We’re going to do a little differently. Last August 4th, Jen Frederick re-released her series the Kerr Chronicles under Montlake Romance, which would explain the different images. The one I used for my banner above was from the “old” edition while the ones I used in my reviews are the new ones. I personally liked the old ones better, hence the banner.
So anyway, since I got the ARCs for two books and read them after the other, I thought I’d review them as one. Full disclosure: I didn’t read the original editions so I cannot note whether there’s a difference between them. Amazon does say that there are some “editorial differences” between the old version and the new. Nevertheless, I devoured this series. I was berating myself last last week for failing to read them sooner because I enjoyed the story and the characters very much. But more on that later.
You can now purchase Losing Control and Finding Control exclusively on Amazon. I’ll be posting buy links after my review.
Welcome to a world few people know. A world where the hottest bedroom desires become a reality and where good girls like Victoria “Tiny” Corielli shed their sweetness for carnal, bad-girl pleasures.
Victoria nurses her mother through cancer treatments and works long hours as a New York City bike courier to pay for the roof over their heads. When a suspiciously high-paying delivery job thrusts her into the arms of impossibly attractive businessman Ian Kerr, Victoria is sorely tempted to enjoy his attentions and his chiseled body, if only to forget her responsibilities for a while…no matter the cost.
Kerr seems to have it all: money, power, and charisma to spare. What he doesn’t have: revenge on an old nemesis, but he intends to get it. Kerr is prepared to cast innocent Victoria as the lure in his vengeful plot. Yet the more they explore midtown Manhattan—and each other—the more she means to Ian. Will it be too late for him to stop the dangerous plan he’s already put into motion?
This book took me by surprise. I’ve seen the mixed reviews and I thought it wouldn’t work for me. Boy, was I wrong. I forgot to take into account the allure of the hero, Ian Kerr.
He’s certainly one of the best caregiver alpha I’ve read in a while. At first glance, he’s a very trope-y hero. A mysterious billionaire with nefarious plans that could end up hurting our heroine. But then you start to read and you just get sucked in by how sweet this guy is. Don’t get me wrong. He’s definitely possessive and he has some high-handed moments in the book but I never doubted his feelings for the heroine. Talk about a hero in pursuit. Ian Kerr can catch me anytime. I ain’t even gonna run. Ok. Maybe I will run. But I will run very, very slowly, okay?
So anyway, Ian isn’t the only stellar character in this book because the heroine, Tiny, is also exceptional in her own way. She’s a bike courier with a learning disability. She and Ian do not mingle in the same circle but fate had it in for them to meet. I loved Tiny’s determination and stubbornness. This is usually a death sentence for heroines because I can’t stand the constant running that accompany these traits. But Tiny is different because she doesn’t really run away. She expresses her doubts and asserts her independence but not in an irrational way. When she does become irrational, she’s aware that she is. It made her all the more relatable to me.
The dialogue was also top-notch. The banter between Tiny and Ian, the harsh and often rage inducing conversations between Malcolm and Tiny, and the sweet tender moments between Tiny and her mom had me flipping the pages. I couldn’t put it down.
This one ends on a semi cliffie. I don’t really think it’s a cliffie because even if you can stop with this book and not continue with the second, you’ll still get a full story. Ian and Tiny’s relationship is in a good place at the end of this book. There are some loose ends they need to tie up with regards to the other people in their lives but relationship wise, they’re in a great place.
In their secret world, unspoken wishes for pleasure come true…and the allure of glamour and passion can easily disguise a deadly secret.
After a tumultuous riches-to-rags childhood, Ian Kerr decided to spend his life focused on making money—and it’s paid off. Then he meets sassy, smart-mouthed bike messenger Victoria “Tiny” Corielli, and he wants nothing more than to introduce her to his world of elite luxury…and enticing desire. But a businessman as ruthless as Ian always has enemies lurking in the shadows—the kind of enemies who violently claimed his parents and are willing to use Victoria as a pawn in their deadly game.
Plucked from her lowly walk-up apartment and financial struggles into a glittering world of wealth and privilege, Victoria is almost overwhelmed…and almost delirious with insatiable desire for Ian. Then sensuality turns to serious peril as Ian’s rivals—and the people Victoria thought she could trust—close in, putting her in jeopardy. Torn between the temptation of carnal passion and the terror of unfathomable danger, she discovers that the dark side of suddenly having it all is knowing you could lose everything.
Taking Control starts where Losing Control left off. Tiny and Ian are together. Their relationship is in a good place but they’re facing outside threats from their pasts. For Tiny, the threats come in the form of Mitch Hedder, Tiny’s stepfather. For Ian, the threats are coming from all sides. Richard Howe is still taunting Ian and there’s also another threat on Ian’s business. The story isn’t as compelling as the first simply because I consider this one as a “tying all the loose ends” type of book, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable because it was. In fact, one of the biggest reason why I enjoyed this was Ian Kerr. We finally get to read his POV and what a POV it was.
I loved this character so much. His devotion to Tiny, his loyalty, his intelligence were front and center throughout the book. We still get to be in Tiny’s head here and there but the bulk of Taking Control’s POV comes from Ian Kerr. I’m not very into uber alpha, possessive hero but Jen Frederick might have changed all that because Ian Kerr owns me. I loved how possessive and alpha he is. He’s the ultimate fantasy guy: handsome, obscenely rich and most of all, he’s 110% into the heroine. Really, what’s not to love?
Another element I really loved about this book was how the readers get to see Ian in his element at his job. You know, doing things billionaires do. I appreciated how the author wrote finance aspect in this book. It was very interesting and not boring at all. One of the most exciting moments in the book involved Ian trying stamp out a financial crisis involving his company. It was exciting — well, at least to me it is because I eat this stuff up. True story.
I liked how everything was handled at the end. Of course, there were plenty of Ian and Tiny moments, which was very sweet and hot. Ian’s devotion and love for Tiny shines through in the book. Tiny for her part was adjusting to being with Ian. I just love it when a couple you’re rooting for don’t succumb to unnecessary drama or God forbid, create one. It wasn’t all hearts and flowers for them but it wasn’t all out drama llama either. It was just right, IMO.
Overall, Taking Control is a solid sequel to Losing Control.