Saturday, July 20, 2013

REVIEW: Devoured (Devoured #1) by Emily Snow

Title/Series: Devoured | Devoured #1
Author: Emily Snow
Publisher: Touchstone
Published: May 28th 2013
Format: Paperback | Pages: 280
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
★★★★ (4/5) Stars!

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Sienna Jensen had no plans to return home when she graduated college last spring—after all, her dreams lie in California. But when she discovers her grandmother’s Nashville home has been foreclosed, and the new owner has started the eviction process, Sienna has no other choice but go back to Music City. And she comes face to face with the flawed, gorgeous man she never thought she’d see again. The man who now holds the deed to her grandma’s estate.

When millionaire rock star Lucas Wolfe finds the outspoken redhead glaring at him from across a courtroom, he’s both infuriated and intrigued. He still can't get the night Sienna almost spent with him out of his mind, and the chemistry between them is as undeniable as it was two years ago. He craves Sienna more than ever. And just like everything Lucas hungers for, he’s determined to have her.

Now, Lucas will do whatever it takes to lure Sienna into his bed, even if that means making a deal with her: ten days with him, playing by his rules, and he’ll hand over the deed to her grandmother’s home. Though she agrees to the arrangement, Sienna is conflicted. Because of her duty to her family. Because of promises she’s made to herself and a past that still haunts her. And as Lucas’s game of seduction continues, and Sienna is introduced to his dark, erotic world and even darker background, she realizes that at any moment, she could be devoured.

*This novel contains adult situations and content*

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. At the start of Devoured we meet Sienna as she's having to rush from California back to Nashville. Her grandmother, who raised her, is losing her house in a foreclosure and some big rock star from California has bought it and is in the process of evicting her. As she's in the courtroom glaring daggers into the back of the asshat who is evicting her grandmother, and admiring his backside for that matter, he turns around and she instantly recognizes him. And much to her dismay he recognizes her as well. See things didn't exactly end smoothly the last time she saw him.

This is one of those moments where fate has roundhouse kicked me in the face yet again. Why is he here in Nashville? In the same courtroom as me?

I'll admit that it took me a bit to warm up to this book. I think part of the problem was that I picked it up immediately after finishing Tidal, also by Emily Snow, which I loved and I was still on one of those I-just-finished-a-really-good-book highs and  probably not ready to jump into something else. Nonetheless after  3 or 4 chapters I was intrigued.

The other part of the problem I feel lies with Sienna. I like strong characters. I don't mind a little bit of vulnerability or weakness as long as there's fight in there somewhere. Sienna at the beginning was a major pushover. It showed at the start in the first few pages when she was dealing with her brother, whom she had a rocky relationship with. She allowed him to just walk all over her.Thankfully she showed growth as the book wore on and I myself grew to like her and feel for her. The only person in her life she doesn't shrink away from and allow to bring her down is Lucas.

"You are infuriatingly compliant to everyone around you...except me."

Lucas is 100% alpha male control freak. He's used to getting what he wants, when he wants and how he wants it. Sienna is the one person who tells him no and he hasn't forgotten that. Even after two years seeing her again stirs things in him and he comes up with a plan, he makes a deal with her. She works for him for 10 days. 10 days as his personal assistant so his sister can take time off. 10 days in which she is at his back and call and he signs of over the deed to her grandmas house. Lucas might not appeal to everyone due to his alpha controlling ways but I found him absolutely sexy. Even his name is sexy. Lucas Wolfe. Sigh.

"Oh, we'll fuck, Sienna. Believe me, it's been bound to happen since I first laid eyes on you. But this time it's going to be because you beg me, not the other way around. And when you do it'll be because you're ready to completely give yourself to me."

After great debate she eventually accepts and a sexy little power struggle between these two takes place. Sienna wants to do what she can to save the house, but being this close to Lucas is hard for her. She doesn't want to give in to him and every time she's around him all she can think about his touching and kissing him. Lucas tries so hard to build her up and steel her, get her to stand up for herself, yet at the same time also break down the walls she puts up for him and get her to submit to him. The chemistry between these two is so hot. But just as things start to heat up secrets from the past threaten the hold they have on each other.

It may have taken me a few chapters to get into this book but in the end I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm dying to get my hands on Consumed I can't wait to see what happens next for Sienna and Lucas. Thank you so much Touchstone for sending me this book to read and review!!

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  1. Hey, isn't that your.. um, guy on the cover!? :D

    I honestly have had no intentions of reading this but your review is swaaaaaaaaying me :D Great review!

  2. teehee, what tonya said!! there he is! and his name is lucas too? haha.

  3. I was not really considering this book before, but I added to my TBR shelf now. You made it sound good.