In this novel, we meet Ivy Naidoo, an international model from Johannesburg, SA. She is in a world where she only lives for others, whether it her abusive parents or her greedy manager. With a last stitch effort to fight through her daily pain, she takes a modeling job in the beautiful Saint Thomas, VI. On her first day in the tropics, she meets a commanding man named Jeremiah Gatling that has an allure that she has never experienced before. She is so drawn in that it forever changes her life and existence as she knows it.
Jeremiah Gatling is a powerful man who is living his days out on the breathtaking island of Saint Thomas when he meets the woman that will always be bonded with him from first sight – Ivy Naidoo. He brings her into his world offering her love and loyalty. He frees her from her treacherous life only to implant her into his own personal Hell. He feels remorseful for making her live through his suffering but little does he know, some Hells are better than others.
As evening neared, Jeremiah told Ivy that instead of going to their usual haunts, they would go to dinner at a restaurant near the market place. He realized that it wasn’t feasible to keep her contained in so-called safe areas where their kind was accepted, she needed a challenge. So he settled on a tourist rich area in a civilized setting. He let her know that this was a ritzy restaurant not like their usual hole in the wall eateries so they were to dress accordingly.
He sat on the couch in a charcoal colored suit with black tie as he paged through the channels on TV when Ivy appeared. She was wearing a sleek, form-fitting black dress that fell to the ground but split up the thigh of her left leg stopping at cinch near the slope of her hip. The strap crossed over her right shoulder where his mark was while her stiff nipples called him to attention. She had wet her lightened hair and slicked it back into a tight bun with diamond hoop earrings dangling from each ear and the platinum bangles on her wrists. The glow of her skin was intoxicating. Her silver strappy heels made his mouth water. All he could think of was her toes in his mouth.
Jeremiah pressed the heel of his palm to his bulge with the urge to lessen the strain on his hardness for her. He stood and went to her.
“You’re more beautiful than the moon.” He traced the line of her crimson tinted lips before he placed a soft kiss on them. “Tonight we’ll have a great time. Things will be a little different, but I know that you’ll do fine.” Jeremiah couldn’t help but see the strained smile that she offered, so he took her hand in a firm grip and guided her out of the house.
Their drive was quiet as usual with the sounds of Jeremiah’s Soca and salsa mix keeping them entertained. Traffic was heavy as usual, but it didn’t take them too long to get to their destination. He found a parking spot close to the restaurant entrance. Once he shut the engine off, he took in his surroundings. They were on a busy street filled with people walking about with shopping bags, others dressed in their finest for eating or stage shows, some with their children…oh, shit, kids, he thought. He never took Ivy around children before and he was terrified how she would react around them. Their innocence could be hard to resist for even some of the strongest of his race.
“I want hurt them. I promise,” she stated looking in the same direction as Jeremiah. A little boy was running toward his mother with a shopping bag full of things. “Children are off limits, I got it.” She gently squeezed his hand that she had been holding the entire drive. It was a gesture of reassurance. She would control herself when needed.
He stepped out of the car and circled it to open her door before she could. He wanted the night to be perfect. Jeremiah planned on being a gentlemen and carry out all of her needs. They would enjoy themselves without the worry of being reckless for at least one night.
I was hooked on the first chapter. It starts off with you, the reader finding out about the details of the main heroine character. Ivy is walking you, the reader through this book. I love that this book started off with knowing her so well. There is deep background knowledge going on in this book about these characters.
The storyline moves at a fast pace at the beginning of the book, then there is a slow down in the middle, with a speed up to finish on the way towards the end. The high point is in the middle of the book, which works for this book. The plot is one to keep the reader glued to the seat and keep reading until the end.
I just can not give this book five stars. I feel there is something missing, but I just can not put my finger on it. It maybe me, but in my mind this is it. When I read and get a feel for the book, I rate it that feeling, even when I make it to the end and it has not changed my mind. I wish I could put my finger on it, but this feeling says four stars and that is what I will rate it, even though it is a five star rating book. There is something making it not five in my mind and I can not change it.
*I got an ARC for a real honest review.*
Lillian MacKenzie Rhine (“Lilly Mac”) writes in several genres ranging from paranormal to historical. She believes that the possibilities of creation should not be limited to just one category, but allow the story and characters to dictate where the journey leads. Being a beta reader for several years has allowed her to write her material with the reader in mind giving her books a more realistic and relatable approach.
Her debut novella, Memoirs of a Succubus, is a loose rendition of her life portrayed into a paranormal format. She has gone on to write a steamy, vampire romance novel, Winter’s Island, two months after her debut release with many more works in progress releasing about every two months. Her website is also full of free reads and interesting posts that are enjoyed by many genders, races, and adult ages.