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I Belong


Review: Glimmer by Beth Kery

GlimmerTitle: Glimmer

Author: Beth Kery

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Glimmer & Glow (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Paperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425279650 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425279656 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, a scorching new novel about forbidden desire…

After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s.

Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate encounter one night, she discovers exactly why—Dylan wants her, and Alice can hardly resist his fierce sexual appetites, though she is amazed that she could appeal to an experienced, sophisticated man like Dylan.

As Dylan introduces her to thrilling, erotic territory, Alice discovers a delicious new part of herself. Night after night, she steals away to find ecstasy and escape in Dylan’s arms. But behind her lover’s powerfully magnetic facade, Alice senses darkness, secrets from Dylan’s past lurking in his beautiful, lonely mansion—secrets that are starting to haunt Alice. And the ghosts of the truth might tear Dylan and Alice apart forever . . .

Quick & Dirty: Fifty Shades of Grey with a surprising twist.

Opening Sentence: “Alice Reed was used to hiding her nerves.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Okay, I admit when I started this I was thinking Fifty Shades of Grey or Crossfire (Sylvia Day) for sure. I did not know how I was going to feel about the book at all. Once I got started it was clear that Alice Reed was our female main character and Dylan Fall was the man. Alice is doing an interview for a position at Camp Durand. Now you see why I thought Fifty Shades of Grey! Alice had snark and wit and I love a strong female character with those qualities, and the sex vibe wasn’t overwhelming. It was there, but they conducted themselves like adults and zero drippy panties and I want to sex you up ensued during the interview.

Now I will say that sexy time doesn’t happen right away, we get some build up (not between our lovers but other characters) and we get some kind of background on Alice. Once the dinner party happens and we get the second interaction between Dylan and Alice I began to wonder if there was some kind of paranormal vibe happening in the book. Alice hears a gong (like a dinner gong) but no else seems to know what she heard. Sexy time hits strong when the author gets there, unlike romance novels there isn’t a major build up or strong emotions other than lust when the two get down and dirty. If you have ever read straight romance novels you know what I mean, contemporary romance can get to business quickly. That makes me feel a little old fashioned, not that I am prude but I don’t think sex equals love nor does it always lead to love, so I prefer the relationship get established first. That being said, Beth Kery really can write some fantastic sex scenes.

I am not an uber fan of just sex books, so I will say I enjoyed this one. There was enough other stuff going on that I didn’t feel like I was reading a smut book. And that is just my personal opinion on what I like and don’t like in a book. There is an element of mystery that did not turn out to be paranormal as I suspected earlier in the book, but “spoilers” I am not going to tell you that mystery because it’s key to the story. I will say it’s definitely not paranormal but a good old fashioned mystery filled with kidnapping, and a lost girl.

I really liked this book, it was a good fast read with just enough of everything to keep me reading and wanting more. Ha — there are more books coming out and I for one have to know what happens next.

Notable Scene:

Normally I would throw in some quotes from the book here, but there was a scene in the book that I thought was just awesome and empowering. Alice is counseling Judith who is a young troubled teenager about being a leader and protecting her team. That scene was golden and totally stuck with me throughout the rest of the book.

“Yeah, in part,” Alice agreed. “As you probably know, the counselors are expected to choose a student team leader this weekend.”

“So?”

“After watching you with Jill all week, and after seeing how you managed to get past your pride last night and say something meaningful to Darcy, I was considering making you team leader. The kids respect you, grudgingly at times, given your attitude, but they do. They’d follow you.”

Glimmer & Glow Series:

1. Glimmer

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

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