Author: Alisha Rai
Publication Date: November 24, 2014
Page Length: 262 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Shameless. That’s what she was.
Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.
Shameless. That’s what she made him.
Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.
A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.
Alisha Rai is a new-to-me author. I was recommended her books by Bree (one of the two users who make up Kit Rocha and Moira Rogers). I loooooooved this book. It’s different and exciting and just ALL THE FEELS. What’s different about this book and all the books I’ve read previously is that this book has the rich business person love interest with a regular love interest trope, but the rich business person in this case is a woman and it’s awesome. I wasn’t a big fan on the billionaire love interest trope, because the romance has always bordered on something I’m just not comfortable reading, but the sex and the relationship is actually super positive here. And I love Akira and Jacob so much. This is such a sex-positive erotica with no slut-shaming by the male lead that I’m surprised that this has to be pointed out? But yay, awesome book is awesome. Also, how fantastic is it that we have a Japanese-American female love interest?
“When do you sleep?”
She glanced deliberately at her watch. “Sometime between fucking and ruling the world.”
This book is so much fun. And so hot. And has some mystery in it. Akira Mori is highly successfully and totally comfortable in her own skin. She’s an absolute force to be reckoned with. Akira and Jacob’s parents were once married for a hot second many years ago, before the inevitable divorce. But, Akira and Jacob have known each other since then, even if they don’t keep in touch much, or often. Jacob is a writer fit with a cabin in the woods where he sometimes hides out in to write his Jason Bourne-type novels. He’s the oldest in his family and has taken over as the parent in the family when their parents died. He’s only ever put his family first, and never ever quite going for the relationships that he should in case it takes him away from looking after his family. But with the youngest in the family almost at the age of graduating high school, it’s time he did something for himself for once.
No shame. No guilt. Those emotions had left him paralyzed for far too long. It was time to fucking live his life.
Akira had a less than amicable relationship with her mother. They never got along and with her passing, Akira’s looking for something her grandmother might have left with her mother than she can’t find. Which is why, she’s hunted Jacob down to see if he had any idea where this item might be (Jacob’s family was closer to Akira’s mother than she ever was). This item is the mystery in the story. It’s a Japanese puzzle box that requires a number of steps to open. The deal is made between Akira and Jacob for Jacob to work on opening the box whenever they’re in each other’s presence.
This book is steamy and manages to also manages break my heart? I loved the flashbacks and the moments Akira and Jacob had together. All the secondary characters, aka Jacob’s family consisting of two younger brothers and a younger sister, are all amazing and I can’t wait to read their stories in upcoming books. Because everyone in that family deserves to find their HEA. Akira’s father is not dead, but definitely out of the picture. I think it’s interesting to see him living the Kardashian life-style and Akira wanting absolutely nothing to do with it.
A Gentleman in the Street is a fun, smart erotica featuring fantastic characters. I definitely look forward to reading more books from Alisha Rai and would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great m/f romance!