Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Review: The opening to Provocative was amazing, we are introduced to Nick and Faith at a charity event. Nick is there to prove Faith killed his father and possibly her own mother but he finds himself intrigued and aroused by Faith and starts to pursue her for a totally different reason than when he arrived. I also really like the dual perspectives in this novel as it provides vital insight into each characters thoughts and emotions.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel we learn more about Faiths background and the situation she now finds herself in all the while she is trying to repress the lustful feelings she has for Nick but fails everyone he shows up. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the novel the intense sexual game of cat and mouse Nick and Faith have been playing becomes too much and Faith agrees to a one night stand although Nick sees this as a challenge to bed her again. All the sexual tension leading up to this first intimate scene was amazing, the author gets the balance so right that it compels the reader to continue on.
As we approach the halfway mark in the novel Nick and Faith begin to understand each other properly through sex. While this novel has themes reminiscent of fifty shades of grey it is written exceptionally well and with a deeper and more emotional sub-plot. We also see Nick digging into Faiths past as he tries to figure out whether she has the ability and capacity to be a murder. While both characters hide their pasts and intentions from one another they both feel bare and exposed in the others presence. As we cross into the second half of the novel, Nick decides to help Faith with her debt problem and we also learn that Faiths mother was having an affair with Nicks father before her death but Faith doesn’t know this.
As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel we see Nick and Faiths arrangement turn into more of a relationship. We also see Nick trying to solve the mystery of his father’s death and the missing money from the winery which ties with Faiths mother’s death but we can feel something brewing because Nick is hiding this from her but I have a feeling she will find out about it sooner or later. Nick eventually finds out that someone may be everything and has Faith put under protective watch.As we enter the final section of the novel we learn that Nick may have a deeper connection to Faith than we realize and to her past as well and we can feel the tension building with each passing scene. The ending of this novel left us on a major cliffhanger with Nick debating whether to come clean to Faith which could mean losing her when he has just realized he lives her.
Overall this novel was great with the perfect balance of romance, mystery, intrigue and sex without being cheesy or cliche. I highly recommend this novel to reader of new adult romance or anyone looking to break into this genre.
I received a copy of this book for review from NetGalley
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