Blog Tour: PRIVATE MESSAGE by Danielle Torella
—Adult themes and situations MATURE CONTENT—
Tess has never had sex. Believe it or not, she’s never had a decent kiss.
The aspiring Seattle painter and photographer is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and nearly raped at a rock show nearly three years before. So she keeps life simple: she goes to school, goes to work in a coffee shop, goes home, goes on living.
But then Ben’s naked body crashes—almost literally—through Tess’s wall against the world.
Ben is doing his dad’s art-teacher girlfriend a favor when he agrees to pose nude for her drawing class. But what he draws is the interest of the irresistible punk-looking girl—and it’s interest he reciprocates, with interest.
Their sexual chemistry is too much to resist. But it’s when they have their clothes on that their heat quickly slips on ice. Ben’s womanizing history is one thing, but it’s history of another kind—related to that fateful night at the rock show—that threatens to tear the young lovers apart forever.
Exclusive POV ~ James sees Ben and Tess together
This show is pretty fucking sweet and Tessy seems to be having a great time. She is jumping around and head-banging. Man, I love my baby sister. I stand directly behind her in my typical stance with my arms on both sides of her body, protecting her from the other fans and mosh pits. She pulls out her camera to try and snap some photos, and she was right, I didn’t want to know where she had stashed her camera this time.
I close my eyes to take in the music for a few moments. When I open them I am in for a big fucking surprise! What the hell is my little sister doing to this guy in front of her? She is actively and openly molesting him! I didn’t even know she was seeing anyone…is she? I just cringe and look away.
As the guy pulls back, I see who he is. Fuck. Ben Mitchell. I know all about this guy and his one-night stand reputation. Oh God, is he luring my sister in for one of those nights? I don’t fucking think so, she is leaving with me and that’s that. Looks like I will be having a chat with her after the show.
Abby’s Review 3.5 stars
Tess, after getting all flustered by a nude model at school needs a drink and stops at the first bar she sees. Chatz is this bar where people login with their phone in a chat room and they chat across the bar picking people up. I need to know, do places like this exist? What a unique concept this bar is. Its extremely forward but it added a fun element to this story.
Tess gets a private message from Big Ben who never private messages anyone. She doesn’t respond at first. Ben and Tess are both playful and hot with each other. I enjoyed watching this quick love happen. There were plenty of sexy as hell lines from Ben to Tess.
I did feel like the story wrapped up a little too neatly and I would have liked to see the Dave situation handled with a little more care. It felt a bit rushed. I also thought that it could have been edited a bit more. Overall this was a quick fun read with a nice amount of steam and if you just want something hot and quick this is a nice read to get that with.
Dawn’s Review 3.25 Stars
Starting out with Private Message, I loved the concept of Tess meeting Ben in a very unique way and their subsequent building of a relationship only to discover that Ben had something to do with an awful situation that Tess experienced three years before and could they overcome that?
I loved the way their worlds intertwined without them even realizing it. Ben is definitely a sexy, tatted-up British guy who is a player and not necessarily ashamed of it to begin with. I had very good visual picture of him and he was certainly crush-worthy. At one point though, I was thinking, run Tess, he is still a player and will break your heart! Fortunately, he redeemed himself!
While I had a very good impression of what Ben looked like, I didn’t have a clear picture of Tess outside of being small and what she wore. For me, that is very important to get a good visual of the characters so I can relate to them. I really liked Tess’s sassiness and some of that showed through in her mental commentary. I did get a bit of mental whiplash sometimes from her thought process though so I struggled with loving her character completely.
The use of the dual POVs was well-done and I could hear both characters’ voices through the story. The Chatz bar was a fun addition and I loved how the author used that venue in the story! Overall, this is a fairly quick read with some great structure. I definitely wanted to keep reading to know what happened to Tess three years earlier that made her so unwilling to be in a relationship or date and Ben’s role in it.