(The Liberty Series #1)
by Leigh James
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
My name is Liberty and I'm a good girl. I come from nothing.
I have no one but myself. Sometimes I do things I don't
want to -- I do them because I have to. Stripping. That's my life in Vegas. And my boss keeps pressuring me to do more than just take my clothes off...
Then John Carter Quinn crashes into my life. He's an older, gorgeous billionaire in a thousand dollar suit. He keeps coming to see me, night after night. I'm not sure what he wants -- but I know what I want. One night he pulls out his gun at my club to take down a bad guy, and I find out what type of business he's actually in. Hint: he doesn't sit at a desk, he employs a bunch of ex-Navy Seals, and it's lethal to be on his bad side.
Like me, John has his share of secrets. Dark secrets, dark pain. One of his secrets involves my past. These secrets will bring us together. And then tear us apart.
18+ due to mature content. Contains a cliffhanger, but the finale, Liberty At Last, is available now!
My fault with this book (and other NA books, it seems) was the main character. There were so many times whenever I was left shaking my head at her rash decisions. I felt like the author stayed true to Liberty during the entire story, but I had such a hard time grasping why Liberty did and said some of the things that she did. I wanted to reach into the pages and smack some sense into her. I honestly liked the character of John Carter Quinn. (It doesn't hurt that John Quinn is the name of my favorite Southern Vampire Mysteries male!) He was dominant and protective without being abusive and crazy. For that, I thank you Leigh James. You showed me that it's possible to have a swoon-worthy love interest without all of the nasty abuse and control that rears its ugly head in New Adult.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and it does end on a cliffhanger. But I really enjoyed it. I liked getting to know the characters. I feel like Leigh James was able to give them their own voice and showcase them as individuals. She kept my attention during the entire story, and I had to start reading the second book as soon as I finished this one to know what happened.
New Adult fans will adore Liberty and John's story. Just have the second book on hand, because the ending will leave you craving more of their story! Check back in a few hours to see my review of book two; Liberty At Last.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Leigh James.