Anguished by T.L. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Exes and other things!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️🤬🥵😘
The heroine: Storm – was with her childhood sweetheart for years, when she found out he was cheating. So she pulled up stakes and started a new life with a new job in another city. Though she has been doing nothing but work for months on end. When her friend comes to town to raise her spirits and get her out.
The Hero(s): Echo – One of the owners of the Crimson Elite. One of the most exclusive sex clubs in the world. Where the rich and famous come to play and expect extreme privacy. Echo lost his last girlfriend to his twin brother. His family have always seen his brother as one who could do no wrong and treat Echo like the red headed stepchild.
The Story: Echo and Storm meet at a bar and have a one-night stand. He is her 10 out of 10. So when he tracks her down the next day, she is afraid to say yes to another encounter. Though she asks herself why not? They start a benefits only relationship. No questions, no learning about each other, no friends.
However, when Echo gets an invitation to his brother’s wedding, he wants to bring Storm. It is a screwed up situation with his twin marrying his ex and his parents looking down on him the entire time while they praise their favorite son up to the heavens.
The narration was good, but Ted Branson sounded pretty whiny and angry. Though it certainly hit what the character was thinking and feeling, it wasn’t very becoming for a Hero in a romance. I liked Echo quite a bit better in Cavalier.
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