Brutally Beautiful by Lynne Connolly

Brutally Beautiful by Lynne Connolly
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: M/F, Fetish, Voyeurism, Exhibitionism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Nick Taylor, poetry lecturer, used to be Mick O’Donnell, British gang leader. In search of a new life he’s come to New York, and five years later, he’s nearly there. Once he has his citizenship, he can start again. He’s kept clear of trouble, under the radar except for his visits to burlesque club Bared, and it’s there he meets his nemesis. Beautiful, classy, irresistible. Trouble.

Gen has a dead-end job checking citizenship applications but when her boss asks her to check Nick’s credentials she finds herself doing a lot more than that. The burlesque club is just the start. Nick is unlike any professor she’s ever met. They can’t keep their hands off each other, for one thing, even in the university library. Much less in the all-glass room in his apartment. With the rest of New York watching. Maybe. Nick teases her with the total exposure she secretly craves, while always keeping her safe.

But although Nick has left his past behind, he needs to draw on all his resources when Gen finds herself in deep unexpected and deadly trouble. He has to reach out to people he wanted to leave behind. It may end his attempt at a clean start, but if he doesn’t risk all he’s worked for, and perhaps expose himself to the deadly menace still hunting him down after five years, the woman he’s grown to love and everything he wants to share with her will die.

Nick was forced into a life that many would cringe at, including myself. Yet, he somehow made it out of that life and just wants to live the life of a quiet professor just like he deserves. However, his past catches up with him and threatens to destroy everything he has created over the years.

I had been previously introduced to Nick in another story about his brother, so I knew a bit of what I was getting into. Nick reminds me of a tiger waiting to pounce. He seems beautiful and majestic from a distance, but get too close and you will get scratched. Lucky for Gen he pounces on her, but in all the right ways. He introduced her to a lifestyle that many of us read about and what to know more of. Nick is a character that was elusive enough that I wanted to know more even at the end of the story. I would love to read a story about his and his brother’s childhood so I can better understand the man he has become.

Gen was a surprising character to me. At first I expected her to be some type of secret spy, detective or even a hired hit woman. There was something about her that just screamed “I am more than what meets the eyes”. What I had not expected was for her to live such a mild mannered lifestyle. She just seemed like she needed adventure and excitement on a regular basis. Which was further confirmed when she and Nick got together, because their time spent together is anything but calm and mild.

The plotline within this story had a lot of complex turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Whether it was the characters’ budding relationship with one another, their relationships with friends and family, or the threat of being discovered at any minute, there was never a dull moment. I know that this pair will have a long and exciting life together, and I hope I get to see them again in future stories.

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