Providence ~ A Review



Providence is really interesting, and I enjoyed the story overall. The premise of the tale is intriguing. Leigh Hays did a fabulous job of creating characters that on the surface are so very different, yet fit so well together. Putting a photographer who creates art with erotic photographs together with a wealth management consultant for powerful people worldwide shows her genius as a writer. The main characters are well developed and the attraction between the two is off the charts from the very beginning. The sex scenes are steamy and almost turn this novel into erotica. There is some consensual light BDSM elements in the story, that adds to the erotic tones of the sex scenes. There is some angst in the book, mostly caused by the main characters pasts, and a little work-related angst as well.

There are only a couple of problems that I have with the novel. One involves Lindsey (the consultant). She agrees to allow Rebekiah to take erotic photos of her and use them in her gallery show. That seems very unrealistic to me. She is the daughter of a U.S. senator and one of two very public partners in a major consulting company. In real life those photos could ruin not only her career but her senator mother’s as well. I had to really work to suspend my disbelief for that part of the story. Also, the ending was really rushed. I’m talking giving-the-reader-whiplash rushed. I would have preferred a more complete ending that finished some story elements that were just left hanging.

In spite of those two problems, I truly enjoyed this book. I can recommend it to anyone who likes a good, steamy, sometimes bumpy, but very entertaining romance. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

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