Hidden Seams

Hidden Seams

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 fo...

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Title:Hidden Seams
Author:Alessandra Torre
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Hidden Seams Reviews

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    If you know me, you know by now that I rarely give out 5 stars. You could also call me extremely picky as well as hard to please in regards to books earning a 5 star rating from me. This week has been an unreal experience. After having my first 5 star book of the year (Ryan's Bed), I also read two amazing and captivating novels that came just shy of 5 stars. And now this...

    Alessandra Torre is an author that has surpassed my expectations again and again. She is one of only a few authors that writ

    If you know me, you know by now that I rarely give out 5 stars. You could also call me extremely picky as well as hard to please in regards to books earning a 5 star rating from me. This week has been an unreal experience. After having my first 5 star book of the year (Ryan's Bed), I also read two amazing and captivating novels that came just shy of 5 stars. And now this...

    Alessandra Torre is an author that has surpassed my expectations again and again. She is one of only a few authors that write the most unique standalone novels I had the pleasure of reading. She excels in writing remarkable and utterly distinctive stories with original plots and characters that leave me speechless.

    I absolutely adored Hidden Seams!! It was an extraordinarily unique and beautiful novel.

    Honest to god, this love story made me swoon. The characters made me laugh. And the story was just heartwarmingly  BEAUTIFUL!

    Beautiful in its execution, from the main characters stories to the way they interacted. The sexual tension as well as the palpable heart-felt emotions between the main couple jumped off the pages. Every single emotion from loneliness to hope, loyalty to love, was authentic, genuine and tangible.

    The novel was especially beautiful in it's uniqueness. Check out the blurb and tell me that you are not intrigued by it. I was BLOWN away and immediately fascinated.  This novel became irresistible to me. The idea, and later on the characters immediately impressed me. This book excited me, made me laugh, and smile. The last 25% of the book I was grinning like a lunatic. A full stop, face cracking, muscle aching grinning.

    I was so HAPPY reading this book.

    The author gave me the kind of romance I love. An ardent, passionate, all consuming love that was felt by both parties. A romance that understood compromise, and the desire to want the best for each other. A love that conquered the most difficult outlook. Not to mention it was low on angst and drama. No wonder I was in heaven reading this book. It had all my favorite ingredients.

    A unique story. A lonely, insanely rich and spoiled but lovable hero. Which I was completely and unabashedly delighted by. The way he lived was a never-ending source of entertainment for me. A heroine that had one of the MOST interesting jobs and backstories EVER!!! She was strong, smart, and had a spine of steal. A straightforward attitude with a heart of gold. I would have loved to have her as my friend.

    Together they had this magnetic attraction. An almost physical pull that made them abandon all rational thought and reason - which pleased me to no end.

    There were more than one heartachingly beautiful moment in this story. Scenes that mad my heart go all gooey, and emotional. Touching beyond the obvious. And I can't forget the most amazing epilogue. Heartwarming, touching, and just utterly satisfying.

    So, this novel deserves all my love and subsequently all the stars that are at my disposal.

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  • Wendy'sThoughts

    We know from the blurb, Marco Lent has been part of the fashion industry. He was a new young designer who was driven with ambition. He had talent but all that anyone saw was his appearance. Handsome and chiseled, he was tired of being told he should model not design.

    We know from the blurb, Marco Lent has been part of the fashion industry. He was a new young designer who was driven with ambition. He had talent but all that anyone saw was his appearance. Handsome and chiseled, he was tired of being told he should model not design.

    Marco was trying to make a name for himself in New York. This was a man who had women and enjoyed his time with them. He would do the club scene... it was the way to mix and mingle, hoping to make work contacts. He just needed that break... the one where he could be part of the industry... learning from the masters. Marco must have had an angel... or maybe a devil on his shoulder because an opportunity presented itself to him....

    We are there and learn of the decision Marco makes.... and years later he is at the point where this decision he made so long ago has segued into something much more than he ever realized it would.

    There is another in this book, Avery McKenna. A woman who comes from a confused background. She was once a beautiful prop for a young couple...and she didn't like being that child...When she had her chance, she fled her boarding school. She was out on her own and it became real.

    Real meant falling for a man who wasn't legit...and quick with his hands. When Avery moved on, she had crossed that life line....the line between regular and not. Her intelligence and savvy had her running her own business of sorts...It paid well and she justified it by doing good where she could.

