A no-strings affair between two dedicated professionals? It should have been the perfect solution.
Ugly duckling Dawn Turner doesn’t do relationships. She has her reasons and they’re good ones. But she can’t resist the magic in Finbar Sullivan’s touch, so she negotiates the next best thing with him. Scorchingly perfect, utterly casual sex.
World class musician Finnbar Sullivan always pushes the limits to get what he wants, and he wants Dawn. All of her. Love, commitment and a future together. So he reneges on the deal and composes a new one.
So what’s stopping her? And will Finn’s latest offer be enough to change Dawn’s mind?
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
All right, I admit it, this book got to me. For the most part I enjoyed this Ugly Duckling inspired contemporary. Finn is adorable, talented, charming and clearly in love with Dawn from the start. He might hear what she’s saying about not getting too deeply involved with each other, but that doesn’t mean he agrees. He’s sweet and passionate and a good guy.
Dawn is a bit more complicated. Well, a lot more complicated. Her commitment and intimacy issues are fully understandable considering her childhood, but her visceral self-hatred was a little harder to pin down. I never quite understood why she thought herself so awfully ugly on the outside, though I can see how that coloured her inward hatred. She’s so smart, so brilliant and focused that her closed-off personality was sad more than off-putting.
And then came everything else. Oh my word. I thought this was an enjoyable enough read for the most part with a nice amount of heat, and then Dawn reveals one of her secrets to Finn and a few scenes later he plays one of his own compositions. If that wasn’t tough enough on my tender emotions, the build up to the end is just the sweetest, saddest, loveliest thing. Some of the things Finn says… I can’t put it into words. (True, my emotions were heavily influenced by the fact RVW’s The Lark Ascending was on the radio, and I could easily imagine Finn playing it. ) Heartbreaking and beautiful and moving and tender. How could anyone resist him, let alone someone who already loves him?
I’ve read and enjoyed books by Kelly Hunter before, but this one is a little bit special – because of Finn and because of things that Dawn experiences. I found it unexpectedly moving and can’t wait to see what the other author’s bring to this series.
Pursued by the Rogue is out June 19th!
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