This SMOKING HOT novella wastes zero time getting right down to business. If that’s what you’re in it for, then you’re going to love the forbidden, tense dynamic of this quick and dirty read. The writing style feels intelligent and sexy and filled with all kinds of (unfulfilled) potential, but if you’re looking for a little bit more than steam (like I was), you’ll be left disappointed. Things escalate at a rapid pace, feel downright creepy at times, and the aggressive pursuit took the potential for love right out of it. I very much enjoyed getting to know this author’s writing style a little better – and will likely be back for more – but don’t go into this one for more than forbidden steam.
This short and sexy novella follows Damien, a divorced scientist who has buried himself in work while avoiding his feelings. He hasn’t been the best dad to his teenage daughter, wasn’t a great husband to his now ex-wife, and knows he’d be no good for the girl he lusts after – his daughter’s best friend, Lilith. When Lilith approaches him about starting an internship, Damien knows it isn’t a good idea, but there’s no stopping the chemistry between them. It’s not long before they give into the temptation, and it’s up to Damien and Lilith to figure out what to do next.
Let me start by saying that I really liked the author’s writing style. It feels smart, and interesting, and oh so different. Even in such a short, steam-focused read, there was some solid character development and emotion. But in order to root for a forbidden relationship, I have to feel like the struggle is worth it. We’re really only shown the lusty side of things, and the relationship development is almost non-existent. I had anticipated this being a college student/professor-type relationship, but Lilith is actually a high school senior, and that felt a whole lot creepier to me. Add in the seriously aggressive pursuit that followed, and I had trouble feeling the connection. So while it’s smoking hot and a quick, devourable read, I was left with a lack of emotional investment. I received an early copy via Wildfire Marketing and am voluntarily leaving a review of this steamy novella.
From bestselling author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes a sexy, best-friend’s father forbidden romance…
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: Damien Milanovic was a pharmaceutical superhero, masked with gilded glasses and a starched white cape. Intelligent. Illustrious. Impermissible. He was the chemist who decided that curing cancer—curing death—was worth the price of not living his own life.
𝙷𝚢𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢, how bad would it be if I had a crush on him?
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: I was Lilith Montgomery, the smartest student in my class and the most popular girl in school. All I needed to graduate was to finish this chemistry internship with Dr. Milanovic. What I would learn would be invaluable to my future, but it wasn’t the only reason I was there.
𝙷𝚢𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢, how wrong would it be to use the internship as an opportunity to seduce the cold, captivating chemist?
𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭: Damien Milanovic was also my best friend’s father.
𝙷𝚢𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢, how impossible would it be for us to fall in love?
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About the author:
Dr. Rebecca Sharp, while using a pen name, is actually a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband – the love of her life.
She enjoys working in her practice with her father as well as letting her creativity run free as an author. Growing up she’s always loved a good love story and finally decided to give writing one of her own a go.
After graduating with her doctoral degree, she now enjoys spending that thing called free time traveling with her husband, cooking, and knitting.