Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Five Umbrellas: Branded as Trouble by Lorelei James

I just can't quit this series . . .

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is so addictive that even after not liking Tied Up, Tied Down I still could not take a break. This is one of the best romantica examples of the friends to lovers trope because it was so darned believable as to why they hadn't acted on their feelings yet. They have only known each other 3 years, and she has been his AA sponsor. But now he's well established in his sobriety, and their feelings just can't be denied. The love scenes are off-the charts smokin' as usual, but the over-the-top Alpha Man domination is tempered her by the emotions on both sides. I love Colt, and I don't usually love ex-addict and ex-man-whore heroes this much. However, I really believed that he had changed his ways. This is a really powerful read because both parties know going in that this more than casual, and the tension is in whether or not they can succeed in making it work. This read also works so well because we have both a tortured hero and tortured heroine--darkness abounds, yet the end message is one of resounding hope and love. Another awesome James read.

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