Thursday, October 9, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Her Forbidden Risk

National Bestselling author Tori St. Claire grew up writing. Hobby quickly turned into passion, and when she discovered the world of romance as a teen, poems and short stories gave way to full length novels with sexy heroes and heroines waiting to be swept off their feet. She wrote her first romance novel at seventeen.

While that manuscript gathered dust-bunnies beneath the bed, she went on to establish herself as a contemporary, historical, and paranormal author under the pen name, Claire Ashgrove. Additionally, she writes strictly historical romance as Sophia Garrett. Her writing, however, skirted a fine line between hot and steamy, and motivated by authors she admired, she pushed her boundaries and made the leap into erotica, using the darker side of human nature and on-the-edge suspense to drive grittier, sexier, stories.

Her erotic romantic suspense novels are searingly sensual experiences that unite passion with true emotion, and the all-consuming tie that binds -- love.

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Her Forbidden Risk


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She'll complicate his plans in the naughtiest ways...

I guess I'm not in Paris anymore. Emily Gardner has returned to her hometown in Kansas to collect her things after her mother's death. But the moment she steps back into the town, it's like the past has swallowed her up. Memories of her wild and reckless teenaged years. Of her father's disappointment. But it's her childhood crush who wakens something even deeper in Emily...

Mitch Taylor believes in having a Plan. His life, his business―all neat and orderly. But with Emily's return comes a whirlwind of feelings and temptations. Risk. Longing. And ultimately, a desire so strong that Mitch can't help but succumb to it. But Emily won't be tied down. Not to anything or anyone. And with one night of forbidden, sensual delight, all of Mitch's careful control will come completely undone...

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Her Forbidden Risk is an Entangled: Brazen standalone book that should appeal to lovers of contemporary romance with a strong sensual twist. It's not aimed at those looking for a suspense-driven plot, but instead, gives readers a sweet story about misunderstandings and the mistakes we often make.

When young, we often dream and fantasize about what love could be, but growing up, the reality is often very different. If we are very lucky, it's possible that a second chance could change everything.

Emily grew up in a quiet, sleepy town full of twitching curtains and dare I say... nosey neighbors. It was the sort of place where conforming seemed like the right thing to do. But Emily was never going to be that sort of girl! No, Emily felt different right from the start. She yearned to explore the world beyond her front fence. She had never intended to rebel, but having a brother who was a perfect "A" student, and always feeling somewhat excluded meant that Emily occasionally acted reckless. Unfortunately, there's no way anyone in the small town will ever forget her teenage antics!

All grown up with a career she's proud of, she comes home to help pack up her late grandmother's things and ends up firmly back in the gossip monger's sights. Emily isn't staying that long though. She just wants to get in, get done, and get out! The problem is, her brother's best friend, Mitch, is still as tempting as ever...

Emily always had a soft spot for the gorgeous Mitch, but he never saw her as a woman. Or did he? Mitch may have kept his distance before, but when he meets Emily again, all bets are off. She may have been a bit of a hellion in the past, but Emily is all woman, and right now, Mitch would do anything to get her to notice him!

Tori St. Claire has written a sweet story about two people reconnecting and learning things about themselves and each other, while discovering things that perhaps they had avoided.

The hero and heroine are clearly meant for each other, but I personally struggled at times to really like Emily. She comes from a privileged background but does not seem to appreciate it, and this came across as slightly selfish to me as a reader.

Every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. In Her Forbidden Risk, much of the story depended on previous events, and that made it feel like some of the beginning was missing to me. Both Emily and Mitch are torn apart emotionally by the traumas that their mothers generated in their pasts, and it has profoundly impacted their lives and viewpoints. Emily's issues are somewhat skirted over as she struggles to reconnect with her father, and only Mitch seems to actually confront his feelings.

There is a happy ending, but I will admit that it wasn't quite the epilogue that I wanted. What has got me incredibly curious though, is Andre - Emily's friend and business partner. I'm hoping the author will explore him some more, and give readers his story!

Her Forbidden Risk is well-written and I found it very easy to follow. I confess to reading it in one sitting as I was interested to see how it would all turn out.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read and bound to be a hit with lovers of romance!

Her Forbidden Risk

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