In Bed with the Enemy, 1
Stranded in a foreign country, bankrupted heiress Ariel Parks needs a job to fund her way home. Assistant of sorts to the musician she’s fantasized about for years sounds like a dream job. She never imagined the gorgeous genius would be a reclusive beast. But the real problem is the way every nerve in her body tingles at the mention of his name.
Be Warned: bondage
“Are you going to come in or stand there all day?” he asked from inside the room.
His voice startled her. Shit. She opened her eyes. How did he know she’d been there all along? Ariel cleared her throat and walked in. “Hi. I-I was waiting…” She motioned to his instrument. A palpable tension filled the air the moment her gaze met his, drawing her to him. His black T-shirt and jeans gave him a dark angel aura.
He wore his hair down without a ponytail. Colin stood next to his music stand. His stubble denser, framing his face, giving his piercing eyes a darker caramel shade. Ariel cast her gaze to the large skull ring on his left pinky finger. The man was a hot rocker playing Mozart.
“Let me make something clear to you.” He raked a hand through his hair, securing a strand behind his ear. “No one walks through that door when I’m in here practicing. Any questions?” Colin placed the bow on the stand and set his violin in its case.
Ariel regained her composure. “No questions. However, I think we need to set some ground rules.” She crossed the room to the bay window opposite from him. “If I’m going to be your assistant, there are some things we can’t do.” She ran her index finger along the edge of the window then placed her tote on the side table next to it. “For starters—” She turned and bumped into his strong chest.
“Enlighten me,” Colin said.
Her heart skipped a beat as she lifted her gaze to him, lingering on his mouth before she met his eyes. Ariel fought the need to kiss him again. How would she ever pull this off when he looked at her with those eyes? Colin trapped her between the bay window and him. He hadn’t touched her yet, but the heat radiating from him being so close ensnared her all the same. Ariel shifted on her feet, trying to set an inch or two of distance between them.
“For starters what, Ariel?” Colin placed a hand on either side of her, making it harder for her to escape. At her silence, he asked, “Are you going to answer me?”
“This.” Ariel rested a hand on his chest, to push him away, his warmth burning her palm. “If we’re going to work together, there won’t be any touching.” Her fingertips tingled at the thrum of his heartbeat. Colin glanced at her hand on his chest. Shit. She curled her fingers into a fist. What was she doing feeling his hard muscles?
“You mean you don’t want me to touch you like this?” He gripped her waist, and she jerked at the unexpected contact.
The heat of his grasp on her waist seeped through the thin layer of her clothes, stirring her insides. “Yes.” She shook her head. “No.”
Colin angled his head, closing the distance. “What else?” he asked, his lips a breath away from hers.
She closed her eyes. “There can’t be any more kiss—”
He closed his mouth on hers, not demanding, just giving. Colin drew her in, teasing until she asked for more. Ariel didn’t have the willpower to resist him, not when he kissed her like this. Not when she’d fantasized about being in his arms for ages. Damned temptation. Nothing went as planned. She ran her hands up his arms, yearning to touch his hair, allowing herself the small pleasure. Ariel tangled her fingers in his hair, pressing her breasts against his chest.
Colin groaned, opening his mouth wider, drawing her tongue in. He lifted her on top of the bay window seat, letting the décor pillows drop at his feet. He spread her legs apart until he stood between them.
He broke the kiss. “You should’ve never come today if you didn’t want me to kiss you again. I warned you yesterday.” He locked gazes with her. “If you don’t want me to touch you or kiss you, say it like you mean it. Don’t say it looking at me with sex hungry eyes.” He breathed in. “Ariel, I don’t just want to kiss you. I want to fuck you. Here and now. So tell me. Do you want me to stop?”
No. Yes. No. Her chest tightened, heat rose from her feet up her body, her insides stirred. She couldn’t say it like she meant it because she didn’t, or not look at him without being entranced by the lust in his eyes. No. The answer was no and exactly what she’d feared. Not being able to walk away from the man she’d dreamt about for years. My fantasy come true.
An inexplicable force drew her to this strange music genius, her Aerosmith turned Mozart as she’d called him many times before in her dreams, and fighting it was off the list. “Kiss me.”
Colin seized her mouth in another scorching kiss, his hands stroking her legs, bunching up her skirt at her waist.
Posted by heidi on 6th Oct 2015
I was gifted a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and a review.
Evie Knight is a new author to me so i went in to this book with a clear and opened mind.
Colin Hoskins is a world famous classical violinist, but he is tainted by his past. Colin is very angry at life, And still unable to move beyond the betrayal he suffered from his dead fiancé, he is swearing off from ever performing or falling in love again. Know all he wants is to be left well alone, except no one listens to him. Especially this beautiful assistant he can’t fire even though he wants to, he cant get her out of his mind and now his body is burning up to claim her.
Ariel Parks is stranded worried and in a strange foreign country, Ariel is a bankrupted heiress and is in desperate need for a job to fund her way home. Know she has one and is an Assistant of sorts to the musician she has found herself fantasising about for a number of years, This sounds like a dream job. Ariel has never imagined that this gorgeous genius would be a recluse. But her real problem is the way every nerve in her body tingles at the mention of his name and the mere sight of him makes her weak.
I really enjoyed this book, Colin and his weird ways, i loved his possessiveness and his passion, The characters are very well written and the depth to them are great.
