Jen Frederick’s Hitman and Woodland are sweetly complicated romances that deal with serious subjects matters, using dialogue and dynamic characterization to build rich character based stories that engage the reader to the end. Though dramatic at times with alpha heroes whose need to protect their heroines often causes them to cross some boundaries, Frederick’s keeps her checks in balance, never allowing the hero to go so far as to alienate the heroine nor the reader. A faint new adult tone permeates the stories, giving us that “first love” attraction feeling without the over the top emotional reactions that are common in this genre.
Taking Control is the second book in Jen Frederick’s Kerr Chronicles, an erotic romance series that began with Losing Control, which introduced us to our protagonists and was told from the heroine’s point of view and wraps up the main storyline in book two from the viewpoint of the hero. Though a common enough trope—rich emotionally stunted billionaire finds true love in an economically stymied virgin with a dubious past—Frederick’s twists and tweaks her characters in order to elevate some of the preconceived notions that often accompany said trope.