Tame Me by J.L. Leslie
Publisher: J.L. Leslie
Publication Date: February 2016
Wren Davis has always been the responsible one. The caretaker. She’s always put her life on hold for others. When she takes a job as Stellan Zane’s housekeeper, she does it to take care of her sister. Her own life can wait. Only she wasn’t expecting to find him so irresistible…
Stellan Zane is used to getting what he wants, when he wants. No woman gets to him. No woman really knows about him or his past. When he lets his little sister hire him a housekeeper, Wren Davis is not what he was expecting. And she’s his employee. Yet, she’s what he wants…
Unable to fight their attraction, the two embark on a relationship that’s supposed to be uncomplicated. Allowing Wren to have the carefree life she’s never had and Stellan to enjoy the type of relationship he always gets. But when exes interfere, the unexpected happens and things become complicated, can Wren tame Stellan…and will he allow her to?
**All books in this series are stand-alone novels and can be read without reading the remaining books in the series. No cliffhangers!!**
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Tame Me has a pretty straightforward storyline. Wren, the heroine, is desperate for a new job so that she’ll be able to keep paying her hospitalised sister’s fees. Stellan needs a housekeeper, and his sister happens to hire Wren for him. They click from then on, fight the chemistry at first, give in to the chemistry later, and then live happily ever after.
I don’t mind this book, but there’s really nothing so fantastic or out-of-this-world about it. After reading it, I didn’t stop to ponder on how bad it was, or marvel at the genius of the author. It’s just fine; maybe on the better side of average, but average all the same.
My one concern is the fact that there are lots of sex scenes; and for such a short story, I began to feel that the scenes were just to occupy space and add content. I’m generally indifferent to such scenes, but it also seems to me that the hero and heroine were using sex as a means to escape actual conversation. It’s always annoying when there’s a serious issue at hand and out of the blue, someone just instigates sex in order to hinder emotional talk.
Apart from that, Tame Me is a typical romance with the works: misunderstandings, secrets, communication issues, drama, and love. The characters are well developed, the plot flows comprehensively, and there’s the presence of emotion. What’s a romance story without emotion?
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In the streets of Barcelona, Spain, Rayjo de Merafiza is celebrated as a hero of the Third Crusade. His name is known throughout the land. But the peaceful life has never been Rayjo’s purpose, and now he must join the Fourth Crusade. His two adolescent sons are also deemed fit for service and they follow their father to war.
Ruggiero is Rayjo’s first son and his quiet, passive nature puts him on the path to Catholic priesthood. In seminary, Ruggiero is confronted with the horrors of religious fanaticism disguised as holy providence. When he joins his father, his pious teachings are put to the ultimate test. Juan is Rayjo’s younger son and is endowed with his father’s violent, unrestrained temper.
As the armies of Christianity gather for the greatest war of their lives, a few powerful men and unfortunate circumstances turn the Europeans away from their intended target and onto Constantinople, the most unlikely of targets. The Orthodox Greeks are forced to furiously defend their homeland.
Set against the backdrop of Europe’s tumultuous Dark Ages, Butler weaves the tragic tale of the Fourth Crusade. From the streets of Barcelona to the mighty battles in the East, readers will come to understand how the greatest army in the world assaulted the wrong nation. How Christians slaughtered Christians in the pursuit of money, power and perhaps most important of all…Legacy.