Book Review: Stern Desire by Leah Shay

Romance novels are not always on the top of my reading list--they are just typically too predictable to keep my interest.  I will become drawn into one with the promise of mystery or secrets--so, Stern Desire by Leah Shay caught my interest.  What did I think of Stern Desire?  

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

Quick Summary of Stern Desire: Her love can heal him; his love can set her free.  The moment Kyra walked into billionaire Jared Stern’s hospital room and introduced herself as his nurse he knew that this paragon of loveliness was what he needed to mend his damaged soul. Jared knew he had to have her. They shared an instant mutual attraction. Drawn together by some irresistible force they stirred emotions in each other that neither had felt in years.  But, Jared’s dark inescapable secrets plagued him, and they were a constant reminder why he was not right for her.

Kyra’s trust in men had been severely destroyed and for years she felt nothing but mistrust and anger towards them. Jared’s mysterious nature reminded Kyra why she had built a fortress around her heart protecting herself from men like him.  Reluctantly, Kyra gave way to Jared’s relentless pursuits. Will she jeopardized her career knowing that anything other than a nurse-patient relationship could be risky and lead to her losing her job or even her license?  Will Jared’s secrets smother their hot steamy love affair, or will he do the unthinkable to trap Kyra into the relationship?  One thing about secrets--they rarely stay in the dark.

Stern Desire is a long book--but, a quick read.  Shay writes simple dialogue filled pages that make the book flow well and make it a rather quick read.  I think it was a little longer than it needed to be at times--but, the scenes moved on just before I lost interest.

Predictable--but, a little different.  Relationships are tough and relationships ridden with secrets and darkness are even tougher.  While characters' pasts always color romance novels, Shay does a nice job keeping the storyline a little different for her troubled characters. 

Would I recommend Stern Desire?  It's a romance novel--with sex scenes dotted throughout--and terms and phrases dropped in that cheapen the love story--but, overall, it's a well done romance that is certainly worth reading.  If you aren't a romance fan, there really isn't a sub-genre to attach yourself to.  In the end, it's a decent romance novel by a talented writer. 

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About the author:

Leah Shay grew up on a small beautiful carefree island in the Caribbean. With the warm blue Caribbean Sea as her backyard she loved to walk the white sandy beach and got loss in the stories unfolding in her head. She had always been an avid reader and spent all her free time nose-deep in a book, or telling stories to enthused listeners.

She loves reading, dancing, traveling, and music. As a child she would read anything she could get her hands on. Her local library was her favorite place, and looked forward to every weekend her mom would take her there. Her dream was to become a teacher, but fate led her down another fulfilling career path. She is currently a part-time registered nurse with a whole lot of stories to tell.
o relieve her cluttered mind of the many stories floating around in her head she finally decided to put them down on paper, hence the first book in the Stern Desire series was born.

Currently she lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two children. She just can’t be away from year round summer and beautiful beaches.

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