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I wanted to hate her. For three years, Camilla withheld the fact that my brother had a son, Liam. Then, Tony died without ever knowing his kid, and I was going to make sure Ms. Rose paid a price for her deceit. I also wanted Liam to be raised as a Burke. Our family’s legacy was one to carry on, so the terms were straightforward.
Live in my home.
Allow me to help raise Liam.
Oh, and agree to be my submissive.
In return, I agreed not to rip Camilla’s child away from her. I also offered them both financial security and a life of luxury. It seemed generous to me. It might’ve been simple, too, had she not reminded me of the lady in red. The one who haunted my dreams at night. Camilla’s hazel eyes were a mirror image, her sweetness more than an acquaintance to my subconscious.
I was a hacker by trade, and the internet was my best friend, sharing with me every secret I wished to unearth. I believed that until an unfathomable truth revealed itself in a different way. Some secrets are never whispered, only sensed by the heart, and all along, my soul held the truth. It hid even from me the most important secret of them all.
The Terms ends in a cliffhanger. It contains explicit language and graphic sex, including aspects of BDSM. The second novel in the duet, The Terms: Part Two, will release June 2017.
**1000 Sparkling Stars for the first half of the Terms Duet**
First off let me just say this is by far my top read of this year so far! I was so enthralled with it I just couldn't put it down! It pulled me in from the beginning and didn’t let me go til the last page was finished.
In The Terms: Part One, Camilla and Ellis have a story I defiantly didn’t see myself falling in love with as quickly as I did. This was my first book by Ruby Rowe and I am so drawn to her writing after reading this 1st half of The Terms duet, that I just can’t wait for more of her writing in this series as well as what she has next. When elements of BDSM are brought into a book I typically love it, but reading the blurb about Camilla being forced to be his submissive made me a little nervous about what was to come between them. How it would transpire; would she be forced; etc. Well, all my hesitations about this book were disintegrated within a few chapters! Her writing captivated me and forced me to not look away until I was done.
The premise of the story is that Camilla has a young son by Ellis's recently deceased brother. Once Ellis finds out about the young child he forces Camilla into a relationship with him as well as he makes her and her son move in with him. There are many secrets she is keeping from Ellis from the beginning, and he has a few of his own as well. As things begin to unfold between them and the secrets begin to emerge, they threaten to tear them apart. Ruby has packed so much angst into this book as well as twist after twist that finishes up in a cliff hanger that will make you beg her for the 2nd book now!
But Ruby doesn’t stop there. She adds in so many supporting characters to the book that could always spin off into their own stories if she ever wanted too. She made me interested to know their stories as well as Camilla and Ellis’. That typically doesn’t happen in most romance novels. I am typically in tunnel vision just focusing on the main characters that the others are just that to me, “others”. Two of the main supporting roles I can’t wait to see more of and get more backstory on is Camilla’s sister Sasha, and Ellis’ cousin Greyson. Both have a lot of backstory going on and Sasha in particular has had a hard life and is keeping secrets with Camilla. Some of them were exposed in the first book, but I feel like there is al ot more to come in Part 2 with some of these characters. If not I do see spin-offs later to give us more! I love that these characters were able to hold my interest as well and I didn’t do the typically scroll til the next steamy scene!
Throw in a twist or two, some angst, lots of romance, and a mystery behind it all, and you get a well written and put together story of two people who were really destined to be together; even if it was in a very unusual way to begin with. Great job Ruby and I wholeheartedly can’t wait for more!
Incredibly well-written, SMOKING HOT, and will DEFINITELY leave you wanting more!
This book DID NOT end like that!!!
I was completely enthralled from page 1 and, holy moly, I CAN'T WAIT to read the next one!!!
Yes, this is Part One of a two-book duet, so I knew about the cliffhanger going in, but man, WHAT a cliffhanger!
I absolutely LOVE how Ruby writes her Doms; big chip on their shoulder, tortured, all "grrr" on the outside, but truly good guys underneath it all. Ellis is no exception. I love the way he is with Camilla and Liam.
Camilla got dealt a REALLY rough hand in life, and I'm really rooting for her and can't wait to find out what happens with her.
Speaking of "can't wait," I CAN'T WAIT to find the answers to the eighty million questions brought up in this book that I'm not gonna spoil! But I tip my hat to Ruby, who did a stellar job writing some delicious suspense that I'm just going to have to deal with until Part Two comes out in June!
All you need to know is, this book is incredibly well-written, SMOKING HOT, and will DEFINITELY leave you wanting more!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)