BLOG REVIEW: Devoured by Adriana Cruz

Puerto Rican house-cleaner heroine is dazzled
from meeting her new boss Hero, who's large penthouse suite she'll be cleaning. Hero became famous for his blockbuster action movies many years ago.  
At almost 40y.o., he's now a producer-director & just as hot. 
Especially when he keeps checking her out. 
Making her hot & bothered. So much so that she hoped to relieve the sexual arousal Hero stirred up with her loser live-in boyfriend, when she goes back home. 
However, catching her boyfriend in the act with a neighbor puts a quick stop to her plan.
It doesn't stop her though from feeling giddy about seeing Hero again. His personal questions over the breakfast he cooked for them turns up the heat. 
However, his model-actress ex-girlfriend's unexpected visit & plea for another chance made things awkward. 
His pretense that heroine was his current girlfriend, even more so. The kiss he planted on her in his ex-girlfriend's presence bumped their relationship at hyper-sped. 
Next thing you know, they're doing it on his kitchen counter-top. 
Did that jeopardize her job as his house-cleaner?

This novella is sex-based with an iffy romance. The romance seemed 1-sided on Hero's part & was far-fetched. I know that most romance novels have implausible plots but the author can write it in a way to make it seem more believable. This one just came off as cheesy & OTT(over-the-top). For example, it was OTT to have Hero say that heroine is the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen, despite being surrounded by many beautiful women in his line of work over the years.  Because 1.) heroine was portrayed as an average-looking Puerto Rican woman with piercings 2.) their 2 interactions before their kitchen sex were brief & lacking in emotional connection 3.) there was nothing else about heroine that touched Hero so to convince me that she truly was THAT beautiful to him.  It just seemed like a cheesy line in order to:

1.) put a little romance in their insta-sex
2.) make us buy how someone rich, famous, & attractive like him could be so into someone like her (see more about heroine below)
3.) make sense of how Hero would promote her from being a cleaning lady to his movie "script consultant" for the movie script he's currently planning that will be based on their relationship.
Totally not buying any of it. Hero and heroine weren't falling for each other, despite Hero's romantic words. Overall, the book lacked emotional pull so I didn't feel connected with the characters or their romance.

Their attraction to each other seemed more out of novelty than it was anything else. Heroine's looks & job was vastly different than the slim European-Caucasion models & actresses he usually dated. Hero was also in a funk so it's quite likely that somebody so different like heroine was exactly what he needed at that time. Whatever it was, their attraction to each other was superficial & very likely  fleeting. They hardly conversed about anything of real substance to build on.
Heroine's attraction to Hero was based on his looks  & movie-star status. She kept giddily saying his name & acting fan-girly about it & bragging about working for him to her mother.  Heroine was used to dating men in her blue-collar neighborhood. She had 2 school-aged kids by another man who was no longer part of their lives & who seemed as irresponsible as her currently jobless & unmotivated boyfriend. Heroine wasn't that motivated to better her life either. She seemed the type to accept her lot in life & not actively change it. She was critical of her “chubby” boyfriend's inability to get a job for 1 year yet she let him continue to live with her & her 2 kids and financially supported him anyway.  They smoked pot & did other drugs together for fun. She would've continued keeping him around if it wasn't for his cheating. She wasn't my kind of heroine. 

The progression from being boss-employee to lovers happened at their second meeting. The sex scenes were explicit . And odd (i.e., rubbing his genitals on her forehead & neck on down), making me laugh. Except for the finger-on-her-mouth thing...The finger that could possibly be the same finger that Hero used to anally stimulate her. One minute his finger is inside her rear. The next, the finger (not specified if the same or not) is stroking her face, which he then puts inside her mouth & she licked it. Ewwwwwww!!! So not sexy.

I hardly recommend this book.
1.5-star

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