In Laura Marie Altom’s billionaire romance, the first novel in the Shamed series—perfect for fans of Sandi Lynn and J. S. Scott—a broken woman discovers release and redemption in the arms of the only man she could ever love.
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes a shocking proposition.
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he expects nothing more than a fling, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot stand the thought of ending things so soon, if ever. But when he tries to tempt her into joining him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.
Note: Control ends on a cliffhanger. Ella and Liam’s story continues in Possess!
The Shamed series: CONTROL | POSSESS | THE ESCORT | STEPPING OVER THE LINE
May be read as a series or separately.
Praise for Control
“Touching, sad, sweet, and sexy, Control will have you cheering for Ella and Liam right up to the end. Then you’ll start counting the days until we get to find out how their story really ends. Or begins.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
“I enjoyed the roller coaster ride of the relationship between Ella and Liam. . . . I really enjoyed that Ella was a strong female character as you don’t see that many out there.”—Mademoiselle Snow
“Fabulous . . . I cried all they way through. . . . The story is amazing, the writing smooth and the characters are whole.”—Brit Nanny Reads
“This story takes you on emotional roller coaster because both characters find it hard to handle what they feel for each other and protect themselves because of the past scars.”—Books Movies Fandoms
“Loved it! . . . OMG, I laughed so hard with this book.”—Jamie Frederickson
“I really like the connection between Liam and Ella as well as the struggle that they go through, because life is messy and sometimes you have to have the pain to get to the solution, just like the book describes. This is a book about hope and love.”—Sportochick’s Musings
“Wow, do sparks fly! . . . [Control] is very well written [with] a great storyline. . . . I really love how Ella explains her feelings for Liam.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst
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Review: Shamed #1: Control
Control by Laura Marie Altom is the firsdt book in her Shamed series. It is a powerful, twisted tale of a marriage gone wrong, a woman on the run, and a man who meets the one person he can be himself with. That is until all her issues start shutting her down time and time again.
Ella is two states away from her abusive ex-husband Blaine and is living under an assumed name. Working at the snack bar at Wal-Mart she encounters a stranger one day that starts to wake her soul up from the slow death it's been dying.
Liam is stuck in a small town waiting for repairs on his transportation so he is "fitting in", wearing Wal-Mart purchased plaid shirts and jeans until the repairs are done, staying at a local motel. When he meets Ella at the Wal-Mart snack bar he is enthralled and captivated. A later run in between them at a bar is explosively hot until Ella has a melt down in the parking lot. Naturally Liam launches into protective mode and the bonding between these two very damaged people begins.
I couldn't put this story down. It was captivating. To see Ella slowly stepping out of her shell, to feel Liam's frustration every time she slunk back in. We are not only dealing with one damaged person, they're both broken. They both are easily wounded and while Liam appears to be the stronger of the two, that power shifts back and forth between them.
This isn't yet a happily ever after, there is a cliff-hanger ending that will leave you chomping at the bit to get your fingers on the next book. Have no fear though, it's being published and is expected out in December... Possess