Series: Ethan Frost #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Accelerate (Hotwired, #1)
The bestselling Ethan Frost series introduces a tantalizing new hero—and the broken woman only he can save. Discover why Beth Kery once declared that readers of Tracy Wolff will “fall in love under the spell of a master.”
When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.
I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.
Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.
But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.
Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.
I read my first Tracy Wolff book, Accelerate, last year and fell in love! So, when I saw Flawed, I grabbed it right away. I hadn’t read the previous Ethan Frost books. Its not necessary really, but I do plan to go back. The events mentioned sound really interesting.
Tori, our heroine, is your classic ‘poor little rich girl’ with a trust fund to boot. She is Chloe Frost’s BFF. Tori has recently graduated college and is trying to clean up her life. She plans to drink and party less, and find a job. A run in with an ex boyfriend (who happens to be a famous actor) quickly puts a wrench in her plans. The hero is Miles, who is Chloe’s brother. Tori and Miles hate each other. Tori holds Miles responsible for something that happen to Chloe in the past and she does not hide her disdain.
I thought the conflict of this story is an important current cultural issue. Tori is slut shamed when an ex releases a sex tape. Wolff does a good job of exploring the struggles Tori goes through due to the ex’s callous behavior. She is ashamed, angry, despondent, and lost. She has to decide if she should hide until some of the heat dies down or stand up and be a martyr for the cause. As a female, you can empathize with her and the struggle to make a decision. The double standard is frustrating, the broken trust is enough to make you never date again, and the shame makes it feel like life is over. Miles was a supportive hero who truly wanted to help Tori. He was furious about what happened to her, but wants her to make the decision about how to proceed. They quickly go from enemies to lovers. Miles is more of a beta hero; he is a nerdy guy who spends his time working on his inventions. Tori is so brash and outgoing, her personality overshadows Miles’ at times. While I thought the conflict of the book was remarkable and timely, I wasn’t 100% sold on the love story. The sex scenes felt repetitive and I found myself skimming. I didn’t experience this in the previous Wolff book I read, so this might be an anomaly.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: enemies to lovers
- Triggers: View Spoiler »there is reference to a previous character’s rape, and there is the release of a sex tape without consent « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »none « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler