Breathless for Him (Davison and Allegra)
Forever Yours / July 1, 2014 / $3.99 digital
As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini's only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn't what she expected. He's unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she's never felt before.
She craves Davison's touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her to stay away, that it's best for both of them, she can't. As his passion consumes her, Allegra can no longer deny Davison's hold on her. He'll never let her go. But as much as she wants him, Allegra can't surrender to his love-not until she faces a painful secret from her past that could destroy them both . . .
With a name like Allegra Orsini, it would seem that one is destined to do something exceptional, like become an opera singer. But until that moment becomes reality, Allegra is an opera grad student with a gig as the coat check girl at the exclusive restaurant Le Bistro, which has a bird’s eye view of the Metropolitan Opera. One day at the restaurant she encounters Page Six bait, super rich hottie, and thrice named Davison Cabot Berkeley. Sparks fly, and the chemistry between them is ridiculous. Their short initial exchange piques Davison’s interest, so when he becomes single, he thinks of Allegra.
Sounds great, right? Here’s the problem: Allegra wants nothing to do with the paparazzi and press coverage that comes with dating Davison because of her secret past. As author Sofia Tate reveals the layers of underpinning Breathless for Him, we are taken from the standard sexy-times billionaire story to a meatier romantic suspense.
Davison Cabot Berkeley is everything we love in a young alpha billionaire; he has the drive to personally oversee his businesses, he has the brass to stand up to his father when he needs to, and he oozes sensuality the average man could only wish for. He also has incredible integrity, as demonstrated when he decided to officially break off things with long-time companion Ashton Canterbury before formally asking Allegra out. However, he is a guy and a sometimes guys get themselves in situations they have to explain themselves out of. (It’s also worth noting that despite his forthright nature, his first time meeting Allegra was an exercise in eye-sex and took hand-holding to a whole other level.)
Considering the undercurrent of the weight of Allegra’s unknown past and the way it was slowly exposed over the course of the book, Sofia Tate did an excellent job of gauging the right amount of drama between Davison and Allegra. If you thought Ashton was going to take getting dumped lightly, think again! She pops up like a Whack-a-Mole with a snooty attitude. Someone is keeping tabs on Allegra, but she doesn’t know who or why, but it definitely has something to do with her past. Both characters have the benefit of great support systems; Davison has his mom and, funnily enough, his chauffeur. Allegra has her dad and her bestie Luciana. It was so lovely to see that Allegra made a lot of smart choices during the course of the story. When something unexpected turns up on her doorstep, she doesn’t pretend it’s nothing and she doesn’t hide under a rock, she takes it to the police station. THAT is the kind of heroine I like to read about.
There were plenty of sexy times in this book, and I have to say I like the way Davison plays! When a strong, sexy man courts you, corners you, and promises you unending pleasure, it’s always a win. Tate’s characterization of Allegra’s amorous experience was realistic and hot. Allegra is a first generation Italian-American raised by a single dad. She is passionate yet wholesome, but not so innocent as to be unbelievable. She goes toe-to-toe with Davison and you understand completely why they fall hard for each othe,r despite the fact that Allegra is holding back. They are so in tune with each other that they can’t keep their eyes or hands off of each other. Sometimes their interactions can even get a little saccharine sweet, but the plus side to that is we get to read about an alpha male who isn’t afraid of his feelings or expressing them to his heroine.
Between the sexy times and secrets revealed, Breathless for Him lives up to its name.
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Nicole Leapheart's alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at missboxyfrown.blogspot.com. She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.