Trapped in a library during a blizzard, Elise finds herself forced into isolation with Lucent Storme, the untoward magnate who’s rumored to have more than a few forbidden desires and darker passions. Both appalled and allured by his sordid sophistication, struggling to come to terms with what she knows and what she feels, she finds herself drawn to this man who seems both powerful and fractured all at once. Lucent’s secrets and dominant obsessions may be more than Elise can handle, though, and her gentle curiosity is just as likely to cause her pain and heartbreak as it is to bring her happiness…
(A Cerys du Lys contemporary romance novel)
When Elise Tanner finds herself trapped in a library with Lucent Storme during a record-breaking blizzard, she panics. He might not know her, but she knows more than enough about him. Besides being the newly appointed Director of Public Relations for Landseer Enterprises and an influential business magnate, there are rumors that he has a taste for the darker side of sexuality.
He seems fake, false, excessively demanding, too self-important by far, and… with over six feet of snow expected and the streets completely unmanageable, there’s absolutely no way for her to escape him.
He’s so predatory and dominant, yet beneath his rakish and enigmatic exterior, she senses there’s more to this mysterious and isolated man. He’s charming and intelligent (though reserved and terse), begrudgingly handsome, and surprisingly thoughtful. Unintentionally, Elise finds herself drawn to Lucent in a way that defies logic.
Unfortunately the snow may be the least of her worries. One disaster begets another and not everything is as it seems with the man who holds a sole singular obsession above all others. Will Elise’s curiosity be her undoing? Is she unwittingly playing right into Lucent’s hand; his dark desires and commanding personality? Or can she discover His Absolute Purpose, the reason he hides himself behind a facade of formality, and gain a deeper, more emotional and intimate connection with the compelling Director of Public Relations?
The snow may have brought them together, but it can’t keep them together forever. What happens when the ice begins to melt?
Powerful, sensual, and commanding. This poignant story of love, attraction, and temptation will bind you, entwine you, and thrill you until the very end.
Not appropriate for readers under 18 years of age
The Billionaire’s Paradigm: His Absolute Purpose left me with mixed feelings. First, it was hot and a pretty smoky read, BUT it was also offensive and a little ridiculous at times. It reminded me a lot of Fifty Shades of Greys. I remember HATING Fifty Shades…so I feel like this one is going to be a big hit once it really starts to get noticed. Fifty Shades fans are going to devour this one, as they are very, very similar in tastes.
My biggest problem with this book was the main character, Elise. OMG, just like Anna from Fifty Shades, I HATED HER. HATED. Omg. She was just awful. First of all, she was pretty much portrayed as a little girl throughout the whole book. The author never really came out and said that, but she was very childish. There would be scenes of her nodding her head super fast when she got excited, whining, begging, pulling out her lip like a little kid. I had to skim a lot through this book because when I was reading from Elise’s perspective, I constantly heard a naggy, whiny voice in my head. That really made the book unattractive in several spots. I was also really annoyed that she couldn’t make up her damn mind. Either like what Lucent is into or step back from it. She was constantly flip flopping all around. One minute she liked something and was all about it. The next minute she just couldn’t get into it, and Oh, Lucent! I just don’t think we can do this anymore! Omg. I read that so many goddamn times. Just make up your mind. She was a very unattractive character to read about.
As for Lucent….I liked him at first. Then, he started to get rather annoying. Lucent’s character is portrayed as a very proper character. That being said, he said a lot of words that I had to look up the definition to. Do you know how distracting it is to do that? I was constantly having to stop what I was doing and have my Kindle app tell me what the word meant. I’m honestly surprised I finished the book with how often I had to do that. I also found Lucent to be a little…no…a LOT..disturbing. There’s nothing wrong with the lifestyle that was being portrayed in this book…but Lucent was weird. And a stalker. and a bit abusive in the mind, even though the author went all out to try and detail that Lucent wasn’t abusive. You know..honestly…I thought their whole relationship was a little abusive. There wasn’t really anything physically abusive going on in their relationship, but I was very concerned about both of their mental states.
Another HUGE problem that I had with this book is that it was so drawn out. There was no reason for this book to be over 600 pages. I felt that it was more the author trying to shove it 150 sex scenes throughout it. I also didn’t understand why they were stuck in the library until 50% of the book. SERIOUSLY? I know the plot says that they’re stuck in the library together…but seriously? Don’t draw it out until 50% of the way through the book. That’s way overboard. When they finally left the library…things didn’t get much better. Actually…..that’s when I started to dislike Lucent. I’m sorry, but I just can’t get on board with stalking. I don’t care if he had good intentions…it’s creepy. And my hatred for Elise went even deeper when she just accepted everything that Lucent had done to her before he even met her. Creepy. Again…I was VERY concerned about the mental capacities of both of the main character.
The plot was okay, but nothing that really blew my mind. I kind of felt that I had already been there and done that in previous books. It seemed more like the author was trying to create porn for adults, rather than creating an actual story. Don’t get me wrong, there WAS a story, but it poorly executed on several fronts. Again, it was also WAY too drawn out. I like my adult books every now and then, but I like them to be a bit more solid.
I’m not really sure why this book is listed as a New Adult book. I THINK it’s because Elise is a college student. I’m warning all of you right now that this is NOT a New Adult book. You can’t just label a book NA because one of the main characters is in college. No…this is a straight up erotica book, and I’m really not sure why it isn’t listed that way on Goodreads.
There is a plot twist at the end of the book that really turned me off. Anyone with triggers should definitely avoid it. It really focuses more on the abusive side of those types of relationships. I really didn’t think that it was necessary for the book. Honestly, I thought that it really took away from it. It was also pretty cheesy…
Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey are probably going to adore this book. They are very similar but with different plots. That being said, it’s not surprising that I disliked it. I hated Fifty Shades, and I didn’t care for this one. It’s just a preference thing. It’s not my cup of tea. I can see WHY people are going to love it…..but I don’t.
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2014
Rating: [rating: 1.5]