☆☆➹⁀☆ 4.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
Byron Crowne is a charming liar and a gorgeous monster.
I detest him.
I can’t resist him.
He’s awakened desires I didn’t know I had.
When he touches me, I need to fight him . . . and I need him to win.
Our one night stand bruises my skin and leaves dents in the walls, but the sheets aren’t the only thing we shred that night.
And suddenly, the stakes are higher than ever.
Olivia Monroe lights a fire in me that died a long time ago.
I’m a different man when I’m with her. I need to own her, take her, mark her as mine.
Everything changes when she might be pregnant and for the first time in my life . . . I’m powerless against this stubborn, untamable woman.
She’s the one in control and I have an impossible job:
Prove I’m worthy to be a father.
Iron Crowne is author C.D. Reiss’ latest masterpiece. This enemies-to-lovers romance has all kinds of interesting twists that intrigued me, And the opening scene…it hooked me.
Sparks fly immediately between the main characters, Byron and Olivia, but those sparks are antagonistic and filled with acrimony. Both of these strong-willed characters are prepared for a battle to the death for whatever they want professionally, but what of the toll to their personal life?
Yes, Byron Crowne’s public persona is atrocious, and we’re meant to find him obnoxious. However, Ms. Reiss quickly gives readers a reason to find Bryon worthy of sympathy. She showed Byron the ruthless businessman juxtapose to the vulnerable man who holds a deep guilt that makes him feel unworthy of a woman’s love.
Olivia Monroe is an attorney with the Environmental Protection Fund. She is every bit as ruthless as her opponents in the courtroom. Her strength comes from her convictions. Olivia is given many attributes to admire, but I still found it difficult to like the character. I liked her independence, but I didn’t care for her seemingly constant anger and brash manner. I didn’t like her incredibly selfish choices that made her seem like a bad friend. However, by the second half of the book, I did appreciate her personal battles, and I could see what a toll they took on her.
The secondary characters are great. I loved Byron’s large, close-knit family as well as Olivia’s tight posse. I am really hoping to revisit these characters in the author’s next book.
Iron Crowne is filled with the usual great analogies and silky, evocative descriptions that I’ve come to expect from the author. Ms. Reiss has a way with words, and I can count on her prose being melodic, no matter the subject matter. Her writing never fails to draw me into her story. Read this book for its intense, raw emotionality.
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About CD Reiss: CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.
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