I gave this book 4.5 stars.
I have a confession to make ...
I have a crush on a girl ...
and her name is Violet!
At first we start off meeting Violet and she is meek and really not all that much of someone to like. But then things with her current boyfriend begin to fall apart and she begins to fall apart ... or the meek part of her does. It's almost like watching something crack and break and the pieces begin to fall. But what's beneath is really quite amazing and stronger than what was originally there. We get to see Violet become her own women. She stops living under the pressure of what she has constantly believed everyone has thought she should be ... mostly what Zachary pushed her to be, and what she "thought" her father wanted her to be. Regardless of the sexy, passionate love story that progresses between Ryder and Violet, the story of Violet growing into this sexy, strong, confident woman is enough to read the book for. When you find out how Violet stood up for herself and didn't hide in shame like others encouraged ... just ... wow! I love a strong woman.
Then there is this sexy love story between Ryder and Violet. I like Ryder. I love how alpha he is. It's not your typical male lead because he doesn't already own the company like most business love stories go. Also, I thought it would have a strong D/s theme to it and it didn't. It was there, but it was subtle, which almost made it more entertaining and intriguing.
I like how honest Ryder was, but I think Violet just kind of didn't take it to mean what he thought it would, which ended up hurting her in the end. There were times where I felt like if Ryder just told Violet the whole truth it would have been easier than adding more twists to the story. But their passion .... sweet baby Jesus ... There was one sex scene ... just ... oh my ... it was one for the record books. It was emotionally passionate and I loved everything about it .... *lights up cigarette*
There were few points that got repetitive and seemed there just to add more to the story. I got a little tired of Ryder's musing about how he wasn't good enough, but it wasn't too much to bother me. Also, the end was a little quick and a lot unresolved but I'm assuming that is because it will have more about it in book two. Either way ... I loved this story and I loved Violet. She was strong and knew what she wanted when she finally started to reach out and grab what was there. Go get yourself a copy. Enjoy!!