    The one thing that stayed with Avery was this never ending need to figure out who her Dad was...She had this one piece of evidence and she needed to figure out how to locate him. It was something that pulled at her.

    These two cross paths because Avery has a lead about her possible father... and Marco may be the link she needs.

    This is the story of these two and how all of this impacts them both....

    With this being an Alessandra Torre tale... NOTHING is as it appears... we always know that...or should. She will take us down many roads only to turn us back around to start all over...

    This is a story which has two people who are not perfect by any means. They both play fast and loose with truth and motivations. They both seem suited for each other, though...and it is the fight to figure out how to handle their lives once they both commit to this thing between them that is part the tale.

    The other part of this tale is ambition, image and ego. It brings to the forefront the fragility of the Ego and what one would do to protect ones image. What lines one is willing to cross and if in the end they are worth it.

    Nothing Alessandra Torre writes is just the usual...This is another journey crafted to keep you guessing till the end.

  • Olga therebelreader

    As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I would be hooked.

    I absolutely loved watching Marco and Avery fall in love. I love the transformation that he went through. Two completely different souls from different worlds brought together under most unusual circumstances and with that came banter and so much sexual tension but best of all, love! I thought both their voices were authentic. I really liked the fact that I could get Marco's perspective on the developing romance as well as Avery

    As soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I would be hooked.

    I absolutely loved watching Marco and Avery fall in love. I love the transformation that he went through. Two completely different souls from different worlds brought together under most unusual circumstances and with that came banter and so much sexual tension but best of all, love! I thought both their voices were authentic. I really liked the fact that I could get Marco's perspective on the developing romance as well as Avery's.

    There were only a few things I had a problem with but nothing major. It’s just that sometimes the author became a bit wordy. And, even though I adored Avery, her character was less interesting than Marco’s. I liked her backstory but the male character was more sympathetic and convincing.

    The ‘forbidden love’ aspect made this story so wonderful. The external obstacles were so many and Marco’s struggle with his feelings added and increased drama and conflict. The author truly does explore the mind and feelings of the male character making it seem so real! I totally enjoyed this story and would recommend it without hesitation.

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  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    (stand-alone) brings together two flawed individuals and all the secrets and lies hidden in the patchwork of their lives.

    Money launderer

    skirts on the edge of society laundering money while helping

    (stand-alone) brings together two flawed individuals and all the secrets and lies hidden in the patchwork of their lives.

    Money launderer

    skirts on the edge of society laundering money while helping immigrant women. Fashion designer

    sold his soul ten years ago going from prodigy to fashion empire heir by playing the other half in a fake gay relationship. He is set on protecting the legacy of his mentor.

    With an 800-million-dollar

    feelings of suspicion and hostility has destroyed any possibility of an amicable resolution. That or maybe the fact that they

    to oblivion before realizing who they were to each other. Getting to the truth will prove complicated. While their legal teams square off, Marco and Avery struggle to keep their hands off each other.

    Told from dual POVs, set against the backdrop of their intense sexual attraction and mind-blowing sex, this is a

    of self-reflection and growth. Though I tend to favor the

    which Marco personified I

    at times, with his choices and greed and the implications his charade may have on the gay community.

    Marco and Avery, two

    who had settled for a life in solitaire get a

    by battling demons and paying some dues in a quest for

    ***

    Hero: ★★★

    Heroine: ★★★★

    Plot: ★★★

    Storytelling: ★★★★1/2

    Sexual tension: ★★★★★

    Sex scenes: ★★★★★

    Story ending: ★★★★

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    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Angst:

    Darkness:

    Humor:

    Kink:

    Romance:

    Sex frequency:

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  •   KAT ⚛ Kitty Kat's Crazy About Books ⚛

    is a standalone romance novel by Alessandra Torre. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Marco and Avery.

    I’ve only read one other by this author but have always had it in the back of my mind to read more of her books so when I saw this come up for review I jumped on it and I am so freaking glad I did.

    Marco Lent is such a complex confusing man, is he straight? Is he gay? What’s his real story? Marco has many layers to him and like the concept of peeling back an onion

    is a standalone romance novel by Alessandra Torre. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ In this we meet Marco and Avery.

    I’ve only read one other by this author but have always had it in the back of my mind to read more of her books so when I saw this come up for review I jumped on it and I am so freaking glad I did.

