I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Glimmer by Beth Kery
Published by Penguin on 2015-05-05
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Because You Are Mine, a scorching new novel about forbidden desire…
After graduating from her M.B.A. program, Alice Reed is surprised when she’s recruited for the management training experience at legendary Camp Durand, owned by Durand Inc.’s young, billionaire CEO, Dylan Fall. The company usually recruits from Ivy League schools, not insignificant colleges like Alice’s.
Alice enthusiastically accepts, but she still wonders why Dylan would choose a girl from the wrong side of the tracks for the prestigious program. But after a passionate encounter one night, she discovers exactly why—Dylan wants her, and Alice can hardly resist his fierce sexual appetites, though she is amazed that she could appeal to an experienced, sophisticated man like Dylan.
As Dylan introduces her to thrilling, erotic territory, Alice discovers a delicious new part of herself. Night after night, she steals away to find ecstasy and escape in Dylan’s arms. But behind her lover’s powerfully magnetic facade, Alice senses darkness, secrets from Dylan’s past lurking in his beautiful, lonely mansion—secrets that are starting to haunt Alice. And the ghosts of the truth might tear Dylan and Alice apart forever . . .
This was an interesting story about two people from different places in their lives finding one another. Well… sort of… in some respects they are this but there is more to this story that I won’t give away. I found the pairing to be honestly compelling in some ways as we have the fact that he is the CEO of a company that she wouldn’t mind working for but we also have her relative innocence in sexual matters and his experience. I found the sex scenes to be well done and very inspiring… *evil grin*
Dylan is a very guarded man and is relatively private. Most people don’t know much about his background or past but he is incredibly driven to be everything that he needs to be in order to keep the company he runs at the top of their game. I liked seeing him push our heroine out of her shell but when we find out what he’s kept hidden I found him to be irresistible. He’s got a past that we see before the biggest secret comes out but honestly his beginnings just make him more open to the need for charity and the good the camp does for kids.
Alice…. she’s a hard one to like in some respects. She’s guarded and more likely to snip at you than to work with you. Please note that once you find out how she was raised you will understand it. I enjoyed seeing her struggle with the fact that she has an opportunity most would kill to have but she feels like she doesn’t truly belong. She also has a sense of failure or inadequacy when she is confronted with the fact she has to help these kids. I liked her spunk but mainly I appreciated how honest she was about her fears. She’s very attracted to Dylan and is shocked when she finds that he is just as attracted to her. She’s also not afraid of the games he wants to play and starts to come in to her own as the story progresses. Her reaction to the big secret is realistic and I look forward to reading more.
Now… when I can I get my hands on Glow… hmmmmmmmmm