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.
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.