The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen
Series: The Portland Rebels #1
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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Sometimes A + B = O. Yes. Oh, yes. Just like that.
Gabriella Evans’s life exists in terms of logic and definitions. She’s holed up in Portland, Maine, for the summer to work on her PhD thesis, but something is screwing up her concentration: the rumble of a motorcycle every time the embodiment of her rough-and-tumble fantasies rides down her street.
When her best friend talks her into a blind date, she finds herself out with the opposite of her fantasy. He’s polite and well-mannered, yet something behind his crisply tailored shirt doesn’t add up—a rebellious gleam in his eye that piques her curiosity.
Orphaned at fifteen, Connor Starks has finally put the years of failing grades, breaking laws and breaking hearts behind him. The only holdover? His penchant for getting down and dirty in public places. But Gabriella makes him want to prove he’s become a better man.
Nothing intrigues Gabriella more than a problem she can’t solve. But the more Connor tries to bury his past, the more determined she is to uncover it. And what she finds makes all her trusty logic begin to fail her…
Warning: This book contains a summer romance, dirty talk, dockside kissing, motorcycles and tattoos. Features a rebellious nerdy girl with an appetite for outdoor sex and light spanking, and a bad boy who’s turned good…or at least he’s trying.
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A nerd that likes to get freaky in the sheets is how I would sum up my reasons for wanting to read this book. I felt like it was somewhat original and something I haven’t exactly read before.
“Gotta calm down,” he said. “Shit. Gabby. It’s really hard to behave myself around you.”
Gabriella Evan’s is studying for her PhD and for the summer she is in Portland, Maine to getaway and work on her thesis. However, she can’t concentrate long enough to start because she can’t get a particular stranger on a motorcycle out of her head.
“You’d better be sure you want this, baby girl, because I’m not going to stop now. I’m going to fuck you senseless. In every room in this house. so hard you’ll still be feeling my cock in you tomorrow. And you’re going to scream so loud the whole damn neighborhood is going to know how good you’re getting fucked.”
Connor Stark is a local in Portland, Maine, born and raised. Growing up mostly as an orphan, Connor led a hard life were he was constantly in and out of trouble. Nowadays he is trying to stay on the steady path to be a better person and not turn out like his parents.
Both set up on a blind date together by a mutual friend, Gabriella comes face to face with her fantasy, and Connor thinks he might have finally met a girl that is just as freaky under the sheets as he is.
“Kevin was an engeering student, a promising husband in the making who also happened to need a detailed topographic map to find her clit.”
What I love about this story is that both are trying to be someone they clearly aren’t, but the more they get to know each other the less of the façade is shown and their real versions come to light. Both scared to be themselves in fear of how the other will react. At the same time that is what frustrates me most about the story. The whole time Connor will act on instinct and then pull himself back and Gabriella knowing damn well she likes it speaks up a bit, but not enough to ensure him that that’s what she wants and needs so they do a little dance. Connor is afraid of Gabriella running if she finds out about his past and Gabriella is afraid of Connor high tailing it if he finds out that she’s a bit naughtier than most females.
“You taste better.” He roughly clasped her neck, cleaving her to him for another dizzying kiss. “Goddamn, you taste so good.”
Also, I felt as though maybe Connor’s background story that he was so afraid for Gabriella to find out about could have been a bit more mortifying or something. I felt like something was missing. Like the things he did in his past weren’t really anything for him to be so scared of anyone finding out.
Those are just a few things I didn’t really like about the story and why I only gave it four stars and not five.
“Gabby laughed loudly at that. It was possibly the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard.”
But don’t get me wrong, there are some very hot and intense scenes in this story that I had to reread a few times because they were fun and steamy. Others left me wanting more to happen. I loved that Connor tried so hard to be a gentlemen and he succeed even when he slipped up a bit it wasn’t enough to think he was anything, but a gentleman. And what I also loved was that Connor loved how smart Gabriella was and that just the simplest things about her turned him on.
The story ended to soon. I wanted so much more and hope that we get to read about Connor and Gabriella again in the future. I would really like to know if it works out in the end end.
Also the whole time I was reading this story I kept picturing the perfect person to play Gabby…Emily Bett Rickards, but as her Felicity Smoak look from the TV Show Arrow. Perfect look. And what’s funny is that the character she plays on Arrow went to MIT. 🙂
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