Book: Act Your Age
Author: Eve Dangerfield
Series: Act Your Age #1
Release date: 27 September 2017
Main characters: Kate McGrath, sweet exterior, complex interior. Tyler Henderson, boss in every way with a kink he thinks no-one will ever understand.
Plot: Kate McGrath is a young, ambitious engineer who has a huge crush on her boss, Tyler Henderson. She’s convinced he hates her and she can’t discern why. But that doesn’t stop him featuring highly in her fantasies. Her very particular fantasies.
Tyler Henderson is off love and relationships – he was burned recently and isn’t in the market for a repeat. The constant presence of Katie at work makes him tense – he can’t stand her sunny disposition. It makes him want what he thinks he shouldn’t. But when she looks at him a certain way, he can’t help the direction his thoughts take.
When it becomes clear they share some of the same sexual kinks, so begins an intense affair. Will Tyler be able to keep Katie at arms distance and will that be enough for Kate now that she’s found her ‘daddy’?
Why you should read it: I was quite ambivalent about reading this book – read the blurb and you’ll see why.
I’ve been quite vague about the ins and outs of the story, as I don’t want to lead you into any preconceived ideas. My curiosity won out and I discovered a complex tale about desire and how people with particular kinks navigate life – whether they can find self-acceptance and live life to the fullest, or they are full of self-loathing and never feel comfortable in their own skin. It was enlightening, entertaining and also pretty hardcore in places. It’s not a fluffy book. Kate isn’t your typical heroine – I don’t think I’ve read a romance that involved a heroine with ADHD and other challenges. It was refreshing and inclusive.
Considering Ty was older (but definitely not wiser) he was a bit of a moron at times! He was pretty closed off for a great deal of the book, but it was good to see him finally get his head out of his ass and embrace his feelings.
What you may struggle with: Well, as I said, I didn’t think I’d particularly enjoy a book featuring a daddy kink. Not something that turns my crank, but I think I was a very hasty in dismissing it initially. It’s smart, crass, enlightening and made me a little less judgey by the end of it.
Rating: 4/5 for all the reasons stated above. It’ll challenge and titillate you in equal measure.