Amusement by Albany Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😠😘🤓😉😍
The heroine: Lucy (a.k.a. Felony) – She is an eighteen year old stripper who works at a Detroit strip club. The other dancers don’t like her because she is the second highest earner and the only one for whom the owners strictly enforce the no touch rule. She also is the only one who doesn’t have to do lap dances. She dances to be able to afford her horse ranch and help take care of her mother who was in an accident and is now in a wheelchair.
The Hero: Rafe (a.k.a. Rex) – He is the owner of the Dollhouse, the club where Lucy works, but she has never seen him, he has been stalking her for months. He is over the top possessive and jealous and freely admits that he will kill anyone who touches her. He watches her when she walks from her car to work, he parks outside her house and watches her, and he even sneaks into her house and watches her from her closet while he strokes himself and steals her panties.
The Story: Lucy begins to suspect that someone has been following and starts to get more and more nervous while she is out on her own. She has the bouncer of the club, Winger walk her to her car after her shift at the club. When something odd happens at the club, Winger tells Lucy to take a few weeks off and stay out of the city. She can’t afford it, but since she is afraid she is being stalked, she decides to take the time off.
Lucy doesn’t stay out of the city, though. Since she has time off work, she sees it as a chance to spend time with her best friend Gwen, and goes out to a club with her. Lucy is surprised to see one of the bouncers from the Doll House is also working at the club they go to. There she meets a mysterious man who takes the bad boy thing to a whole new level.
The book is told in dual points of view using duet narration. The narrators are Michelle Sparks and Lucas Webley. I haven’t heard these two narrators often but they are absolutely perfect for this book. Lucas Webley does a deep and gravelly voice that is super mysterious and sexy, perfect as a stalker like Rafe. Michelle Sparks has a soft but clear voice which is very feminine and pleasant to listen to.
I love stalker romance, and possessive alpha males as well so I think I already liked this one going in. Of course I was once married to a man like that and it was absolute hell. So I definitely don’t like real life stalkers or controlling personalities, but romance novels are fiction so I enjoy the occasional psycho/stalker romance and this guy was all of that. The story was good and held my interest.
I liked it when we hear Rafe’s thoughts more than during his initial stalking. He is kind of funny. He realizes that he has to make Lucy like him and is unsure of how to do that since nobody likes him, they fear him, but don’t like him. Rafe was baked at the time and is quite awkward around Lucy. I wanted to know more about him.
The one thing that bothered me was how Lucy kept thinking of questions she wanted to ask Rafe, but then for one reason or another she decides not to at the time and says she will ask him later. I wanted the answers as well and it was kind of a letdown, though some were answered later in the book, some weren’t. Though I really did love the story and I liked how crazy Rafe was and how Lucy takes everything in stride.
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