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I Belong


Review: Falling In by Lydia Michaels

Falling InTitle: Falling In

Author: Lydia Michaels

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: The Surrender Trilogy (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425275078 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 9780425275078 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

The debut of an emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance trilogy, in which love and trust are the most dangerous games of all…

With a dark past that would have shattered most people, Evelyn “Scout” Keats is doing what no one in her bleak world thinks possible—getting off the streets and leaving her impoverished life behind. She’s a new maid at the luxurious Patras Hotel, and aims to keep her job no matter what. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to sacrifice her dignity, or let anyone into her heart. The risk of losing either is just too great.

When hotel tycoon Lucian Patras discovers Evelyn in a compromising position, he uses everything at his disposal to seduce her—a proposition that both surprises and frightens her.

Ignorant to her true circumstances, Lucian relentlessly pursues Scout as a prize to be won. But he is soon given an unforgettable lesson in love and sacrifice when he learns how far Scout has gone to gain her independence and discovers that there are some things money can never buy.

Quick & Dirty: A very emotional, erotic romance that tugs at your heartstrings. Unfortunately for me, I have come to realize that I am just not a fan of the erotic genre so this was not a great read for me, but I imagine fans of the genre will really enjoy it.

Opening Sentence: The early morning sky was the color of steel wool, sharp, ominous gray hanging low over the city without a hint of softness, but Scout Keats’ trajectory was somewhere brighter.

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The Review:

Evelyn Scout Keats is twenty-two years old and she has been homeless her entire life. She was born in an alley with a mother that was addicted to heroine and a father that was already dead. Even though her life has been full of horrors most people can only imagine, Evelyn has never given up on changing her situation. She has worked hard to secure a job as a maid at a very prestigious hotel, and it looks as if things might finally change for her.  After working for only two weeks she is assigned to clean the penthouse suites, and that is when her life changes forever.

When Lucien Patras, the owner of the hotel and one of the richest men in the world discovers Scout cleaning his room, he can’t help but take notice. He decides that he wants her and he will stop at nothing to own her. He offers her a deal that she just can’t resist and they embark on a very erotic and emotional journey together. Soon Lucien realizes that Scout is not at all what she seemed at first and as her past starts to unfold Lucien finds all of his expectations unraveling. Scout makes him feel things he never thought possible and he soon finds that he doesn’t want to ever live without her. But can they really make a relationship work when they are so different in so many ways?

Evelyn or better known as Scout was by far my favorite thing about this book. She is a very inspiring character that brought out a lot of emotions in me. I loved that she wanted to make a better life for herself even if the odds were way against her. She is the type of person that demands a certain respect because she has endured so much in her short life. I also found the way she treated her mother very endearing and heartwarming. I can honestly say I have no idea what it is like to be in Scout’s shoes because I have never gone without in my life, but the way her character was written it gave me a glimpse into what it is like for people like her. Reading her story made me appreciate the life I have so much more, but it also helped me develop a deeper respect for those that are less fortunate then me. I really loved getting to know her character and wish that I would have the liked the rest of the book as much as I liked her.

Lucien is a rich man that is use to getting what he wants. He has a very dominating personality, which he uses to get ahead in business and he likes to use it to control things in the bedroom. I was really torn on how I felt about Lucien. On the one hand he seemed like a genuinely good person that wanted to do right by the people he cared about. But on the other hand he was a real jerk most of the time and it was kind of a turn off for me. His relationship with Scout is filled with lots of great tension and steamy moments. But Lucien was very hot and cold with Scout which annoyed me. Overall, he was just an ok character for me. I wouldn’t say I hated him, but I didn’t love him either.

Falling In was a very interesting read for me and in the end it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the first half of this book tremendously. I was able to feel a very emotional connection to the story and I actually found myself crying a few times while reading about Scout’s situation. It is very rare that I actually shed tears while reading a book, so this is pretty significant. But once I got to the second part of the story, I pretty much lost all interest. It ended up being more erotic then I was expecting and the few times I have read this genre I realize it just isn’t for me. This is totally a personal preference and I imagine if you like erotic romance you will probably really enjoy this book immensely. There was one other thing that I didn’t love about the book and that was how fast the couple fell in love. I’m actually ok with insta-love if the relationship felt realistic to me, but this one didn’t. From the moment Lucian noticed Scout it all felt a little forced to me and honestly didn’t really make much sense. Sure, she is a beautiful girl that intrigued him, but I just didn’t feel that connection between like I wanted to. Overall, this was a really disappointing read for me, but I imagine many people will really enjoy it, especially if you are an erotic romance fan.

Notable Scene:

“Momma?” Pearl hugged her belongings defensively and scowled at her. It hurt, waiting for her mother to recognize her. “Momma, it’s me.”

“Scout?” Pearl grinned, cracked lips stretching over gray gums. “Oh, you should see all the goods I scouted out today. Traded a can of fruit for this here sock. What you got for me, Scout?”

Scout reached into her bag and pulled out a small jug of milk, a half pound of sliced turkey, a handful of bananas, and four cans of stew. Pearl cooed and greedily took the bounty.

“Good, good,” she mumbled as she eyed the door and quickly stowed the food out of sight, keeping a banana and peeling it back.

Scout sat on the edge of her mother’s pallet and rifled through her bag.

“I also got you these, Momma.” She dropped a collection of half-used shampoos and bars of soap from Patras.

She picked up a bottle and frowned. “What is it?”

“Soap.”

Pearl tucked it away in the corner and continued to eat her banana, quietly singing over each bite. “I’m going to bring you more stuff tomorrow. Do you need anything specific?”

“I need a hit.”

Scout sighed. The life of a heroin addict was a never-ending cycle of scavenging for that next fix and strategizing ways to secure it. Finishing the banana, Pearl tossed the skin into a pile of odorous compost in the corner. Flies and maggots terrorized the new addition.

“How much do you have left?” Scout asked wearily.

“A bit. Hank’ll be back tomorrow. I can get some from him.”

“Don’t do that, Momma. I’ll give you the money.”

The Surrender Trilogy:

1. Falling In

2. Breaking Out

3. Coming Home

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FTC Advisory:  Intermix/Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Falling In.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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