by Alessandra Torre
An Erotic Standalone Romance
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A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…
I’ve worked a decade for this. I’ve sold my soul and my reputation. I’ve lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.
And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—
It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.
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Alessandra Torre has written a fresh, entertaining story about two unlikely characters who fall hard and fast when they least expect it and at the worst possible time. The whole plot is different and unique and I was completely fascinated by it.
Marco Lent has spent a decade with famous fashion designer, Vince Horace. They have a strong relationship and share a bond that changed his life. But he has been living a lie. Now that Vince has passed, Marco is about to inherit Vince’s billion-dollar fashion empire if he can live the lie just a little longer, something that becomes more difficult when a potential heir enters his life.
Avery, born to a young mother who gave her up for adoption, knows nothing of her father except for what she sees in the only picture she has of him. She’s been on her own since she was a young teen and has made a life for herself. She has an interesting profession that could be considered illegal but her heart of gold is in a good place. However, she is lonely and feels incomplete. Not knowing who her father is has taken a toll on her and she feels like she is missing a part of herself.
When Avery shows up at Marco’s house in hopes of finding answers about her past, things go in a completely different direction than she could have ever imagined. Marco has the empire in his grasp but he knows it could all slip through his fingers if he can’t keep his hands off of Avery.
Hidden Seams is original in every way. It’s a solidly constructed, creative story with an unusual plot and complicated and well-developed characters. I quickly became invested in their lives and desperately wanted to watch the story unfold.
I loved Marco. He is gorgeous, smart, and believes in the Vince Horace brand. He is a rare individual that made decisions in the past that I know I could never make. Marco has lived his life a certain way for the last ten years and now that the man who made such an impact on his life has passed, he is lost.
Now he’s gone, and I’m fighting to stay in this life, in this role that no longer has a purpose.
Marco is a pretty big jerk at times but I understood where he is coming from even if it doesn’t excuse his actions. His life changed that moment he met Vince and before he knew it he was in so deep that there was no turning back. He finds himself stuck, unable to see how he could live and enjoy life without ruining Vince’s image, something he desperately doesn’t want to do. He loved Vince but he also wants to move on. I felt the emotion that filled his head, the confusion, uncertainty, and fear.
Now, on his wide deck, overlooking the water, a beautiful woman next to me, I’m lost – half drunk on freedom, half terrified by risks.
Avery was spectacular. She is funny and sweet with a huge heart. She is also a total badass and I loved her from the moment I met her. She is brave, has no fear, and does what she sets her mind to. She has an amazing confidence about her that I adored and she’s intriguing, especially because of her profession. She’s smart and trusts herself but I felt her confusion when it came to Marco. She doesn’t have a lot of solid experience with men and so when she meets him she questions what exactly is going on between them.
There is no way, according to everything I’ve read about Marco Lent, that he is anything other than 100% gay.
And there is no way, according to everything I’ve felt in this car, that he isn’t planning on ripping off my clothes with his teeth once we arrive at his home.
I felt the attraction between Avery and Marco the moment I saw them together and the sexual tension is palpable. The forbidden aspect of the story made things even more electric. Avery and Marco are smokin’ hot together, and when they aren’t physically around one another, they are constantly on each other’s minds. I enjoyed the fun banter, the tender moments, and the emotion that tugged at my heart while watching the story evolve.
Hidden Seams is so much more than a romance. The character growth is well-rounded as Marco faces his future without Vince and decides what he truly wants and Avery learns the truth about her past. Secrets and lies also fill the pages and there is a twist at the end that I hadn’t considered. I loved the way things played out and enjoyed getting a glimpse into the future through the sweet epilogue. The whole book was fantastic and I loved it!!
Love, in this moment, has no boundaries.
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About the Author
Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.