Review: Intensity by C.C. Koen

Posted 11 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Intensity by C.C. KoenIntensity by C.C. Koen
Series: Intensity #1
Publisher: Self Published on October 21, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 242
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What would you do to improve your life?

Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?

Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?

Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.

Here Are My Thoughts

Plot

I’m not actually sure what I feel about this novel. There were several things in it that were off-putting for me, but at the same time, I enjoyed some of it. The story follows Serena, who is in need of a job after her grandmother dies. She meets a girl who gets her into the escort business. But one little fact: Serena is a virgin. But alas, we need not be concerned: escorts in this business only have paid sex if they want to. So Serena agrees. And during her interview, she meets Linc Jefferson, owner of the club. And then things get interesting, especially after Linc deems her ‘exclusive.’ The plot in this novel was a little too fast paced for my liking. I felt like everything moved a bit too fast: the secrets, the events, the friendships, and the romance. It was a little unsettling how fast different things were happening.

Leading Lady

Serena was an okay character, I suppose. Her mind was in the right place. She was a bit too trusting for my liking, and too accepting of some of the things that were going on between her and Linc and the club. She wasn’t my favorite character, but at least she wasn’t annoying as all-get-out.

Leading Male

Linc was kind of creepy, in my opinion. He was the tall, dark, and handsome type that broods. Your typical NA romance book boy. He was hiding secrets. You know, the norm. The only thing that set him apart was, well, he owned an escort business. I didn’t really prefer his character over another. He was just kind of there for me.

Romance

The romance was most definitely insta-love. It was actually kind of creepy. Like, they were making out at first meeting. That was the major off-putter for me. I really dislike love that blossoms in all about 2.5 seconds. And it just kept getting weirder—Serena was deemed exclusive to Linc and was to report to his bed every night? It was a little weird. I mean, I thought that Serena’s somewhat innocence was good for the hardened Linc, but some things I could have done without.

Conclusion

Intensity has my feelings all cloudy. At some points, I really enjoyed the novel. At others, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why I was reading it. Hopefully I can sort through my feelings before fall so I can figure out if I will be reading the sequel. I think that maybe I will give it a try.

3 Stars
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