REVIEW: His Allure, Her Passion by Juliana Haygert

March 27, 2013 Uncategorized 0

His Allure, Her Passion
 by Juliana Haygert
PUBLISHED: March 20, 2013
New Adult Contemporary Romance

In his father’s eyes, Dylan Deveraux is just a playboy spending the family fortune on prostitutes, alcohol, and fast cars. Because of that, his father forbids Dylan’s presence at the ball that will mark US launch of the family automobile company, strategically scheduled on Valentine’s Day.
Hayley Allen is a failing model with an anxiety disorder, and she has the worst luck in the world. She always ends up in the hands of cruel designers and photographers—at least, that’s what she tells herself. It’s better than admitting her own failure. Desperate, she would do anything to help her career—even go along with the pretense Dylan suggests….
Longtime friends, Hayley is the only one able to put up with Dylan’s foolishness, and he appreciates that, but not in the way her heart wants. When he approaches her with his idea to crash the Valentine’s Ball as his girlfriend, she jumps at the chance to be in the spotlight and help Dylan impress his father. But will the charade leave her heart unscathed, or is this just more of Dylan’s bullshit?

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His Allure, Her Passion was a sweet, fun novella that kept my interest and I read all in one sitting.  I liked both characters and I felt for Hayley and her anxiety disorder.  How ironic that a model, someone who is touted as the most beautiful and perfect example of the female human body, can be so insecure and wrought with fear over public appearances?  Add in the unhappy playboy, born to a rich family and had everything except the things money can’t buy, and you’ve got yourself an interesting plot.

Since it’s a novella it’s just not possible to delve deep into backgrounds and motivations, but I think Juliana Haygert did a good job in characterizing their personalities.  I did think Hayley was over-reacting a bit, but if you take into account the fact that her life at the moment is being deeply influenced by irrational fears, well, then it all makes sense.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the roommate.  She was a bitch and she didn’t really serve much purpose – the story would definitely survive without her.

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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