A nice set of novellas. Sometimes these anthology books come up a bit lacking but this was a pretty good bunch of stories.
Series Note: All three of the...moreA nice set of novellas. Sometimes these anthology books come up a bit lacking but this was a pretty good bunch of stories.
Series Note: All three of these novellas connect to series the authors' write. I think you can probably read them without having read the other books, though.
Summary: "Arresting Desire" by Shayla Black A few years ago, FBI Agent Jon Bocelli met shy Lucia DiStefano while working on a case but kept himself from taking her because of her age and innocence. Now he must face her again to try to get some information to help her brother and solve her father's murder. This time, he won't be able to keep his feelings in check.
"On Fire" by Sylvia Day When a series of arsons leave fire investigator Darcy Michaels stumped and feeling like they are somehow connected to her, she calls for help from the Marshals service. Enter Deputy Jared Cameron. The two instantly set each other on fire. But when it becomes clear the arsons are clearly directed at Darcy and connected to the murder of her sister years ago, they'll have to work hard to figure out who is responsible. And all the while, both are realizing that their sexy affair is more than just some hot sex.
"The Unwilling" by Shiloh Walker Colby Mathis walked away from his job with a team of FBI psychics, no longer trusting in his ability. But when an old flame tracks him down, asking for help in solving a string of disturbing murders, he'll have to face the life he left behind. And the two will have to finally accept that they'll never stop loving each other.
Review: "Arresting Desire" by Shayla Black For the first chunk of this story I kept feeling like I knew these characters and was familiar with the situation. I couldn't figure it out. I looked at the other books I'd read by the author and nothing rang a bell. I finally figured out that this novella connects to two books the author had written under a different name (Shelley Bradley), both of which I'd read. I was glad I'd finally figured that out cuz it was driving me nuts!
Anyway...pretty good story, if a bit short. It definitely could have used some more page space for more development. Things move really fast and the book only covers like 2 days time. So it doesn't leave a lot of room for the romance to develop. It did leave things feeling a little rushed. Especially considering there is an underlying D/s theme that really doesn't get the attention it deserved. But overall it was a decent story and I liked it enough.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
"On Fire" by Sylvia Day I haven't read any other books in this series (at least not that I can think of)...err, wait, just checked on that, and I have read one other in this series. Lol. I read the novella in Men Out of Uniform and I gave the book overall 4 stars so I'm assuming I enjoyed it ;)
But back to the novella...good story and an interesting one. It's the longest of the three novellas by far so it's much more developed than Shayla Black's story (which is like 40 pages shorter). The suspense element was surprisingly nicely done (trying to have a well-done suspense plot in a novella is difficult). It was engaging, pretty well detailed, suspenseful...just interesting to read. It kept me hooked into the story. And the characters and the romance were nicely done as well. I was interested in these two and seeing what would happen with them. It's also the hottest of the three, the most erotic. Which is a good thing ;) The only minor glitch in the novella for me was just that I thought the author was a little too liberal with the adjectives sometimes. Made things a bit...flowery?...sometimes. But a good story overall.
Rating: 4 / 5
"The Unvilling" by Shiloh Walker This novella is part of Walker's "FBI Psychics" series which I've been reading and enjoying. I liked this story for the most part but like Black's novella, it's a bit short and it leaves the story somewhat under-developed. It's also the least sexy of the three. The story is more focused on the plot than the heat between these two. That's a bit disappointing but not a huge drawback. The plot is interesting and it definitely had me coming back to the book, but I did wish there'd been more of a focus on the romance and these two characters. I think the romance was a bit dependent on their past instead of what happened to them in the present, in this novella. Still, it was a pretty good story and I liked it, just thought it could have been better.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 (bordering on a 4)
Overall Rating: 4 / 5
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language...some more explicit than the others...a little bit of D/s/bondage play, assplay/anal sex...nothing too terribly over the top, I'd say.(less)
A little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book...moreA little better than the last book in the series, but not quite as good as the first book in the second trilogy of this series.
