Review: Deacon (Starkis Family Book 1) by Cheryl Douglas
When Deacon Starkis sets his sights on the gorgeous young model gracing the pages of his glossy catalogue, he knows he has to have her. One problem. She’s not available. But that won’t stop Deacon. He’s a man used to getting what he wants and he wants Mia.
Mia is stunned when she receives an email from the elusive billionaire who owns the lingerie company she models for. He tells her he’s intrigued. He’s not the only one. But she knows she’d be a fool to throw away an eight year relationship for a brief affair with the head honcho. He doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do casual sex. It seems they’re at an impasse.
Who will come out on top in this battle of wills? The dominant one or the woman intent on teaching him the meaning of submission?
Note to readers: No cliff-hangers! Mature content, 18+
When I read the blurb, I was intrigued. Deacon falls in “love” with a model in one of his magazines. Mia has never met Deacon, yet quickly gets over the surprise of his emails. Too bad Mia is in an 8 year reltaionship with Drew. Eleni is Mia’s best friend & models for the same company. Eleni is the voice of reason as often as she plays Devil’s Advocate. I’d love to see her get a book. Every woman needs a girlfriend like Eleni. She’s supporting you, loving you, calling you on your BS. But I digress.
Deacon is everything you’d expect from a billionaire. He goes after what he wants, doesn’t take rejection well, Yet he shows a remarkable patience for Mia, playing a long term game. He’s convinced Mia is The One. There’s a few hurdles in his way, besides Drew. Mia is sweet, innocent in a way that is jsut part of who she is. She works her butt off while Drew goes back to school and is a lazy slob. Drew has few redeeming quailities, but he’s safe. He’s all Mia has ever known. It’s hard to step out, break away from the comfort zone.
Cheryl Douglas does great job of breathing life into her characters! She doesn’t take the easy path, make her characters do what’s expected. The road to true love is never smooth or easy. The heartache and anguish is as believable as the laughter and sexy kisses. Being an adult is full of twists, turns and stumbles. It’s how you pick up the cracked peices that make you into who you want to be.
I look forward to reading more from Cheryl Douglas and the Starkis Family!!