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Series: When I'm With You #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Intermix on 2013-03-05
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic
Reviewed by Nannette
New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery’s blistering new novel of a man and woman bound by the scandalous secrets of the past—and by the sexual hunger that still fuels their uncontrollable desires... When I’m With You, Part I When We Touch Restaurateur and self-exiled heir Lucien Lenault’s first look at the breathtaking young chef trainee for his trendy Chicago restaurant is a shock. She’s Elise Martin, daughter of a wealthy French fashion designer. She’s also the holder of a secret that could explode his carefully laid plans. Notorious for her flagrant exhibitionism, and for flouting the respectable façade of her aristocratic background, the coquine’s wild streak shocked most people. Not Lucien. He was tempted by it. It was a deliriously punishable offense as far as Lucien was concerned. But taking on Elise is more than a game. She’s a catastrophe waiting to happen, an inferno that’s burned many a lover. Lucien isn’t most men, however, and he won’t allow her to manipulate him. In order to control the defiant beauty—in order to see her submit—he’s going to have to willingly walk in the flames... Includes a bonus excerpt of Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine More to come. Don't miss When I’m With You, Part II, available 3/12
Restaurateur Lucien Lenault is shocked when he finds Elise Martin in his restaurant attempting to get a job as his chef. Elise is beautiful and infuriating and a blast from his past that could jeopardize everything he’s working toward. Elise claims she’s trying to start a new life for herself. Lucien thinks he sees right through her charm to the schemer underneath, though. When Lucien is given no choice, he agrees to help Elise, but only on his terms.
From the moment Lucien and Elise see each other it’s clear they have a tumultuous past. The attraction and animosity between them is tangible. Which is greater is yet to be seen. They both come from wealthy, dysfunctional families and have fled France and their problems. I love the dynamics between them. Elise met Lucien when she was fourteen and he twenty-one. They haven’t seen each other in two years. His denial of her feelings when she was old enough to express them hurt her badly. They’ve known each other a long time, and their chemistry is undeniable. Elise’s feelings for Lucien and Lucien’s secrets, especially those concerning Ian Noble, foster the intensity and sensuality of When We Touch. I’m intrigued by Lucien and Elise and anxious for what’s undoubtedly yet to come.