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Reawakened by Rachael Stewart

She’s reawakening

His desire!

My renowned PR skills have been called upon to save business owner Olivia Carmel from her hedonistic ways. But soon she is reawakening my darkest desires…showing me how well we work together in the bedroom. I’m feeling more than lust, but Oliva refuses to be tied to anyone, much less a man sixteen years her junior. But I’m done playing it safe. Can I tempt her to take a chance on me?

Title:Reawakened
Author:Rachael Stewart
Series:Dare
Pages:169
Category / Genre(s):Harlequin / Mills & Boon
Trope(s):Older Woman / Younger Man
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:London, UK
HEA:✔️
Release Date:28th May, 2021
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Naughty and engaging tale

5 stars

I usually avoid books where the hero is younger than the heroine but such is the draw of a Rachael Stewart tale that I snapped this book up before I’d even read the blurb!

We start by walking right into the heat and action – and did I mention the heat? Wowza! Our heroine, Olivia, is naked in the BDSM club, with a whip toting mistress and our hero watching intently, before you’re even at 10%. But fear not, this is Ms Stewart of the exceptional writing skills, so we already have a handle and knowledge of who are characters are and how they tick before the naughtiness begins. And how she manages to make even the more risqué things seem intimate and personal, while still ridiculously hot… that’s a seriously sexy skill to have!

Olivia is deciding it’s time she lived her life by her own rules, after the death of her husband. Unfortunately for her, the fun she’s having is brought to a halt by her husband’s company when they hire PR guru, Valentine Boretti, to take her in hand and get her under control.

Olivia was an interesting character. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked her as she was quite forceful in her pursuit of her new life and of Valentine himself. But I think that my original feelings towards her were clouded by what Valentine himself was thinking – despite his obvious attraction. When we hear Olivia’s point of view, we see another side to her. A reason why she acted the way she did. I’m not saying I could now relate to how she acted, but I definitely could understand it and sympathised with her.

“…such is the draw of a Rachael Stewart tale that I snapped this book up.”

If Olivia is trying desperately to look to her future, Valentine is very much stuck in the past. He himself has seen loss but instead of making him wild, it made him stoic and careful. In Olivia, he finds someone that he truly wants to experience things with – that, without sounding hokey, makes him want to live again.

As well as the insane heat and chemistry between our pair, they are also perfect for each other. Yes, yes, even if she’s an older woman and he’s a younger man. They bring out the best in each other but still let the other be themselves. I adored their happily ever after and may even have got a little sniffly!

I’m hardly quiet in my admiration for Rachael Stewart’s writing. I find her style fresh, detailed and intricate while still maintaining an ease that makes it so involving to read. Her characters come alive and their situations always tug at my emotions. I understand that this is to be her last Dare but I’m happy to follow her to wherever her writing goes next, just as I am happy to recommend this book to you. 5 stars.

5 stars

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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