EROTICA
Seven Nights To Surrender
Forever: Grand Central. Nov. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781455589791. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455589784. EROTICA
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OrangeReviewStarYoung artist Kate takes a trip to Paris, hoping that what it drains in funds, it will compensate for in inspiration. She meets gorgeous, charming Rylan Bellamy in a café after she is on the unfortunate end of a pickpocket incident. Rylan is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants, but the intensity lingering beneath Kate's cautious demeanor attracts him in a way he's never felt before. The two spend the next seven days slowly chipping away at their respective tough exteriors, with Kate learning the validity of her own desires under Rylan's dedicated tutelage, and Rylan discovering that he is capable of more than perpetual one-night stands. As the expiration date on their fling looms near, Rylan struggles with the temptation to reveal the truth to Kate about his troubled past and fractured, wealthy family, knowing that his dishonesty could ruin the love that formed so quickly. Lush Paris scenery and breathtaking sex make for a truly sensuous read. Kate's insecurities regarding her future and the couple's difficulty with emotional intimacy will particularly resonate with the younger crowd.
VERDICT Grey's (When the Stars Align) deft grasp of twentysomething relationships and snark succeeds in the vein of author duo Christina Lauren. Recommended for fans of classic travel whirlwind romances with a refreshing modern flair.

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