Published by Select Publishing on 01/16/2018
A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…
I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.
And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—
It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.
I didn’t read the synopsis for Hidden Seams. I had no idea what it was about. I only read it because Alessandra Torre wrote it. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a while and I was intrigued by this one, simply because of the cover. Which is freakin’ gorgeous, by the way. And while I enjoyed it, for me, this one didn’t live up to her other books.
For the first 10% or so of the book, I was so incredibly confused. Once I understood what was going on, it was much smoother sailing. I’m used to being in a bit of a fog when reading her books. Torre is a master manipulator and has always been able to fool me. But aside from the confusion in the beginning, I actually could tell very early on what was going to happen. It was much more predictable than any of her other books have been. When it came time for the big reveal, it was more of a “well…duh!” moment for me, so what should have been sort of the climax of the story felt uneventful.
I also didn’t feel a huge connection between Marco and Avery, which was a complete shock to me. Normally, Torre’s characters have so much spark and chemistry that they jump off the pages. I’m typically all but fanning myself. And while there were moments where there’d be a spark, it seemed to quickly fade. So when the time came for emotions to be declared, I didn’t feel it from either of them and felt sort of confused about how we’d gotten there.
On the flip side of all of this, I do have to say that Torre’s writing was solid. She really does have great talent and skill. It’s obvious that the foundation is there and it’s strong, it’s just that the filler this time didn’t make me fall in love the way that I’ve become accustomed.
Overall, Hidden Seams was a good, enjoyable book. I definitely lean more towards like than dislike, despite what I said above. I’ve just started holding Torre to a higher standard, and she missed the mark. For me. But I think that for others, this might be a winner. I look forward to her next book. I hope she blows me out of the water.