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Jul 02

Without Regret by Aubrey Bondurant Review

5 SMOOCHES!

SYNOPSIS:

Rejection and I have an understanding: I don’t put myself out there and it doesn’t screw with my life any more.
I keep my feelings hidden, and my heart locked away.

It was working well until he came along and threatened my impenetrable armor, one honeyed word at a time.

With his clean cut looks, and southern manners, I’m convinced he’s not my type. Until I learn Trevor isn’t the same gentleman in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom.

But once he learns my secrets, and my carefully constructed facade starts to crumble, it’s my turn to do the rejecting.

I only hope he doesn’t listen.

*** Without Regret is a standalone romance for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

REVIEW:

I’ve loved every book of Aubrey Bondurant’s that I’ve read. I always find Bondurant’s stories to be captivating, the kind of stories that I just sink into and get lost in, totally wrapped up in whatever world she’s created, the characters she’s introduced and their love stories. When I read, that’s exactly the experience I’m hoping for, and being able to consistently find that in one author’s work, like I do with Aubrey Bondurant, is a rare occurrence. Bondurant describes her writing style as adult contemporary erotic romantic comedy—think smutty chick-lit—but whatever she calls it, make no mistake, this author is talented. Her writing is engrossing, clever and witty, and she draws her readers in with a sexy love story, endearing characters and charming details. As a contemporary romance reader, if Aubrey Bondurant’s name isn’t already on your radar, it needs to be.

Without Regret is the second book in Bondurant’s Without series, and I am really enjoying these characters and their stories. Like Without Apology, the first book in the series, this is also a workplace romance. In this book, Bondurant gives readers a sassy, commitment-phobe British heroine in Emma, a woman who had a rough childhood and struggles with the demons of her dark past. She’s reinvented herself—at least professionally—into an organized, focused and a valuable member of the team at the investment firm where she works. A suit-and-tie-guy isn’t Emma’s thing, but a chance meeting with the Texan, Trevor, coupled with the powerful chemistry between them not only takes her by surprise but also proves difficult to resist.

Bondurant tackled some difficult topics in Without Regret, and she did a fantastic job of capturing that emotion on the page for readers. My heart broke for Emma and what she’s been through, but it wasn’t just a painful punch to the feels here, there was also an air of hope in this story that really made this story a page turner. Trevor was the whole package, and I loved this totally swoon-worthy hero. He was confident and so sexy, but with Emma, he was also patient, thoughtful and an alpha gentleman—which, let me tell you, was a knee-weakening, heart-racing combination!

Without Regret was full of raw emotion, characters I adored and a romance that was hotter than Texas in July. Well written and richly developed, Emma and Trevor’s love story pulled me in from the first page and kept me furiously tapping my Kindle as I devoured their it. Five smooches from me for Without Regret by Aubrey Bondurant!

~ Danielle Palumbo

 

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