This one has been floating on my TBR list for a year or two, and I finally jumped in. I was in the mood for an “adult” romance where the source of the drama has a more… “normal” feel. Nothing too tragic, unimaginable or heartbreaking to overcome. Just… circumstances. And the personal issues that exacerbate them.
And this one came highly recommended when I was looking for that “forbidden romance” angle.
Melissa: Liberating Lacy…whoa. Younger man in uniform meets newly divorced (slightly older) upper class lady. Kind of a “How Stella Got her Groove back” But much better. It pulls you in from the very beginning…and very hot and steamy
Kim: Liberating Lacey. You have got to read this one. I found it about the same time I found your blog. What I love is the confidence of the older women. We often hate our bodies but she knows what she wants unti he shows her more might be possible, in a hot alpha cop kinda way, and she might make him want more too. Sooo good…
Rebecca: I second Liberating Lacey!! Absolutely loved, and He is the sexiest Cop I’ve ever read in a book. And the Uniform and the Handcuffs do make an appearance in some of the sexiest sex scenes that I’ve ever read! Very well written too, there is a Lot of emotional depth to these characters, a lot of Angst, and I felt a very real and honest depiction of feelings.
Stacey: I have a rec. for a very nice, very sweet, very hot, very non wordy romance! Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun. This was just a very character driven book, no outside drama, just two people falling in love. Did I mention it is very hot!?
Yes! And yes it was!! *waggles eyebrows* Sure enough… those cuffs… and that uniform… and that stern look…whooooo!! *fans self*
“Police officers always look untouchable to me, distant and authoritative,” she said.
Yep. Agreed. *blush* And that just calls to my “brooding-alpha-male” love.
Liberating Lacey certainly delivered that storyline, with a touch of “social taboo” romance, and a whole lotta steam. I say a “touch” because, while this journey does take on the “older woman/younger man” angle, I found it fairly safe in that department. He was in his late twenties (a street cop) and she was in her mid-thirties (a recently divorced socialite/successful business woman).
Please, please, let him be at least thirty. Mid-thirties would be better. Mid-thirties would feel less awkward.
“Twenty-eight,” he said.
Oh dear God.
Well, for me at least, the age-thing wasn’t much of a stretch, here. Maybe I’ve just read a few too many where it really WAS a stretch (age-wise), but I wasn’t really bothered by the age issues represented in this story.
And while “fine lines” and personal physical self-doubt and age insecurities were hinted at, it didn’t feel cougarish. Yes, the book flirted with that “he’s too young for you” angle, here and there (friends, nosy neighbors and acquaintances), but I was surprised at where the angst actually ended up coming from. Of course, we have the delightfully angsty pining for “a player” angle. Not wanting to get serious, and just enjoying their “hookups” and new friendship, for what it was.
Several times she rearranged her schedule to be able to see him. Claire’s lips had whitened when she heard that little tidbit of information and Lacey knew her friend was biting her tongue to keep from warning her about the perils of falling for a player.
Yep. Plenty of that, here.
But also… it was about their social standing. Two adults that are incredibly attracted to each other, getting to know each other in a blissfully fun “bubble”, but out in the open? Amongst his entourage. Amongst her entourage? They are forced to face cliché (yet realistic) social standards and misconceptions. Or maybe these social “issues” are self-induced? Mostly just… their own personal qualms?
And therein lies the journey.
I enjoyed it!
But, it wasn’t as all-consuming as I was hoping for, so that I could really connect to this realistic storyline. I had a few of my own issues overall.
*skip this part if you haven’t read it and want to go in blind. No spoiler but just me analyzing my *issues*
Like how quickly they “hooked up” (and er… where they hooked up). LOL! Just… not as “teasing” or as fulfilling as I would have liked. There was no real chase. But then again, it is Ellora’s Cave (known for it’s very steamy stuff)!! A little over the top, in that regard. Mind you, she was at a bar, specifically looking for a one-night, no attachments hook up, so…
“You’re not like all the other girls in here,” he said, his voice just a little rougher.
And here they were, already at the deal breaker. “That’s because I’m older than any other woman in this bar.”
But their was no real initial pining, you know? No shy smiles to the sexy neighborhood cop that you’re crushing on. Gah! I would have LOVED some of that.
But another issue I had, was what was considered an “older woman” (and younger man, for that matter). I felt as if she was portrayed as somewhat older than what she actually as. Secure, confident, well established, highly regarded, worldy and… aging. But when I realized she just turned 36? I scoffed. And her own reaction to “hooking up” with a guy 8 years younger? Not a very big deal, and certainly not if he’s almost 30, too. It just seemed a little “safe” in that regard. Even his father seemed so much older (for some reason in my head… the aches and pains, and hints to other age-related issues). And he wasn’t even 50 yet! I dunno. Maybe it’s just me? The mid-30 and 40 year olds that I know just don’t seem “old”, to me. *shrug*
Also, I struggled with the whole “he’s just a cop” angle by her wealthy entourage. Again, maybe it’s just me, but I see cops as heroes and protectors. Strong and noble. I would have been too busy swooning to worry about his income bracket. But apparently, some from her wealthy entourage look down on that sort of thing. Ugh.
*okay you can come back now!!*
Regardless, if you’re in the mood for a more “mature-feeling” realistic romance story, I’d definitely recommend it! Well written, emotionally (introspectively) explored, moments of titillating angst, entertaining and steamy.
Yes… I’m wavering again (3.5? 4 stars? I dunno. It depends on how much I’m still thinking about it in a few days, I suppose. In a way, writing-wise and “my kind of story” wise, it seems like a 4-star book. But I was feeling a little nonchalant through the whole read, which is why I’m 3.5 starring it, for now).