Published by Berkley, Penguin on December 2, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance, Suspense
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First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work Trilogy
Anna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…
Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trusts that she can take care of herself. After all, she’s handled difficult clients in the past. What she isn’t prepared for is getting caught in a compromising situation by Maxim’s tall, dark, and gorgeous bodyguard—or the desperate desires he awakens in her…
Alec is dangerous. The mysterious, hard-bodied man is completely irresistible and won’t be refused, no matter what walls Anna puts up to protect herself. But as Anna falls fast for his careful ministrations and mind-blowing skills, she begins to realize that giving herself over to a man with so many secrets isn’t just putting her heart at risk—it’s endangering her life…
The Masseuse left me feeling conflicted. There were many things I liked and unfortunately things I didn’t. Sierra Kincade’s debut book is about flawed characters, nefarious business dealings, and an obsessed stalker with lots of steamy sex and flirty banter. It’s not a bad story. And I’m curious to see how the author’s growth progresses in the following titles of this trilogy.
Our heroine, Anna Rossi, is a masseuse. Not because she loves it, but more out of self preservation. She moves often and refuses to set down roots. She offers her services privately and in doing so she meets Alec. Alec is the hired security for a very wealthy business man whom Anna is hired to give private massage sessions. Both of them are instantly attracted to each other.
I really enjoyed the witty, flirty banter, and found myself smiling a few times. Anna and Alec have an immediate attraction to each other. Alec catches Anna hiding in the bosses office, where she’s hiding. Having stumbled upon the boss having sex by the pool, Anna didn’t have much choice but to hide. It was funny and embarrassing. I thought it was a perfect way for Alec and Anna to connect on a more intimate level. It sets the tone so to speak
Alec very obviously wants Anna. The texting between them was cute and sexy. The sex scenes are hot. Very hot…scorching hot. Good stuff there.
The plot itself isn’t even bad just needed some tightening up. There were things that didn’t add up for me. Without being too spoilerish, I’ll attempt to explain. Anna comes from a tragic background and is raised by adoptive parents. This is the reason she goes into social work. However, this is also the reason she leaves social work and why she flits from one place to the next. Yet in her relationship with Alec she’s constantly worrying that he’s going to leave her. This left me confused. Anna supposedly doesn’t want to be tied to anyone for fear they will leave her. But she also doesn’t stick around essentially doing the same thing she fears. Plus I never really got a good grip on WHY she moves frequently. In the beginning of the book were lead to believe it may be something scandalous and I thought it was going to be a plot twist. I kept waiting for that to come back but it doesn’t.
And while Anna adores her adoptive, retired police officer, father, she really doesn’t act as if her childhood was stable. Even with them. If it were would she continue to have to many issues? I’m not sure. Maybe that’s why I found her character to be confusing.
Alec and his big ole personality should have set off numerous alarms for Anna. Instead she writes everything off with shy smiles and jumping into bed with him. Cause he’s hot and has a big penis. It was really hard to buy especially with the decent plot running under the surface. Alec shows up every where with no explanation. In fact he doesn’t divulge anything about himself. It frustrated me that Anna was so naive. A cops daughter, in my mind, wouldn’t put up with any of it regardless of her feelings. But maybe that just me. I kept expecting her to be stronger. You get glimpses of that strength throughout, just never when dealing with Alec.
The story does wrap up fairly nicely. No cliffhanger and I was surprised to see that their story is continuing because it could have ended with this book and been just fine. I’m hoping the author develops both Anna and Alec more. I think more depth into both of them would help make that bridge that I needed.
Often, those things are right in front of you. You just need to see them.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*