless. He’s also charming when I least expect it as well as being devastatingly handsome with an almost irresistible smile.
But guests are strictly off limits and I’ve never broken a rule. Not even bent one. My family are depending on me and I can’t lose my job.
Only problem is Hayden Wolf is looking at me like I just changed his life. And he’s touching me like he’s about to change mine.
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About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Duke of Manhattan, Hollywood Scandal, Park Avenue Prince, King of Wall Street, The Empire State Series, Indigo Nights and Hopeful.
Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.
Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.
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