Strung Out

Kaitlin Maitland
Strung Out
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Loose ID LLC
Release Date
June 2010
Book 1 of Boston Avant-Garde
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Who said money can't buy everything?

Erik Aasen has never failed to get what he wants. If money equals power and power equals influence, then Erik is at the top of the social strata. But when fate tosses a sexy classical musician named Talia Davies into his path, Erik discovers that the one thing he wants more than anything else is priceless.

When a one-night stand with Erik becomes much more than she ever could have imagined, Talia realizes she's in way over her head. Growing up with nothing means understanding compromise. But the only thing Talia has is her self respect and that isn't for sale at any cost. Not even when Erik is the buyer and the price is millions.

It doesn't take Erik long to realize that Talia is worth everything he has. But a lifetime together might be more costly than either one of them expected. When worlds collide and the sheets catch fire, both will have to place a value on love, trust, and loyalty.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 28, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
111 people found the following review helpful
Prince Charming has nothing on business magnate Erik's pursuit of musician Talia. In STRUNG OUT, Talia gets the fairy tale of love along with wealth and social status, but quickly learns that life isn't what she really wants.

Classical musician Talia Davies is startled by the instant and huge awareness she has to Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome...aka Erik Aasen. Erik is as shocked as Talia when he hears himself ask her out after a wedding reception. After all, he's there with another woman and this beautiful little cello player is sooo not his type. Raw animal attraction leads the two of them into bed that very night, but for some reason Erik is strangely bereft to realize she's left him in the morning. Even with a potential business merger/engagement looming, he'll be dammed if he's going to let Talia end things like that!

Torn between doing what he needs to do for his company and making Talia a permanent part of his life, Erik makes a series of arrogant moves that has Talia questioning whether she has any hope of fitting into his world. Even after Erik broke things off with the other woman and dumped a potential billion dollar business move, Talia questions whether a rich playboy and a bootstraps musician can really make a life together, since the man he is with her is a completely different person in front of his family and business associates.

As disgust and disdain emanates from those in Erik's social circle as well as his family, Talia knows she's in danger of losing herself and everything she's built for this wonderful man. The two of them will have to make some very big decisions if they have any hope of making a relationship work.

STRUNG OUT is book one in the Boston Avant-Garde series and can be read as a standalone novel. In STRUNG OUT, you really get two stories in one. The first half focuses on the drama of a lowly musician and a wealthy playboy getting to know one another and trying to decide whether amazing sex and a soul-deep connection are enough to rock the very foundation of each other's worlds. The incredible chemistry between Erik and Talia is immediate, and you can't help but root for the two of them to make it despite the odds. Their sexual exploits are outrageously hot, which takes a lot for me to say in a pretty vanilla MF book!

The second half of STRUNG OUT features the fallout of Erik and Talia's decisions. Between his horrid family and business associates, I felt absolutely terrible for Talia and really wanted to wring Erik's neck! The change in Erik between the first and second half was pretty dramatic, from sweet and charming lover to arrogant and clueless tycoon once the two of them officially came out as a couple. He treated Talia like a business transaction and I appreciated that Talia wouldn't stand for it.

As the first book in this series, I was highly impressed by Ms. Maitland and am looking forward to more of her terrific writing!
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