Almost overnight Lena finds her world turned upside down by Mason and the sexual desire they discover together. Slowly she lowers her guard and invites him inside. But when tragedy strikes she begins to believe that sometimes it's better to be alone and safe than to love and lose....
When doctor Lena O'Donnell meets Mason Langely, owner of the very successful restaurant, Exquisite, she didn't realize fate just stepped in. They have the most unorthodox meeting , when Mason delivers roses to Lena from his mothers flower shop and she refuses to personally accept them. Although Lena finds Mason annoying, she can't help but notice her attraction for him. Mason charming persona doesn't win Lena over as quickly as he's used to and his witty banter drives her crazy!
Lena has built walls around her heart that makes it hard for Mason to understand her, but his stubborned persistence is what makes the reader fall for him. He has the patience to see behind her walls and is curious to peel those layers away. Lena has these walls built so she doesn't get hurt, stemming from a past personal tragedy. Although she's difficult at times, it's understandable that's how she protects herself. Mason can hold his own when she attempts to rebuild her walls that he slowly begins to break down. Lena grows throughout the story showing her more gentle side. Mason grows as well when his own obstacles surface in the story as well. They make mistakes and preserver.
The beauty of this story is that it expresses the true meaning of love. This book is full of angst, frustration, small surprises, and steamy sex! The volleying banter will keep you interested and make you laugh. Mason's family is amazing and I loved when they would appear in the story.
Mackenzie Cartwright, the narrator, was well spoken and the expression in her voice served the story well. She transitioned between characters effortlessly. This is my first read by Ella Frank and I enjoyed this book immensely! The magnetism between the two characters was unmistakable and you were rooting for them the whole time. I would definitely reread this book!
4 3/4 stars!
NARRATED BY: MACKENZIE CARTWRIGHT
LENGTH: 12 HRS AND 51 MINS
SERIES: EXQUISITE, BOOK 1
RELEASE DATE: 04/08/2014
PUBLISHER: TANTOR AUDIO