Series Note: Sixth book in the "Raines of Wind Canyon" series, and third book in the second trilogy of the series. I don't think you have to have read the other books first. They stand pretty well on their own.
Summary: Sage Dumont, one of the vice presidents of her family's Marine Drilling corporation, is about to close on a huge deal to buy some used drilling equipment from Saudi Arabian sheik. Unfortunately, some people are not happy about the deal and her grandfather hires Jake Cantrell to be Sage's bodyguard until the negotiations are complete.
At first, Jake and Sage set each other on edge, but attraction quickly takes over. The more they learn about each other, the more they want each other. Unfortunately, someone doesn't want Sage to make her deal. And to make matters worse, they learn some disturbing information related to the sheik's visit to the U.S. Jake and Sage have to race to find answers. And when its over, neither is sure they'll be able to walk away from each other.
Review: I liked this book for the most part. I thought it had a more interesting plot than the last book in the series.
The plot is is dual-faceted in that there are two different things going on that Jake and Sage have to find answers. But the two aspects work well together very well. I thought the author did a good job building a fairly realistic, well-developed storyline that kept me interested and reading.
I also enjoyed the two characters. Jake's a sexy loner with a big heart. Sage is a woman with a strong sense of loyalty to her grandfather. And thankfully, she's mostly lacking the TSTL gene the heroines of the previous two books had. These two together had good chemistry and the internal battles they faced over whether they could be together gave the relationship a lot of realism.
Overall, it was a pretty well done story. Nothing absolutely great but above average, definitely. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading, wanting to know how everything would work out. And the author did a good job of setting up the characters for the next trilogy. I'll be looking forward to reading about them.(less)
By far not the worst Opal Carew book that I've read (that honor goes to Six), but this book falls short of what I want out of an erotic...moreRating: 2.5 / 5
By far not the worst Opal Carew book that I've read (that honor goes to Six), but this book falls short of what I want out of an erotic romance.
Series Note: No known series connections.
Summary: Just before Crystal's wedding is to take place her groom's best man, Evan - a friend of hers as well - confesses that he is in love with her and asks her not to get married. They share a kiss but Crystal plans to go through with the wedding. Unfortunately, her groom, Brent, sees the kiss and runs away, leaving Crystal almost at the alter. To get over the devastation, Crystal still goes on her honeymoon to the Cayman Islands, but she takes Evan, the best man, with her. Why not see where things could go with him. Though she's always tried to deny it, she's always been attracted to him.
Then Brent decides to chase after Crystal and win her back. But when he gets there, Crystal can't just toss Evan aside and go back to Brent. She proposes they spent the rest of their time their as a threesome and at the end, she'll pick who she wants. In the course of their sexual escapes, some surprising things come to light and at the end, Crystal isn't sure if she can pick just one.
Review: I knew going into reading this book that there was a good chance I might not like it. I've read a handful of Carew's books and they're very hit or miss, more miss than hit. But I saw that it was a bi-menage story, which I generally can't turn down. So I thought I'd give it a go.
There are a lot of problems with this book, but oddly enough, I didn't hate it and liked it to a certain extent. At the same time, it was lacking in a lot of areas and does not deliver what a reader tends to want out of an erotic romance.
The premise of the story is that you have three friends: Crystal, Brent and Evan. Brent and Evan have been best friends for like 20 years. Crystal and Brent are getting married with Evan the best man. Just before the wedding Evan tells Crystal he loves her and wants a chance. Brent sees and runs off, Crystal ends up going on the "honeymoon" with Evan and Brent comes after her. The three end up having lots of kinky sex together while Crystal has to choose between them.
Initially, it sounded like an interesting premise but once you get into it and see what's really going on things seem rather shallow and you kinda shake your head and say whatever.
