Type: Contemporary Romance/NA
My Copy: NetGalley
Welcome to a world few people know. A world where the hottest bedroom desires become a reality and where good girls like Victoria “Tiny” Corielli shed their sweetness for carnal, bad-girl pleasures.
Victoria nurses her mother through cancer treatments and works long hours as a New York City bike courier to pay for the roof over their heads. When a suspiciously high-paying delivery job thrusts her into the arms of impossibly attractive businessman Ian Kerr, Victoria is sorely tempted to enjoy his attentions and his chiseled body, if only to forget her responsibilities for a while…no matter the cost.
Kerr seems to have it all: money, power, and charisma to spare. What he doesn’t have: revenge on an old nemesis, but he intends to get it. Kerr is prepared to cast innocent Victoria as the lure in his vengeful plot. Yet the more they explore midtown Manhattan—and each other—the more she means to Ian. Will it be too late for him to stop the dangerous plan he’s already put into motion?
Jen Frederick is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors because everything I pick up of hers is enjoyable and really hot. Losing Control was no different with the incredible connection between Tiny and Ian. Gah. I just really loved them together! Tiny wasn’t looking for a relationship because being a caregiver to her sick mother took up a lot of her time. When she wasn’t looking after her mother she was working. Needing extra money to pay for the mounting medical bills that always comes with a cancer diagnosis she agrees to deliver packages on the side for her drug dealing ex step brother. She doesn’t need to know what’s in the packages exactly, all she needs the money he’s promised to pay her and his signature on the dotted line so she can move to a better building for her mother.
When she ends up delivering a contract her brother made her sign, knowing she couldn’t read it because of her dyslexia, to Ian Kerr she is immediately attracted to him. He needs a woman for a “special project” but though he wants her too, he seems unwilling to use her and instead wants to keep her for himself. Tiny finally convinces him to employ her but Ian soon finds out that watching her in the role he needed her to play is more difficult than he ever thought possible.
There are times when the billionaire trope works and there are times when it doesn’t. It definitely worked in Losing Control. Ian Is an excellent hero because he is not only alpha and rich but he’s gentle and loving. These qualities with Tiny were one thing but what was really endearing was the way Ian was with her sick mother. He never thought about anything other than making her comfortable and content. For a man with as much money as he had this was an easy feat as far as possessions go but he even want as far as to converse with her and assuage her fears where Tiny was concerned.
Poor Tiny had been taking care of her mother on her own for so long that she didn’t know how to let anyone else in to help. She was intelligent but her dyslexia had definitely held her back some and I really loved her Ian didn’t make her feel bad because of it, like other people in her life. When Ian gives her a way to properly take care of her mom she jumps on the chance not caring what he needs her to do. There are always secrets in what makes a person who they are and Ian is no exception. While his story is a sad one it’s also a redeeming one and he’s stronger because of it. Together they are conquering each others fears and allowing themselves happiness when they’ve lived in the darkness for so long.
I can’t wait to read book two and find out just where these characters end up! There was only part closure in Losing Control and a lot of unanswered questions still remain. Jen Frederick has given readers a compelling and emotional romance about redemption and sacrifice that is remarkable in both quality and execution!
I give Losing Control by Jen Frederick 4 stars!