Far from the Usual

I had to read this book because I loved the premise. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Cam Mercer, the twin brother of Arden's ex, is not his identical twin.

The book was an enjoyable, and certainly a hot read, but I would have liked to see more character development for Arden. She isn't the typical spoiled rich girl, that she is presented to the reader as being. Yes, she is supported financially by her rich father, but she wasn't raised by him, nor does she have the snobbish attitude you would expect.

So though the book tries to contrast the two main characters as opposites, with Arden as the society beauty and Cam as the 'bit of rough' ex con, they actually have more in common than not.

I did find that some of the language, which was supposed to be sex talk, came off as just crude. I prefer my romances to be hot and explicit, but found that note offputting.

Overall the romance worked on all levels, but I found I wanted to know more about Arden, yes, we know she wanted to 'do' Cam, but what about the rest of her life?

Cam as the sexy mechanic who doesn't hold back with how much he wants Arden, certainly has the reader understand exactly what Arden sees in him.


Book Blurb for Far from the Usual

He’s her ex’s brother, yet Arden Windham aches to be in Cam Mercer’s arms. The man is rude and obnoxious, his blue eyes cold and unfeeling, but he makes her body melt. Being with ex-con Cam is nowhere in her plans, not if she wants the affection she’s worked so hard to gain from her overbearing father. Still, Cam’s touch is unlike anything she’s ever felt and Arden finds herself having to choose between her wants and her needs.

Cameron Mercer is his family’s black sheep, a man apart. For six months he watched Arden waste her time with his twin and now she’s free, he’s not waiting another minute. He’s on a campaign to get her off the tight rope she’s been walking. There’s a rebel behind that smooth façade and he’s on a mission to set Arden free. Too bad she insists on putting up a fight.


Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.50