Gloria’s Secret by Nelle L’Amour (Review By Tara)

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***Review From Tara For The Nerd Girl Page***

* I received a copy of this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review. *

Synopsis:

Gloria Long is the beautiful, self-made CEO of Gloria’s Secret, the world’s largest retailer of lingerie. While her global emporium is famed for selling erotic fantasies, Gloria’s emotional scars inhibit her own sexual desires. Her powerful defenses melt when she meets Jaime Zander, the devastatingly gorgeous advertising guru, who is determined to win not only her account but also her heart by awakening her sexuality.

A man who has never heard the word “no,” Jaime takes his creativity to the limit to make Gloria fall apart and fall for him. But major obstacles stand in the way–Gloria’s Secret’s ruthless Chairman, who covets Gloria and is out to destroy Jaime, as well as his manipulative sexpot daughter, who wants both Gloria’s job and her hot, new love. Complicating matters further, Gloria harbors a dark, horrific secret, that when exposed, will shatter both her empire and her life. Will she be able to have it all or will the walls come tumbling down?

This approximately 225-page novel will be followed by the suspenseful and steamy sequel, Gloria’s Revenge, in Fall 2013

 

My review:

After reading the synopsis for Gloria’s Secret, I have to say, it sounded like a great read! A strong heroine, a dominant, alpha hero, hot sex and dark secrets – I had high hopes for the book. Unfortunately, I think they were maybe a little too high.

The frequent references to 50 Shades of Grey, really did start to bug me. Lots of mentions of Christian, plus fantasies that Gloria would find and subsequently, had found her own Dom… Who actually turns out NOT to be a Dom. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved FsoG, but all of the name dropping for it just didn’t do it for me!

I really did like Gloria as a character. She is strong, driven and very intelligent – even if she did jump whenever Jamie told her to! I just didn’t really feel invested in her, or Jamie, or their relationship! Everything was so fast moving, with lots of backwards and forwards and indecision on Gloria’s part.

For me, it just didn’t flow. At times dialogue would be very formal, whereas at others, it would be very casual, like a conversation between mates. I’m good with either, really, as long as it’s believable to the character, and consistent – which this wasn’t.

We find out what Gloria’s secret is during the prologue, but other than an elderly friend about to die, no-one else is told, or discovers the secret throughout the rest of the story. No conflict is created from Gloria having a secret at all, making the whole thing kind of redundant in my eyes!

The book ends on quite a cliffhanger, the subject of which, just didn’t work for me. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else, so I’ll just say… Timeline of events… it’s too rushed for me, personally!

One thing I did enjoy about Gloria’s Secret were the sex scenes! The chemistry between Gloria and Jamie couldn’t be denyed. Together they are smoking hot! It’s pretty much only during the sex that nothing felt forced between them, and boy did they sizzle!

Obviously all these opinions are just my own. There are lots of readers who already have – and I’m sure more of them in the future – who love and adore Gloria’s Secret. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. I’ve also had a few chats with Nelle, and she is a lovely lady, and very easy to get along with, so I hope she doesn’t take my words to heart.

Overall, Gloria’s Secret gets 2.5 stars from me.

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