Tuesday, 30 January 2018
#BookReview: Fashion Victim by Suz DeMello
Hot isn't a hot enough word to describe corporate raider Fletcher Wolf, but since he's suing couturier Cara Fletcher for, oh, a gazillion dollars, she figures she shouldn't hit on him…at least not too hard. On top of that, she wonders if he's responsible for the harassment and vandalism that's plaguing her, irritants that escalate into crimes when her workshop is trashed to the tune of a hundred thousand dollars. The economic damage enables him to seize her company, bringing him into her life on a daily basis. When her Manhattan loft home is torched and her assistant murdered, Cara realizes that the man she wants is the only man who can keep her safe.
The story starts off with a bang with the heroine, Cara Fletcher, being sued by the hero, Fletcher Wolf. They meet in the courthouse, the their mutual attraction sets the page on fire.
I fell for Fletcher the moment he appears in the book, particularly after he makes a big idiot of himself soon after he is introduced. Romance heroines making fools of themselves is kind of standard, but when the hero makes an epic fool of himself, then you know things will get interesting.
And they do. Fletcher thrusts himself into Cara's life, when disaster strikes and she is on the verge on bankruptcy. Their attraction is sizzling. As first kisses go, this story had one of the best I've read in a while.
Fletcher is unwavering in his desire to get personal with Cara, but Cara has personal issues she must deal with in addition to her life being in danger. I found it a little hard to buy Fletcher's 'I've always been in love with you' angle as there was no background given. Part of the problem, IMO, was that the story is told in first person. I may be biased, because first person POV is usually not my preference in romance, and it came to bare glaringly when I started missing Fletcher's POV.
As I mentioned in my second paragraph, I fell for Fletcher from the first moment, and I would have liked the cover to be more representative of him and Cara. The runway may fit the title, but the story is about Fletch and Cara and the cover should have shown that.
*Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy in exchange for an honest review*