Lisa Eugene delivers a great, emotional story filled with a little bit of everything – suspense, mystery, action and steam. This one isn’t my favorite book read by this author, but I liked it and enjoyed Lisa’s storytelling and engaging writing very much. If you are a fan of enemies to lovers stories, with lots of conflict and turmoil, then you should consider reading this compelling story.
Danielle Carmichael is a twenty-six years old single mother of an eight years old little girl named Emmy. She’s struggling to make ends meet on her crappy salary, caring for Emmy, who’s autistic. Dani made some stupid decisions over the years, but she doesn’t regret having Emmy. She loves the little girl and she would do anything for her well-being. Emmy comes first for Dani, she’s everything for her, so she would fight for her, for her to be treated well with anyone. Emmy attends a prestigious private school for children with special needs and one day Dani is forced to go pick her up unexpectedly after receiving a phone call form the school. Dani is fired from her job, but her day gets worse when she meets the owner of her daughter’s school, Chase Rutherford. Chase is older, imposing, a man who carries himself like he owns the world. He’s rich, a businessman and a politician who’s currently running for mayor of NYC.
Dani and Chase hate each other from the moment they meet, but the animosity between them changes into something else when they start to have secret “appointments” filled with passion and later romance. What comes next are a series of events that change Dani and Chase individually, but also their dynamic.
Told in dual POV, but mostly from Dani’s point-of-view, ‘By Appointment Only’ is an interesting read, with a quite engaging story-line and two likeable and also relatable main characters. The plot is pretty well-developed and kept my interest from start to finish.
Dani is a likeable heroine, for the most part. She’s a worrier, a feisty, stubborn, independent woman who’s not afraid to speak her mind and to fight for what she believes in. I love her strength and dedication towards her daughter and the way she stands up for herself. She’s an amazing mother to Emmy. As much as I loved her spitfire personality, at times she was a little too rough around the edges for my liking. Chase is a tall, sexy, rich man who’s a little tortured and tries as best as he can to forget his past and how lonely he is. He is simply fantastic with Dani and also with Emmy as the story progress. He’s sweet, caring and protective and, overall, a truly swoon-worthy hero.
Dani and Chase start as enemies, but their relationship becomes unconventional very fast…in some way. Their interactions are entertaining for the most part and so very steamy. The steam aspect is well done and all their sexy encounters are hot as hell. I really enjoyed the sexual tension and the electricity between them was palpable and fantastically written. However, I have to say the steam aspect felt a little too much at times. Personally, I would have preferred the author to focus more on the emotional relationship between these two characters than the sexy times between them. Personally, I wished for a little more balance.
Overall, a great read!