Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review for Denying Mr Parks (The Parks Series #1) by Lilly James



Denying Mr Parks (The Parks Series #1)

When Park’s strong, perfect life met my damaged and imperfect life, it tormented and tortured me in ways I wasn’t prepared for … neither was he.

Evey Banks, that’s me. Practically damaged in every way. I was unbearable and uncontrollable, but I was rebuilding an impaired life of mine and doing a good job of it too, until Wade Parks came along and unintentionally sabotaged every aspect of my healing process.

Wade Parks: Perfect, precise and an arrogant arse. He came to London, bombarded my life and tried to make me his very own. How? With force, with words, and a lot of relentless sexual persuasion. He was a man obsessed with control and discipline, and the very need to dominate. What he also wanted to dominate… was me.

The sexual chemistry we shared was undeniably hot, and the passion that radiated between us was flawless. But I hated myself for being attracted to him. I would also deny that I ever was. Yes, he was devilishly handsome beyond compare, with a body that could put a Greek God to shame, but denying him came easy to me because he was everything I didn’t need.

Then why was I so afraid of him finding out about my past when I never wanted him in my future?

My past haunted every chance of happiness. That was inevitable. I was my own worst enemy… or so I thought.

I have really struggled with how to write this review. I want to first off say that this book kinda threw me for a loop. I started out reading it not really sure whether I wanted to hate Evey or like her and Wade too for that matter. So, as the story went on, I developed strong dislike feelings for Evey and liked Wade much more. That is really new for me. I am not used to hating the heroine, but in this case I found myself really not liking her at all. As the book ended and I was trying to figure out how to rate this book, I kept thinking how can I hate a character and rate it good so there was my struggles. So, I thought ok, I'm going to think on it for a few days and then write my review. The more I thought about it, the more I struggled and then it hit me. It's not any different than if I loved the character because the author had to be a really great author to make me have such strong feelings good or bad. Then I discovered that even after days (and by days I mean quite a few days) this book still was at the forefront of my mind. That doesn't happen very often, I mean I read about a book every couple days and I found that no matter what I was reading my mind kept drifting back to this one. I found myself literally obsessing over what I felt for Evey and then a song came on the radio, "Arms" by Christina Perri and I remembered that at the end of this book Evey had referenced that song and told Wade that was how she felt and again it all came flooding back. So in the end, my thoughts are this. Even though I hated Evey, I think that was the author's plan for leading into the next two books and watching her struggle to get clean (oh I forgot to mention that Evey is a struggling alcoholic) and not just get clean and sort out her relationship of sorts with Parks, but to really watch her redeem herself in all things in her life and many relationships. I do have to also say, I know I've been a little obsessive about talking about my thoughts and feelings for Evey, but I really did end up LOVING Mr. Parks aka Wade. I didn't at first and then somewhere out of nowhere I said oh wait, I really like him. So all in all, if the book wasn't good then I wouldn't care about reading the next one and I most definitely do and if it wasn't good then I wouldn't have such feelings about any character good or bad. This book was so different than what I was expecting and I will absolutely be reading the next one to find out more about these characters and see if Evey can redeem herself in my eyes. A copy was given in exchange for an honest review. I am rating this one a 4 AMAZEBALLS stars!!! 

About this author

Lilly James is a woman with a wild imagination that has to be set free into the arms of a keyboard.

Writing erotic romance gives herself, and readers, that chance to escape into the world of bold characters and live a fantasy of romance and dreams...just for a little while. God knows we all need that escape.

Lilly lives in Wales, is a mother of one, and loves reading, chocolate and wine. All in that order.

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