You Own Me

Mary Catherine

NEW ADULT/PSYCHOLOGICAL:  Event Planner Lennox Moore has to move to get away from her psycho ex-boyfriend. Once in Santa Barbara she starts a new life, only to find herself drawn to her new landlord, Vic Wall. However, there is more to Vic than meets the eye. His life is not the perfect one that Lennox thinks. When her ex-boyfriend Dean discovers her whereabouts and stalks her, Lennox has no one to turn to but Vic. The cost of that protection might be more than Lennox is willing to give - but it may be just what she needs.

This contemporary romance is an innovative look at a dark and possessive love relationship between two people that borders on the obsessive. The sexual pull between the protagonists is extreme; however other than the chemistry there is nothing but heated exchanges, almost masochistic love scenes, and misunderstandings which miraculously develop into love. The story is a bit disjointed, making it hard to engage with the characters that are not fleshed out as much as they could be. In addition, there are some editing issues and choppy scene transitions, causing the reader to lose focus. Despite these issues, the story line is interesting, the sexual tension palpable, and "You Own Me" has the potential to be so much more. 

Janna Shay