Meet Kaden Barnes.
Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants. Enigmatic and exacting, he's unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies. When their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, Kaden may think he’s calling the shots, but for this billionaire bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.
Romance novels get earmarked into what is expected and so many of them stay within those boundaries. And, this is ok. I enjoy the genre even with it's rules and expected story lines. Part of what I love about the genre is the knowledge you will get a HEA at the end. But, every once in a while, one not only hits all the expected points but goes deeper, gives you more than you expect, and Going Down Easy did exactly this.
It was perfect, it was better than THAT GOOD. The characters were so well rounded, the writing was wonderful, the plotting was paced so the balance of the romance between Kaden and Lexie and their own lives was spot on. I never felt that one was being ignored to explore the other. The romance was developed, who they are within that relationship was well developed, and who they are within their previously separate personal lives was also perfect. The depth of character in each of the areas really allowed you to relate to the characters as you read, so the book had even more "feels" than you often find in the genre.
Carly Phillips has been a favorite of mine for longer than I would like to admit. Her stories are always enjoyable, her characters relatable, the chemistry is always hot. but there was just something about this one that sets it above all of the others of hers that I have read.
Maybe it was Kaden, the struggles that he deals with, that made this top the list for me. I know it made him relatable in a way that you often don't find in books. I was drawn to his strength and his ability to overcome. So many people in his situation would have given up, would not have pushed on.
I was drawn to his loyalty to his friends, to the things that he was willing to give up in order to make sure those he care about were not hurt by things in his past. I can't really say more without a spoiler, but lets just say there was a part of this where his strength and his willingness to do anything for his friends came together in such a way that I was teary. And the watch. Oh my, the watch. Again, more would be a spoiler, but oh my, the strength the forgiveness took there? Oh my...so much deeper than just the surface. But the whole book was so much deeper than what was on the surface.
I was also drawn to Lexie and how deeply she loves those she cares about. How willing she is to take them as they are, to love them with their faults and flaws. You can't help but like someone who is this accepting and willing to allow the people around her to be who they are and to just accept them. This is what draws Kaden to her, this knowledge that she will accept him, that she does and already knows the dark pieces of him, but is there anyway.
I could go on. In fact, I already have and at this point, I have run out of ways to say it was perfect, so I am going to stop by saying that you need to read this. If you are a fan of Phillps, you are going to LOVE this. If you are new to her work, know you will be starting at the very best she has ever written.
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Meet Carly Phillips:
Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.
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