I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Masseuse by Sierra Kincade
Published by Penguin on 2014-12-02
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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...
I struggled with how to rate this and review it. There are a few issues that I had with this book but in the end I did enjoy the read and will want to see what happens to Anna and Alec in the future.
Anna is bending the rules she has regarding meeting a new massage client. She bends these rules because of the money that it entails and her need to see her dad. No the rule she is bending isn’t one that involves sleeping with a client but is more a safety issue with requiring a visit at the spa before she will do a home visit. She ends up getting there really early so is sitting in her car out on the street in a very upper class neighborhood when she meets a man she’d love to sink her teeth in. As she discovers this man will end up meaning more to her than she ever expected but is he worth it? I liked her but I think some of my major problems were due to how she comes across. She’s supposedly a cop’s daughter and big on safety but she lets Alec in way too easily and is way too willing to put aside getting to know him in favor of being with him. I also didn’t like that she would run away from town the second trouble hits between them instead of finally growing up and putting down roots somewhere. I get that she has issues remaining from childhood but she ended up with a family that really was there for her and to continue to hang on to the hurt just didn’t completely ring true to me. I enjoyed her BFF and how she really did provide a grounding influence on Anna. She really helped Anna realize that some times you need to just let the crap go and make a stand.
Alec… I adored Alec or what we saw of him. I at times was frustrated with his lack of communication with Anna but when you finally got his story and what was going on it made sense even as it frustrated you. He’s growly and possessive but it worked for me even as it wouldn’t in real life. He’s almost stalkery but again when you get the full story it made sense even as it set off alarm bells in my head. He’s also extremely vulnerable to Anna and even as he tries to push her away he is also wanting to keep her as HIS. I felt for him as we found out more about his childhood and melted when we got to see him with his dad and Anna’s father. He’s a good man who made some mistakes but is honestly at his core just a wounded man wanting to have something real and normal.
There are definitely times when I was frustrated while reading but overall I did like the main pair which is why I will grab book 2 when it comes out.