Title: Perfectly Inappropriate
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Publication Date: 27 Nov 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
A woman scorned and a politician with a wild side connect online—and explore their hottest fantasies in the flesh.
Olivia Watts knows that her problems are painfully average. She got engaged, and her fiancé cheated. She gave up on her dream job—street photographer—and settled on a more practical one: graphic designer. She scrimped and saved to buy a home, only to realize how empty it was. So when Olivia hears about an exclusive dating app that matches subs with highly trained doms, she does something she never thought she’d do in a million years: She signs up. The last thing she expects to find is a man whose sizzling touch reawakens the woman she used to be. . . .
Noah Grant has no time for relationships. His sole purpose is to win reelection. That’s why he pays a premium to the discreet app that satisfies all his dark desires. But after sweet, innocent Olivia is vetted and arrives for their week together in his penthouse, it’s blatantly clear that she’s running from her demons. Noah’s more than willing to be her escape—until their emotions get tangled up in their games. Now, to become worthy of Olivia’s heart, Noah will have to prove that he’s more than a fantasy.
I don’t think the synopsis really captures the essence of Perfectly Inappropriate. It is most definitely scorching hot but there is so much more to the plot and the characters than merely playing out their fantasies.
I am a huge believer in fate and that everything happens for a reason as well as the belief that the negative occurrence in life has the most profound effect on our identity. It is with this in mind we can view Olivia navigating her way through a painful time in her life which forces her to do a lot of self-reflection on the life path she has been on. One that has not yielded the happiness she envisioned. The first step on the path to change is stepping outside her comfort zone and living out her secret fantasies courtesy of a specialised dating app for those wishing to undertake a BDSM relationship.
Noah is a high profile public figure. and as such finds it necessary to keep his relationships under lock and key (literally 😂). His previous relationship and one-sided viewpoint of his parents’ marriage has left him with quite significant barriers to long-term commitment. Although from the very first encounter with Olivia, Noah has his entire world and the rules he lives by turned upside down.
The relationship happens at lightning speed but did not feel forced; both Noah and Olivia remain level-headed even with all the pheromones in the air 😉 They provide each other with the emotional pieces the other didn’t realise they were missing. Allowing heart-warming personal growth as well as a deep connection between Noah and Olivia.
Although it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, there also isn’t a large amount of turmoil. the narrative concentrates on character development both as individuals and as a couple. Ultimately, taking a chance could make all your dreams come true 😍