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Contrasting Lives by [Dempster, Leah]
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She offered him more than he was expecting.
Can he give her all that she needs?

Widower and now a single father of four, Matt Pendleton is all work and no play. Between being a hotshot detective and caring for his children, there leaves little time for fun. Desperate for some passion and connection, Matt hires an escort for the night.

But one night turns into much more.

Emily Coulter is beautiful, charismatic, and fiercely independent - determined to make her own way in the world. Blindsided by their attraction for one another, neither can resist their intense desire. But Emily's past with a vicious Dom contradicts Matt's present as a cop and a dad. Can two people with contrasting lives discover a way to merge their different lives into one?

About the Author

Leah Dempster is the pseudonym of an indie author who writes paranormal romance. She chose a pseudonym for some of her books, because, as she tells it - "Her family would have a fit, if they discovered she also writes erotica." Leah Dempster specializes in hot, sexy romances, with plenty of heart. With Leah, it's all about the story, not just the sex. While she writes steamy scenes - she mainly wants you to remember the story, long after you've finished reading. Characters you'll fall in love with, hot and steamy love scenes, but there's also a strong storyline to enjoy. Leah lives in Perth, Western Australia with her family and dogs. An introverted homebody, she loves romance books in every shape and variety. Her favorite books are set in medieval times, or in the modern world with a supernatural touch.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 690 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511785373
  • Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (May 11 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UCD7454
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1fc821c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fcdccc) out of 5 stars This book has a little bit of everything! May 12 2015
By Anna Hub - Published on
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This is the story of Matt Pendleton, police detective, widower and father to four children. He's already got a lot on his plate but his whole life is about to turn upside down when he meets Emily.
She's a woman with good intentions but a dark past and some baggage of her own.

This is a great story with lots of depth to the plot. I really enjoyed all the challenges the two main characters faced in their quest to be together. The difficulties they faced helped us delve a little deeper into their lives.

The dual POV worked well, showing us how the characters behaved when they weren't together and ultimately added more layers to them.

There's a whole entourage of lovable characters and plenty of endearing scenes with Matt and his children.

This book has a little bit of everything; romance, sex, drama and a hint of thriller. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fcdd20) out of 5 stars More suspenseful than titillating Jan. 21 2016
By Jane V. Blanchard - Published on
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Even with the many steamy scenes, Contrasting Lives by Leah Dempster is more suspenseful than titillating. The riveting storyline unfolds from two points of view. Matt Pendleton, a widower with four children, meets Emily Coulter, an escort with a dark past. Sparks fly from the get-go, but each must come to terms with personal demons before they can develop a mutual trust. Many things happen that test the budding relationship.

Emily is a sub who likes to be dominated sexually. Can Matt become the person she can submit to? This is the first book I've read about BDSM, a "variety of erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, dominance and submission, sadomasochism." The author successfully demonstrates the interpersonal dynamics involved in this form of sexual expression. Without becoming pedantic, Ms. Dempster stresses the importance of respect and demonstrates how out-of-hand BDSM can get.

The characters are multidimensional. As a result, there are many subplots that need resolution, which makes the story interesting. Whether you root for Matt or Emily, you will keep the pages turning to see the outcome.

If you enjoy reading thrilling steamy romances with likable characters, I recommend Contrasting Lives by Leah Dempster.​
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fd3018) out of 5 stars INVOLVING, HOT AND ENGAGING! May 13 2015
By BookLover70 - Published on
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I always know a book is good when I have to struggle for hours afterwards just to know what to say in a review. It's almost like I didn't want it to end so I put off the inevitable ending - a review. And this describes Contrasting Lives perfectly. There was a complete, involving story; amazing hot, sexy scenes; and characters that were complex and engaging. You really couldn't ask for more in a novel. I am still thinking about Matt and Emily and the kids and what the future might hold for them. I hope this amazing author gives us plenty more wonderful stories in the future.
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HASH(0xa1fd3534) out of 5 stars It Has Everything! July 21 2015
By dragon rider - Published on
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This book took me on a ride I was not expecting. I don't normally read this genre, but heard that it was a great read, so in I went. I couldn't put it down! Suspence, romance, sad bits and OMG bits - it has everything. Loved it.
HASH(0xa1fcdde0) out of 5 stars First off - I really liked Emily. At 25 years old she knew herself ... July 21 2016
By Muzikroxme - Published on
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I'm going to be in the less than 5 stars minority here...First off - I really liked Emily. At 25 years old she knew herself and what she wanted and was honest about it.


Emily is an escort/submissive who works in an upscale BDSM club and Matt is becomes one of her clients. He's a 42 year old widower with 4 kids who hasn't been with anyone since his wife passed 18 months ago. They meet and it's almost insta-love - which I don't mind, nor do I mind the age difference between the two. What gets me is Matt - in my opinion - he's an immature d!c$head. Even his partner (Matt's a detective) called him out on his BS attitude toward Emily. This same partner believed that Matt was an undiscovered Dominant and tried to bring him into the life because he's perfect match for Emily's sub tendencies. There was a really disturbing scene that involved Emily's abusive former Dom which Matt and his kids had to witness. This I felt was totally unnecessary and pretty much ruined the book for me.

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I love a good BDSM story. I love guys who are alpha strong yet gentle. Matt was neither of these. I found it hard to believe he was as old as he was since he acted like he was 14 with his first hard on. This book would have been really good if the love interest was not such a wuss.