Hidden Seams – Alessandra Torre

hidden seams

two star

Genre: Romance 
Publisher: Select Publishing

A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…

I’ve worked a decade for this. I’ve sold my soul and my reputation. I’ve lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.

And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—

It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.

Or not.

Hidden Seams is a quick read that will leave you bored and unsatisfied.

I’ve never been a fan of enemies to lovers stories because they haven’t been able to convince me of the transition from such extreme statuses. Unfortunately, Hidden Seams is no exception.

What attracted me to Hidden Seams in the first place was the setting. The story is set in the fashion industry, as the main character, Marco, is about to inherit the keys to the kingdom that he’s been promised. Meanwhile, Avery is on the hunt for her biological father and this hunt leads her to an unlikely source. I’ve never read anything set in the fashion industry, so I was excited to experience it through Torre’s perception. Torre did such a stellar job researching and communicating the cam girl life in her novel Do Not Disturb that I thought I was about to experience that same understanding but set in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, the setting is simply a backdrop to what little story is here.

The chemistry between the characters is explosive in the beginning, but quickly fizzles out and is not all that believable. The entire story of Hidden Seams takes place over a few days and by the end of the novel the characters are head over heals for each other. It’s instalove at its worse.

Marco as a character is a cardboard cutout of any standard alpha male character packaged in a setting you wouldn’t usually find him in. Despite his choice to pretend to be gay, the reader never really gets to know what motivates him other than sex. He’s interchangeable with every other attempt at an alpha male character.

Avery, on the other hand, is an interesting protagonist as she wrestles with her current situation and her need to discover the truth about her parentage. I enjoyed reading her perspective and her witty comments, however at times she fell flat.

Overall, Hidden Seams was a disappointment and has finally convinced me that Torre’s book may not be for me.

 

Have you read Hidden Seams? What did you think?
Are Alessandra Torre’s novels good? Am I missing something?

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