RAW is a novella that features Anna Claire a restaurant owner in NYC. Anna works all the time and has very little left for personal relationships. She finds herself attracted to her sous-chef Grayson James. Things become hot and heavy between Anna and Gray pretty quickly. Together they generate some pretty good heat.
I really liked Gray, I could totally understand why he needed go undercover at Anna’s restaurant. As he gets closer to her he realizes that she has nothing to do with his case and soon starts to fall for her. I felt Gray is a good guy who is trying to do the right thing by going after the criminals. Unfortunately his love life gets caught in the cross-hairs. Gray still wants to be with Anna even though she found out that he lied to her. He vows to go after her and get her back.
Anna Claire’s character didn’t really do much for me. I think my biggest issue with her is that she jumps from one guy to the next. She has been seeing Gray until she finds out that he lied to her. She is devastated by this and has to leave town to think about what she is going to do. While she is away in Aruba she runs into Joaquin Delacruz. From the brief meeting we have of them she appears to hook up with him pretty quickly. What bothers me is that if she was starting to fall in love with Gray how can she just get together with Joaquin. I think the story would have made more sense if both Gray and Joaquin were pursuing her at the same time.
The author has decided that the readers will have the chance to pick which guy Anna chooses to be with. I think this is an interesting concept, I don’t know how it will work. I foresee some people being very happy while other people being very upset, depending on who they voted for. With that being said…I thought the book was just…ok. I have read many other books of the author and this one didn’t get my attention as much as the other stories. But I firmly believe that if the book sounds interesting to you than you should pick it up because your opinion could be different than mine.
From the Publisher:
TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS is a gripping and sexy romance trilogy with a unique twist: Our heroine needs your help to decide who wins her heart… RAW introduces this sizzling new series, in which two enticing men will vie for Anna’s heart–culminating in a choice that will be determined by reader vote! Anna Claire is a prominent restaurateur, the toast of New York. She’s not one to let down her guard, but her new prep chef is gorgeous enough to cause her to break her own rules, and soon she’s tearing up the sheets with Grayson James. More than that, she’s falling in love. Until she discovers that Grayson is no chef. He’s an FBI agent investigating a drug ring he suspects is using her restaurant. Anna is shattered to learn she was just part of his cover. The case means everything to Gray, right until the moment he loses what matters the most–not his intended target, but Anna. Gray is devastated when the woman he loves learns of his betrayal. Especially with his greatest enemy all too eager to take advantage of her…