Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review + Teaser: Luca (I Love the Way You Lie #1) by Gina Whitney

Title: Luca
Series: I Love the Way You Lie #1
Author: Gina Whitney
Genre: Adult, Erotic Romance
Publish Date: April 6, 2015
Review Source: eARC provided by Author for review
“Anger is like a thorn in the heart...the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.” ~Luca

Pyromania is an impulse control disorder [1] in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires, [1] in order to relieve tension or for instant gratification.

Damon Luca, or Luca as they called him. I thought of him more as Damien, the fucking devil within these walls that now is my life. Dark, broody, and deadly to any woman. Mind-blowing, soul-shaking, raw sex appeal. He was a tall statured boy with broad shoulders and a pair of green eyes that set my soul on fire. His inky black hair framed his hard, chiseled features. He had the type of body that had no business being on a seventeen-year-old. I knew that once he fully developed, he'd be nothing short of drop-dead gorgeous. As I said...deadly on the eyes...and dangerous for your heart.

My name is Allison. I met Luca through an unfortunate event when we were younger. I’m now twenty-four, and this is my story. My fucked up life. It's not a pretty one. Then again, the most interesting ones aren't...are they? This isn't your usual love story. Anything but. There are no blue skies, rainbows, or unicorns. Only own personal arsonist. He had the ability to set my panties on fire, leave my body smoldering, and turn my heart into burning embers. He scared the hell out of me, made me feel. He opened my eyes to the world of twisted love. But love no less. This scary, beautiful man stole my heart from a young, tender age and refused to give it back. Here’s our story…

This story is deep, dark, and deals with real scars and growth because of them.

WOW!  I am continually blown away by Gina Whitney. Not only by her stories but by her writing.  It's just such a different style than what I see on a daily basis in the indie community and hers is a voice I'll happily read and re-read over and over.

 The story takes place in two parts.  Part One happens while Luca and Allison are residing in a therapy center together.  Luca is a man set on quick hook ups, he doesn't get locked on to any one in particular usually and especially not while located in that facility but when Allison shows up broken and twisted, something about her lights something up inside him and calms his beast.  The best being the pyromaniac living inside him.  When she's around he doesn't feel the flames that lick his soul on a minute by minute basis.

Allison has found herself at the center after graduating from high school to resolve her issues over being raped by her brothers best friend.  She was close to him and trusted him then he betrayed her and worse discarded her quickly like a used condom.  She has unresolved issues that need to be mended before getting on with the next step in her life.  What she doesn't need is a distraction like Luca in her life but he makes a part of her she would rather remain dead, feel alive again.  Like a moth to a flame, she can't get enough. Until its time to leave...

In Part Two you find out what happens 7 years later after they have taken leave from the facility, gotten help and moved on with their lives. The second half is sure to light you up from the inside and make your thighs rub together.  The passion and the heat are kicked up 100 fold from the first part and life quickly gets messy and in a world where Damon Luca has full control he quickly learns that life is not always in his hands and the best comes back to play.

I devoured Luca in a day and a half. Was I disappointed that Gina ended it on a cliffhanger?  Sure, I am not a huge fan of cliffhangers but this was done right in my opinion.  She has set up Book 2, Oliver perfectly.  Where she will go from here is anyone's guess at this point and Ms. Whitney certainly has her work cut out for her but I have as much faith as anyone can have in one person that she'll give us a kick ass second chapter and it will be executed flawlessly once again.  Bravo Bella!

Highly Recommended!

Gina grew up reading Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew books. She was raised in the town of North Valley Stream, New York (Long Island), and attended community college for fashion design. At 19 years old, she opened a boutique. She's published four novels so far. Blood Ties(PNR), Beautiful Lies, Saving Abel, Forgiving Gia and soon Luca. When she's not writing, you can find her with friends and family. She resides in Massapequa, NY with her two beautiful boys. Reading has always been a passion and obsession of hers. You can usually find her typing furiously while shouting obscenities over her latest WIP. Her guilty pleasures are: a good laugh, being snarky, espresso, Pistachio ice-cream, alternative music, sunflower seeds, I.P.A's, twizzlers, and above all steamy swooning angst filled novels. She's pathologically obsessed with anything to do with royals, Games of Thrones, White Queen, Vampire Diaries, Resurrection, SOA, The Vikings and The Originals. If you'd like to chat, hit her up on Facebook or Twitter.


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