Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jenn's Review of Intractable Souls by Tricia Daniels

It’s been years since brilliant IT consultant Olivia James, fell for a man who had a deeply hidden compulsion to violence and control. Left healing physically and emotionally, she became a shadow of the confident woman she used to be. That is, until she meets Ethan O’Connell, a man who makes her burn with a powerful desire. Haunted by fear and insecurity, she desperately tries to resist him, doing all the right things to protect her heart, but she is betrayed by her desires and her attraction to confident men. With stubborn perseverance, he ignores her attempts to push him away, leaving her wanting, desiring his love, needing it to feel alive and whole.
Ethan O’Connell is extremely successful in his businesses, with a seriously sexy Irish accent and a lethal kind of flare and charm. More than any one man should ever possess. Ethan knew, from the very first moment that he saw her that she is meant to be his. Used to getting the things he wants, he is determined to have her and struggles to control his Irish temper, the reason for his own troubled past. Olivia James is the woman that makes him want more, the kind of girl who would make any man think about forever. Afraid that he can’t live without her and unwilling to lose her, he hides his secrets and ignores his dark desires and fantasies of control.
Eccentric Psychic, Eva Storm is drawn to the energy around them. She knows that they are soul mates bound by past lives and helps the universe steer them together. Ethan is hesitant to believe at first, but there are things he can’t ignore. Things he couldn’t possibly know, but does. Neither of them can deny the dreams and memories that they both share, but Olivia is too afraid to believe and not willing to trust her heart.
Convinced that she is “THE ONLY ONE” for him, Ethan refuses to walk away, vowing that he will never give up on her, even if it means he has to fight hard enough for both of them. Can he control his temper and his needs in order to keep her in his life? Can she heal her past wounds and let him in? Like no other woman in his life, Olivia challenges him with her strong will and sharp sense of humor, making him wonder if she could ever become a willing captive of his dominance. Ethan hopes with all his heart that she will become equally addicted to his love, and a sneaky suspicion that falling in love with Olivia James is about to bring on a shift in the balance of power in his world.

Jenn's Review

Olivia James knows she needs to get back in the dating game but, her ex did a number on her. It was so bad she almost bled to death on her bed. It’s been three years and she’s still struggling to get past it. There is nothing in her wanting to trust a man again. But she has needs, like most of us and can only think of one man that can help with that. Her friend Noah. He agrees and they make a date. Sadly he cancels on her saying he’s stuck at work. What’s even worse…she sees him at his house…with another woman. Well, there goes that idea. Definitely not the man for her.
Ethan O’Connell wants Olivia in a bad bad way. Having the pleasure of running into her on a few occasions isn’t helping to get her out of his head. He knows she is something special. His mind is made up and he is determined to pursue her until she gives in. Becoming friends first she decides that he is the perfect person to be able to take care of her needs. Strictly friends with benefits. He agrees but is still determined that he can change her mind. He wants more than this no-strings garbage.
Ethan has the patience of a saint, in my opinion. Olivia is scared to death of losing herself in another man. One minute she’s feeling comfortable, then the next minute she puts her walls back up and pushes him away. I can completely understand her reluctance. She’s also learned that Ethan has quite a temper. The only thing that can calm him down is Olivia. But he doesn’t make the effort until he learns about what happened to Olivia. He will do anything for her and I believe he has proven that several times. But they aren’t really communicating, not how they should and about how they each really feel.
Ethan does everything he can think of to gain her trust. But what can you expect when you still keep things from each other. You can’t love someone when you are still holding on to things from the past. Olivia is so unsure of herself that she will believe words from a jealous co-worker of Ethan’s. But again she keeps it to herself and replaces the walls that he started to break down.
Then this “brilliant” plan was concocted that would get Olivia to admit her feelings for Ethan. My stomach was in huge knots throughout this part. I really wanted to back hand them both at this point! Their story does not end here. And after I picked my jaw up off the floor, I decided I needed the next book ASAP. They are soul mates; they just need to figure it out themselves…
This book was longer than my normal read and there were a couple times I felt it would drag. That is just my opinion and didn't deter me from wanting to read it. 

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