From the first moment Thea heard Liam’s sexy voice come over the radio, she began to fantasize about him being in her bed. Unfortunately her reality is a cold, lonely bed and a controlling husband. Thea has always dreamt of a fairy tale life. However, a selfless decision she made fifteen years ago has left her trapped in a loveless marriage. When Malcolm Drake wants to play house with his latest mistress, he sends his wife, Thea, on a “Hall Pass”. Thea’s steamy fantasies might just become a reality after all. Liam Pierce is a successful, young British singer who thinks his life is perfect...that is until he meets the beautiful, older Thea. Sensual sparks fly between them, causing Thea to feel alive again. The sexy, young man not only satisfies her physical desires, he stirs up her long buried dreams as well. Just when Thea believes she can be free of Malcolm’s control, he commits a heinous act that will send her world crashing down. Liam is a prince worthy of any fairy tale but can he help Thea fight her way out of the darkness?
3 out of 5 (good)
Hall Pass for Life is the first book by Dorothea Lynne I have read. This is a contemporary romance with dark theme - a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to an older man. Although he is happy to have multiple affairs during their marriage, he is insistent upon controlling every aspect of her. This doesn't stop him from arranging for a week's getaway for her with a younger man so he can have his mistress in their home.
Thea has turned forty and has no idea where her life is going. Her husband, Malcolm, won't allow her to work, constantly criticises her, and yet isn't prepared to divorce her just yet - even though is far too old for his tastes. Liam is a singer and is 25 years old. He isn't sure what to make of the arrangement, but for the amount of money being given to a charity, he will be friendly for the week.
Both Thea and Liam get more than they bargain for, and will fight for their lives together, no matter what Malcolm throws at them.
I loved the premise of this story, although I don't particularly like first person, present tense, which is how this book is written. I found it to be quite confusing over who was speaking in places, and had to read further down to see who responded to figure it out. Personally speaking, I also found the constant nicknames and terms of endearments to be quite monotonous. Yes, it is cute occasionally, but to use them in 85% of the sentences... The only reason I can think of for the constant use was to help the reader know who was talking, which didn't work when they weren't used.
The story itself moved along at a fair pace, albeit a bit jerky in places. Some of the words and actions of various characters didn't seem quite 'real', as though the timing was off slightly. I think this is a standalone book, although the ending has possibly been left open for a follow up.
Anyway, for me, this book didn't quite hit the mark, although it was still a good story. I am absolutely positive that others will love this book, and devour every word. It just didn't work on all levels for me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Romance author Dorothea Lynne is devoted to giving her readers sexy, romantic love stories that make your heart skip a beat. She is a hopeless romantic who gives you compelling characters to root for (and a few to root against as well).
The real world can be tough sometimes, so cuddle up with one of Dorothea’s books and escape from it for a bit.