As promised, I bring you my opinion of the third part of TIGER LILY, which releases today. I've been in love with this story since I read Tiger Lily, part one. It's beautiful, bittersweet, and sensual. You can't ask for more than that. Oh, wait, yes you can. You can ask for beautiful covers :o)
Tiger Lily (part 3)
Author: Amélie S. Duncan
Genre: erotic romance Releases September 8th
Lily loves Jonas, but implicit trust is another matter. After all they’ve been through, she still can’t believe he’ll stay no matter how deep or dark her secrets are. With her ex, Declan, up to his worst, Lily’s embarrassed and ashamed…but she’s once again underestimated Jonas. He has brains as well as beauty. With the same ruthlessness he uses to dispatch his business rivals, he vows to annihilate Declan.
Lily is glad to relinquish control. Jonas is determined to personally oversee her recovery and she lets him. She’s still too weak to deal with the chaos that’s become her life. Jonas whisks her away to a secluded luxury loft in Tribeca and pampers her with sensual decadence. Every caress, every lingering honey-sweet kiss they share says he loves her—even the way he possesses her body in the sultry heat of the night…but will Jonas commit? Will he ever be able to say those three little words she craves to hear from him?
My opinion of Tiger Lily 3
I waited so long and impatiently for the conclusion to this poignant story. Lily is a complex character, flawed and battered but so strong despite her fears. And Jonas is that kind of alpha male that you want to cave in to the demands of love.
I find myself falling into the cocoon of the relationship these characters have and forgetting everything else. They fight their own patterns in life, their mistakes and mistrust, to find their own rhythm to fit to each other. I liked the fact that Lily is facing her feelings even when they terrify her. It was also beautiful to watch all the care and kindness Jonas bestows on her because he can't deny his feelings even when he hides them.
There are tender moments of love and intimacy, of understanding and need, but also tense scenes of control, deceit and ultimatums. The relationship between them goes through many phases and all are realistically portrayed. And the physical intimacy keeps its erotic and sweet quality.
I noticed how detailed the description is about everything, even every little action. That might slow the pace a bit, but it didn't deter me from getting absorbed in every nuance of their learning to be together.
I also enjoyed how Lily tries to overcome her emotional dependence from Jonas. She loves him and wants him to love her as wholeheartedly, yet she craves to be on her own, capable of fighting her battles against his exes, her insecurities, even Declan who scarred her with so much derision and abuse. And Jonas has also enemies and obstacles that added a lot of drama to the plot as well as a bridge to strengthen their bond.
One of my favourite scenes involved Star Wars, rosewater custard, and warm feelings. Quickly followed by a couple of intimate scenes that were absolutely steamy!
Of course, another asset of the novel is how much Lily grows as a character. She may be fragile, but she's also full of love and willing to break free from her demons. It's impossible not to fall in love with Jonas, though. Domineering, yet he couldn't care more for his woman. Beyong the pretty feelings between them, there is also plenty of surprises and drama to keep the reader occupied until the next burst of passion that makes the pages tremble.
I think this final part was longer than the other two. As it is, it covers all the issues left hanging in the previous part from Declan's abuse to Melisssa's stalking and, above all, the intense and profoundly romantic relationship between Jonas and Lily.
This is a story of hope, love, renewal, and all the sadness and beauty of it I will take with me.
Favourite quotes:Is it wrong to love how much you want to be with me?I wanted to keep the happiness on his face forever.
ABOUT THE MASTERMIND
Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances with a dark edge. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.
Author website: www.ameliesduncan.com
Tiger Lily Series
Tiger Lily (#1) Tiger Lily (#2)
If you're curious, you may find my reviews here:
PART 1 & PART 2
Have a wonderfully romantic week :o)