ARC Review: The List by Anne Calhoun

Posted March 2, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The List by Anne Calhoun
The List
by Anne Calhoun

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Mar 3, 2015
Series: Irresistible #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
 

“Anne Calhoun knows how to write a unique Erotic Romance. She always seems to be conjuring up a refreshing idea with her books and THE LIST definitely stands out amongst the array of sexy books out there at the moment.” ~ Under the Covers

Anne Calhoun knows how to write a unique Erotic Romance. She always seems to be conjuring up a refreshing idea with her books and THE LIST definitely stands out amongst the array of sexy books out there at the moment.

The book starts off in a not to great place with our main couple. They are seeking marriage counseling because our heroine, Tilda wants a divorce and Daniel doesn’t. After meeting each other and falling into bed, their marriage after that was quick and unplanned. Time has passed and it’s clear that the initial passion has dissolved. Or has it?

Calhoun flashes back months earlier where Tilda and Daniel first meet and fall in love. It’s a breathtaking story that is both sensual and deeply erotic. This author just cannot write a bad sex scene. Seriously!

I know there were people who were put off by Tilda’s cold personality. I didn’t find that at all. Yes, she’s cold and she’s often detached. But Tilda is a very, very strong woman who doesn’t need a man in her life to fulfill her. That is what I found so great about this book. Even though Tilda can do without a man, she allowed Daniel in. If he wasn’t as patient or persistent as he was, then this book wouldn’t have worked at all. But Daniel and Tilda are absolutely perfect for one another.

The reason why I liked Tilda so much was because of her stance on sexuality. She’s an intelligent woman and has a deep-rooted love and respect for herself. This quote sums her up well:

“When did you lose your virginity?”

“Virginity is a cultural construct,” she pointed out. “Given the many, many ways two people can have sex, limiting the question to penetration to penis into vagina is a rather narrow approach. Anyway, why is it a loss? I gained knowledge, experience.”

The thought of wild, barely restrained Tilda growing in experience sent a bolt of desire tinged with a gut-deep jealousy through him. “It’s just a figure of speech,” he said mildly.

“An interesting one. I didn’t lose anything.”

She has a well-grounded view of herself and the world around her. That’s what makes her so interesting and refreshing to discover. THE LIST should definitely be added to your Must-Read Mountain.

 

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About Anne Calhoun

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city. The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell’s advice and follow my bliss: writing romance.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Thanks for the rec Annie

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I really enjoyed this review and am looking forward to reading this.

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Thanks for the review, I love strong heroines.