Copy received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Contemporary Romance
Series: – Third in a series.
Writing – Third Dual POV
Main Characters: Bella Cross likes to consider herself a rebel. She own a sex shop, smokes, drinks, has piercings, and a hidden lust for Holt.
Holt Lamm thinks Bella hates him, due to his lifestyle, his sexual preferences, and many previous partners. He thinks he has no chance with the woman he has secretly liked for years.
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Yes
Would I read more by this author? – Yes
Rating – 4 stars.
I have to be honest to not being that fired up to read Bella’s story. I was intrigued by Holt in book 1, but Bella seemed a little immature and bratty in book 1, and downright mean and selfish in book 2.
This is probably the most erotic in the series so far.
When Bella sneaks away to the shared beach house early, without telling anyone she is going, sparks fly when Holt also turns up, and catches her half drunk on whiskey and feeling sorry for herself.
I really liked Holt, as I say, he had intrigued me most from book 1.
Bella, I did warm up to her toward the end, when she started to lower her defences and was less abrasive.
However, as with book 2, something was missing. The author can pack a lot into a small number of pages, but, for me, it needed something more of Bella, why she felt the need to rebel so much, why she had up huge brick walls protecting herself, why she was like she was, to truly understand her, and for me to really warm to her and love her as a character after not really liking her too much in book 1 and 2.
Amazon UK Link: Smoking Holt (Tryst Island Series Book 3)