Tight by Alessandra Torre
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by the Author
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.
I also hadn’t been laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.
Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.
The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she’s dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.
An enthralling story of love, loss, and survival.
I loved him. But I didn’t know him. And I didn’t trust him. The man I had fallen for hid something. I could feel it, slipping into bed with us at night, slithering up my bare legs, looking for a vulnerable place to bite.
I wanted, needed to know that secret.
I was one of the lucky folks who got their hands on a copy of the Bend Anthology before it was banned. Alessandra Torre’s contribution to that collection was called Still, and it introduced audiences to Reilly and Brett in a whirl-wind erotic interlude. It was a glimpse into the moment these two characters met, but it hardly hinted at the dark shadow lurking in the background…
This novel retold/reworked their story from Still and expanded it into something delightfully twisted and oh so entertaining – which is exactly what I’ve come to expect from Torre.
If you’re looking for the signature shocking twist which often punctuates Torre’s novels, you won’t find it here. This was a slow burn – we were led up to the climax with all the edge-of-your-seat anticipation of watching a ticking time-bomb count down. There are two stories being told in this book, and they wrap around each other like a noose.
The reader knows what Riley does not… And her curiosity could, quite literally, kill her.
I wanted this man. I knew little-to-nothing about him, but I craved something outside my world. I was sick of pantyhose and mutual funds. Potluck dinners and familial obligations. This weekend was the most alive I’d felt in a decade. Part of it was the location; the majority of it lied atop me. Had moved inside me. Had woken me at 4 AM begging for five minutes inside of me, then blessed my world for twenty.
Riley is a small-town southern girl in her early thirties who was swept off her feet… Literally.
When Brett Jacobs stands in front of her offering fuzzy slippers to soothe her aching feet in the lobby of a Bahamas Casino, Riley was unprepared for the overwhelming attraction and chemistry between them.
She senses her one chance at adventure and decides to seize the moment.
She stands on the precipice of something huge…
And she decides to jump…
Funny how fate smacks you in the face when you’re least expecting it…
“I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for you,” he’d murmured. I’d said nothing, just released a soft sigh and taken his kiss when it’d come.
I feel like I’ve waited my whole life for you.
The best sentence in the world.
Brett is one of those brooding billionaires with designer stubble – you know the type – intense, demanding, sexually gifted… It’s no wonder that he has the power to make Riley throw caution to the wind.
Brett couldn’t help himself. He had no intention of finding romance that weekend in the Bahamas, and even though he should stay away from the blonde beauty, he simply can’t force himself to walk away…
Brett is a man with secrets.
A man with a vendetta.
One he must keep Riley far away from…
Their vacation tryst evolves into something more substantial, spending every weekend jet-setting to exotic locales. Riley begins to fall for Brett, but she’s no closer to unraveling the mystery of this man… Ignorance is not bliss… Ignorance, for Riley, is a poison to this otherwise perfect romance…
While Riley and Brett struggle to build a relationship on a mountain of lies, one woman is struggling to find strength and resolve in the most helpless of situations…
“No Kitten,” he whispered. “Believe me when I say that hope will only drive you insane.”
As the romance builds between our main characters, the reader is also learning the story of one woman held prisoner by a sadistic captor. Her chapters are spliced into the story brilliantly, and build the tension in agonizing increments.
She has no idea how long she has been held as his prisoner. He took her freedom, her name, and is slowly stripping her of every ounce of hope. The horrors she has faced will haunt her for a lifetime… Assuming she can ever escape her hell…
The strength of this story is found in the structure and pacing – in the details fed to us piece by piece – each morsel is another piece of the puzzle falling into place, but reader is left starving for more.
I thought I had this one figured out. I thought I had sifted through the clues and discovered the truth behind these stories long before everything fell into place… I’m not too proud to tell you I was wrong…
Alessandra Torre has an unparalleled talent. Her consistent ability to write captivating novels which entertain and surprise even the most jaded readers set her head and shoulders above the pack. She is a stop-drop-and-read author for me, and I’m delighted to say that this book – though a little different from her usual fare – is another triumph. A book which will be treasured both for its content, and for the unforgettable experience of reading it…
Because you don’t merely read her stories…
You experience them…
They stick with you…
They leave you breathless…
About Alessandra Torre:
Alessandra Torre is an exciting new author who astonished the publishing world with the success of her first novel, Blindfolded Innocence. Initially self-published, the intriguing romance and erotica title quickly rose to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses. Currently available on Kindle, iBookstore and Nook, Blindfolded Innocence will be available in print in through Harlequin Publishing on January 25, 2014.
Torre’s captivating story about a young intern’s sexual awakening has won praise and rave reviews from numerous critics, bloggers and book reviewers, including the acclaimed Dr. Laura Berman. In her recent article “35 to Read After 50″ in Everyday Health, Dr. Berman recommended Blindfolded as a must-read for book enthusiasts searching for a new fix after Fifty Shades of Grey. The book has also received high marks from readers on Goodreads and other literary web sites where fans frequently remark they can’t wait for a Blindfolded sequel.
Momentarily stunned by the book’s rapid success, Torre resumed her daily writing routine and published ‘The Girl in 6E’, an erotic thriller that explores the hidden fetishes men covet and the life of a female recluse who battles an overwhelming desire for murder. The Girl in 6E will be released in Summer 2014, as a hardcover novel, through Redhook, an imprint of Hachette.
From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married to her “best friend” and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.