Monday, December 16, 2019

Book Review: Losing My Inhibitions

By Sara Steven

A year after leaving her controlling ex, Roxy’s divorce is finally official. She’s got her confidence and career back on track and is ready to start enjoying some no-strings-attached fun.

But just when Roxy thinks she has her dating plan all mapped out, a hot younger single man unexpectedly appears. On paper, he sounds like exactly what Roxy’s been looking for, until she’s warned that he’s strictly off limits. Getting involved with him will put her career, home and everything she’s worked for in extreme jeopardy. There’s a million reasons why Roxy shouldn’t give into his charms. The trouble is, he’s just too tempting...

Will Roxy take a chance and risk it all to pursue a forbidden fling? And if she does, can she find a way to let him rock her world, without turning it upside down? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I could really relate to Roxy and the way she’s trying to find her footing after a major change in her life. Having been divorced myself, I know how it can feel to try and not only find a new norm when the rug has been pulled from beneath you, but to also create and find a new identity within the shades of who you’d been before. I think Olivia Spring really nailed those emotions for Roxy, starting off this comical read with a bang. Well, a lot less than a bang, poor girl!

The younger single man comes with all sorts of strings attached, only adding to the attraction she feels for him. The old adage, “you always want what you cannot have” comes into play here, but as the synopsis suggests, the risks involved are great. It doesn’t help that the feelings she has for him are reciprocated, adding elements of heat and rawness that really created a few spicy atmospheres within the pages of Losing. In allowing herself to feel those temptations, Roxy is allowing herself to feel alive, something she hasn’t felt in a very long time. She’s waking up, but at what cost?

There are a few elements at play here, where Roxy is concerned. Will she allow herself to fall for someone again, risking potential heartache? Or worse, a possible rebuttal? She’s fourteen years his senior. How will that look to the outside world, and should she even care, if it means a freedom she’s never had before? And really, where do you draw the line between what’s right, and what’s right for you?

My favorite moments in Losing My Inhibitions are the character changes that takes place within Roxy. Granted, her new potential fling is a catalyst, but it is all Roxy. The internal dialogue she experiences is one of a woman who has gone through a very trying and emotional experience, working towards finding a way back to something good. It’s in those moments where I cheer her on, enabling her to be a bit of a personal hero for me. With Roxy, you really feel as though age really is just a number.

Thanks to Olivia Spring for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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