By Lesley Young
Kindle Edition, ACE, 276 pages
Published January 2015 by L.A.Y. Books (first published December 2nd 2014)
Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.
Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the carefree American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.
Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s family business will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.
READER WARNING: This novel contains explicit sex.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fleur just recently found out who her mom is and has decided to go to France for a year to be with her. Her bff Jess goes with her, and on Jess’s last night in France they have a little fun at a cafe/bar. At this bar is where Fleur meets the beautiful yet oh so mysterious Louis. Louis ends up sort of inviting himself up to Fleurs place and when things are getting hot and intimate he discovers something and flees, which of course leaves fleur pretty pissed off (I mean I would be too). Fleur ends up seeing him later at the same place she and her mom lives, and her mom ends up showing a dislike for Louis. Like A despising him dislike. Not knowing why she ends up dating Louis behind her moms back. And then shit hits the fan and its all kinds of awesome!
The Frenchman is the first book I have ever read by Lesley Young, but I can assure you, it wont be the last. I loved this book!
The characters are Awesome, every single one of them. Fleur is definitely my favorite female character, even though she can be a bit spineless, I can live with that. I mean how can you be angry when you have a hot guy spitting compliments at you in french? Another great thing about Fleur is her realness. besides for being spineless, I was definitely able to relate and connect with her. I mean come on shes from Austin how much more connection do we need?!?!
Louis at times bugged me with his controlling ways, but damn, it was also hot. I couldn’t stay upset with him. He was such a charming asshole without being charming, if that makes any sense at all. I’m still not sure what is really up with his whole family, whether they are good or bad, or what. But Louis is part of a crime family, which I wont even lie, is pretty hot as well. I have a weakness for the bad boys 🙂
I recommend this to anyone who is into a good NA romance!
5 out of 5 stars