Friday, 24 October 2014
Book: The Private Room by Olivia Noble
Victoria is a journalist searching out the next top story, and that may just happen to be found at Club Luxe. Getting tickets to the secret and selective sex club is expensive and difficult, but Victoria has managed to get herself and her friend Chloe in. Little did she expect to discover that it was none other than Malcom Cage who owns and runs Club Luxe, the billionaire that she's been trying to interview for weeks. Malcom knows exactly who Victoria is the moment he sees her, and despite having a reputation for not participating in his events, he can't help but respond to the attraction he feels for Victoria...
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The Private Room was a fairly expected format, troubled rich boy finds a woman attractive, she likes what he's offering and goes with it, all while keeping it a secret from the rest of the world (albeit in this case only for the night). Except in this case there was one difference: Victoria.
So often I find myself disappointed in the heroines of books like this, they just come across as a bit pathetic. But in this case I didn't get that. In fact the whole situation came down to Victoria standing up for herself and not letting Malcom rule her. I liked the fact that she had guts rather than just laying down and taking it. Even though she pretty much did everything that Malcom wanted her to do anyway.
There's no getting away from it, this book is based around sex. There are hints of a possible love story (as in Malcom and Victoria's attraction seems to be based on more than just physical appearances) but it spans one night, when they first meet, and its about the sex rather than anything else. There's no sex toys or anything like that which was a change from the billionaire romance format, though it wasn't just standard sex either, so if that isn't your thing then this book probably isn't for you.
I'm intrigued by where the conversation between Malcom and Victoria at the end was going, and I kind of want to know more about Domonic (who isn't who he seems) and Chloe, as seperate entities and as a pairing.