Beneath the Surface
Author: M.A. Stacie
Genre: Romance, Erotica
TBR Reviewer: Jessica
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat:4 - An Erotic Ride.
Beneath the Surface is the story of Dale Porter. Dale had just been hired as assistant to co-CEO, Taylor Reese. But on her first day at work she catches the eye of Taylor's more responsible brother and co-CEO, Kyran Reese. The sexual tension soars as both parties are reluctant to succumb to their attraction.
Kyran is initially rude to Dale and uses his secret side hobby, fighting for sport, as his means to combating his growing attraction to Dale.
If I'm being honest, this book was slow moving for much of it. There were a handful of times during the first half of the story that I contemplated not finishing. I enjoyed the premise of the story, there was just so much going on, I wasn't sure if it all really fit. Yes, we're told that Kyran is the CEO of the family
company, left cleaning up messes behind his brother, Taylor, as Taylor's irresponsibility at work begins to spiral into something much more serious. We know he is a fighter and he's covered in tattoos, and we know he has no interest in anything other than a sexual relationship with Dale, and every other woman
he's ever been with. But knowing that, I still felt like I never really got to know who Kyran was. The banter between the characters, while entertaining, was usually about nothing but sexual innuendo, so I found it difficult to fully embrace their growing attraction toward one another. From page one, we know the chemistry is flying, but I never really grasped what exactly drew them to each other. I also found some of the dialogue unnecessary. I thought much of it didn't really add much to the story in the initial first part of the book. It was redundant at times and it took away from the flow of the book and just bored
But this story is a lot like the little engine that could. If you hold out, you'll find that things do pick up around 70% in. The turn in the plot that took place late in this story is what really made me glad I held on for the ride. It's at this point when the angst and drama pick up, the sexual banter becomes less prominent in the story and the shift in the story occurs and it heads in a more serious direction. That's when it really pulled me in.
This book has a lot of common themes with other popular romance books that are all too common nowadays... rich CEO meets awkward assistant and romance ensues; tough as nails fighter meets serious young woman and romance ensues; both characters are troubled from their past relationships and difficult family lives but together romance ensues, etc. This books pulls all those themes together and I think that's why it lost me for the first half or so. With so much going on, too much complexity is forced on the characters, and the characters get lost. But when the author gave up on maintaining those popular themes from all the other stories out there, and just told her own story, things flowed much more naturally. I wish the entire story flowed as seamlessly, but in the end you're left satisfied.