Pretty darn enjoyable for a book I didn't have a lot of high expectations for. I was a little wary about the whole D/s theme (not my favorite) of this story, so I wasn't so sure I'd like it. But I did! And I even teared up at the end (okay, not so unusual for me...but I was feelin' it!)
This story is about 23 year old Callie Colter, the pretty, blue-eyed brunette free-spirit of the Colter family. You know Callie's parents if you've read Colters' Woman
, and you met her three brothers if you've read Colters' Lady
. Callie isn't into the whole ménage thing like her parents and brothers, but she does have her own little kink that she's just realized--even though she's an independant, take no guff woman, she's a submissive in the bedroom. She found that out while she had a 3 week , red-hot romance with a man she considered her soul mate--the wealthy, dominant, green-eyed sexy bad-ass, Max Wilder. Max and Callie met in Europe, hung out in Italy and Greece and had a sizzling good time getting to know each other. Then Max unexpectedly got a call to come back home, asked Callie to wait for him...but then never came back. Or called her. Or contacted her. So Callie came back to her small Colorado home town and to her loving (but somewhat overprotective) family, forlorn and devastated...she thought Max was the one! So it's been a couple of months now, and Callie is working in her brother's bar, when who should show up looking for her? That's right, it's Max, with an explanation and an apology (and a secret that he'd like to keep a secret). Will Callie give him another chance, or has Max blown any chance that Callie could trust him again?Max and Callie...
That's about the gist of this one. Max begs Callie to take him back and to give them another chance--there's a reason why he didn't contact her, and Callie wonders if she can trust him again. The fact that Callie is so irresistably attracted to Max makes her decision oh so easy...these two are combustible together. There's the whole D/s thing that they're into, and Max asks Callie to give him just a bit...more. Readers who enjoy those kinds of scenes are going to really love this part of the book. For me, that's not my favorite to read, but I must admit most
of it was rather hot, and there was nothing degrading, painful or humiliating going on, and Callie seemed to really enjoy herself(!), so I was okay with it. Max was quite the dirty talking, forceful, dominant lover, and he did like things kind of rough...Max's ground rules/house rules for Callie
:"When we are alone, whether in this apartment or elsewhere, you aren't to wear clothing unless I've said otherwise."
"I want you accessible to me at all times. If I want to f*** you in the kitchen, I want to be able to just lean you over the table and slide inside your sweet body."
"I might want you to suck my c*** while I eat after I've fed you. I prefer for you to be nude when that occurs."
"When we're in the living room, I want to be able to bend you over the arm of the couch and f*** you from behind. Or I might want to sit on the sofa and have you sit on my c***. The point is I want you accessible at all times. I want to be able to look at you whenever I want and touch you."
"You'll sleep in my bed every night. The last thing you'll feel before you go to sleep is me inside you. The first thing you'll feel when you wake up is me inside you."Max...
Max's feelings on menage...
:"I'm not comfortable with sharing you. Ever. I'll take apart any son of a bitch I ever find in your bed and then I'll kick your pretty ass all over the country."
Okay, enough of this. You get the picture. Just when I thought this was going to be nothing but a sex-fest between a Dom and his sub, along came a story
--and it hooked me. No spoilers here, but it involved a secret of Max's, something that Callie held dear to her heart, and a betrayal that devestated Callie's hopes and dreams. Even though I've read stories like this before (you know those secrets have a way of coming out at the wrong time), I still was involved enough with the characters that I felt Callie's pain---and later, Max's. And I teared up. Maya Banks's skill as a writer pulled me right into this story, and yeah, I was sniffing along right until the sweet, satisfying ending.
Sooo I can honestly say, if you enjoyed Colters' Woman
and Colters' Lady
, and you don't mind the D/s thing, you'll enjoy this one. You get to meet up with Callie's parents (Holly, Adam, Ethan and Ryan) and her brothers and sister-in-law/friend Lily--it was good to see them all again. Now just to nit-pick a little--I wish Ms. Banks would've given a bit more physical description of Max--other than his green eyes and lean but muscular build and the fact that he was "older' (how old?), I didn't have a clear picture of him. And...where was the epilogue? After all the drama, I needed
one! Oh well, for a short story, I was still rather impressed. 4 1/2 starsWarning: This book contains explicit, sometimes rough sex (including oral and anal); graphic language; and D/s elements. Not for the faint of heart!