Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Housewife and the Film Star by Doris O'Connor

Title:The Housewife and the Film Star
Author:Doris O’Connor
Publisher:Evernight Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F
Page Count:192 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
When international movie star Sven Larsson meets young widowed mom of three, Sylvia, the sexual chemistry between them is instant and explosive—and plastered all over the papers. Sven needs to repair his damaged reputation. The last thing he needs is another scandal, but the Dom in him can't resist the challenge Sylvia represents.
Having survived an abusive marriage, Sylvia is not looking for another relationship, let alone a kinky one with a man of Sven's reputation. Her submissive side can't help but be drawn to him, especially once she gets to know the man behind the public image. She can't help but fall in love with the private, broken Sven—even if he doesn't do love.
With the paparazzi breathing down their necks at every turn, and past demons raising their ugly heads, will they ever be able to find happiness?

I have read several stories by Doris O’Connor and I always find her stories both entertaining and insightful.  The Housewife and the Film Star is no exception.  With this story she allowed the normal person to see what if.  What if you met a famous person? How would your life change?  What is real or is any of it?  It was nice to have a “Calgon” moment that felt real and possible if improbable. 
I loved both Sven and Sylvia in this story.  Both had strong reasons to distrust.  Sven for the obvious reason of his fame and Sylvia for reasons much more personal.  I loved that Ms. O’Connor allowed their journey to be on equal footing.  Sven’s fame couldn’t help Sylvia trust him, in fact it was a detriment to building something lasting.  Sylvia had to learn to trust herself before she could give Sven the submission they both needed.  Ms. O’Connor understood that trust took time and didn’t rush either character even as outside forces conspired against them.  I loved the layers she built with both the story and her characters.  We got to see why Sven and Sylvia battled their attraction to each other.  We had time to be invested in both of them and root for their success outside of the bedroom.
That is something that I have come to expect from Ms. O’Connor and something she does well.  I find myself vested in her characters and feel as though I know them personally.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author.

                         Five Shooting Stars!! 

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