Title: Deny Me
Author: Fiona Cole
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 21, 2016
My best friend’s brother and the person who could make an Olympic sport of ignoring my relentless teasing and taunting.
I was a live-in-the-moment girl flirting with a man who always looked to the future. He was traditional, carrying the weight of his whole family on his broad shoulders, and I had been taught to never fall in love, focusing on my career instead of a future with anyone.
He tried to deny me, tried to deny the passion simmering between us, bubbling under the surface of every game we played.
But all that changed during one week in Jamaica. Falling into bed with Jameson was easy, but falling in love was out of the question.
Earlier in the year I was offered the opportunity to read and review Shame Me Not by Fiona Cole. She was a new to me author, and I feel absolutely in love with her writing and story telling abilities. I knew that she was an author going places, and I wanted to be a part of it. When I found out that she was releasing a new book called Imagine Me that was interconnected with her previous release Deny Me, I jumped at the chance to read and review them both!
Deny Me is told from Evie’s point of view. Evie was raised by a single mother, whose own view on love was destroyed when Evie’s father passed away and left her as a young widow. Because of her skewed views on love, she taught Evie’s to be a young and independent woman who should never let love or a man hold her back. Evie’s stuck hard to those values for years, but then a wild week in Jamaica with her best friends brother left her questioning everything she had ever believed.
Like before, I quickly found myself falling under the spell of Cole’s writing Her character development is so well done, and she weaves the story in such a way, the reader cannot help but feel completely immersed in the story. Plus, Cole’s romantic scenes are some of the hottest I have ever read. At one point, I was reading this at my daughter’s gymnastics practice and I was praying none of the other parents were reading over my shoulder because boy oh boy was the scene intense!
The only thing I struggled with during Deny Me was the character of Evie. For me, she just wasn’t a likable person, and I had a really hard time connecting with her character. She frustrated me with her views on love, and at times I found her to be very narrow minded. I was really frustrated by the way she handled a lot of the situation and wanted to reach into the book and shake her really hard. But in the end, everything came together and I loved how it was all wrapped up!
***Make sure to come back tomorrow to read Charli and I’s thoughts on Imagine Me***