But for me, the biggest fault in the setup of the story - and it's something I've noticed with Carew's books before - is almost a total lack of character portraits. By that, I mean, your average romance book sets up it's characters...you get a portrait, with words, of the characters: age, general physical appearance, full name, job, etc etc. Facts that let you know who you are reading about. It helps you connect with the characters. Carew has not yet mastered this technique. In this book, you're left knowing very very little about these 3 main characters. I don't think any of them were given a last name, you only had a general inkling of their ages, I don't know that I could tell you what any of them looked like. Unless you want to know what their dicks looked like. The author spent more time describing Brent and Evan's dicks than she did the characters. That's a major fault in my mind. By the time I finished the book I felt like I hardly knew anything about these characters...except for what their dicks looked like.
It's a fault that sometimes pops up in erotic romances. Not so much these days as I think erotic romances have gotten a lot more well-rounded, but some of the first erotic romances I read were like that. Not enough focus on the characters and the story and just a lot of sex. And that's kinda what you end up getting here. I was hoping for a solid story with good character development, lots of emotion, and some hot sex with it. I think this book started off on the right foot, in a way, minus the lack of character portraits. I was actually maybe halfway through when it occurred to me that the book was rather tame for an Opal Carew book. But then things go a more than a little crazy.
Suddenly, a story based on the romantic conflict between the three characters - who was Crystal going to choose, how would things work out, etc - morphs into a story that was a sexual free for all. The three hook up with a sexually open couple in the villa next door and then you're getting sex in just about every way imaginable. What could have been a decent bi-menage story of three people adjusting to a new situation just degraded in a story of sexual experimentation. It makes you go a little cross-eyed and wonder WTF? I don't fault the sexual experimentation except that it came out of left field and didn't fit the story, in my opinion. It takes the focus off what you want the story to be about.
Then there's the bisexual issue of the story where Brent and Evan start messing around with each other. Now, I certainly don't care that that happened. I absolutely love bi-menage stories but this one was off. You've got the two guys who have been best friends for 20+ years with nothing sexual at all between. Then boom, Brent's wondering what it would be like to suck Evan's dick. And you're left wondering, wait, where did that come from? It comes off as something that's just plopped in there for the sake of adding some M/M sex and to make the menage relationship more complete. It makes things more on the unbelievable side.
The book as a whole is just a bit whacky, chock full of gratuitous sex, and lacking the development to make it a well-rounded story. But oddly enough, I didn't hate it. It's definitely a hot story, but it's not a fulfilling one. I wanted more.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language, oral sex, anal sex, m/f sex, m/m oral & anal, f/f oral, m/f/m bi-sex, m/m/m/f/f group sex of various sorts, some light bondage, some semi-public sex, and yeah, you get the point, right?(less)
I seem to be one of the few people who didn't particularly care for this book. Oh well.
Series Note: Sixth book in Erin McCarthy's NASCAR...moreRating: 2.5 / 5
I seem to be one of the few people who didn't particularly care for this book. Oh well.
Series Note: Sixth book in Erin McCarthy's NASCAR-centered contemporary romance series. I think you could read this one without having read the others first.
Summary: Eve Monroe is a NASCAR PR whiz, focusing on keeping her two brother's career's in line. So when one of the pit crew members for one of her brother's teams has major wardrobe malfunction on national TV, it's Eve's job to try to get the situation under control. But nothing about her meeting with jackman Nolan Ford goes as she expected.
Including him asking her out on a date. Why she says yes, Eve doesn't know. And why two people so completely opposite get seem to like each other so much is even more of a mystery. But Nolan knows he's just what Eve needs. Sometimes, though, all the chemistry in the world can't help two people get past their differences. They have a lot to work through if they want to make it as a couple.
Review: I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series but I seem to have lost my zest for this series. I think it's mainly because of the heroine's in the books.
Which is what my biggest problem with this book was: the heroine. Eve Monroe was so utterly annoying to me. That woman't neuroses have neuroses. I wanted to like this book and I really tried to. There were moments I liked it but mostly I was just bored and annoyed most of the time.
Such a shame, too, because there was a lot of potential. I really enjoyed the hero, Nolan. He's a total good guy; the kind us single girls would love to hook up with. And the story premise is amusing. Nolan has a wardrobe malfunction on TV and Eve has to deal with it...only not. Because that initial story premise gets lost and all you're dealing with the whole book is Eve's schizo personality. Personally, I think the book would have been much better served if the author had stuck with the initial story premise of Nolan's wardrobe malfunction.