    Marco Lent is such a complex confusing man, is he straight? Is he gay? What’s his real story? Marco has many layers to him and like the concept of peeling back an onion you have to delve further into the book until all his layers are revealed. For all intent and purposes he’s lived the life of a gay man beside a fashion extraordinaire Vince Horace, one of the richest designers in the world. A life shrouded in deceit and lies. Now with Vince recently deceased Marco is set to take over his empire, inheriting millions overnight.

    Thirty one year old Avery McKenna, the runaway orphaned girl who has been slowly uncovering her past, she’d found her mother six years previously and had even met her, the only thing she had of her birth father was a photo to go by.

    What if that man were Vince Horace? How can she prove that yes at one time in his life he must’ve slept with a woman? Is she living proof?

    We’ve got front row seats when an unconventional meeting between Marco and Avery takes place when their two worlds collide over a Rolls Royce utter chaos occurs.

    I giggled

    I swooned

    I fell in love with these two characters

    I loved the mystery shrouding Marco, the heated sexual scenes between these two characters were off the scales hot.

    This was a really unique enjoyable read, I read it, inhaled it in record time, once started I couldn’t put it down, the only reason why I’m not rating this 5 stars is towards the end I found it rushed but up until that part I was enjoying the story.

    * Teasers used in my review are off the authors facebook page *

  • Dilek VT

    I had such a hard time to get into this story and if it weren't Alessandra Torre's book, I would have DNF'ed it already.

    The hero does his thing, the heroine does her thing.

    We learn a lot about their very unusual lives. However, they do not meet for a long while; they do not even live in the same state.

    Well, being the romance lover I am, I got impatient. But thank God I didn't drop th

    I had such a hard time to get into this story and if it weren't Alessandra Torre's book, I would have DNF'ed it already.

    The hero does his thing, the heroine does her thing.

    We learn a lot about their very unusual lives. However, they do not meet for a long while; they do not even live in the same state.

    Well, being the romance lover I am, I got impatient. But thank God I didn't drop the book because when they finally met, they turned out to be such an adorable couple together. Every interaction, banter, intimacy etc between them was awesome.

    So it is safe to say that as soon as

    met, the book turned 180 degrees for me: “Emotional, hot and fun” all of a sudden! What a surprise and worth the wait!

    Hence, I can say that there is a long back story to read before the romance begins, which, as I said, bothered me for a while.

    And also I judged what these main characters did as a job and the way of life they led.

    All in all, despite its few flaws, the book has an interesting story to tell and I would still recommend it.

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    This is an

    book, so she makes us question lots of things. She makes us think one way and then, she shows the real face of it.

    Shortly, she plays with us… but not as much as she did in Black Lies. Compared to it, she plays with us very very mildly here 😊

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    First, I wondered if the hero, MARCO, was

    .

    I also questioned his life choices and the way he sold his soul to get to the top in the fashion industry. He didn’t think wisely and he let his unprincipled decisions affect both himself and the people around him both in positive and negative ways in the long run. I questioned if 10 years of deceit and sacrifice of his own self was worth it all !!??

    I only started to love him when I believed that he regretted sacrificing more important things and giving up his own self-respect and also when I saw how desperately he needed his freedom back.

    As for the heroine, I also couldn’t decide for a while if I should condemn AVERY for her

    or like her because she was also

    on the side.

    As you see, the main characters in this book are very different from the usual and they are far from being easily relatable.

    However, Miss Torre does her magic and makes you like both characters eventually and even if you don't like them, you will feel better about them towards the end :)

    come from TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORLDS and their worlds collide finally when Avery comes to New York, following a lead to find who her real father was.

    Something too hard to prove, right? But she tries anyway.

    A very unconventional meeting of Marco and Avery is followed by a chain of events that made them change from lovers to enemies then from enemies to lovers, while their feelings and their search for truth impacts the lives of both of them immensely.

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    Some quotes from the book...

    SAFETY: No OW/OM drama, no cheating.

  • Bibi
  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    Going into this book, I had read a few reviews, so I thought I knew what to expect. I should know that I shouldn’t always think I know...... I do know that when reading this author, you can know you will get exceptional writing. And I got passion. And a lot of sexiness. And amazing writing.

