Genre: Romantic Thriller
Number of Pages: 277
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*
While Layla visits with her boyfriend’s parents in Iran for the first time, she finds herself in a dangerous situation. The young woman is captured, brought to prison, and almost raped.
Cyrus, a handsome young man, is ordered to rescue the American girl and bring her back to safety. As the rescuer keeps Layla safe, a strong attraction sparks. The two embark on a journey to not only safety, but perhaps romance.
Another unpleasant read with much cringing and the need to finish the book as soon as possible…
First and foremost, the sexual encounters of this read was way too much and frankly unrealistic. Here is a young woman who promised her mother to save herself for her one true love. After a year of dating one man, she was able to keep her promise. However, after being abducted and rescued by her “Superman”, she willingly gives up her virginity within a few days of knowing him? This seems very out of character for her.
I’m not one for very erotic books. I don’t mind some love-making scenes, especially if they are pure and sweet. However, when it’s between practically two strangers and the talk about foreplay lasts for pages and pages? That’s too much. This was the case here. It just becomes tedious to read, doesn’t add to the main storyline, and isn’t very exciting.
Another factor that played poorly here was the dialogue. Most of it seemed forced, stiff, and simply unrealistic in how people talk. For instance, “I want to watch his beautiful green eyes when he pops my cherry” and “I need to see your clothes and your inhibitions fall away from you.” Honestly, who talks like that?
Then, the characters. They weren’t likable, were all one-dimensional, and were very predictable in both their actions and their words. Layla was plain annoying and Cyrus was just okay. The others were so minor that they’re aren’t even worth mentioning.
The plot. What can I say except it was predictable and had many holes. The reader knows how this will end right from the beginning. There is no surprise or twist or even a cliffhanger big enough to make me want to continue the series. The plot holes include: Is Layla’s father really out of the clear for blackmail just because he moved to Israel? Zamir, Layla’s boyfriend at the beginning, really never contacts her again? He doesn’t care about her safety, especially since he is the reason why she was abducted to begin with? Why does Cyrus begin seeing a therapist? Is it for the violence that happened before? Was it because of Layla? It looks like the author just threw in these bits in the story just to add something more than sexual encounters to the book, which is too bad.
As a warning, there are many sexual scenes, as well as, attempted rapes throughout the book.
Overall, this was not a read for me. Perhaps someone who likes to read about romances with a fair amount of sexual scenes would it enjoy this book more.