I promise I’ll do my best not to giveaway any spoilers. Though I hope this review doesn’t come out too generic, *insert nervous laugh*.
First off, I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It was simple, it was tasteful, and it had such a nice heart-warming story. Typical New Adult Contemp, but that’s the thing, you’ve got to love the simplicity of it. It was light, it was happy; it makes you wish your life could be that way. But maybe with enough determination, perseverance it can!
Grey Amundsen is a stripper. She hates being a stripper. It’s the worst job in the history of jobs! But in order to get through college and maintain a roof over her head she has little choice but to do so. One day a group of men request for her to dance in a private VIP room – all of them famous actors. Among them is Dawson Kellor. The hottest piece of man candy anyone has ever seen. Every woman wants him, and every man wants to be him. He’s Hollywood’s hottest actor and has been named SEXIEST man on alive. For some reason unknown to Grey, Dawson wants her and she can’t figure out for the life of her why. He can snap his fingers and have any woman he wants, so why her? Even though she knows being with him is wrong her body and her heart say otherwise.
Let me start off by saying I LOVE GREY I really do, I absolutely love and admire her. You can tell just off the get go that she has so much potential, so much passion that drives her to be her own person. Grey is passionate; passionate about dancing and about going to film school. She will never do something half-ass. She STRIVES to do what makes her happy, for her own self-satisfaction, and I feel like very few people have the confidence to really go out into the world and really reach for their dreams and I mean REALLY actually do something about it.
Another reason I admire her is the fact that she doesn’t want her life to be defined by where she comes from and who her family is. She wants to be someone based off her OWN merits, her accomplishments and what she’s done. Not by her family’s name or being called the ‘pastor’s daughter’. I think it’s a lot easier for those who have so little, like Grey, to step out into the world to try to be their own person as opposed to someone who comes from money or who is born into a famous family.
I will say one thing that made me a little bit uncomfortable about the book was the very obvious time jumps. I understand why they were done and why they were necessary, but for me it made the book seem a bit choppy. Like it didn’t flow very well even though I KNEW there was no point in dragging the scene out longer. When the story got to the main and interesting bulk of it though then it MORE than made up for the choppiness between some of the chapters.
Let’s move onto our LEADING MAN, FICTIONAL BOYFRIEND – DAWSON KELLOR.
This man is HAWT with a capital EVERYTHING.
This is the part you look forward to in reading these books. The introduction to the man. And this man…just by one sentence got me all hot and bothered. I’m not going to lie though. Something about him scares me. Only a few pages in and I’m pretty terrified of him. He has this presence, this overwhelming dominant aura that just makes your insides tremble. I swear the more I read about Dawson the more I’m afraid of him. In a good way I suppose… BUT I PROMISE, he improves on acquaintance, and you’ll learn to love his forceful side.
I’ve seen pictures of him; I’ve seen him in his latest films. But none of that does him justice. Not even close… He’s Brad Pitt and Henry Cavill and Josh Duhamel and so much more. That’s just how he seems on screen.
“Quit that. Even if you were just an intern-assistant, you wouldn’t call me sir. How are you here?”
“I took a bus.”
Dawson grunts in irritation and rubs his hands over his face. “Don’t be obtuse.”
Dawson and Grey together is just something else. Two different people coming from two completely opposite worlds; but it just goes to show you how where you come from isn’t important. It’s how much you love the person that does. I can understand where Grey is coming from though, being around a handsome, powerful man like Dawson, living the life of the rich and famous. I can sympathize with her insecurities and her doubts. It’s not hard to. All women want is someone who will listen and someone who will accept them and their faults in the entirety. It’s not his money or how gorgeous he is that completely wins her over, it’s how much he cares and how deep he feels. SURE, Dawson reminds me of Christian Grey, but I think he’s better, more passionate and perhaps more empathetic toward Grey. He really understands where she’s coming from and really just wants to take care of her.
“I’ll always take of you. And I’ll never let anyone talk bad about you, or make you feel less. You’re my lady, Grey. Mine. And that means no one will ever get to say anything shitty about you, or make you feel shitty. Not anyone, not ever. Including yourself.”
I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND it as a nice little one shot by Jasinda Wilder and can’t wait to read it again and again and fall in love with Dawson and Grey all over again.
5/5 Hearts of Love
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.