By day, Simone is a quiet beauty working in a bookstore nestled in downtown Los Angeles. What no one would suspect is that by night she becomes Genevieve Mitchell, author of the buzzed about erotic romance best seller. Writing is her safe outlet for exploring desire, that is, until she bumps right into Derrick, a man who embodies the very alpha traits of her fictional world.
Derrick is gorgeous, accomplished, and he has his eyes set on the elusive Simone. He senses she harbors a secret, but he is determined to have her. Can Simone let go of her fears and make the leap from writing about romance to actually living it?
The Writer’s Desire by Dorothy Kollat was a great novel that had me trapped from page one.
Normally, I’m not a big fan of stories written in the first person, but the author pulled me into Simone’s life without any effort.
The plot: a quiet bookstore clerk writes madly successful erotic romance and bumps into a real life romance hero, is a bit too much at times, but the book offers some interesting existential questions about life, writing and love, which help keep it grounded to the present day.
Furthermore, this contemporary romance feels real thanks to the characters. Simone specially, has a complex life with struggles with which I could connect and identify. My only drawback with Simone, and I guess it’s more of a personal pet peeve, is that she tended to get drunk or slightly drunk very easily.
Derrick, the hero, is an alpha with a sweet streak. He’s hardworking, hot and dreamy. He struggles to understand and bring Simone into his world. As she fell in love with him, inevitably so did I.
The chemistry between them was off the charts and the sex scenes incredibly hot. Oh, that shower… Plus, the author knew how to build anticipation, so by the time something finally happened between them, I was at the edge of my seat unable to put The Writer’s Desire down.
All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read that had me furiously turning pages until the very end and which characters will stay with me for a long time.