Because reading about Eve's issues endlessly throughout the book drove me nuts. Eve is practically obsessive/compulsive, overly controlling, can't see the good side in anything, analyzing everything to death, worries over the smallest little detail...it just got to be too much. I felt sorry for Nolan and anyone else who had to put up with her.
By far the worst of Eve's neurotic personality came through during the first sex scene between the two when Eve couldn't stop over-analyzing every damn little detail. It sucked the life and sexiness completely out of the scene.
It's just never good when you get to the end of the book and kinda wish the hero would ditch the annoying heroine and find someone better. And that's how I felt when I got to the end of this book. Eve still annoyed me; I didn't feel like I got to see enough of her changing, and more so, I don't think I quite understood why she was the way she was.
I don't know if the author is planning to continue this series, but if she does, I'm not sure I plan to keep reading. This series just doesn't seem to be doing if for me anymore.(less)
I do so enjoy this series. It's almost as good as Robyn Carr's "Virgin River" series, which is the all-time best contemporary romance series I've read...moreI do so enjoy this series. It's almost as good as Robyn Carr's "Virgin River" series, which is the all-time best contemporary romance series I've read.
Series Note: 8th full length book in Mallery's "Fool's Gold" series which is set in the fiction town of Fool's Gold, California, where women outnumber men and then to rule the roost.
Summary: Shane Stryker is ready to settle down in his hometown of Fool's Gold, California. He's bought land for a ranch and is having a house built. And just maybe, he'll be able to find the right woman for him...something who is calmer and won't cheat like his ex-wife. So when he first sees local librarian Annabelle Weiss dancing on a bar, he knows she's a woman to stay away from.
But Annabelle isn't at all like what he thought. As he spends time with her, teaching to ride a horse, he can't help but want her. For Annabelle, Shane's desire for her is a revelation. But she's bothered by how often he compares her to his ex-wife. She knows they have a chance for a future if only Shane could learn to let go of old hurts.
Review: I've really enjoyed reading this series by Susan Mallery. It's chock full of great characters, sweet, sexy romances, and amusing, well-written situations that have you coming back for more whenever you put the book down.
Annabelle and Shane are both interesting characters. Annabelle's a library with sexy, fun side and Shane is yummy cowboy with some battle scars from a bad relationship...he acts like a jerk a few times but you can't help but forgive him. I enjoyed reading about them both. And they had some great chemistry together with some sexy scenes between them.
The storyline revolves around Annabelle learning to ride a horse for a town festival and Shane adjusting to life in Fool's Gold with his mother's odd menagerie of animals. I really loved the whole thing involving Khatar (a horse) and Annabelle. That was a really great addition to the story. And we can't forget the lonely elephant. Plus I enjoyed Shane getting suckered into giving riding lessons and being schmoozed by a dangerous deadly pony ;) All around it was just a great story set up that had me smiling, laughing and sighing. It was just the kind of storyline that I enjoy from a contemporary romance.
And of course there were parts involving the other characters from the series, which are great to read since you get to see what everyone is up to. I enjoyed the interactions with Annabelle and her friends. It was also interesting to learn more about Charlie, the tough-girl firefighter. I'm really looking forward to the next book that will feature her and the third Stryker brother, Clay (a movie butt-double and male model). Should be a really interesting story!
Just another winner from Mallery in this series, though. A fun, sexy, easy read that I highly enjoyed.(less)
I guess I'm in the minority that didn't particularly enjoy this book. It wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't really work for me.
Series Note: Fifth book in the "Destiny" series about a small Ohio town and the people who live there.
Summary: Amy Bright and Logan Whitaker have been friends since childhood. But when a tragedy strikes Logan while working as a firefighter, it leads to a kiss that changes everything. Amy realizes that she wants more from Logan than just friendship. But she's not exactly experienced when it comes to man/woman relationships. It won't be easy for her to let Logan know how she feels.
