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#BookReview Captive of a Commoner by CJ Pastore #erotic #romance

Alicia Cesare has a lot to celebrate. A recent Parsons School of Design graduate and recipient of a fashion design award, she embarks to Europe on a quest for independence and recognition. Instead she finds trouble and mayhem and must accept the help of ex Marine and real estate magnate Chase Reardon, the only man she ever desired. Problem is he barely knew she existed. That is about to change. Like a lit match to a firework, rash innocence ignites fierce overprotectiveness and a sizzling romance develops. 

But Chase is a haunted man. Scarred by an abusive past and stalked by the vengeful head of the Russian drug cartel, he struggles to follow his heart while safeguarding those he loves. When Alicia is unwittingly thrust into his web of relentless violence, Chase is determined-at any cost- to protect her from his past. But as each new sexual awakening binds her closer to him, Alicia is convinced she must help the love of her life defeat the ghosts of his past. It will prove to be an unyielding test of courage and stamina.

I was intrigued by the blurb of this book and was eager to get to it. The story is based around young  fashion designer Alicia who comes from a rich family and and older, self-made millionaire Chase. Alicia is arrested in Monaco for possessing drugs and Chase comes to her rescue. She ends up spending the next few week with him in Italy.

Things I loved about this story:
I loved the wonderful settings and locations in Europe. The chemistry between Chase and Alicia sizzled and the two of them in bed was hot. I also enjoyed some of the mystery surrounding Chase and his history.

What I didn't like so much.
Outside of the bedroom I didn't find any commonality between Chase and Alicia and I therefore didn't feel any great urge for them to be together. Great sex is good for a while but I wanted more depth to the characters.
Also, parts of this book dragged. I feel the story would have been told better with less words.

On the whole, this is a good book, especially for a debut novel. The erotic scenes sizzled and the mystery made me flip the pages. I will read this author again.

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Disclaimer: I volunteered to review this book via Netgalley.

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