30 August 2015

Review - A Pound of Flesh

A Pound of Flesh
by Sophie Jackson

Wes Carter is a bad boy hero you won't be able to resist. 

And A Pound of Flesh is a love story you won't want to stop talking about. 

Fans of Samantha Young, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Jamie McGuire, Katy Evans will find this powerful love story utterly addictive and unforgettable. 

Their love is forbidden. But won't be denied... Can true love heal the deepest scars? 
For Kat Lane, teaching inmates at a New York prison is her way of upholding the legacy of her beloved father, murdered fifteen years ago. But when new student Wes Carter walks into her classroom, she's shaken by the strength of her attraction to him. Carter is as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted - and he ensures people keep their distance. Yet vibrant Kat bypasses his defences and challenges him to reveal the real man behind the intimidating reputation. As their emotional barriers crumble, their inescapable but forbidden feelings cannot be ignored. But will Kat's discovery of Carter's role on the night her father died force them apart...or bind their hearts for ever?

A Pound of Flesh is a tale of loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds, introducing an irresistible bad boy hero...

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I received a copy as part of the Goodreads First Reads scheme in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I do love a book named after a Shakespeare quote (The Fault in Our StarsThe Darling Buds of May, By The Pricking of My Thumbs, More Things in Heaven and What Dreams May Come to name just a few). In Sophie Jackson's forbidden contemporary romance the characters really do pay their dues. 

"The pound of flesh which I demand of him is dearly bought; ’tis mine and I will have it." —Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I. 

Kat has put her privileged upbringing aside to focus on a cause she believes in - she wants to do something worthwhile. She works a a teacher in prison, helping the inmates improve their literacy skills and their chances of rehabilitation after release. 

Wes Carter is a snarky, intelligent and determined prisoner. He doesn't appreciate having to take part in prison classes, or at least he doesn't until he sees his teacher. 

Their relationship is dramatic and far from ideal, but I liked the idea of them together. I had my suspicions regarding certain revelations. I wanted Carter to open up sooner, but I liked their banter and belief. Parts of the narrative reminded me of Sarah and Michael from Prison Break - other than the obvious prisoner & employee aspect, their obvious connection seemed similar.

For the most part I enjoyed the book, but there were times when it seemed a little off or where I wasn't convinced by certain events. I was expecting more adversary and I felt certain events seemed a little too convenient. BUT I did enjoy their story and the sexy scenes made me blush.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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