August 10, 2013

Spotlight on: Frontline by Alexandra Richland

Title: Frontline 
Author: Alexandra Richland 
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Genre: Mystery/Contemporary Romance 
Cover designed by: F.S. Meurinne
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When nurse Sara Peters treats celebrity billionaire Trenton Merrick for a mysterious injury to his forehead, she is blindsided by what follows: A passionate exchange in the examination room, followed by an invitation to Trenton's mansion the next night. 

Trenton spins a web of deceit and seduction around Sara that both repels and attracts her. One part humanitarian, the other international financial mogul, his professional and public life are a curious contradiction. As Sara journeys deeper into her feelings for Trenton and begins unraveling the mystery behind his injury, she finds herself embroiled in a game of trust and betrayal, where the odds are stacked in Trenton's favor, and the outcome for the loser is too terrifying to conceive.

Trenton follows me, leaving Christopher, Sean, and Denim alone inside my apartment.

I stand against the wall with my arms crossed over my chest.

After closing the door, Trenton approaches and presses his palms to the wall on either side of my head. The sound of my pounding heart fills my ears. I drop my arms to my sides and push my head back as far as I can, breathing deeply. His stare looks dark, intense . . . needy.

Goose bumps explode on my skin as he pins me against the wall with his body and brushes his lips to my ear. “First of all, don’t you ever yell at me in front of my men again, do you understand?”

I open my mouth to protest but he hushes me.

“Secondly . . .” He skims his nose across my cheek. “Regarding my behavior at the diner, I was distracted by something going on at work. You deserved better treatment and I apologize.”

He pulls back, his hands still planted against the wall. Heat surges through me as I focus on his mouth.

“I need to kiss you, Sara.” His husky declaration snaps me to attention. “And you’re going to let me, courtship be damned.”

Trenton licks his lips and dips his head, pressing a kiss to my collarbone. I gasp and close my eyes. A wave of warm breath dances across my neck as he moves higher . . . higher . . . every soft kiss tangling me tighter in his web of power, passion, and possession.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was really good! I tend to stick to more of the New Adult/Paranormal Romance genre, so when I venture out of my comfort zone, I am usually expecting to be disappointed. That was definitely not the case with Frontline. Alexandra Richland knows her stuff. She wrote a smart, sexy, intriguing action adventure story with just the right amount of hot romance thrown in that kept me captivated from beginning to end.

The story centers around ER nurse Sara Peters, and mysterious billionaire business mogul Trenton Merrick. They meet one night when he shows up in her ER with a cut on his forehead and a story that doesn't quite add up. Sparks between the two of them fly from the first moment they are alone together. Their sexual chemistry is off of the charts, but Sara knows that certain things don't add up about Trenton and what he is and is not telling her about himself. She agrees to go on a date with him, and is determined to find out who Trenton Merrick really is. Unfortunately, as their relationship progresses it seems as though Trenton is just as determined to keep Sara in the dark about himself and his business dealings, as she is to discover the truth. Throw in a big dose of action, adrenaline, car chases, shootouts, and near-sexcapades, with a big twist at the end, and there you got it: a great story with enough closure at the end to keep me satisfied, but just enough open endedness to intrigue me to read the next book in this series.

I loved the characters of Trenton and Sara. They are the perfect foils for each other. She is a poor nurse struggling to make ends meet and pay off her student debt. He is a super wealthy businessman who is used to having his every whim catered to. I loved their sarcastic banter back and forth, and how they inspired passion in each other. Trenton walked a fine line between being an outright asshole, and a vulnerable, sweet man who needed to be in control so that he knew Sara was safe. And I mean a fine line. There were several times in the book when I wanted to just knock him silly. He could be so bossy and controlling, but then show glimpses of how scared he was when he felt like he was losing control and Sara was in danger. Sara was strong, stubborn, and independent, but there were times when I wanted to slap her. I thought there were a couple of instances when she should have stood up to Trent for how he talked to and treated her, but other times she should have shut up and accepted the fact that what he was doing was for her own good. However, even though they both had flaws, it just made them more real, and easier to relate to. I mean, how many people in real life do you know that love each other, but also argue and fight and are just downright stubborn? Trent and Sara were this couple, and I just got them.

The supporting characters in this story were also really good. Sara's friends Denim and Kelly were funny and sassy, and I love how they paired up with Trent's two main bodyguards, Christopher and Sean. I'm interested to see how these relationships develop in future books, because I think they would work really well.

My only complaint about the book was the insta-love that happened between Sara and Trent. I understand lust at first sight, and in very rare circumstances I can maybe even go for love at first sight, but I don't think either of those circumstances translate into dry humping in an examination room within minutes of meeting each other for the first time. It just really wasn't believable to me. And given Sara's personality, I can't see her wrapping herself around a virtual stranger and letting him kiss and feel her up (and down, lol). It would seem more in her character to push him away and slap him - chemistry or not. I also thought their relationship progressed way too fast from not knowing each other at all to being in love. It seemed too strained and rushed, and it made Sara come across as super needy and clingy, and Trent as a stalker. Plus, if they were so in love I don't understand why Sara was always jumping to the worst conclusion about Trent, and never trusting him about anything. But, I think this goes back to my point: they barely knew each other. I am glad that they had a relationship and tried to make it work as a couple, I just wish it could have been a little more believable.

Overall, I was a big fan of this book, and I'm really glad I got to read an ARC for the blog tour. I will definitely be checking out book two when it is available.

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About Alexandra Richland:
Alexandra Richland spends rotating twelve-hour shifts working as a registered nurse at a Toronto hospital, indulging in her love of science and medicine, and caring for patients with their own unique tales to tell. When she is not on duty, Alexandra escapes into her own imagination. Therein lies a fantasy world of thrilling adventure, gorgeous men, classic Hollywood glamour, exotic getaways, and a seductive dose of romance. Alexandra captures these stories in her popular novels, The Starlight Trilogy and Frontline, and her short story, Gilded Cage. Say hello to her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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