Review: Arousal by Simone Sowood

Arousal by Simone Sowood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Standalone
Release - March 4, 2017
Genre - Contemporary Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3.5 out of 5
Length - 420 pages

Fake Girlfriend, Real Arousal

A woman I've never seen before just told her father I'm her boyfriend.
I walked into the restaurant to grab dinner between important meetings and there she was, red cheeked and fury in her electric blue eyes.
I figure I'll help her out with whatever she has going on with her father, so I kiss her.
If she wants to be what's on my menu, that's fine by me.
As she melts into my arms, the taste of her lips and the fire in her eyes hits me in the gut.
She's mine.
This might be a game to her, but I'm playing for real. And trust me when I say I never lose.
I'm going to use my vast wealth and power to get her exactly where I want her.
Who knows, I might even tell her who I really am.

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MY REVIEW

First off... a Chinese restaurant with the name The Fat Kok?!

That definitely grabbed my attention. RIGHT away. The author's writing, the plot, the characters and their chemistry with one another are what held it.

Darcy was afraid to love. After losing her fiance four years ago from a heart attack, she changed. She established a charity that helped young adults with heart disease and their families, she threw herself into her work as a strategist for her father's company, and she limited her personal life. Her social calendar was full of one-night stands. She didn't do second dates or relationships.

Liam was the man to change all of that. He was also familiar with the one-night stand rule as he used it quite often himself. However, he realized that what was between them was something different. That they shared a connection that surpassed all expectations. A connection he refused to allow Darcy to run or hide away from. The chemistry between these characters and their feelings for one another were almost tangible. I loved how vulnerable the author allowed these two to be with each other. It's what made them less one-dimensional and gave me the chance to explore their depth.

My only issue with this story was its climax. It fell a bit flat for me, but that could be because I'm a romantic suspense junkie, so when something suspenseful happens, I expect it to be explored and more detailed. More dramatic. Otherwise I don't see its point. Aside from that, AROUSAL was a sensual tale of taking risks and an arousing story of second chance romance.

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