For Logan, his life is in turmoil as he questions the path he set for his life. And when a new face arrives in Destiny, he wonders if it's, well, destiny. Then Amy shows her true feelings and Logan is stunned...and intrigued. But is he ready to commit to a future with his best friend?
Review: I have to admit that going into this book I was a little wary. In all my time reading romance books I've never particularly been a fan of the whole friends-to-lovers theme. Especially when it's such a long-time friendship like with Logan and Amy in this book.
So yeah, I didn't entirely enjoy that aspect of this book. There's just something about that theme that I don't buy into and the way the author wrote this book didn't make it any better. There's a sudden random kiss then Amy decides she's loves Logan. And Logan doesn't really show an interest in Amy until he realizes she's interested in him. It felt forced to me. I wasn't buying it.
It doesn't help that for like half the book Logan is showing interest in another woman. That whole part bugged me. And it kept me from feeling like there was a real romantic connection between these two. It's also not helpful that Logan was a bit of a jackass at times.
Another this that disappointed me with this book was the emergence of a new character. I won't say who as it'll spoil a storyline started in previous books. But lets just say it wasn't really what I wanted for that storyline. I didn't like the character at all and thought the person was a total selfish bitch and I just wanted to smack the crap out of her.
And maybe another disappointment for me was that this wasn't really the storyline that I wanted for Amy. In the past books of the series she was introduced as this kind of naive, innocent spinster-ish woman who is obsessed with books and cats. So I kind of had this storyline in mind for Amy where this bad boy comes to town and musses her up a bit. Something to put some wild in her life. Instead, we got this kind of staid, lackluster romance that was lacking in sparks (at least for me).
So no, I can't say this book worked for me, really. It just had a flat feel to me. I wanted something more, something with some zing to shake Amy's life up, not just something that shifts the life she has slightly. It wasn't a bad book, though, just not what I really wanted. But hey, you can't love every book you read and an author can't always write something you'll enjoy.(less)
Maya Banks has a real winner with this series. I've enjoyed each an every book, including this one.
Series Note: Fifth book in Banks's "K...moreRating: 4.5 / 5
Maya Banks has a real winner with this series. I've enjoyed each an every book, including this one.
Series Note: Fifth book in Banks's "KGI" series about a group of private security agents and the women they get involved with. I wouldn't necessarily say you have to have read all the other books first, but I would definitely recommend reading the previous book (Whispers in the Dark) first as it directly connects to this one, storyline-wise.
Summary: The first time KGI agent Rio sees Grace Peterson on a security video, he knows he has to have her and that he'll do anything to keep her safe. So he and his team head out to rescue Grace, a healer, from the men who want to capture her and abuse her ability. Rio knows he'll stop at nothing to find her and protect her.
When Grace first sees Rio, she has no idea whether to trust him or not. But she's go little else to rely on so she has to trust Rio. And it ends up being the best decision she ever made. Because not only is he willing to keep her safe, but he also wants her, something she's never experienced before. Now as happiness looms for Rio and Grace, they'll have to find a way to keep her safe from the people who want her.
Review: This book has a little different tone than the other books in this series. It's got more of a romance feel and a little less intense suspense. The focus of the story is definitely more on Grace and Rio as characters and on the romance that blooms between them.
And I didn't mind that. I really enjoyed these two characters. Poor Grace has been through hell in her life and she's lost almost all hope of ever being able to have a normal life. Then there's Rio, bad-ass mercenary who is trying to get past some bad decisions in his life. He sees Grace and is a total goner. Both were great characters to read about. And then had fabulous chemistry between them.
The romance moves a bit fast but I thought it fit the story. It's a sort of instant-attraction/love-at-first-sight kind of thing. But I just thought it was fitting for the type of story it was and the characters involved. I really loved the sweetness between them and how Rio turned into a big marshmallow when it involved Grace. There's something ridiculously sexy about a badass Alpha getting all gooey over a woman ;) And yeah, there's some hot scenes between them, too!
