Intensity by C.C. Koen
Publication date: October 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
What would you do to improve your life?
Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?
Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?
Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 3.5 – 4 Stars ~
I have to admit I am not sure really how to review this book. I have a love/hate feeling towards it. I was intrigued by this book because of the blurb. I love a good escort storyline.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that the storyline was different from other escort stories I have read. This wasn’t the typical escort love story with a lot of sex in the book. Although I was a little disappointed with the lack of sex in this story. I thought the character development and writing style was really good and flowed smoothly. I will definitely read more books by this author and I will continue on with the next book in this series. I also liked the majority of the characters we are introduced to in this book, but there were a few I really couldn’t stand (BB, Tanya, and Jax).
What I did have a problem with in this book was that the drama of the story (BB’s storyline) was dragged on for way too long. I understood Serena wanting to handle things on her own but at a certain point she should’ve brought Linc into the equation since it was about him anyway. I also think had that plot development happened sooner then the suspense side of the story could’ve been developed more. I loved the direction she went with Mylaynee and Jax’s storyline but that was just a blip compared to BB’s. I would’ve liked to see more along the other line for this story. I also think that Linc’s past should’ve come out a little sooner because without that I found it a little difficult to connect with him and his feelings for Serena. I will also warn you this book ended with a Happy For Now ending. There is another book being released later in 2015. I will be interested to see where she takes Linc and Serena’s story. She really only left one thing unsolved in this book that I can remember.
I don’t want to dwell on the negative so I will end this review on a positive. I really did enjoy this story and characters. Serena was a strong willed girl who had some seriously bad things happen in her past and was pretty much on her own at the age of 21 and left with a mountain of debt. Which inevitably led her to Linc’s club. Linc was also a great character that had a tragic past. He carried a lot of guilt because of a past tragic event, but with the help of Serena I think he will overcome some of that. I thought these two characters were good for each other. What I found interesting with how the author built their connection was that even though Linc “claims” Serena right away, this isn’t a insta-love story at all. Things developed slowly and at a believable rate.
So if you’re looking for a quick read with drama, suspense and some romance but isn’t loaded down with a lot of sex, then this is a book you should give a try. If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, I don’t think you would need to wait for the next one. To me I felt like we got a complete story but you know there is more that could happen. If that makes any sense 😉
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.