Author: Anne Calhoun
Series: Irresistible #4
Published by: InterMix
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
When it comes to the wolves of Wall Street, Ryan Hamilton is the leader of the pack. But his bravado is all bluff. The bank he works for is up to it’s assets in fraud and shady deals. And thanks to pressure from the NYPD and FBI, Ryan is working as both a trader and a whistleblower. His only respite from the tension is when he parades his latest arm candy at a fancy lingerie shop.
Simone Demarchelier owns Irresistible, crafting custom high-end lingerie. So she’s more than happy that Ryan is spending a fortune on his women. But she senses that behind the hotshot facade there is something more. Something tortured and sad. And when he flies her out to the Hamptons in the shadow of a summer thunderstorm in order to fix one of her designs, she instead finds herself stuck in the opulent home with a distraught Ryan.
Is Simone the one person who can mend Ryan’s heart and soul?
Well, well, well … what do we have here? What a delightful little book Evening Storm turned out to be. I was expecting it to be full of clichés, but that isn’t what I got. I actually loved it and found it a bit refreshing.
Ryan is a powerful, wealthy wolf of Wall Street. Heard it before, I know. The thing is, he’s handsome, but not an Adonis-type. That’s not to say he isn’t a bit of a playboy, though. Also, the guy is under tremendous stress. Ryan is hiding something and it becomes the source of him holding back from Simone. There are so many times in books where these secrets are blown out of proportion and shouldn’t have been a big deal to begin with. In this case, I fully stand behind Ryan for not saying anything, because he’s in the midst of working with authorities to take down some serious corruption. You keep your mouth shut!
This made Ryan and Simone’s relationship a little … different, and I really loved it. They weren’t romantically together the majority of the book, but they did have major chemistry. Talk about the sexiest non-kiss ever! Whew! They had this thing where he would tell her stories, and oh, how I love that she enjoyed them and saw the beauty in each one. You’ll have to read the book to understand, but I will say they’re on the steamy side.
Can we please get more women like Simone in our books? She is truly a woman, not some ninny who gets all tongue-tied and mush brained over a man. Simone is a confident, independent business owner, who is perfectly comfortable going places alone and feels at ease without a man. She’s mature, understanding, and perceptive. Ah, but I also absolutely love how she calls Ryan on his bullshit, nor does she back down. Oh, and she’s French. Totally hot!
I’m beyond pleased with the characters and certain changes that occurred. Everything came together wonderfully. Evening Storm is the fourth book in the series, but it’s perfectly fine as a standalone. However, now that I’ve had a taste, I plan to devour the rest.