A Thousand Steps

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


Book Information

Title: Losing Control

Author: Jen Frederick

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Digital serial via newsletter
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Serial Begins Releasing: May 27, 2014
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I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.

Author Biography

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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​ Excerpt

“Bad morning?”

The question comes from a rich deep voice to my right. Some stupid actor, probably. The notes of his voice are perfectly modulated as if he spent years perfecting the tone and depth to reach the biggest audience.

“Yeah, what’s it to you?” I challenge because I’m not in the mood to be chatted up by some wannabe in an off, off Broadway production who wants to try out some new lines on a messenger girl.

My sneering gaze melts right off my face when it lands on the owner of the voice. Dark haired and dark eyed, the stranger gives me a slow smile as I take him in. He’s tall, much taller than my five foot four inch frame. I have to trek upward to see the entire package.

And there’s so much to appreciate from his trim waist to the wide shoulders encased in a gray wool suit coat that fits him so well I wonder if he was sewn into it. Tiny stitches on the lapel mark it’s expensive provenance. A dark tanned neck gives way to a firm chin and lush lips.
Bee stung is the description that I’ve heard used to describe the same look on super models. Those lips are about the only soft thing on his face. Those lips and a hollow on the side of his face that appears when those plush lips curve upward. The divot is too shallow and wide to be termed a dimple, but it’s just as devastating.

One hand is stuck in a pocket and his jacket is pushed behind the hand to reveal a flat stomach. No desk paunch on this guy. There’s an intense sexual aura about him. The nonchalant stance, the dark gaze, the lush lips are all an invitation to rip the buttons of his snowy white shirt apart and see exactly what lies underneath all of those fabrics.

I stick a thumb under my jaw under the guise of giving my chin a scratch just to make sure my mouth is closed. This guy? He can practice lines with me all he wants.

Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles, #1)Losing Control by Jen Frederick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Losing Control by Jen Fredrick
is a 2014 Pear Tree publication
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Victoria aka “Tiny” has things pretty hard right now. Her mother has just been diagnosed with cancer for a second time and it looks like it's going to be a much tougher battle this time around. Insurance is an issue and Victoria is still paying the bills from the first time her mother got sick. Working as a bike messenger is not exactly what she wants to do, but , when the doctor suggest Victoria move her mother into an apartment that has an elevator the only way she could afford to that would be to work for her step-brother, Malcolm. The problem with that is Malcolm is probably doing something illegal like delivering drugs.
While on a delivery, Victoria meets Ian Kerr. He's the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes on. He has her stammering and feeling awkward. But, the sad truth is that if Ian is involved in any way with Malcolm he must be doing something illegal or shady. But, when Malcolm tells Victoria about a a special job Ian needs done, Victoria agrees to look into it against her better judgment.
From that time on Ian practically takes charge of Victoria's life. Her mother is well taken care of, she has plenty to eat, a nice place to live, new clothes. So, what's the catch?

“ I know he's going to wreck me, know there won't be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he's done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can't get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he's offering”

Victoria also has a learning disability that puts her at a disadvantage. So, the while she is suspicious of Ian's involvement with Malcolm, Victoria really needs the money she could make working with Ian and her mother could have a much easier life while she fights cancer.

Malcolm comes off as an A-1 number 1 jerk, but he also has some heavy issues to deal with involving he own mother. That doesn't excuse his treatment of Victoria but it does explain a lot.

The writing in this one is really good. The New York traffic and the contrast between Victoria's life and Ian's from a monetary standpoint gives the reader a real glimpse of the city and it's diversity as well as it's hassles and dangers. The emotions are raw and real especially as Victoria speaks of her mother and puts her young life on hold to care for her.

Ian is a mystery and getting inside his head and understanding his motives takes a bit of work. It's worth it though when we finally start to piece together his past. Ian will still have a lot of work to do and Ian's story is not finished just yet. He now has a support system and is backed up by love. Victoria's life will be more than she imagined, but Ian will need her more than ever as they forge their new life together.
A well paced novel with real life issues and realities putting it in a more adult realm. The subject matter is often dark and at times gloomy. But, while there is doubt, fear, and insecurities the angst level is just right and there are no immature selfish fits and overdone dramatics. Ian's initial idea to use Victoria for a specific reason was a bit diabolical and I wondered what kind of person he really was deep down, but, stick it out and it will all make sense.
My beef with the book is that there were literally chapters, sometimes one right after another with very detailed sex scenes between Ian and Victoria. In fact, I would say the sex scenes constituted about 25% of the book. For me, ( some of you that follow my reviews can skip this rant, as I have said this on more than one occasion) too many sex scenes slows down the momentum of the book and after the first or second scene I begin to skip over them because I have already read this twice. Marathon sex that last for several chapters makes me wonder if perhaps instead of the old tried and true information dump, the author opted to extend the sex scenes in order to make the book appear longer. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind sex scenes in romance novels, and this pet peeve of mine may sell a few extra books for author, but for me personally, it was overboard.

Now, that I have gotten that off my chest, I would like to say, this was a really good read. For a novel that could fall into the New Adult genre, this one was unique, dark, sexy, and you know you will want to check out the next book in the Kerr series. Overall I think 4 stars is a perfect fit for this book.

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