How do you thaw the coldest of hearts? Find out in the sexiest romance to hit the shelves this year.
When Aidan Flynn walks into Cluny’s Restaurant, he can’t take his eyes off his new flame-haired boss, Annabel Frost. With his heart set on seducing her, Aidan can think of nothing but getting beneath her cold exterior.
Known as one of the toughest women in the business, Annabel is impervious to Aidan’s many charms, and his grey-eyed gaze and lilting Irish accent do anything but captivate her.
But Aidan knows there’s more to Annabel than meets the eye. And he’s not going to stop until he reveals all…
FTC: I am mentioned in the thanks page of this book as I beta read a small portion of the book whilst it was in draft portion to give my opinion on Aidan…he has changed a whole lot since then 🙂
In my initial comments to Kat, I think I stated something along the lines of “Aiden is an arse. I’m not sure I like him”. Aiden is still a bit of an arse but only openly to Annabel. To her, he is cock-sure, charming, slightly arrogant and oh so sexy. His witty comebacks to Annabel’s bitchy attitude had me laughing a hell of a lot in this book and I liked the way he didn’t let her push him away. When I saw the scenes from his POV, I could see how he was playing their relationship in the way he thought he needed to in order to seduce her and this wasn’t truly him. I wasn’t sure about this game-playing attitude, seeing it as more of a means to getting her into bed and not into a relationship. He was so sure that, like him, Annabel wanted a D/s sexual relationship and that was all he wanted to gain. It wasn’t until about half way through that I thought he could be right about the D/s angle as I just thought that he was projecting his desires onto her. Then I started to get a little swoony along with her…a ball? His seduction of Annabel was fabulous; I’m not sure I would have withstood such a sustained attempt for quite as long as she did.
Annabel is a little bit difficult to like…she is, as the title suggests, a bit icy. She had quite a bit of baggage but it really didn’t excuse her attitude or behaviour towards Aiden; the woman had more temperature settings than a fan. I balked at the way she spoke to him and often questioned his sanity, as I am sure that I wouldn’t try to seduce a woman such as her; she was as prickly as a cactus (I’m liking metaphors tonight…). When she started to allow him inside her tough outer shell, we started to see the insecure woman that she truly was and I started to like her a little more. She stopped being such a bitch and became a real person who I wanted to see get a HEA. I enjoyed this Annabel much more than the other one that we started the book with.
There is not a whole lot of sex in this book. The bulk of the pages are showing the seduction of Annabel by Aiden. The chemistry and sexual tension that this created was phenomenal and I really found myself being steamed up as well. When they finally have sex, it is written with a flair and sensuality that made me very happy that the author had made us wait so long. I loved it.
Overall, this is a sensual romance with a mild D/s theme. With a cocky Irish man and a ball-busting heroine, this is the story of a woman being introduced to her sexual side by a man who just won’t give up.