Marry Me by Karen Stivali

Posted March 28, 2016 by Marsha in Contemporary Romance / 1 Comment

Marry MeTitle:  Marry Me
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Author:  Karen Stivali
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Light Erotica
Published:  March 24, 2016
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  3.5 stars
Source:  Owned, Kindle Edition
Cover Description:

When British drummer Ben Davis lost his childhood sweetheart, he vowed to never love again. He immerses himself in his music, which propels him to international stardom and a lavish lifestyle, but has left his heart cold—until he meets creative and sexy clothing designer Julia Jones.

Julia’s career may be skyrocketing, but her personal life tanked when her last boyfriend crossed the line from controlling to violent. Certain that romance is not in the cards for her, she focuses on her career. Then devastatingly sexy Ben strolls into her life and his intoxicating charisma is impossible to resist.

Once Julia allows Ben into her bed and her heart, they fall hard and fast. But when Julia’s life is endangered, Ben’s reaction terrifies her. They both must confront their past demons if they want a chance at a future together.

Read on for my thoughts on Marry Me.  No true spoilers, promise.

While I enjoyed Marry Me very much, I’m left with the odd feeling that I would have loved it if there had been less sex and more story.  Odd, I agree – yet I honestly found myself skimming over the sexy bits and wanting more of the development of Julia and Ben’s story.  No, I’m not a prude and I enjoy erotica as much as the next woman, but it really got in the way of the story – for me.  Both characters were wounded in different ways and each found their recovery in the other.  Yet, Julia was the more wounded of the two and I really wanted to see her grow beyond what her former boyfriend had made part of her life now.  And even in the ending, I just didn’t see that … and in the back of my mind I wonder if these two would survive as a couple a few years down the road.

If you are looking for a sexy, quick read that will definitely give you a good story, then Marry Me should be on your radar.  The characters are strong and believable (up to a point), and the secondary characters add a lot to the overall story.  It’s a good romance, so don’t hesitate to dive right into Julia and Ben’s romance.

Available for the Kindle

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