Review: One Night at the Palace Hotel by Bianca Mori #buqosteamyreads

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We are now on Week 2 of the tour featuring Volume 2, the Seduction bundle! Today I am reviewing One Night at the Palace Hotel by Bianca Mori.

One Night at the Palace HotelIt’s the night before The Palace Hotel opens, and the entire city is abuzz with what everyone is calling a throwback to the Gilded Age. Everyone, that is, except Consuelo De la Red. Faced with a destiny picked out for her and a dream she just can’t forget, she confronts the choices she has made and the man she was forced to reject. When the past comes crashing into the present, will she listen to her duty, or give in to the urging of her heart?

 

My thoughts: For something so short, I was highly entertained and left wanting for more. I guess my penchant for reading about the happily miserable lives of rich people added to the fascination. There’s nothing convoluted in the story, everything is straightforward and if I may say, realistically sweet. It’s beautifully written that frankly, the steamy, passionate scenes were icing on top. But well, a giant icing, for that matter. 😉 The author has a way with words that I find very engaging; not just with the hot ones but in all parts of the story. 😉

Sam, the main guy in the story (who for some reason I picture Sam Milby; maybe because a movie of his was on while I was reading?) is the voice of reason, the guy you root for and wish you’d have for yourself. He’s not swooning and preachy — two things I tend to see in characters bent on proving he loves a woman and that being with him is the most reasonable thing to do…because of love. Sam’s not like that. Moreover, Consuelo/Con/Sue (read it to know why) was more beautifully written. Characters from the upper class to me almost always tread the thin line between believable/likable and outrageous/annoying. She’s the former. She has had bitchy quips and all but she’s likable. I may be doing a very loose comparison, and with my personal bias toward Jen Aniston, but it’s like what happened to Rachel Green’s character on Friends– you know, easily a bait for annoyance, but she turned out lovable and likable.

As short as this story is, it wrapped well. Though of course, if there’s going to be more, I’m not going to say no. I recommend you guys read this! 🙂

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