Book Review, Giveaway: Intensity by C.C. Koen 1

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by C.C. Koen
Publication Date: October 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


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What would you do to improve your life?

Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or will she be left all alone again?

Lincoln (aka: Linc) Jefferson has an unusual life. He established The Lounge, an exclusive escort club for very personal reasons. A place where the women say who, when, and what type of sex they’re willing to have. The escorts possess all the power and the money. It’s a business Linc guards at all costs. Trying to maintain the secrecy is a constant challenge and one that’s tested when he enters into a relationship with Serena. She tempts him unlike any woman, even though he’s surrounded by beauty on a daily basis. The more time they spend together the harder it is for him to keep his secrets. Will Serena stand by his side or will she abandon him?

Sparks and passion fly, taking these two on a journey neither could have expected.

Contains mature content and language. Not recommended for readers under the age of eighteen due to sexual situations and subject matter.

BOOK 2= SERENITY, release fall 2015.


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My Rating:

 4 hearts

Favorite Quotes:

“Often, the unplanned, spontaneous deeds were the type that brought immeasurable joy and in some instances, instilled hope.

“Five weeks from now, April first, I’d be twenty-two.  If the date didn’t speak volumes about my life, I didn’t know what did.”

“Double Damn.  This man needed his own freaking calendar.”


My Review:

This book is not what I expected after reading the synopsis – it was considerably better.  This is the only book I found listed for C.C. Koen, so my expectations were nonexistent.  I have learned that reading indie authors can be a crap shoot – some are actual crap, some are diamonds the rough, Intensity is a polished sapphire.  Ms. Koen held my interest and kept me guessing.  The story is actually rather tame, considering it is about a grieving and financially strapped young woman who is also a virginal wallflower and bookworm, who takes employment as a bartender at a sex club to pull herself out of debt.  The story was interesting and unique, the writing flowed smoothly, and the characters were varied and likable, well most of them anyway.  It ended rather abruptly, although thankfully, without a dreaded cliffhanger – hate those!  But there is apparently more to come in the series, which seems to be the trend these days.

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About the Author

C.C. Koen

C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

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One comment on “Book Review, Giveaway: Intensity by C.C. Koen

  1. Reply authorcckoen Feb 2,2015 8:45 am

    Thank you for reading and reviewing Intensity. I’m so glad you enjoyed Linc and Serena. They are near and dear to my heart. Serenity, the sequel, will bring their story to conclusion. Lots more to come. Release: fall 2015

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