(Author note: This is NOT a dark romance.)
Delilah “Lily” Flynn is used to her drab existence. Lily’s been living it for twenty two years.
Her boring life is suddenly turned on its head when she’s rudely kidnapped from her bedroom.
Or so she thinks.
Nox Taylor is far too high up in his field to be assigned a babysitting job.
There’s nothing more he wants than to complete his mission so he can be rid of the smartass tomboy, Lily.
Day after day, Nox watches Lily and her strange ways. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever met.
Getting close to the girl is purely for her own protection…right?
Lily never imagined she’d make her first real friends in captivity.
What lengths would she go through to keep them?
**This is a stand alone novel and is unrelated to Friend-Zoned**
I know you probably think with a title like that that this book won’t be a fluffy one. The author probably thought the same and made sure to let us know in the synopsis, that in fact, this book is not a dark romance. But it’s not just a sweet and light love story either. There are some serious subjects and pretty intense scenes. But Belle Aurora’s writing style makes it all go down very easy. I loved the way she wrote this story and was hooked from chapter one.
This book was so great I can’t help but recommend it to you. If you like authors like Alice Clayton and R. L. Mathewson, you should seriously give this book a try. It made me smile, laugh and swoon all the time. All the characters are a hoot, and yes, I mean every one of them. I don’t think one of them annoyed me.
“A handfull of erotic scenarios run through my head. Nox throwing me on the bed and telling me he’s going to take me right there. Nox pushing me to my knees and demanding I make him hard. Nox joining me in the too-small shower, soaping up my body. Nox bending me over the-
Suddenly, a record scratches in my brain, rudely ripping me from my delicious thoughts. Whoa. Totally need to give it a rest with the erotic stories.
…But we like them!
My face falls and I mutter, ‘Books.”
Lily and Nox were hilarious to read about and I loved how they learned to know each other and reveal their feelings toward each other.
“Reading is my escape. It makes my brain work, which gives me a short reprieve from my isolated life.”
Lily was such a great character. She’s a bookworm that usually stays home when everyone else goes to party and doesn’t have many friends, except maybe for her big sister. But she is feisty even though she’s been sheltered her whole life and it is easy to mistake her for a pushover who can’t stand up for herself. I loved her voice in the book, her humor and her quick wit.
“My father is somewhat overprotective. When I say he’s somewhat overprotective, it’s kinda like Channing Tatum being somewhat good looking…..as in tremendously.”
The situation she is put in in this book is the trigger she needed to let herself be well, herself, which is something she’s been kept from doing all her life. Her and Nox have instant chemistry and, at first, they “fight it” by being at each other’s throat whenever they can. Which makes for some really funny moments between them. Especially when she tested the limits with him. Here’s an excerpt:
“Coming out of the shower, I wrap the towel around my body as tightly as I can. Walking out of the bathroom, I stare at the door and wonder just how long I would have to myself before the door was thrown open. I decide to do an experiment. I call this experiment Captive Throwdown.
Walking over to the door, I close it, taking my time so as to not make a sound. Once it’s shut, I open the dresser drawers, take out a pair of simple white underwear and a matching plain bra, remove the tags, then step into the panties.
As soon as I reach down to pull the panties up my legs, the door swings open. I see a scowling Nox, but when he sees the position I’m in, his scowl disappears to be replaced with a slightly gaping mouth.
I’m mortified. But the look on his face tells me he’s possibly just as mortified. Maybe more. And I certainly got the results of my experiment. Forcing down my flush to no avail, I clear my throat and check my watch. Nodding with pursed lips, I say clinically, ‘Forty seconds, give or take. Not bad, Nox.”
Wide-eyed with a furrowed brow, he turns on his heel and walks out of my room, the open door gaping. Not a second later, he returns and closes the door almost to the latch, leaving only an inch open. And I smirk. Pulling my panties all the way up from under the towel, I chuckle. I guess I won that round.”
And so it goes for the first part of the book. It’s a hate to love you situation for them and they actually enjoy getting in each other’s faces. And I love this kind of relationship in my books! So I was a happy girl.
Nox was great too. Lily’s description of him made me laugh so hard! She paints him as a world class A-hole sometimes but we know she likes him a lot. Here’s a taste:
“I swear this guy must’ve been conceived through backdoor action. There’s no way being that much of an asshole is natural.”
“I’m here after spending almost seven hours in the back of a van with Nox. This might not have been an issue if the guy knew the meaning of “lighten up”. Alas, this is Nox we’re talking about. The guy’s meaning of relaxed is sitting in a hardwood chair while watching me sleep. A little creepy if you ask me.”
We get a few chapters and parts of the story from his point of view and I really liked his voice too. He’s very domineering and a bit of a control freak but not without reason. That’s one thing I liked about him. If he did something, and more precisely, something that would upset Lily, it wasn’t just because but because it was the only way.
“Doesn’t matter what I do, I’m always gonna be the bad guy to Lily. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but fuck me, it does.”
He’s this very private, guarded man who will let just a very few people in because they are special, and as you read, you feel as special as Lily is to him and every time you learn something about him, every time he reveals himself to her, you feel like he’s revealing himself to you too. And he says the sweetest things too. The swooning factor of this book is mainly due to him and let’s just say that Nox made it pretty high on my book boyfriend list! And the fact that he is mighty hot doesn’t hurt! 😉
“Then he walks over to the bed and drops the towel. And there’s Nox in all his naked glory. Too bad his back’s to me. I’d kill to see the front of that hard body. Stepping into his cotton boxers, he pulls them up and turns around. And there I am, staring at his fabric-covered pee-pee.
“Like what you see?”
He just caught me looking at his junk!
Play it cool, Lil.
Shrugging nonchalantly, I ignore my burning cheeks and reply, “Not really. I though you’d be more – more – I don’t know. More impressive.”
The ass smiles. A huge-ass smile from a huge ass”
The story was compelling and sucked me in right away. Once in a while, I like to reading one of those books where everything happens in a small universe where the characters have to live together and eventually face what this one person that makes it so hard to stay in one place and so good at the same time. It’s pretty much what happens in this book. Nox, the moment he sees Lily, knows this job will be different than the others, more difficult and even though he doesn’t want it, he can’t just give up because he doesn’t really want to. I really loved how their relationship evolved and grew into something more.
“Can’t help who you fall in love with, princess.”
The last part of the book was very emotional and it will do funny things to your heart. This book was a very pleasant one to read and I’m happy I found it. I will read more of Belle Aurora’s work, that’s for sure. And even though I didn’t really show it in this review, this book is not just funny and sweet. There are some really emotional parts to it that are subtly woven in all the funny and sweet moments. It’s a story about finding what you needed all along in the last place you though you’d find it. It’s about letting yourself be who you really are. And it’s about finding the one thing that you’ll place above all else. I couldn’t recommend this book enough. I’m just sad that I finished it so quickly and that there is no paperback version of it because I really want it in my bookshelf!!!!
“That one person everyone looks for. They search and search, and some die trying to fin ’em. And when you finally meet the, something inside of you says “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you. And I didn’t even know it.”