Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Bloom (Black Rose, 2) by Helen Hardt ~ ARC Review


Under his touch, your every desire will… Bloom

Today is the day Francesca Thomas was supposed to get married. All she wants is a stiff drink and a whole lot of distraction…which is exactly when she meets him. Tall, dark, and deliciously disguised, the man known only as Phantom awakens her every sense. All Frankie really knows about him is the raw, untamed chemistry that makes her want to relinquish herself―body and soul―to his touch…

Phantom has rules, all designed to protect his identity. No names. No personal information. But Frankie is a too-tempting ingenue who threatens all of his cautious, careful control. At the ultra-exclusive Black Rose Underground Club, he can explore each of her deepest, uncharted desires…so long as he keeps his public life―and his secrets―hidden.

Frankie’s ready to explore what lies between them. The intensity, the darkness, and the unyielding pleasure of it all. But while the mystery of Phantom is thrilling, secrets are one game she won’t play. And if she’s going to explore the forbidden, she’ll begin with finding out exactly who’s under the mask…

Each book in the Black Rose series is
* Blush
* Bloom

3.5 Blooming Stars

While I liked Frankie and Phantom’s story, I found connecting with the self-centered Frankie hard. She just broke up with her fiance because he was cheating; yes, that would make most people bitter. Still, the fact that she was questioning herself about marrying him in the first place and wasn’t heartbroken when the breakup finally happened but was annoyed when others forgot a specific day…it just didn’t sit right. It made it seem that she was looking for sympathy instead of being grateful that she dodged a bullet when it came to not marrying the cheating asshole.

I enjoyed Phantom, aka - haha, not going to tell you. You'll have to read the book to find out who he is and why he keeps his identity a secret; he has a good reason for keeping his identity hidden, and becoming Phantom allows him to delve into the darker side of himself that not many know about.

Phantom and Frankie meet at a bar one night, and it's lust at first sight, which turns into insta-love pretty quickly. They have great chemistry together, and Phantom touches a side of Frankie she didn't even know she had until meeting him and discovering BDSM.

This story has Frankie and Phantom going through ups and downs in their personal lives and relationship. But everything is worked out, and they get a HEA.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy STEAMY Contemporary Romances, Intro to BDSM Romances, or Secret Identity Romances.

Happy Reading!!!

Meet Helen Hardt

#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt's passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn't stopped since. In addition to being an award-winning author of romantic fiction, she's a mother, an attorney, a black belt in tae kwon do, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. 

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