Author: Lorin Grace
Series: Artists & Billionaires #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Date: November 8, 2018
Publisher: Currant Creek Press
City boy seeks small town romance with country girl chasing big city dreams.
An unexpected internship takes graphic designer Zoe Wilson to New York City. Experience has taught her that pouring her heart into her work is better than pinning her dreams on a man. Especially one her Art House friends think she should like.
Nick has everything he could ever want, except a wife. Most of the socialites he knows are more interested in what his money can do for them, than the good it could do for the world. Down to earth Zoe isn’t interested in him or his billions and puts him in the friend zone. Too bad Nick can’t stop thinking about her.
Lost in the City, Zoe is forced to turn to the one person she wants to avoid, Nick. As their friendship grows, they both learn lessons in trust. A #MeToo incident from her past tests their relationship. Can love be more than just words?
Rating: Mild+. Mild kissing; mild sensuality; some violence or horror.
Really more 4.5 stars.
This book dealt with hard things. It did it well. While we “witness” the assault it is only graphic enough for us to feel the horror of the situation without being too horrible. This is a romance but dealing with the aftermath of a media frenzy based on falsehoods becomes a main part of the story because it also effects the romance relationship. Far too many women have a #metoo experience of their own so you probably need to think about how you’ll react to reading this one. My own #metoo wasn’t as traumatic as this one so it wasn’t overly difficult for me to read but it could be for some. It was sickening to think about how many people have had this kind of experience though. But perhaps the more we talk about it the better we are as a society. While most of the people in the book responded positively to the victim, we also saw the horribly opposite responses that unfortunately happen in real life too.
This is book 5 in the series but the first one I have read. The story works on its own but I could see that it would be much better to read the other books first. I spent a lot of energy trying to figure out who all the characters were. They’d obviously been introduced in previous books. It would have been more enjoyable to meet to them in the earlier books instead of asking myself who this person is. This isn’t the fault of the book so much as my fault for reading them out of order.
I really liked Nick as the hero but I think my favorite character was actually Sebastian. So sweet.
Sex: Some kisses. Sexual violence against women.
Violence: Sexual assault. Self defense actions.