Exposed is the third book in the Ethan Frost series by Tracy Wolff. I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First things first: I have not read the first two books in the series. With that said, I feel the book still worked well as a standalone. I did not feel like there was anything that was so vague or unexplained that I couldn’t follow the story easily.
Exposed is about Ethan Frost and Chloe Girard, and their attempt to forge a relationship despite the terrible past that could easily drive them apart. Chloe’s been horribly hurt by a man in the past, and Ethan has the power to make him pay for what he’s done. Chloe would rather move on and ignore it, but he just can’t let it go. This need to “fix” things drives another wedge in their relationship, but they keep trying.
The book is written in the first person, mostly from Ethan’s point of view, but with a few chapters written from Chloe’s perspective. I’m not always a big fan of first person, especially from the man’s perspective in a romance. But Tracy Wolff handled it beautifully. Her style, combined with the subject matter, created a very intimate tone to the book that lends itself well to the first person narrative. It drew me in and made me feel very involved in the story. I felt the things that Ethan felt quite strongly.
Chloe’s perspective…well, to be honest, I didn’t feel quite as close to her as I did to Ethan, even though it was also first person. I’m not sure why I felt less connected to her, but it was definitely there. It didn’t detract too much from the story, but I did feel a bit more distant from the story during her chapters.
I did have a couple of things that bothered me a bit. One was the belly chain that Ethan gave Chloe. This belly chain is mentioned numerous times, and it began to grate on my nerves a bit. There’s that old saying about if you mention a gun in chapter one, it has to go off later in the book – I felt like that about this belly chain. It kept getting mentioned so I felt like it needed to play some kind of actual role in the book.
The other thing that bothered me is that early in the book, when Ethan and Chloe make love, he mentions how she needs to feel like she has control and he gives her that. But then later in the book, when they start to make love and she tells him she’s in control this time, he says that isn’t how it is between them – that she’s always given control over to him. That felt like a rather big contradiction to me, and it really took me out of the story.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. There was enough mystery and suspense to keep my attention, some pretty steamy sex, and I felt it was a real love story. I would be interested in going back and reading the first two books in the series.
If you want a good romance with some steamy sex and characters with a relationship that has some real depth, this book fits the bill.
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