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Old-School Romance Updated
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2015
Quite simply, I like this book. Making Her His isn't perfect, but it's well-written, sexy escapism. The plot basics--older, filthy rich, Greek playboy secretly loves nerdy stepsister--are reminiscent of an old-school Harlequin romance. But Making Her His is better than that.
For one thing, it's steamier and in a good way. Leroux takes her time, but ultimately ratchets up the intimacy. When Alex reveals his feelings for Elynn, they get hot and heavy fast. Maybe a bit too quickly considering her past, but I can overlook that.
Elynn is the shy bookworm of old-fashioned contemporary romance, but she's the 21st century version--a math/science nerd who's really into fungi and lab experiments. She cultivates mushrooms instead of houseplants. That's just cool.
I enjoy an unrequited love story, so I enjoyed Alex's secret devotion. Elynn is completely unaware that Alex is totally in love with her. He's waited years, bought her apartment building to keep her safe, and kept their relationship close but platonic. Elynn is actually pretty satisfied with their status quo. I love that she's NOT secretly panting over Alex. She understands he's an attractive guy, recognizes his flaws, but loves him as a dear friend. When Alex reveals his attraction, she's shocked but the evolution of their relationship felt believable.
I like that author allowed her characters to actually communicate. Alex is obsessive and controlling--after all, the name of the series is Singular Obsession. However, when Alex is too pushy, too controlling, Elynn tells him how his behavior makes her feel. Lo and behold, Alex listens. When trauma from Elynn's past rears its head, Alex insists that she see her therapist and Elynn logically agrees. When Alex's ex makes trouble (because they always do), Elynn controls her insecurity and responds with calm confidence. No one ever storms off in brokenhearted outrage or wounded pride. Alex and Elynn behave like rational adults rather than romance-land caricatures. That, to me, is one of the strongest points of their story.
Just in case you're wondering, the step-sibling aspect isn't a salacious part of the story. Elynn's a teenager and Alex a young adult when their parents marry. So although they know their parents will be shocked by the relationship and the press is going to have a field-day with it, they weren't raised as brother and sister. Also, Elynn's got a crazy ex, but she's not a rape victim. Just in case those are issues for anyone.
So, in summary, Making Her His is a light, enjoyable read. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment in the Singular Obsession series.