As for storyline, even though the suspense is a bit lower-key than the other books it's still there in that Rio and his team have to first rescue Grace and then find a way to keep her safe. The big battle scene in the end is intense and leaves you with mixed feelings over how it all plays out and what happens with some people. I thought Banks did an excellent job with that last scene. It came as a surprise to me. And I loved it.
And of course there's appearances by the Kelly brothers, their wives, and other team members. Great to get to visit with them again. I'm looking forward to the next book. Should be interesting!(less)
If you're a fan of the Colters' Legacy series by Maya Banks, this is definitely something you'll want to read. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Series Note: 4t...moreIf you're a fan of the Colters' Legacy series by Maya Banks, this is definitely something you'll want to read. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Series Note: 4th book in the Colters' Legacy series about a family with some very atypical relationships. You can't read this book without having read the others first.
Summary: It's almost Christmas and the Colter family is altogether for the first time in a while. But not everything is perfect. Each group of family members is dealing with something difficult. One thing the Colter family knows, though, is how to draw together and support each other. Because for the Colters', family means everything.
Review: Short review here since this really isn't the kind of story that warrants a long, drawn-out review.
This book pretty much reads like a long epilogue to the other Colter books, giving you a glimpse at where all the characters are and how things are going. It's fairly short, only 208 pages...but with a pricey $7.99 price tag. And really, it's just a feel-good type of story that leaves you smiling.
I enjoyed the story quite a bit though and zipped right through it. I like getting to revisit characters and seeing what they are up to, so this book really worked for me in that aspect.
Maya Banks great writing style also really helps this book. She's got a way of telling a story that just really works for me. And she does a great job of stuffing a lot of stuff into this short story and making everything feel well-rounded.
But really, this book is just all about getting to see that happiness in the lives of Colter family (along with some personal struggles). It's a simple story with a lot of love and sweetness that just made me smile. I can't complain about that.
WARNING, this book contains: a little bit of explicit sex and language involving a 4 way relationship, anal sex, mentions of a D/s relationship, etc.(less)
I think if I'd read this book as a standalone I might have liked it more, but for a book that's part of the series it's part of, it came across rather...moreI think if I'd read this book as a standalone I might have liked it more, but for a book that's part of the series it's part of, it came across rather lackluster.
Series Note: Fifth book in Banks's "Sweet" series, which most of the books tend to be about BDSM relationships (though this one isn't). This book could be read as a stand alone, I think.
Summary: When Connor Malone is asked to provide security for a out of control pop star, he is not happy. How he is going to manage to spend 2 weeks babysitting a spoiled diva, he doesn't have a clue. But as he gets to know Lyric Jones a bit, he realizes she's not the person he thought she was. For all her bravado, he comes to understand that underneath it all, she's an insecure, scared woman with a lot of ghosts in her past.
But for Lyric, having anyone get to close to the real her is terrifying. She's spent her life running from her past. The more Connor digs beneath her walls, the harder it is to keep him away. And the more she begins to realize that she's let her life get totally out of control. She'll have to face a lot of her issues if she has any hope of keeping Connor.
Review: Maya Banks's "Sweet" series has given us readers a glimpse into some non-traditional BDSM relationships that haven't always been comfortable to read about. So when you start another book in the series, you go into it expecting a certain type of book.
Which makes it odd that this book goes completely the other way. This book is extremely tame compared to all the other books in this series. There's not BDSM, no kink, nothing at all like that. There's not even an anal sex scene, which is a shocker.
Honestly, this book came across too tame. If I'd just read it as a standalone, only slightly erotic romance, I wouldn't have been bothered by it. But when read in the context of a series that breaks down boundaries of what's comfortable to read, kink wise, it's a let down. Everything is so blah.
And even aside from the fact that it doesn't meet expectations, I thought it was weird how tame it was. Part of the context of the story is that Lyric is an out of control pop star, with two "bodyguards" she regularly sleeps with at the same time, who is known to have group sex, etc. Then suddenly the book starts, she hooks up with Connor and everything goes vanilla. It was a bit bizarre and it came off weird and ill-fitting. For me, between this and the difference from the other books, it through off the whole vibe of the book.
