Title: Besieged (She Who Dares, #1)
Author: LP Lovell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 14 2014
What would you do if you were granted millions of pounds and a face that melts the underwear off of any woman? Meet Theodore Ellis, the business man who parties like a rock star, and has more women than he has room on his bed post to put the notches.
Meet Lilly Parker. With a difficult past; Lilly is cold, closed off and emotionally unavailable in every way. Don't go thinking she's the sweet and innocent victim though, she plays the game better than most men, and is the original use and abuse woman.
She's built her walls ten feet high and topped with razor wire, but Theo is relentless in the face of a challenge and Lilly finds herself besieged by him. Can he get in her pants? Or will the unsuspecting man whore go a step further and finally tear down her walls?
This is no hearts and flowers love story, it is a battle of wills as a woman who trusts no-one denies a man who has never been denied.
Cue fireworks as female sass meets alpha male tenacity.
Besieged will make you laugh, fantasize and perhaps even shed a tear.
Besieged is the first book in debut author LP Lovell’s She Who Dares series. The story is not concluded at the end of this book and will continue in Conquered, due for release later this year.
Well, I really enjoyed this. As a British Blogger, it’s always a thrill to find a new British author just starting out and that’s exactly what we’ve got here. Set in London and delving into it’s nightlife, this is a great debut from LP Lovell and I found myself completely caught up in Theo and Lilly’s story.
Theo and Lilly meet one night in a club, Theo tries it on and Lilly rejects him, something he is seriously not accustomed to. Lilly has just started a new internship with a firm of solicitors and is really quite shocked to find one of her boss’s most lucrative clients is none other than Theo Ellis himself. Now he knows who she is and where she works, he sets about pursuing her in earnest.
He laughs. "You will end up in my bed Lilly. Maybe not today or even tomorrow, but you will." This guy thinks he's God’s gift to women. Oh, I am going to enjoy rejecting him. I step closer to him until my lips are only a few inches from his.
I lean up to whisper in his ear. "You just sealed your own failure. I hate arrogance, and I hate assumption even more. You assume I'll sleep with you. My eyes flick confidently down his body. "Never. Going. To happen."
Theo is a trustfund baby who has invested his money well and is now a successful businessman – so successful that he doesn’t really need to put much time in at the office and is now the darling of the tabloid press. He’s an out and out playboy, albeit a very charming one, and is constantly seen with a never ending stream of lingerie models – a different one every night, He doesn’t believe in love, only believes in one night stands and never sleeps with the same woman twice. First impressions of Theo is that he is cocksure, extremely arrogant, definitely promiscuous – a good looking guy enjoying everything that London’s social scene has to offer. He’s the worst kind of manwhore – he uses women and throws them out the second he’s done with them. He’s an arrogant, rich arsehole but I sure did come to love him by the end of the novel.
“You will be there when I want you.” She raises an eyebrow and smirks at me.
I stand and wind my fingers into her hair, bringing her lips close to mine. “Oh no sugar. I will be there when I want you, and trust me you will want me just as much. I’m not a lap dog sweetheart.” I trace her ear with my tongue, she trembles.
Lilly is his nemesis. No girl ever says no to Theo and he relishes the challenge of getting Lilly underneath him screaming his name but what he doesn’t realise is that she is the female embodiment of him – she’s into one-night stands, is fairly sexually aggressive, likes control and is not about to be swept off her feet by Theo, however traitorously her body is betraying her with desire every time she is near him. They’re both desperately attracted to one another and we’re treated to a delicious game of alpha vs alpha as they prowl around one another like predatory wild cats. Lilly, however, has had a difficult past and this sexual alpha female act is actually masking the hurt inside and slowly, very slowly, Theo begins to break down her defences as he finds himself falling for her.
"Stop lying to yourself. You want me almost as much as I want you." I press another kiss against her throat and she swallows heavily. Her eyes flutter closed.
"And how much do you want me?” Her voice is husky, seductive.
“More than anything. You have me on my knees.” I whisper.
I so enjoyed this – LP Lovell really does an amazing job of bringing London and it’s effervescent social scene to life. Despite agreeing to a fuck buddy arrangement and despite their better judgement, it’s so lovely and incredibly sexy to see Theo and Lilly begin to develop feelings for one another, both of them resisting it all the way. Their attraction to one another is incendiary and this is smokin hot as they finally succumb to that all-consuming passion that’s been simmering ready to explode between them. But this is far deeper than just erotica as plenty of time is giving to explore both of their growing feelings and nothing is rushed and I felt that the pacing was spot on and I just adored how Lilly was able to slowly change this womanising player and, for the first time in his life, Theo began to develop real affection and, yes, love for her.
I realise that now I know what it is to have her...I can't go back. I will fight for her, no matter what.
A big shout out must go to all the secondary characters – these were written beautifully by LP Lovell and I found myself loving all of them, even Theo’s best mate Hugo who has named his dick Rambo. Yep – he is Theo’s wingman and every inch the manwhore too. Lilly shares a flat with her best friends Molly and George and I really came to adore these two as well. Lilly herself, really made my heart hurt when her past is slowly revealed to us – she’s a broken woman and the whole alpha female act is an emotional fortress to stop herself from feeling and being hurt.
So in conclusion – another great alpha playboy millionaire about to be brought to his knees by the love of his life, the one he never thought he needed. It’s sexy, funny, captivating and a fantastic debut. It’s a thumping good read and I really can’t wait for Conquered to be released.
Series Reading Order
- Conquered – for release later in 2014
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