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Review: Losing Control by Jen Frederick

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Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles #1)
   by: Jen Frederick

Publication Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 280 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

I’d do anything to keep my mother alive.

Anything, including ask Ian Kerr for help. I don’t know much about him, except that he has more money than some small countries. And he’s willing to spend it on me. Just one catch: there’s a string attached, and not just the one I feel pulling me into his arms and his bed. There’s also the plan for revenge he wants my help with.

Every time he says my name, it makes my body shiver and my heart stutter. I know he’s going to wreck me, know there won’t be anything left of me but lust and sensation by the time he’s done with me, but even though I can see the heartbreak coming towards me like a train, ready to crash into me, I can’t get out of the way. I want what he makes me feel. Want what he’s offering.

This may have started out as something to save my mother, but now…now it’s about what he makes me feel. I’m in danger of losing everything that’s important. Worse? Ian's whispered words and hot caresses are making me believe that's okay.

When Jen first offered me this for review, how could I pass it up? I love that it is unlike any of her previous books, thus showing us her versatility as an author. It is a steamy, sexy read that has some very serious undertones and you can't help but admire and feel for the main character, Tiny.
Pacing: I felt this took me a bit to really get into, but once I did there was no stopping me! Tiny and Ian captivated me with their personalities and selflessness and I really like how their relationship developed. For a minute, I had a flashback of Christian and Ana from FSOG (rich, powerful guy swooping in to take care of poorer girl and have some naughty sex)- but that is really a bad comparison on my part, because Tiny and Ian were so much BETTER and I was more emotionally invested in them.
Storyline: Victoria, or Tiny, is going through some pretty rough stuff right now. Her mother's cancer has relapsed and they desperately need a different place to live, as climbing 5 flights of stairs is NOT ideal for her weakened mom. Currently a bike courier, Tiny reaches out to her former step-brother Malcolm to obtain more cash running his errands and delivering his packages (that are most likely not legal). It is through a delivery that she meets Ian Kerr. He is a man who takes what he wants and isn't used to being told 'no'. There is an undeniable attraction between the two and soon Tiny finds herself thinking about Ian way more than she'd like.... Ian is a bit of a mystery and has a job that he had originally pinpointed her for. However, can the two separate business from pleasure in order to get what they both need?
Characters: Like I said, Ian is a mystery. We don't find out much about him until much later in the book and then you really start to understand him and his need for revenge. He is powerful, sexy, and rich- but he is very tender and caring when it comes to Tiny and her mom. I questioned whether or not he was being genuine or if it was just a plot to get into Tiny's pants for a bit, but I was glad to see that he really did care about them both.
Tiny is a little spitfire and I loved that about her. She is the epitome of resilience and her love for her mother is awe-inspiring. She will do whatever it takes to earn money to help support them and you have to give the girl some serious respect for that. Meeting and falling for Ian wasn't quite part of Tiny's plan, but after so much selflessness on her part, I wanted her to be selfish and go after this delicious man!
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed reading about Tiny and Ian and am excited to see where the next book will go. While this book didn't end on a cliffhanger, it definitely leaves you anxious to see how things will play out in the future for these two. I loved the romance, as well as how intense this book read. Jen did a great job venturing out into uncharted waters and really rocking this one!

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  1. See I liked FSOG so I would probably like this too, especially since you say they are better. The synopsis has me intrigued and the story deff sounds good. Great review Jessica!

  2. I love Jen's Woodland series so I'm excited to read this one too!

  3. I love JFrederick's books, and am pretty excited to read this one soon. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Sounds like I must meet this Ian character! I love the sound of the story line! It seems like a book that'll keep me intrigued and clued to the pages! Plus it sounds like the kind of romances I like to read :D

    Wonderful review!! *hugs*

  5. Great review, Jessica. I have yet to read Ms. Frederick but I'm very excited to after reading this review. :) The story sounds kinda intense and Tiny and Ian seem like characters I could get behind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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