His by Brenda Rothert
Contemporary Romance, Standalone Title
His follows the characters of Quinn and Andrew. Both of them are emotionally cut off, one from running to protect her sister and the other from the death of his father. Both live a life of control, they want to be the one calling the shots, which obviously will not work for them. However, Quinn’s need to protect her sister, and Andrew’s connection and fascination with Quinn are what draw them together.
I like both of the characters. Quinn has an immense amount of strength, and I respect her for the sacrifices she makes in order to protect her sister. I also respect that she needs to be independent and do things on her own, which causes some problems her relationship with Andrew. Quinn is also incredibly compassionate as a result of the circumstances she has had to live under. Then, we have the hero Andrew. I have mixed feelings about him. At his core, he is a good guy, honorable and looking to right the wrongs that created tragedy in his life. He is also respects Quinn and her wishes, which I just felt like directly goes against the idea of paying a woman for sex. It just didn’t make sense with the characterization the author created. It is just too big of a jump for me to take. Additionally, the dynamic of their relationship was okay. I enjoyed seeing them interact, and I like that their relationship focused on more than just sex, but, for not focusing on sex, I didn’t feel that there was enough development as a couple. It is hard to recall real conversations they had about their lives, maybe 3 or 4 times within the course of the book. The author did more telling about their relationship versus showing me how their relationship developed, and for me to buy into a couple and to really feel their chemistry, I have to see it alive on the page.
The plot was the best thing about this book. There is such great potential; the setup at the beginning, the secrets you know will be revealed, and the inevitable showdown between characters should have made for a fantastic plot. It really seems like Brenda Rothert is going to pull all these pieces together to create an epic conclusion, but it all ended too quickly. All these issues and problems they are running from are solved in the last couple of chapters with zero hiccups. Everything just works out, with little to no heightened tension. For a story that really sets up this large climactic conflict and resolution, it just didn’t meet the mark for me. I really wanted to love this story, and for about 75% of the book I really did. The climax, falling action, and resolution of the book just missed the mark for me.
While this book wasn’t an epic read for me, I can see a lot of readers really enjoying this book. I honestly couldn’t tell you one thing I disliked about the book, but I didn’t love it either. There is a good story here with interesting characters and decent plot, but I just ultimately felt I needed more, more from the characterization and more from the plot of the story. Even though this didn’t hit the mark for me, I would definitely pick up another Brenda Rothert novel, as the writing is done well. I will certainly check out other books by this author.
I’d say I’m down on my luck, but that’s an understatement. I’m flat on my ass. Homeless, hungry and in hiding with my little sister at the age of twenty-one, I’ve never been so desperate. I’ve hit rock bottom when I get an offer I can’t refuse. Sell my body to save my sister? There’s nothing I won’t do to keep her safe. I make the rules and I’m not afraid to defend myself if this rich guy crosses the line. But once I see beneath his cold, calculating façade, the lines aren’t so clear anymore.
She’s an intoxicating mix of tough and vulnerable I’ve never known before. This homeless woman who fits right into my upper-class world is running from someone powerful, and I’ll do whatever it takes to protect her. But Quinn isn’t meant to be controlled, so I’m forced to choose between owning her and loving her. I’ve finally met my match, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make her truly mine.
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