Book Review: RESIST by Lilly Avalon




Allegra Maxwell is sick of the monotony of life. It’s all work and no play, and right now she wants to play. She shows up at her company’s yearly meeting with one goal in mind: have a one night stand with a stranger. What she doesn’t count on is Devlin Pierce walking through the door.

When Allegra first met Devlin, she knew he would be nothing but trouble. After he proved her theory true last year, she made a vow to avoid him at all costs. He’s the last person she wants to see, and he knows it. He refuses to leave her alone though. As much as she tries to fight it, the pull he has on her is undeniable. Her ability to resist him proves impossible when Devlin makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

One night. That’s all he asks. That’s all she wants. Or is it?

Resist is a 21,000 word erotica novella and the first of a two book series

My review

Allegra is young, sexy, ambitious and a successful executive. She has been romancing her vibrator for the past year and is dying to taste a delicious one night stand. She believes in romance and love but settles for one night stand as she hasn’t found the man of her dreams. She chooses the office party as the venue to accomplish her mission and get what she wants, even if it is not what her heart yearns for.

Devlin with his irresistible charm and striking good looks enters to tilt her balance. The two have met before at an office gathering and due to a misunderstanding caused by Devlin, Allegra doesn’t trust him. Although she cannot deny the sexual attraction, she doesn’t want it to be Devlin even if it for just one night.

As expected sparks fly and two end up in bed and there is passionate sex. The story ends with what follows the next morning. The book ends with a cliffhanger.

What worked for me: The writing is fast paced, gripping and the flow is seamless. The erotic scenes were done well with nothing excessive. The characters were interesting. I liked the fact that the story ran over a time frame of one-night and it alludes to the fact of what Allegra was looking for. Devlin is a character that every young girl would fall in love with.

What didn’t work for me: Nothing worked for me. To start with, the cliffhanger felt like unfinished business. I’d have liked to know what happened and the rationality behind their decisions. The characters weren’t flushed out well. Allegra is looking for one night stand and Devlin has vowed off relationships. He doesn’t want to get entangled in the web of relationships as he is too busy with his work. How clichéd? Yet, Allegra is the one that shows restraint when Devlin is the one trying to convince her that he is her best choice. He successfully persuades her to sleep with him. This contradicts the basic premise of the plot.

I am saddened to say I could not find a single quote appealing in the book. It all felt been-there-seen-that.

Conclusion: For an erotica, the steam supplied is ample but there is nothing else in the book.

Rating: 2 stars.

** I received an ARC e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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