by Layla Frost
Released: January 13th 2017
Series: Amato #1
Published by Self Published
“I was guiltily enjoying the romance until it got bungled up with the ridiculous mob boss thing that Frost decided throw in there.”
~ Under the Covers
Layla Frost gives us a Cindrella type story in the first of the Amato series with the heroine being rescued from the mediocrity and poverty of her existence by the hero swooping in and taking care of all her problems. I know I know, I sound a little cynical, mainly because I am. I do like a fairytale style story…. to a point, but what I like more is the heroine saving her own damn self. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, I did… mostly… as long as I didn’t think about it too much.
If you set aside all my feminist grumblings about this book, the romance itself was very sweet, especially if you like an insta-love story. The hero, a sexy alpha male millionaire business man, falls for our over worked but beautiful heroine as soon as he sees her working as a Barista in a cheap coffee shop. Let the seduction begin! Their relationship built up quickly as Theo (our hero) convinced Dahlia (our heroine) that she couldn’t live with out him. Again, I am sounding cynical, but I did enjoy the first parts of the book as Theo and Dahlia get to know each other, they are both sweet and yet the heat builds until we get to the great sex scenes that Frost has a knack for.
What started to sour me to this book, was that of course Theo had to have a dark side, he was a Mafia-boss-type-dude, but it’s okay because he is mostly a nice Mafia-boss-type-dude. For me it just jammed up my suspension of disbelief mechanism, which was already working pretty hard and started to leech away my enjoyment of the book. For me, you either needed to not add that part in at all or be more realistic about it. It didn’t do anything for me and once the heroine found about it, to me, it seemed like one of the reasons she stayed was because she like the lifestyle she had now become accustomed to. I liked her before that point! But, by the end of the book I had added “gold digger” to her list of characteristics.
What it comes down to is that I was guiltily enjoying the romance until it got bungled up with the ridiculous mob boss thing that Frost decided throw in there. I’m not sure if I would read the next book in the series, as although I did half like this book, I also found it frustrating.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?