‘Sinful Abandon’ was everything I had expected from Jeannine Colette – a well written, engaging read, sweet, yet so very sexy. However, I have to say that it was more thrilling that I had expected, which of course was a good thing. Jeannine’s newest release was like her other books – filled with angst and just a little bit of drama, quite emotional, especially since it’s a novella, with witty dialogue and two entertaining main characters.
Heather is a woman who knows what she wants – a rich husband and knows what she loves – money, more than anything else in the world. Growing up with a drunk of a father and a mom who left her when she was just a child, Heather has some interesting “goals” in life. She can make her own money, but she also is looking for a rich husband she can suck every penny out of. In other words, Heather is a gold digger and she’s not ashamed to admit it. She’s successful and even admired, but not very liked by her co-workers. Despite the fact that she loves and wants money and to be with someone who’s loaded, our heroine craves love, craves to be hold and cherished, craves a good man who will show her and tell her how much he cares about her.
“Sometimes, the very best things show up unannounced.”
One night, Heather meets Ryan, a younger man who’s smart, handsome and seems interested in her, but unfortunately, he doesn’t wear a designer suit, he doesn’t have the money she wants her future husband to have. However, Ryan makes Heather feel cherished and protected, he really seems interested in getting to know her and not only sleep with her like any other man she came across so far.
“When he dips a finger and caresses me from the inside, I grab my own hair and scream out. I let him touch me. I let him caress me. I let him love me like I’ve never been loved before.”
Everything changes for Heather when she finds out that Ryan is the new intern. Ryan only wants to be with Heather. He’s willing to do anything to show her that love is worth the risk, that he’s the perfect man for her, that the age difference between them doesn’t matter when you really want to be with someone. Needless to say, Heather’s wants and needs are becoming quite blurry.
“You’re like the lake. You think you can do it all on your own without love. But, deep down, there is a current inside you that runs rapid, reaching out, flowing into others. You just have to look beyond the horizon to see it.”
Like I previously mentioned, Jeannine Colette delivered a delightful read that despite the short length was well done and filled with pretty much everything I enjoy in a story. That being said, I wouldn’t have minded heather and Ryan’s story to be a full-length novel. The story line was interesting making this short read, gripping and exciting, so I can honestly say it sucked me in from the start.
I loved how the two main characters met, their interactions in the beginning (and not only) and how the story progressed. Both Heather and Ryan were compelling characters and very well portrayed. I have to say that Heather was not very easy to like. I can’t say I loved her, but I didn’t hate her either. I liked that she was confident and driven and I also enjoyed her wittiness. Ryan was a wonderful hero. Smart and charming he won me over from the beginning. He was so sweet and caring at times and I absolutely loved her tenderness toward Heather and the fact that he wanted so much more with her that she initially thought.
I also liked how the relationship between these two characters progressed. Despite the fact that it’s a novella, I didn’t felt anything between these two was rushed, which I really liked.
Overall, a wonderful, engaging read!
“To love is not just to go through the motions. It’s to feel every emotion. If you don’t have that with the one you’re with, then you’re missing out on the greatest gift this life has to offer.”
About the Author:
Jeannine Colette is a former television producer turned writer, mother, and philanthropist. She is the author of Pure Abandon, Reckless Abandon, Wild Abandon and the upcoming novella, Wrecked.
A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. After years of dreaming, she finally put pen to paper (read: finger to laptop) fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time author and published her first novel in July 2015. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.