Fleur Smithers rarely veers off the straight and (excruciatingly) narrow. So moving to the seaport town of Toulon to live with her newfound biological mother—an inspector with the French National Police—for one year is a pretty major detour.

Son of France’s crime royalty family and international rugby star, Louis Messette, is devoted to his sport, famille and nothing else. But the carefree American he meets one night changes everything. She sparks a desire in him like no other. Possession takes root. She will do as he commands.

Bit by bit Fleur slips into the Frenchman’s realm of wanton pleasure agreeing to his one condition: that she keep their affair secret. She serves up her heart without reservation in the hub of the glittering Côte d’Azur, and the along the soulful Seine in Paris, unaware of the danger she is in. For her new lover’s family business will pit her against her mother, the police woman sworn to bring down the Messettes. And by then, far more than Fleur’s heart will be on the line.


I received a copy of this book from Kismet Book Tours in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s blog tour promotions.

The Frenchman’s name is Louis. He is an athlete. He also belongs to a notorious family. Also, he is so hot. I liked him a lot. He was mysterious. He was a jerk sometimes, but he also had a loyalty to his family.

As for the heroine, I like her, yes, but not as much as I liked the hero. There were some redeeming qualities about her, but I just found her a little too immature most of the time. I get that she’s still young, but I just wasn’t a big fan of her.

All in all, though, this book had a lot going for it. I’ve read my share of crime family romance novels. Some of them had heroes who had no redeeming qualities at all. Some of them had heroines who were too cold or ruthless, I couldn’t appreciate their femininity at all.

This book, though, wasn’t too dark or bleak. There was hope for every character, even the darker ones. It wasn’t all that great, but it’s definitely worth reading because nothing beats a book that gives you suspense and romance all at the same time.



Lesley Young is an award-winning Canadian journalist by day, and obsessive novelist by night. Her debut novel,Sky’s End (Soulmate Publishing, 2013) hit #9 on Amazon’s sci-fi romance paid best-seller list in its first three months of release.

Not too long after that, she started dreaming up quirky heroines who lose their hearts to extremely powerful, flawed heroes, only to find out what love really is while on a dangerous adventure abroad. She called it the Crime Royalty Romance series, and landed herself a pretty big agent at Spencerhill Associates. Never one to take the obvious path, Lesley ultimately decided to self-publish. She’s never sure who or what will pop up in her imagination next. TheIrishman? The Spaniard? The Hawaiian? Anything’s possible, and she loves suggestions (or recommendations of really hot, er, talented, actors to work as a muses).

Stay in touch with her and feel free to forward on decent options at and @LesleyYoungBks (note: Charlie Hunnam’s already taken the lead role of The American—#3 Crime Royalty Romance…coming soon!).

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