Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre is my first book review in the One Wicked Romance a Week reading challenge that kicked off earlier this week. I have to admit that this is also my first time reading Torre’s work, though I’ve watched Hollywood Dirt, so can I count that in too?
In Hidden Seams, Marco Lent has spent a decade posing as the gayest of gays, except he’s super-ultra straight. He’s one of the most ambitious characters I’ve ever read. Marco keeps his eye on the target and nothing stops him from getting what he wants. He’ll do anything to get rid off anyone or anything that threatens the end result he’s worked so hard for.
Avery is the simplest of the two, sort of anyway. The life she leads is frowned upon and can possibly even get her murdered if she ruffles somebody’s feathers the wrong way. She’s got a big heart and helps foreign girls with jobs while providing them with a place to stay. But her good deeds aren’t enough. She’s always wanted to know who her father is and when she looks at the picture her mom gave her she realizes her father might be the famous designer who’s just died.
The chemistry between Marco and Avery from the moment they cross paths is palpable. Marco’s struggle between keeping his best friend’s legacy alive and intact vs. the strong pull he feels toward Avery and the fall out if he gives in feels real.
Marco is more than just complex. He may be an ambitious son of a gun, filthy rich, selfishly sexy, but he’s also compassionate and someone who knows his flaws and isn’t afraid to recognize and accept them.
I thought the author did an amazing job in bringing these two opposing characters together as they complemented each other’s personalities and made the story work in a way I didn’t imagine. I’m not sure what I expected when I picked up this book, but I’m glad I did.