Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shuttered Affections by Rene Folsom

Shuttered Affections (Cornerstone, #1)Shuttered Affections by Rene Folsom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I REALLY liked this book! I have read several romance books about teacher/student or young woman/older wealthy man relationships that they sometimes blend together. Yet I found Shuttered Affections to be refreshing.

While Julia is younger than Aiden, she isn't portrayed as a naive young woman overwhelmed by the attentions of an older man. Yes, she is overwhelmed by Aiden, but it is because of her intense physical reaction to him - something she never expected to feel for anyone again due to the actions of her previous boyfriend. Julia definitely has her moments of vulnerability and the self-esteem issues so many women face at some point in their lives, but she is an otherwise strong independent woman working hard to achieve her goals.

Aiden. What can I say about Aiden? Of course, he's hot, intense, and wealthy - which you don't get an understanding of until the end of the book. He also has a sensitive side that I haven't seen in many of the rich alpha male characters. His insecurities around Julia are refreshing. Now for the icing on the cake, he's a twin! Yes ladies, there are 2 of these gorgeous hunks!

I think what I enjoyed most about Shuttered Affections is that while there is a lot going on in a short time frame, the relationship between Julia and Aiden is a slow seduction. They don't actually have sex until about 80% into the book, but the moments of intimacy before that are HOT! I felt seduced by Aiden and loved the anticipation that built as I read the book.

What I did not like about the book was the abrupt ending. It was not a cliffhanger ... it just stopped. Fortunately, I have the second book and can begin it immediately. Otherwise, the ending would have really pissed me off. I understand books in sequels are supposed to leave you hanging, but this one did not. It just stopped with no warning and if it weren't for the fact that it said "The end of book one" I would have thought there was something wrong with my download. Leave me hanging, don't slam the door in my face.

Ms. Folsom has written a wonderfully seductive book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

Wicked Reads Review Team

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