Another book I picked up based solely on the cover. A hot little number of loosely connected stories about the shenanigans of a few people at the BDSM...moreAnother book I picked up based solely on the cover. A hot little number of loosely connected stories about the shenanigans of a few people at the BDSM club, Dark Grove Plantation. These are short stories, mostly written in the first person, about the D/s dynamic, but they are not just "sex" stories. They are character and relationship driven within the confines of the D/s and BDSM lifestyles.
Because of the storylines, be prepared for very Dominant men, increased levels of kink (public play, whipping, bondage, spanking...to name a few) and HEA's. Each of the Ladies travel their own unique path towards submission, and their Doms are "no-holds-barred" in getting them there. There were times those Doms were utter asshats, but still, they know what their "subs" need. My favorite story was TAKEN with Ella and Brandon.
Two things surprised me. One - no condoms were used. Never. No pause to grab one, tear the foil with his/her teeth and roll it on. Fine with me, I rolled with the story. Two - no page numbers. AGH!!! This drove me crazy. I made sure my bookmark was always in place.(less)
Many times readers (and the unknowing general population) believe all erotic romance novels are porn without the pictures. Some I have read would fall into that category, but not UNCOMMON PASSION. This book has plenty of sexual activity between the main characters. P-L-E-N-T-Y! But it is the developing relationship of Ben and Rachel which propels the story forward and the sex becomes a catalyst for their change.
Ben followed her to the door. "Same time next week?" he asked.
She paused in the doorway and looked at him, trying to understand the causes and consequences of desire. He wasn't trying to trap her or second-guess her, or even protect her. All he offered was a chance to experience something intoxicating, radically thrilling. For now, it was enough.
"All right," she said.
From reading the synopsis, I had the impression this book was about a sexually innocent and uneducated woman looking to hook-up, maybe have a good time, learn a bit and call it a night. The typical alpha hero who had a few issues to resolve yada, yada,yada. Yes, I was right on both accounts, but there is so much more to the story!
Ms. Calhoun has written two complex characters whose layers are slowly peeled away as the story develops. Rachel is a strong woman, fighting for her independence and learning to live by her own rules. She is finally learning how to feel! On the other hand, Ben doesn't want to feel, doesn't want "emotions" and does whatever he can not too.
"I can't keep doing this, Ben," she said, gesturing around the hotel room.
He barked out a laugh. "You wanted a man who wouldn't care. I'm that man. Never expect a man to change. What you see the first time is what you'll get the last time."
"How disappointing," she said. How sad. How tragic.
"Lower your expectations."
"I meant for you," she said as gently as he'd been harsh.
When Ben finally admits and faces his fears, it's such a "guy" moment. It's fantabulous!
This book can be read as a standalone, it isn't necessary to read the first book in the series, Uncommon Pleasure. However, that is where Ben Harris makes his first appearance.
If you, Dear Reader, like erotic romance, GO - NOW and buy this book! Ms. Calhoun is now on my auto-buy list. And with these covers, not for my ereader. Oh, hell no!(less)
Yes, I first picked this book up based totally on the cover. I am a Paul Marron admirer afterall. It was only then I read the synopsis on the back. Never heard of the author or book before, but I liked the description and the cover sold me.
UNCOMMON PLEASURE contains two short stories about US Marines (once a Marine, always a Marine). Their stories are told separately, yet they intersect because these gentlemen are moonlighting for the same agency.
The heroines of both OVER THE EDGE and ALL ON THE LINE own their sexuality and take control of it - knowing what they want. Yet, underneath the hard veneer is a soft warm woman looking for her OTL and HEA.
Her heroes are alpha male through and through. They just wear it differently. I love these guys because they're so cocky and sexually intense. Once their heart becomes involved, the tough facade starts to crack and their vulnerability slips through. It's during this OSM they realize what asses they have been and this woman just may slip through their fingers.
Both of the stories have multiple sex scenes to delight your senses with one m/f/m in each. And oohhh....I look forward to seeing Ben Harris again in Uncommon Passion. Hot Damn - what a cover!(less)
This book has sat on the coffee table staring at me, even though it is an auto buy series and author for me. I've been hesitant to pick it up and star...moreThis book has sat on the coffee table staring at me, even though it is an auto buy series and author for me. I've been hesitant to pick it up and start reading. Two reasons: I wasn't very fond of Xander during his previous appearance and most menages end up as duos. I wasn't ready to face disappointment.
I'm now at the point where I've finished the book and I don't want to start another because it was so f*cking fabulous! I don't want to let go of these three people...no - not yet!
I was so wrong! The relationship that builds between Xander, his brother, Javier and London is absolutely fantastic. Each of them have their problems to surmount, but they find they cannot do so without one another. Xander being the uber playboy. Javier overcoming the death of his wife and diving into bottles of Ciroc. London wanting desperately to become a "real" women after losing 10 years of her life.
As with other books in the Wicked Lovers series, there is suspense added to the storyline to up the ante.
OURS TO LOVE is smokin' hot. The D/s relationships are played out well for M/f/M menage; no power struggle between the Doms. You'll be twitching in your seat as Javier and Xander put London to the test...
BOARD RESOLUTION jumps straight from the frying pan into the fire. Once I started reading, there was no stopping. Fabulous! The five men that make up...more
BOARD RESOLUTION jumps straight from the frying pan into the fire. Once I started reading, there was no stopping. Fabulous! The five men that make up the management team of Kensington & Associates have a professional history with Savannah. I liked that Ms. Hill began each of Savannah's scenes with the minor players (four in all) with a bit of back story. Each of them have their own "specialties", and you'll never look at pearls the same way again. I don't necessarily consider this a BDSM novel, more erotic romance with a bit of kink, bondage, and many orgasms. Above all, the story line is wonderful. A strong, willful, independent, but terribly lonely heroine finds love after ....... (less)