4 out of 4 stars
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Aria Davenport thinks she has everything under control, She is graduating soon and her relationship with her boyfriend Sebastian is getting serious. Then, she is faced with the realization that Sebastian might not be the man she thought he was. At the center of her life being turned upside down is Phoenix Prescott, a real estate mogul, whom Aria meets while working at a nightclub. A heated romance quickly develops between them which causes Aria to question her past relationships and her buried insecurities. Will Phoenix be her dream come true or her downfall?
I found Electric Impulse: Love, Life & Sex by Angel Hilson to be quite fast-paced for a romance novel. The relationship drama starts off quickly. Right away, Aria learns ugly truths about Sebastian and his family. As a result, she has to confront her childhood abandonment issues. Once Phoenix enters her life, Aria is taken on various new adventures from skydiving to wild parties in Miami.
The book is quite sexually explicit and the romance scenes are written well. I appreciate that Hilson’s writing style for the sex scenes isn’t cheesy or immature. I also liked that Hilson promoted safe sex. The sex scenes are not only sensual, but they also teach the reader about Aria's and Phoenix’s personalities. They are used to show both their attraction and emotional connection to each other. The romance between Phoenix and Aria is quite passionate and realistic. There is a good amount of emotional buildup between the characters. The emotional connection is evident when Phoenix helps Aria step out of her comfort zone.
I liked that Aria has a life outside of Phoenix. She has a successful t-shirt business. She has a good relationship with her sister, her mom, and other close friends. Her independent goals help establish some conflict in the story when Aria finds herself becoming too wrapped up in her relationship with Phoenix.
On the downside, there was plenty of deceit in their relationship and I wasn’t sure these two would make it. Aria and Phoenix both commit some cringe-worthy actions. At one point, it seems that Aria is losing too much of herself in the relationship. There were times when I didn’t approve of Aria’s actions and when I didn’t like Phoenix all that much. However, these reactions didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. In fact, it added to the suspense of will they or won’t they work out.
Since I really enjoyed the strong characters, the drama, and the sexy romance, I decided to rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. There were a few errors but nothing so erroneous that it distracted from the story. Seeing that there were not many errors, I believe this book was professionally edited. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good passion-filled romance. I would not recommend this for young readers because of the explicit sex scenes.
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