Taken By Storm
The title and description of the storyline intrigued me, but unfortunately I was disappointed. I found Storm to be borderline abusive. While he didn’t physically hurt Syleena, his habit of talking down to her, hauling her around when he wanted her to do something, and being downright cruel when he felt he was wronged rubbed me the wrong way. On a side note, if he “chuckled” one more time at Syleena, I was going to scream. Vindictive, narcisstic, and manipulative are words I would use to describe our “hero.”
Syleena, while originally portrayed as a strong independent woman quickly crumbled under Storm’s treatment. Her big dark secret that she tried to hide at all costs wasn’t even her fault, and Storm’s reaction and subsequent treatment of his beloved left me feeling nauseous.
While all is forgiven by the lovers in the end, I was left feeling disappointed with the whole thing. While these are just fictional characters, obviously, I really expected more from both of them. In my mind, the idea of a happily ever after is given two years, tops, based on how their relationship started.
Book Blurb for Taken By Storm
Syleena Webster has been hurt by her mother's free lifestyle with men, but she maintains her romantic ideas about love and marriage. She doesn't doubt her perfect man is out there.
Storm Hyde, however, gave up on love and a long time ago. The wealthy banker decided staying single is the way for him, so he hasn't dated the same woman longer than a few months in ages. He's totally unprepared for his reaction when his sister brings her gorgeous roommate, Syleena Webster, home for the summer. Once he gazes into her soulful brown eyes, an emotion he's never felt before hits him, and he sends Syleena running for the door.
Five years later, they meet again. Will Storm be able to make Syleena understand the depth of the mistake he made?
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