I enjoyed Ariel and how she never gave up on Colin even if she caved in a bit to easily but hey all women are different.
I found this book hard to put down. Colin did on occasions make me angry at times with his out bursts of jealousy and how he in between treated Ariel like she was at fault when she wasn't. But I loved that when he knew he had stuffed up and made a mistake and he worked hard to get Ariel to forgive him. Ariel yes she is sweet but in no way is she a doormat, i love how she makes sure that Colin knows he did something wrong.
4 Out Of 5 Hearts From Cariad Books
Posted by Bec on 14th Jun 2015
Unable to move forward after his dead fiancé betrayed him, Colin Hoskins, prefers to be left alone. However, he’s intrigued by the woman who has interrupted his day so he can interview her to be his personal assistant. It’s just too bad he has to send her away.
After losing everything, Heiress Ariel Parks knows one thing. She needs to find a job so she can get home and away from the foreign country she’s stranded in. Confronting Colin Hoskins and asking for a job as his personal assistant doesn’t seem to work, so she’s pretty much out of options unless he changes his mind.
From the beginning, I really enjoyed this story because although Ariel was out of her element, she still acted strong when she was anything but especially after having lost everything and having no way of getting home. The plot of this book started well and had me finishing it in a short amount of time because both Colin and Ariel had a lot to lose, which of course was most importantly their love for one another. The dialogue was captivating and I liked how much Ariel pushed Colin and how they both helped each other to face the past, so that they could triumph and hopefully have a future together. The sex scenes were hot and illustrated the growing attraction between Colin and Ariel quite well because both deserved to be happy after everything they’d gone through. What I liked so much about both characters is that they pushed each other out of their comfort zones.
Overall, Ariel’s Song was a great read and what I also enjoyed about it was the secondary characters that I hope get a story of their own in the future.
Posted by Victoria on 14th Jul 2014
Colin Hoskins is a rich and famous classical violinist. He battles his past and his angry with life. He is obsesses with how his fiancé died and wants to find out who killed her. Colin continually battles those around him to be forgotten. He wants to disappear from the public eye.
Ariel Parks is in the UK when she finds out there is almost no money left in her trust fund. She needs to find a job quick as well as her brother who has disappeared. She stumbles upon a job working for Colin Hoskins as his assistant. However the more time she spends with him the more she falls in love with him.
The chemistry between Colin and Ariel is blistering. Both Colin and Ariel could feel the attraction from the moment they lay eyes on each other. I loved watching the fact that they had a hard time keeping there hands off the other. The sex scenes were hot and spicy.
The biggest issue I had with the book was it was hard to follow Colin’s mood swings. In addition, if Ariel does not have a permit to work in the UK how can she work for Colin and fund her way home? The main and secondary characters were interesting. The story was interesting. Overall, this was an enjoyable story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Posted by Unwrapping Romance on 8th Nov 2013
Ariel Parks is stranded in England. Once upon a time, money was no obstacle but now she’s mere days from sleeping on the street. Desperate for a job so that she might make her way home to New York, Ariel has answered an ad for an assistant to none other than the amazing musician, Colin Hoskins, who she has fantasized about for years. In total fan girl mode, she applies for the job only to have the real man behind her fantasies rear his arrogant head and send her running for her rented cottage.
Colin Hoskins doesn’t want or need anyone to help him, bother him, or plead for him to play the violin. He only wants to be left alone with his music, his memories of a love betrayed, and his self-imposed exile from the rest of the world. But when a young woman comes seeking a job as his assistant, he is both wary of her and intrigued by her. There’s something about Ariel. Something that sparks life into his cold dead heart, but he isn’t prepared to face it or tackle it.
With Ariel’s image of the great Colin Hoskins shattered, her life falling apart, her brother missing and her fortune gone, she’s facing the unbelievable thought of being homeless when Colin’s agent, Logan Ashby, makes her an offer. The offer of a job that will not only employ her but may also help her find her brother. She accepts it even though it means throwing herself into the path of the man, she knows she can’t resist, despite his arrogance, unfriendly demeanor, and the unfortunate suspicion that he may be a murderer.
ARIEL’S SONG by Evie Knight is a smexy, fast-paced romance that contains hints of domination and suspense, but revels in the world of music and romance. One moment, Colin is fiery, angry, annoying, and arrogant and the next he’s making magic with his violin and writing a song in Ariel’s honor. We experience Ariel’s strength in the face of constant adversity on the part of Colin not be willing to open himself up to anyone, especially Ariel and in turn, we delight in watching his self-built walls of solitude begin to crumble under the power that love can have over a betrayed heart.
This short yet riveting story keeps you on the edge with surprises and twists as well as steamy hot scenes that will have you fanning yourself. It also contains a plethora of characters. Wonderful characters that you will delight in getting to know, laugh with, and despise. Someone with an evil agenda stalks the love that begins to grow between Ariel and Colin, and with deadly determination sets out to destroy it. But, as with all of our favorite romances, love conquers all.
I expressly recommend ARIEL’S SONG by Evie Knight to anyone who loves a smart, sexy heroine who can take the most unhappy, closed off hero who at first you wish to smack upside the head, and turn him into an incurable romantic who plans picnics. *sigh*
Happy Reading Everyone!
This review was originally published at:
Posted by Gina F. on 2nd Nov 2013
Ariel's Song is a fun and deliciously sexy read. If you like hot sex, light bondage and sass, this is your book.