Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: His Premier
SERIES: Sizzling Miami #6
AUTHOR: Jessie G.
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 225 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 20th, 2016
Born into wealth and privilege, Colin Sinclair was raised on the knowledge that money could buy anything and everyone had a price. Trouble was no trouble at all, not when the money was there to sweep it under the rug. But those lessons, learned at the knee of his father, were going to be challenged in a way that would change Colin forever.
In middle class suburbia, Arnaud Dechene learned the value of hard work, focus, and dedication to a dream. He was well on his way to achieving it, the role of Premier, when he catches Colin’s eye. Rich snobs didn’t usually do it for him, but there was something about Colin that made him impossible to resist.
Despite being opposites in every way, falling into a relationship was surprisingly—and deceptively—easy, but Arnaud never lost sight of his dream and Colin had trouble accepting that he was second place to anything. When a stupid argument leads to a reckless act, the repercussions leave Arnaud fighting for his life and Colin paying with his own.
With a little meddling from an aging schemer and intentions that are more well-meaning than realistic, their paths will cross again. However, Colin and Arnaud aren’t the same men who loved with abandon. They are older and wiser, with a history that might be too big to overcome.
Fans of the series know revenge is a double-edged sword, forgiveness doesn’t always come easy, and forgetting is damn near impossible. But love…well, that may just conquer all.
Everything about this book should have worked for me. I’m a huge fan of this series and I love how Jessie G takes these broken characters and builds them up and makes them whole again. His Premier is book 6 in the series and could in fact be read as a standalone. While other characters are mentioned and play significant parts in Colin and Arnaud’s story I’m not sure you need to know the whole back story to appreciate this book, just my opinion. On the other hand, however, I did enjoy the other 5 stories more than this one so, take that as you will. His Premier just fell short. This book does a whole lot of telling and very little showing. Unlike the other stories Jessie G builds the physical relationship of these 2 off page and while that’s ok in some cases this story was an overabundance of emotional with no physical to back it up. Now don’t get me wrong, there was chemistry but something was missing for a huge part of the story. I felt like when they finally got to the on page sex, it just didn’t work. I didn’t get that…”YES, at last” feeling…something just didn’t work so wasn’t fully able to really get into this book.
Colin and Arnaud are very young when they meet but it is a love at first sight type of situation. The connection is real and palpable but these two are the perfect case of finding the right person at the wrong time.
After a couple years together their bond is stronger than ever but both men are building their lives and working towards goals. When a conversation zigged when it should have zagged both men’s worlds are torn apart, while ending the best relationship either men have ever had.
Flash-forward a couple of years and wrongs need to be made right but both Colin and Arnaud are very different men. Colin struggles with huge amounts of grief, depression, and guilt. I’ll admit I understood why he felt the way he did considering the circumstances but it was incredibly exhausting. There is so much inner dialogue inside Colin’s head and it was heavy.
Working on trying to start over and build something new both men struggle coming to terms with the fact that their love never died.
Overall, I was disappointed with this story. Like I mentioned the love story between Colin and Arnaud feel short in my opinion because it was weighed down so heavily with all the inner turmoil and not having the physical side to bolster it didn’t help.
Jessie G is a great writer. That’s been proven. This book just wasn’t my favorite in the series.