Jan 15, 2013

Restoring Jordan by Elizabeth Finn

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Erotic Romance

Summary on GOODREADS:

When Adeline Parker decides to celebrate landing a coveted internship at one of Chicago’s most prestigious architectural firms by indulging in a brutally dark and handsome man, she gets more than she bargained for.

Lost in a maze of hallways on the first day of her new position, she stumbles headlong into a boardroom of suits. Very expensive suits. They are the somebodies of this prestigious firm, and she is, by all accounts, the very definition of a nobody. And sitting at the table with the rest of the principals from the firm is a man—the very man who unwittingly deflowered her only days before.

From the look of it, Jordan Ellinwood is none too happy to see her again; by his own admission, he’s a one-night-stand man, and the fact she conned him into taking her virginity isn’t sitting well with him either. But as her path is inextricably attached to his, their closeness will no longer be a choice.

As an intern, she’s off-limits, and that says nothing of the fact he’s twelve years older than she is. But when coworkers bent on jealousy and resentment threaten her reputation and internship, the long-dormant emotions Jordan has so effectively stifled fight to break free. And as he struggles to get out of his own way long enough to let her see his compassion, her career is jeopardized and leaves him fighting with every last ounce of himself to save her.

Will it be enough? Can he overcome his emotional shortcomings in time to rescue her future and his own—now so very attached to hers?

***My Review***
There's a 22 year old virgin in a big rush to lose her V-card!!!:D

"My virginity, if you’re wondering, is not something I have a particular attachment to. 
I never have. I didn’t set out to avoid relationships, but my introversion certainly didn’t attract them. I’ve wanted to be done with it for a while now, but where every other man I came across simply failed to catch my attention, this one for some reason did not. Was it his looks? Perhaps his smell, or more than likely his maturity. There’s something so very arousing about a calm, controlled, confident man—qualities most often found in an older man." 

Yes, one of those again...
I picked this up after I read a couple of highly emotional books with some heavy issues in a row and this time I wanted an easy & fun read for a change. I'm weak when it comes to book covers, so there's no doubt that the hot cover of the book is what first made me check it out, even though the summary on GR didn't quite impress me in spite of the high ratings, well except of the mention of a hot, older guy and how could you resist a book which starts like this:

“Do you want to fuck me?”

Yup, this is the first sentence of this book. I was thinking to myself- o.k., just a few more pages and if it turns out to be "pure erotica" a.k.a book-porn, I'm skipping it for sure. I'm not new to this genre, but if the story and the writing style isn't good, I usually get bored before you say chapter three. The writing style was good, but the beginning was kind of shaky when it comes to the plot. I mean, a young student Adeline meets this hot, older guy Jordan in a bar and the next minute he has his hand in her panties, even though they don't even know each other's names. Jordan is hot, rich, 12 years older which screams experience and what's more important for her- he doesn't seem the relationship-type-of-guy and the girl decides that he is the perfect material to lose her V-card.  (P.S. Is there anyone else who thinks that the word DEFLOWER is hilarious and not hot at all? Omg, every time I see that word I can't stop laughing. If I were an erotica writer I would never use that word. Fortunately, as far as I remember, it only comes up in the summary.)

"Shouldn’t I be able to have a little fun? But the truth of the matter is this isn’t me! I don’t have fun; I don’t fuck around with strangers in narrow corridors of swanky downtown bars. This isn’t me … but still, I won’t stop him. I want to be exactly the type of girl who fucks about with a man like him."

I do not care what this man does to my body; I just want it to be him. I have no excuse for my want. I have no cause for my sudden uncontrollable urge to give myself to this stranger. I have no purpose but my long overdue need for this. I’ve set this part of my life aside for so very long. I’ve denied and refused to pay it any attention, and now it yearns, begs to get out.

Adeline is 22 years old, she never had a boyfriend and "doesn't" want one even now, because she wants to focus on her carrier, so this guy seems perfect. I liked her at first- she seemed confident and to know exactly what she wants out of her life, but as the story continued she turned out to be just the opposite- naive and very insecure. I didn't like how she let easily other  people to intimidate her, how she cried every time things got tough and let other people fight her fights. I don't like weak & immature characters-period. 
Jordan as a character was definitely better and more interesting than her, especially his past which was anything, but perfect and  his life story was definitely what kept me interested and made me read the whole book.  He had your typical 'commitment issues', but at least he had a good reason for the way he behaved and I really liked the way he stood up for Adeline when she didn't know it herself. The scenes between them were hot and well-written, but they got a bit repetitive after the first half of the book.  Another good thing about this book is that there is really no bigger drama. The bad thing is that it is a bit cheesy and I'm not your 'hopeless romantic' type of girl, but I think that the author has potential. I would recommend it to people who like sweet, & romantic stories  mixed with a bit of kink ;).




"I’m frozen in my fear of showing myself. Using my body to show her how she makes me feel is easy, but now that is gone, and I’m left wanting to confess what is in my soul, but so far outside of my emotional comfort zone I can barely breathe. Will I watch her slip away too afraid to let her see me?"

"I know him, and yet, I don’t. I feel close to him, but I can’t say I understand why. He doesn’t do “next times,” yet he keeps coming back for more."

" She deserves to know how I feel about her, and there are times when we’re alone together I’m nearly overcome with the need to confess. I hear the 
words being spoken, and they sit on the tip of my tongue, ready to tumble out of my mouth, but I don’t utter a word. My hands clench as I will my mouth to move, and I open and close my mouth like a half-dead fish struggling to breath out of water. But the words just won’t come out."

"Should I stay without his love, it would destroy me in the end. I know this, so I give myself to him every day, accepting what I get in return but praying for more of him, all of him. But he’s a flightless bird. He has the power to soar but he’s been cut off at the knees by pariahs who destroyed his soul and took his ability to feel in the same way I do. But however hopeless his past makes it feel, I wait."

"It’s odd how you can be happy in your life, only to look back later and realize just how much was missing. When you are poor, you learn to be 

content with what little you have. I’ve never had love, so I learned to be content without it. She held the mirror and forced me to take a good look at myself. She forced me to see what was missing, and it was her."

Hope You'll Enjoy The Book & Until Next Time


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