Released: January 18, 2018
Available in Kindle Unlimited on release day
Double entendres: literature : ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation (Merriam-Webster)
No, I don’t normally begin a review with a vocabulary lesson, but “double entendres” played on a continuous loop for me as I moved through Alessandra Torre’s sixteenth release, HIDDEN SEAMS.
I admit to only having read her previously released, HOLLYWOOD DIRT, a sweet romance set in the south. And while I know of her darker romantic thrillers, I didn’t know what to expect from an author that wrote such a fun and funny romantic story. What did I get? A unique, clever, fast-paced romance that is more than skin deep.
This is the story of Marco Lent, a fashion mogul willing to be someone he’s not to achieve fame, and Avery McKenna, a good-hearted thief willing to be the cold-hearted bitch to find the missing piece in her life. When the two combine, they can’t deny the truth of who they are, what they want, and that fate has put them together.
Marco and Avery are perhaps two of the most unique protagonists I’ve read in a long time because I had an instant reaction to them: I liked them and I disliked them. I’ve never had that mixed reaction to characters before. I liked their “real” selves, so much of the inner dialogue. The personas they took on for those around them were difficult for me, though I understood why they did.
While the end felt a tad rushed to me, it’s fully satisfying and not completely what I expected.
Hidden Seams is a full-length, standalone novel.