Rabu, 17 Desember 2014

Review: A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

Title: A Gentleman in the Street
Author : Alisha Rai
Languange : English
Publisher: self-published
Published date: November 24th, 2014
Format : E-book

Genre : Erotic Contemporer Romance

Author web: Click Here
Buy Links:  Amazon, Kobo, B&N
For Adult Readers (please read the warning in the end of this post)

Sinopsis :

Shameless. That’s what she was.
Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.

Shameless. That’s what she made him.
Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.

A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.


Note: This review is copied from my Goodreads review with some editing. If you find any mistake in grammar and structure, please kindly email me at : sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com , so I can correct it. Thanks! :) .

Why you must read A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai:
a. Heroine is a billionaire, a rare occupation for any women in Romancelandia (queens, princesses and goddesses don't count)
b. Hero is an author and mix of alpha and beta hero. Also have lumberjack physique appearance
c. Interracial love. Diverse characters for the win!
d. Step sibling love if you like that kind of story. But not ordinary step sibling love of course
e. Mandi and Tori, ladies from Smexy Books, my favorite romance blog read and love this. And I always believe their reviews and ratings
f. Seriously guys, just read this!!

Like I had stated earlier in my status, Romancelandia need more billionaire women that can balance their strength and their hearts. I'm a little bit surprised why so many authors choose to write CEO and billionaire men, while in reality there are so many succesful businesswomen out there?  Ms Rai sure can write about a hero and heroine that suit each other. Jacob might be just an author, even he's a best seller author, his money and status of course lower than his step sister. But, he didn't cower in front of Akira's rich and debauchery life. A nice change for the overused theme of billionaire and I hope that A Gentleman in Street will be a start for romance that feature strong, succesfull and confident with her sexuality heroines, never ashamed with what she is.

This book also give an example, that a beta hero can act as alpha too when its necessary. Jacob is desirable, if you love lumberjack kind of hero. But, it's not his physique appearance that make me love him. Often I read heroes that act as alphas to the heroines that end up I laughing a lot because it's ridiculous or want to kick them in their ass for their "I'm Tarzan, hear me roar!!". Not with Jacob. He act as asshole at first, but he changes and until the end, he act as an adult he was. He can balance his softer and hard side, realise that his burden is not his alone to bear and that what make him perfect for Akira. Since Akira is so full of doubt and think that she didn't deserve love. He embrace Akira's antique, accept her for what she is and teach her that she capable of love

I like Akira. Her devensiveness toward Jacob, with constantly taunt him sexually, are understable. Sure she somehow seems like a child and the drama plus angst can be over the top. But, if we see her fucked up past, readers will sympathize with her.

It had been in self-defense, she assured herself. Driving people crazy was her time-honored way of dealing with those who disapproved of her. Give them exactly what they were looking for and they would never look any deeper

Lucky for Akira, she didn't going crazy have a spoiled rich father (his family is so much like Kardashian-Jenner family!) and scorned mother, both are sociopath. Her coldness and snark retort are her fortress, but I'm glad that in the end she, like Jacob, can balance both her sides and make amends with her past.

A Gentleman in the Street also one of dirty book (Akira is shameless afterall. And Jacob's fantasies about her is so raunchy!) I'd read this year. . But, despite the hot level, I can feel the tenderness between Akira and Jacob. When they don't busy bantering with each other, therefore make their sexual tension rocketed up, their cozy moments also make my heart melts.
I love the family theme that Ms Rai feature in a Gentleman in the Street. I love the dynamic between Campbell's family,especially from Jacob's younger siblings. I also praise that Ms Rai doesn't sugarcoated Akira's relationship with her scorned mother. Make it more real and also show that not all parents love their children dearly, but on the bright side, she also input her insight that people choose their own family. And Akira choose Jacob.

I think everyone who love a good and hot romance should read this book. And yeah, the reverse thing between the hero and heroine is very fresh. Because I'm so tired to read an alpha CEO hero "deflower" a naive or virgin librarian or secretary or something like that heroine :p. With a price around $4,99, this book is of course worth to buy and collect. A Gentleman in the Street is a nice add for books featured strong couples I'd read this year. 

Note: I know that this book more suitable for my other blog Cakrawala Gelinjang :P. I will write this review in CG when I have time to write in my own languange XD.

"... you can be with the person, but still be yourself. You can be happy to be yourself. It's very nice...When you're with a person who is content to let you be. It's the most peaceful thing in the world"

 Story & Sensuality Rate

My rating for A Gentleman in the Street  is:

And the sensuality rate is

This book has voyeurism, menage, a little f/f and mild BDSM. Please read this with caution or if you are underage (below 21 years old) consider to read another book :P

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