    This story begins over 10 years earlier showing us how Marco made a deal that would forever change his life. Did I like the agreement??? Not necessarily. Did I understand it completely? I still have questions

    Going into this book, I had read a few reviews, so I thought I knew what to expect. I should know that I shouldn’t always think I know...... I do know that when reading this author, you can know you will get exceptional writing. And I got passion. And a lot of sexiness. And amazing writing.

    This story begins over 10 years earlier showing us how Marco made a deal that would forever change his life. Did I like the agreement??? Not necessarily. Did I understand it completely? I still have questions. Did I enjoy the concept of this story? Greatly.

    My problem was I could not connect with Marco. I had so many questions. We get his real story so there is no confusion as to what exactly Marco likes. I just couldn’t connect with him, must be me.....

    =((

    Avery was a girl going after what she believes in. She has been on her own for years, doing what she wants, and getting what she wants. She’s strong, she’s determined, and dang it, she just wants to know where exactly she comes from and from whom. I loved her determination. I loved her spirit.

    Overall I did enjoy this story. Yes I wish I could have liked the MC more. I did like how the author slowed the pace down a bit in the end. It seemed rushed and so fast at the start. But that is the uniqueness of this book, I guess =))

    If your looking for something unique and well written, give this one a go!!!

  • Alessandra Torre

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    The atmosphere in the car is changing. Maybe it’s the alcohol, maybe it’s the fact that I’m exhausted and lonely and delusional, but whatever it is, she’s now resting her weight on the armrest between us. Her legs are crossed, and when she occasionally bounces her foot, it brushes against my leg. We’re three shots down, and I can feel the edges of my control diluting.

    Is it a mistake to bring her to Spring Lake? Absol

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    The atmosphere in the car is changing. Maybe it’s the alcohol, maybe it’s the fact that I’m exhausted and lonely and delusional, but whatever it is, she’s now resting her weight on the armrest between us. Her legs are crossed, and when she occasionally bounces her foot, it brushes against my leg. We’re three shots down, and I can feel the edges of my control diluting.

    Is it a mistake to bring her to Spring Lake? Absolutely. Probably. I don’t even know. I don’t like how convenient it was, literally running into her as we left. A younger, more optimistic man, might have thought it was fate. But I don’t need fate. And I don’t need a soulmate. I’m looking for a woman to bang the fuck out of. And right now, with her next to me in the car, I’m finding it hard to figure out why she’s not the perfect candidate.

    She doesn’t know who I am. She doesn’t seem the type to gossip, to jump on social media and brag on, or research, me. She hasn’t pulled out a phone once since we met. There will be no Instagramming photos of the Rolls Royce, no tweets about the Vince Horace party.

    She’s perfect. So, why am I hesitating?

    I look in Edward’s direction, the partition between us still closed. He won’t be able to stay at Spring Lake, I’ll have to send him home, and he’ll wonder why. Maybe he’ll even suspect the truth. He’s not stupid. But he’s also spent a decade in Vince and my life. If he didn’t figure out the truth between us, in that time, then I could lay this woman across the hood of the car, fuck her senseless, and he wouldn’t figure out why.

    Still, Regardless of what he might suspect or know., I’ll have to send him home. I won’t be able to think straight with him there, I won’t be able to enjoy myself, knowing he is somewhere in the house to hear us. To hear the absolutely filthy behavior I plan on participating in. I need this. I need this so bad that my fingers itch, my blood pumping, heart pounding. I can’t stop looking at her, at the way her shirt clings to her curves, and the peek of bare skin I can see through the rip in her jeans. I can’t stop thinking about how soft her skin felt when I touched her face, the warm hitch of her breath when I leaned in close, the faint smell of fruit and honey that drifts off of her.

    I need it.

    She shifts in the seat and I allow the tips of my fingers to graze her knee. Her eyes drop to the contact, then snap to mine. I can see something heavy on her lips, the start of a sentence welling in her throat, but she swallows it down and says nothing.

    The car turns, climbing the hill to Spring Lake, and I should either make my move now, or back away.

    She moves her leg slightly toward me, a signal for more, and I want to slide my hand upward, along her inner thigh, until I get to the cheap button that undoes her jeans. I clamp my mind down on the next fantasies, on that involve her on her knees, my cock in her mouth. Then on my lap, naked. Bouncing. My hands on her bare breasts, my mouth on her flushed skin.

    I let go of her knee and run my hand over my mouth, forcing my eyes to the window. I point to the dim lights of the town. “That’s Spring Lake. We’re almost there.”

    I need to get ahold of myself.

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