Monday, March 20, 2017

ARC Review:His Custody by Tamsen Parker

Available March 21, 2017 from Intermix

He needs to be a better man for her sake, but she makes him want to be so bad…
Keyne O’Connell leads a charmed life. She has a caring family and a terrific boyfriend. Her senior year is about to begin, and her future looks bright. But one dark summer night robs her of everyone she loves, thrusting her into the care of her boyfriend’s intimidating, much older brother. 

Dark and brooding, Jasper Andersson is not a good man. His business dealings are barely legal. He’s a womanizer and a casual drug user. He has no interest in becoming Keyne’s guardian, although given her limited options, he doesn’t have much of a choice. He knows he must protect her at whatever the cost.

But living in close quarters soon stirs up feelings inside them both that are far from platonic. Keyne needs a firm hand to keep her in line, but what she desires could lead Jasper into trouble…

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 What I thought about His Custody

Keyne O'Connell is devastated by the loss of her family and boyfriend in a tragic accident.  The only familiar person in her life afterward is her boyfriend's older brother and family friend, Jasper Andersson.

Jasper isn't that much older than Keyne and getting custody of her isn't all that easy, especially when there's an uncle that wants her too.  But Jasper and Keyne manage to convince the judge that he'll be the best guardian for Keyne. 

These are some rough times for Keyne, as she deals with her grief and all the changes that come with her circumstances.  Rough times for Jasper too, as he gives up his kinky lifestyle and partying to do the right thing by his new charge.  

When Keyne's nightmares drive her to find Jasper in the middle of the night, he's tempted and torn, but he manages to keep everything beyond reproach, that is until Keyne decides she wants him on her eighteenth birthday..

While His Custody flirts with with impropriety, it never quite gets there and I appreciated that.  The kink that eventually becomes a temptation for both Keyne and Jasper made for a very interesting situation between these two. 

I seriously loved how this book brought things to a conclusion.  My heart hurt for Jasper and Keyne and their pain was portrayed beautifully by the author. Sometimes doing the right thing hurts.

I adored the gothic feel to this story, with Jasper the older, experienced male and Keyne the young ward.  There were only a handful of secondary characters, which made for a laser focus on the compelling love story between Jasper and Keyne. The spotlight was on them for the entire book, and I really liked that about His Custody.

If you are looking for a kinky tale with a dash of darkness and light, His Custody might be for you.  The writing will keep you turning the pages, and Jasper is very hard to resist. 

ARC provided for review.

 About Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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