I’m not sure what I was thinking that day.
It was a normal Thursday, nothing new or exciting had occurred in the morning.
I’d risen from bed, taken a shower and brushed my teeth. I’d then jumped on the 8:05 bus that ran a short distance between my house and the county library where I worked.
The ride took its usual 15 minutes before it left me standing fresh faced in front of a building of gothic construction that was my favorite place in the world.
After straightening my knee length skirt, I pushed open the door that led into the interior of the library.
It was at that moment that my world would change – impossibly and forever. It was a fateful movement of wood that collided with the shoulder of a man that would alter my very existence.
It wasn’t fear that I felt at that moment – more like the feeling of being watched. It was the feeling of knowing that danger lurks - the sensation of the hair standing on end at the back of your neck.
Looking back on a moment that happened so many months ago, I now realize that I should have listened to that feeling.
As I would later find out, the man standing in front of me referred to himself as Master Lucas…
…and I was his next target.
Review by Brittany
Autumn Cleary works at a small town library. Nothing exciting ever happens there, until Lucas Bates, dark erotic romance author, decides to do his research for his next book there.
Lucas Bates is working on his next project and needs a muse. Autumn is perfect for that role. Unwilling to give in, she’s just what he needs.
After Autumn’s house burns down, the police suspect her of committing arson and insurance fraud. Scared to death of going to jail, she accepts Lucas’ offer of her going to stay at his house until he can find a way to free her.
Little did she know that being Lucas’ muse means having to bend to his every sexual will. None of it is against her will, though. All of it’s consensual.
There are other factors that play into this story of deception. There’s Lucas’ assistant, Sarah. Autumn’s missing and assumed dead best friend Mary Beth. The detective that is handling Autumn’s case, Adam Marx. Yeah, there’s a lot going on here.
I love Lily White. A lot. She’s one of my top favorite authors. Ever since I read Her Master’s Courtesan, which is probably the darkest novel I’ve read. But I loved every second of it. I am kind of sad, though, that this wasn’t as dark as that book. It’s still very good, but I guess I’m just sick and twisted that way, wanting to read more about the darker than dark side of romance.
Lily White is very good at making us believe what she wants us to believe. That’s all I’m going to say on that.
This novel is filled with fear, lust, deception, and really hot sex. You cannot predict what Lucas Bates will do, so this book will keep you on your toes. It’s just a giant game of chess, and even you, the reader, are being played. You’ll find out what I mean once you read it.
Lily White is an incredible dark erotic romance author. There is no doubt about that. She can write the heck out of darkness and her more erotic scenes and incredibly satisfying, if you know what I mean. Anything that Lily White writes is going to be good, I can promise you that.
Five stars for Lily and Target This. I couldn’t put this book down! I was so happy to receive a courtesy copy to review.
Warning, though, this book does have mild violence. But all sex scenes are consensual.