PIERCED by Sydney Landon
Book 1 in Lucian & Lia's Story)
Then I saw her…
I’m Lia Adams and I’m in my last year at St. Claire’s University in North Carolina. I grew up with an abusive mother, and a twisted stepfather who was worse…so much worse. I’m so close to escaping from my past and making my dreams come true. I’ll do anything necessary to survive, even work as an escort to help pay for my college expenses. The men that I accompany to various events as an escort for Date Night are mostly harmless and just want an attractive woman on their arm for an evening. It has never gone further than that…until him…
Circumstances bring two people that should have never crossed paths together and in the days and weeks ahead, they grow close quickly, each seeing a kindred soul in the other. As ghosts from their past rise to haunt them, they cling to each other as their lives start to spiral out of control. Soon, they realize that they’re both damaged possibly beyond repair. Will their love be what saves or destroys them?
"I couldn't help but wonder what love between us would do to the hate that has driven us both so far. There were only two possible outcomes I could see: We would either save or destroy each other."
This book blew me away. I was not expecting a story that had so much of an impact. Ok, you got a really hot cover with a guy somewhat pulling down his pants with the title, "Pierced." What is the first thing someone would think about here? Come on, use your little perverted mind for a sec. I know I did. Romance book + "Pierced" = my stereotypic opinion thinking that it was going to be erotica that filled the pages more than a plot. Boy, was I wrong. FYI... I'm pretty sure this is not a spoiler, so I'll go right out and say it. No one has any piercings in this book! Somewhat of a bummer, I know. As much as it is hard to remember, “Pierced” can mean something else rather than body jewelry. It's just not that commonly used.
Have you ever read one of those books that; you loved it, and loved it, and kept loving it all the way till the very end? Then the climax happens, and you're not so sure you love the book anymore. That's the way I feel about this book. I loved it all the way through. It is the perfect mix of intrigue, very hot intimate scenes, drama, comedy, and even more hot sex.
You can't help but be curious about Luc’s past. So much so that you end up constantly flipping the pages in the hope that you will get some spread or morsel as a clue to what happened to him. Then there is Lia's past and you can’t help but admire her strength. All the conflict in this book centers around her and her past. You want this to be a knight in shining armor story, except that there are some kinks in that armor of Luc's.
Now I'm stuck with rating this book. It was a 5 star book, hands down... Until the end. Now, do I penalize the author because she has us guessing what happens and imagining the worst, or do I commend her for being able to evoke such strong feelings from me? Overall, I am docking her somewhat because it is hard to get a 5 star rating out of me for a continuing series, until the last book at least. I don't like to be kept waiting for loose ends to be wrapped up. What can I say, I'm an impatient person. However, I do LOVE how emotionally invested I got with only words on a page.
17 books down, 35 to go!!