The characters are pretty interesting, though. I liked both Lyric and Connor. And I liked the growth of Lyric's character as the story progresses and Lyric begins to understand what she's done with her life and that she wants to make changes. It was an interesting story aspect that worked.
It's also great to get to read about the other characters. They're an enjoyable bunch. And the scenes with all the girls getting together, doing goofy stuff are funny. And the little bit of suspense is okay. It's underdeveloped and could have been a much more interesting part of the story.
But really, for me, the dominant aspect of the book was just how off-kilter it felt because of how tame it was. It just wasn't really what I wanted for a book in this series.
WARNING, this book contains: moderately explicit sex, explicit language (less)
So far I've liked this one best out of the 4 books of the series that I've read. But it wasn't perfect and it's definitely a book that will not appeal...moreSo far I've liked this one best out of the 4 books of the series that I've read. But it wasn't perfect and it's definitely a book that will not appeal to everyone.
Series Note: Fourth book in Banks's "Sweet" series, an erotic romance series with BDSM themes and a common set of characters. I don't necessarily think you have to read the other books before this one, but it wouldn't hurt either.
Summary: Micah Hudson has been running from the tragedy in his life for years, not wanting to remember all the pain and grief from having lost the two most important people in his life. The out of the blue one day, his best friend's little sister, Angelina Moyano, shows up, determined to show Micah she's the woman for him and that she can handle anything he wants from her.
But Micah resists. He still sees Angelina as the teenage her remembers her as. And he doesn't want to risk his heart again. Seeing her, though, he can't resist how much he wants her and can't deny the dominant feelings she brings about him. But Angelina is in danger and he'll have try keep her safe before he can face his feelings for her.
Review: This series is definitely not a series for everything. It deals pretty heavily with BDSM themes and even those of us with high kink factors get a little twitchy reading this series. In this book, there is a D/s theme, fairly moderate compared to what we got with Serena and Damon, but still strong in that Micah gives Angelina to 3 friends for the night to play with. Not that she minded ;) But that more twitch-worthy theme in this one is the whipping. No light stuff here. Some pretty heavy duty whipping. It'll definitely bother a lot of readers. So beware.
But all in all, I think this is the book I've liked most of the 4 I've read so far. It's the one that worked most overall for me. Both Micah and Angelina are interesting characters with a lot of deep emotional pain. In order to release that pain, they've gravitated toward the BDSM scene and whipping. It's not a comfortable thing to read about but I could understand why each did what they did. For the most part. That being said, I did have an issue with Micah's character, or rather how he got to where he was.
The story is that he was married and in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and his best friend. Just from what we read, they seemed to have a pretty normal, if alternative relationship. It left me wondering how Micah, after their deaths suddenly got into the sex club, BDSM scene, being a Dom, and whipping and just everything that he was in this book. It was all very natural for him so it made it hard to understand how there seemed to be such to divergent sides to his character. I would have liked to understand that a bit better.
Other than that, I really didn't have any other major issues with the book. I liked the relationship that built between Micah and Angelina. They seemed like two people who really understood each other and each other's needs. Micah was a total dick sometimes, but you could somewhat understand it.
Plus, there was a bit of a suspense plot in this book, which is always a bonus, in my opinion. Spices up the story and adds some variety. And I love how things worked out in wrapping up the suspense plot. Some serious ass-kicking there. Loved it.
My only other comment...when I read books like this, with such a heavy emphasis on alternative type relationships...I mean, these two were very sexual, very kinky...whipping, bondage, dominance, groups sex, etc...how do they plan to have a family then? How do you reconcile that lifestyle with having kids because when you have kids, they are a factor in you life 24/7. It's just something that always makes me wonder when I read these heavy BDSM stories.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language, oral sex, anal sex, heavy bondage, D/s, moderately heavy whipping, threesomes, group sex, rather rough sex...and I think that gives you a pretty good picture of what to expect from this book.(less)