His past haunts him. Revenge drives him. Can her love save him?
After a chance meeting in a bookshop, young Suzy Harper is engaged by multi-multimillionaire, Lawrence Bane, to work on translating a French document. They embark on an intense relationship, but he is surrounded by mystery and shame as demons from his past threaten to destroy everything he has worked for, including her love for him.
This exciting erotic romantic thriller traces the increasingly intense and tender relationship between the inexperienced Suzy and her wealthy, troubled lover, Lawrence. There are two obsessions in Lawrence’s life—his passion for Suzy and his drive for revenge against the gangland boss who murdered his best friend.
Will Suzy be strong enough to accept Lawrence for the man he is? Will Lawrence trust the woman he loves enough to reveal his darkest secrets to her? Will their love survive the challenges that lie ahead.
This is book three in the ‘Cheshire Love Story’ series, but as I have found out these can be read as stand-a-lones, there isn’t a continuing story that links them together it is book hopping characters, which I do love reading stories that have shared characters. This is an exciting and sexy book, Ms Blake is hugely talented author who knows her craft in erotic romance, she takes you on a journey of love and lust.
I first read book one; The Secret at Arnford Hall, I will admit that I was a little taken back by the content, it was very graphic and that first reading, I found it wasn’t entirely to my taste. Then I re-read it again, and I saw it in a completely different way, which made me instantly want to read more.
After the death of her parents, Suzy returns back to the UK from Cambodia where she has lived her entire. With the help of her cousin – who eagle eyed reader’s will notice made an appearance in book one – she has settled into a job at her local bookstore, she is also trying to set herself up as a French translator. When one day she comes face to face with the man of her dreams and this sex-god with the primal green eye’s want’s her!
Suzy is an innocent, quite closeted little thing, she is trying to forge a career for herself and move on from a terrible period in her life. I found her to be very real, she is the girl-next-door, kind, caring and sweet. She is instantly seduced by the older more experienced man – really, who can blame her for going weak at the knee’s when you have this fine, sexy specimen of masculinity wanting to take you to bed, and oh, boy doesn’t he just! 😉
Lawrence has deep, dark secret’s that he would rather no-one ever know about, especially innocent Suzy. But, Lawrence can’t steal himself away from her, she is a breath of fresh air to his closed off heart. He knows that he shouldn’t be entangling himself with her as there is trouble on the horizon that could ruin everything. But, he can’t help himself he just has to have her in his life, even if it is for a short time.
Oh, my word! Lawrence, what are you doing to me? He is every bit the sexy, charismatic high-flying business man that his reputation perceives him to be. He is also dark, brooding and dangerous. He has a raw, troubled mind that makes you weep for him. He has been through a lot and he has a past and he has done thing’s that he isn’t proud of, he want’s to protect Suzy (or, as he likes to call her “his baby”) not just from what is waiting to happen, but from himself too. He is a predator; strong, protective and dangerous yet kind, caring and sensual.
At first sight these two make a in-matched couple; him being a uber confident wolf and her a doe-eyed, girl-next-door and yet they fit together. There relationship isn’t just sex, they have a real bond he want’s to get to know her as a person. He brings her out of her shell and teacher’s her that she is a goddess to be worshipped and she see’s through his over-riding carnal desires and see’s the vulnerable man that he really is, she soothes his tormented soul as well as his lustful body. She helps him come to terms with himself and that he isn’t the monster he think’s he is.
This is seriously hot! The sex is scorching and frequent, but it doesn’t take over the actual story. It’s not constantly in your face there are some really loving and tender moments between Suzy and Lawrence, when they are just spending time getting to know each other. For those that haven’t read Ms Blake it isn’t as dark as the previous; The Secret at Arnford Hall but it isn’t for the faint hearted. It has a lot of adult scenes which surprisingly go very well with the actual plot. The side story concerning Lawrence’s thirst for revenge is thrilling and engrossing, you never know when the confrontation is going to happen, and it keeps you hooked right to the end. I was pleasantly surprised at how much enjoyed this one!
If you like hot romance, with supremely sexy heroes in suits that make you go awfully hot around the collar than this is the book for you, and Ms Blake is the author you need to read and one that I shall be reading more of.
This was complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
Keeping You is available to purchase at Amazon.