Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…
Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date–he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”
Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about–he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…
I loved this book. Simply loved it. Review in process. I may edit this review later.
I’m having a problem with this review because I enjoyed it so much that I don’t want to sound like a gushing teenaged fangirl. Bare with me, please.
Ivan: Man oh man! I loved Ivan. Ivan was delicious in the way that Dr. Pepper is delicious. You can explain a lot of it…but for the most part you have to taste it for yourself.
Ivan: (bona fide rocket scientist) is described by one character in the book as “borderline autistic.” He is incredibly intelligent, ridiculously hot, cut up like a Greek god but very rigid and structured. I think he would looks something like this (but more innocent and no hat):
My sternum is showing.
There is just something about this simple line that jumped out at me. It…made me feel that Ivan was rubbing off on Camilla (Cami) long before she tried to hook up with him. It showed something about how flexible of a mind she had – to me – and how that she had been absorbing his characteristics. It was one of the few times she spoke like Ivan outside of his presence. It was especially important to me as he said the exact same thing to her later in the book.
One of the things I liked about this book is that Cami is so accessible. Ivan is not accessible (though he is hot!) and Camilla does a great job of making Ivan more accessible to the reader. She also clearly explains what about Ivan makes her so hot – so the reader is never left scratching their heads.
I thought the ending was pretty cute, to be honest. It made some sense that the couple’s major stumbling blocks would be communication issues. I still have some concern for their future: do they plan to marry? Have children? How would Ivan deal with the disruptive patterns of children? But that’s the beauty of HEAs that don’t do epilogues. The reader gets to make up her own mind…and I see the two of them going the distance.
ETA: I’ve learned there’s a book 2 and this has become a series! Different characters, thank goodness! The Seduction Hypothesis. So excited! I’m on the netgalley list to request a review copy…but I think I’m just going to pre-order, lol. I love Delphine Dryden’s work so far (When In Rio, Xmas Spark, How to Tell a Lie and The Theory of Attraction) so I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy The Seduction Hypothesis.