Author: Laura Marie Altom
Series: (A Shamed novel #1)
Format: Kindle ARC
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Ella Patton (who also goes by the name Julie Smith) has run away from everything that was wrong with her life, and she intends to keep running from her abusive husband Blaine, until she’s on the other side of the country. Working in a snack truck in a Walmart, she plans her future carefully. Stay for a few more months and she’ll have enough to leave the state. She’s best alone, has no need to put her faith and hopes in another person.Trusting people only gets you hurt.
The night she meets Liam Stone, she is amazed that she feels something. She had thought Blaine had destroyed every last part of her. But one thing remains: desire. The pair struggle with their mutual spark, neither wanting to take risks and dive in, but both unable to resist.
Liam Stone is in town for a couple of days until his vehicle is repaired. A dot-com billionaire and founder of Zoogle (imaginative, right?) he has the world at his feet. When he sets eyes on ‘Julie’, he knows he has to have her. The usual shows of wealth fail to impress her and she brings out his long-buried insecurities. He is resigned to making her leave with him. The only question is how…
Why you should read this: This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to admit that it was different to the usual. There was high drama, plenty of angst and lots of chemistry between the pair. Where this deviates from other billionaire and beggar-girl stories is that Ella has known wealth too but she chose to walk away from it.
What you might hate: Ok, I’ll be honest. I don’t think I would have carried on reading had I not committed to reviewing this book. I found it really depressing. I found the constant arguments and misunderstandings between Liam and Ella gave me whiplash. I didn’t really connect with either character on a deep level and I just wanted it to be over. Abuse is a serious issue obviously, but I have read better versions of this trope. The heroine is damaged and I can totally understand that, but her propensity to run at the merest hint of trouble grew really tiresome! And the crying – all.the.time…
Rating: 2/5 for me I’m afraid. Not a fan of the characters and unfortunately, I’m not curious enough to see what happens in book two Possess, which is out in December. If you do read it, let me know what you think.
Control is out now.