Title: Upside Down: ‘Powerless’ continues in
Author Name: Liz Gavin
Publication Date & Length: February 12, 2014 – 235pgs
Carol Anne Sullivan is a tough New York stock broker. She’s suffered enough in order to learn a hard lesson – never let love spoil her relationships. Her boyfriends know that rule from the start. She’s domineering and assertive but also faithful and fair while the relationship lasts.
Mark Aikens is Carol’s boyfriend. He’s been in love with her for a while but his submissive side hasn’t allowed him to rebel against her golden rule and to tell her how he feels. Fear of losing her forever might spur him into action.
Cindy O’Rourke has admired Carol from afar. So, she jumps at the opportunity to work for her idol. Little does she know, things will never be the same for her after that job interview.
Carol has been going through a rough patch: world economical crisis, dysfunctional parents, demanding clients, faultyequipment. Without much time for herself, her love life is suffering. So what is the big deal if she fantasizes about a new employee when her boyfriend, Mark, can’t give her what she needs? The big deal is – the new receptionist, Cindy, is a woman who threatens to turn her world upside down.
This is the steamy tale of an unconventional love triangle which should be read with an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes, love comes to our lives in unexpected ways but with such overwhelming power that the best course of action might be to surrender to it.
This was an interesting read. There’s an insistence by the main character, Carol, for emotionally safe sex. She has been having this sort of non-involved relationship with her assistant for two years. And she’s been lying to herself. He is the first to admit to having deeper feelings, and she freaks out. And then there’s the fact that the newly hired receptionist is having an unanticipated effect on Carol’s equilibrium. The feelings Carol is forced to confront change everything. Throw in some secrets from her dysfunctional family that end up being not only eye-opening, but healing as well, and Carol’s life is changed forever.
Truthfully, Carol is a bit shallow in the beginning. It is the people who love her that force her to change and grow. The story itself is good, then add in a lot of hot sex and things get taken up a notch. Carol’s solution to her dilemma is difficult but worth the trouble.
One additional thing: I don’t usually comment on grammar and typographical issues in reviews. There are several points in this book that make it clear that the author isn’t a native speaker. I think she does a fairly good job, although the book would benefit from a native English-speaking editor. The mistakes are noticeable, but easy to overlook, unless you are one of those few who are unable to ignore them.
Hello, my dearest readers.
When I was in Second Grade (just a couple of years ago, really), my teacher told my mother I should start a diary because I needed an outlet for my active and vivid imagination. You see, I was a talkative child who would disrupt her class by engaging my colleagues in endless conversations. I loved telling them the stories my grandfather used to tell me.
I guess the teacher wasn’t a big fan of my stories. Or maybe she preferred a quieter group of students. Either way, my mother bought me a diary and I happily wrote on it for a month or so. Then, I gave it up. I didn’t see the appeal since I was writing for my own enjoyment only. I missed the audience my friends in school provided me. I went back to disturbing my dear teacher’s class.
Since then, I’ve been a hungry reader. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on – from the classics to erotica. And that’s how I got the courage to start writing down some of my naughty fantasies. Nowadays, I’m a writer. I write erotic romances and some erotica, too.
Living in New Orleans improves my creativity tenfold. It’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and wonderful city but NOLA also has a darker, wickeder side that has always captured my imagination.
So, welcome to my world of steamy, sexy Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.
Sit back, fire up your Kindle and enjoy the ride!