Devious. Dangerous. Demonic. Damien.
People were either slavishly devoted to Eric Damien or they jealously hated him. Sometimes even both.
Eric Damien hunted and fed off shyness and innocence. Ali Spencer was a sitting duck.
He would learn all of her secrets while he had her locked in his rooms and at his mercy. Appeasement of all of his desires was his own personal manifest destiny—he honestly believed that was true.
Lulu Astor is a New York City girl, born and bred. She met her husband at a doggie play group in Tribeca in the ‘90s and together they embarked on adventures, moving first to Chicago, where their first son was born, then on to Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by Los Angeles, Cali. Eventually they headed back to NYC where their second son made his debut shortly thereafter.
Beginning her writing career with nonfiction, she began writing short fiction (her first love) in grad school, moving on to longer works shortly thereafter. She wrote the Complements series in 2010, and it was published on KDP in 2013. Three and a Half Weeks was initially conceived as a short story but evolved into a full-length (very full) novel as time went on.
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My Heart to Fear book review
Ali Spencer is a graduate student in Boulder who lives with her best friend Shea. While Shea is outgoing and has no trouble with men, Ali has something from her past that has her unable to get close to any man. Well, she’s 23 now and she’s ready to try to change that. She meets two men that have taken interest in her.
Geoffrey Blake is an art professor at Ali’s college. He shows interest in Ali, but she doesn’t think much of it because college rules forbid student/teacher relationships. Geoffrey tries to keep it professional, but falters when the other man in Ali’s life makes a wrong move.
Eric Damian is a very powerful, dominant, and successful businessman. He is a complete alpha male. Ali meets him by chance at a dinner. Although she knows he has all the horrible dominant behaviors, she feels drawn to him. Eric is drawn to Ali as well. He helps her get over her problem with men, but now Eric doesn’t want there to ever be a chance that another man can do the same. He’s feeling things that he’s never felt before, yet he can’t change the person he is. Will Ali fall for Eric’s dark behaviors? Will Geoffrey be just what she needed? How far will Eric go to make things work with him and Ali despite everything going against them?
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I will be very honest; I would have not given this book more than 3 stars if I hadn’t made it past the first 20% of the book. I wanted to stop reading it just a chapter into it. I felt as though I had read too many books with the same characters in them, and this as just another one of those. Well, after making it 20% in, I found there to be much more to the story than I thought. The story kept getting deeper. The characters kept doing things that kept my interest. By the end of the book I was ready for more.
I didn’t like Ali too much at first. She was just another character with past issues that interfered with her sexual relationships (or lack of). Then when things finally start going I really started to like her. She doesn’t dwell on this issue the whole book. The problem is there, but there isn’t a scene with her freaking out about it every chapter. In fact, she seems to embrace this sexual side of herself. I was also upset that she was weak for letting Eric treat her poorly at times. Then I the book progressed, I thought that if I was her, I would put up with Eric’s hot self too.
So obviously I like Eric Damian. He seems to be one hot alpha male. I also like that he’s a little older and not some 25 year old acting this way. It just seems weird when I read about young men in books acting so dominant. So, him being older helped me connect to his character better. I really never knew what was going to happen with him next while reading this. His moods swung back and forth, and his heart seemed to be indecisive for a while.
So, I could totally picture Professor Geoffrey Blake all hot and sexy teaching. I can’t blame Ali for wanting a piece of that too. But I got really sad for him at one part in the book (you will just have to read to find out).
This was a great book. It gives you all the favorite elements of this genre plus some!