Perfectly Inappropriate by Stacey Kennedy Release Date: November 27, 2018 Publisher: Loveswept Number of Pages: approx. 203 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 11/13/18 to 11/15/18
Olivia Watts knows that her problems are painfully average. She got engaged, and her fiancé cheated. She gave up on her dream job—street photographer—and settled on a more practical one: graphic designer. She scrimped and saved to buy a home, only to realize how empty it was. So when Olivia hears about an exclusive dating app that matches subs with highly trained doms, she does something she never thought she’d do in a million years: She signs up. The last thing she expects to find is a man whose sizzling touch reawakens the woman she used to be. . . .
Noah Grant has no time for relationships. His sole purpose is to win reelection. That’s why he pays a premium to the discreet app that satisfies all his dark desires. But after sweet, innocent Olivia is vetted and arrives for their week together in his penthouse, it’s blatantly clear that she’s running from her demons. Noah’s more than willing to be her escape—until their emotions get tangled up in their games. Now, to become worthy of Olivia’s heart, Noah will have to prove that he’s more than a fantasy.
I love the hero and heroine of this story. They are both such thoughtful people and really care about the world around them. They have good chemistry, too. I also liked the concept of this story and think the story flows quite well. This is a new-to-me author and I found I enjoyed this book, it was a good solid read. I just didn’t find it great or amazing; it was lacking depth.
First, with the description of this book it seems it will fall into the category of erotic romance. It really doesn’t. There is a scene or two that I would consider BDSM-lite. The Dom/sub relationship Noah and Olivia are supposedly going to delve into after finding each other through a discreet app never really comes to fruition. I will say that I love the way Noah explains the Dom/sub relationship and what it means to be a Dom. That was well thought out and informative. But just because you call your lover Sir doesn’t make you a submissive or him a dominant. I have no doubt Noah had past encounters that would put him in that role. It is at least addressed later in the book that he treats Olivia differently than any other woman before. Their sexual relationship seemed to be more along the lines of a long-married husband and wife that are dabbling in BDSM to see if it’s something they would enjoy, not the sexual exploits of a man who has a fierce dominant side he can’t keep down.
There are also a lot of missing or wrong words in sentences, but I’m going to chalk that up to me reading an ARC. I’m a huge fan of the publisher Loveswept and I’m confident those issues will be tidied up before publication.
All that being said, I did find this story to be somewhat engaging and I was rooting for the couple to find their HEA.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**