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Total Abandon

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  669 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
When Sandra jots her most forbidden fantasies on a cocktail napkin during a girl's night out, she thinks it's all just innocent fun. She never expected her friend Devlin—who's had a crush on her for ages—to find her list. Now, he's about to push their relationship to a new level by orchestrating a steamy weekend getaway… where Sandra's wildest fantasies can come to life. A ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Maybe it was me. Maybe it was my mood. Maybe I was thinking of another book while reading this one. Whatever it was, this just didn't do it for me. When I read erotica, I want to be caught up in the moment thinking, 'Holy shit that's hot!' I don't want to be thinking, 'What an idiot.' or 'what about (fill in the blank)' or even, 'I don't think that is physically possible.' Unfortunately in this offering from Opal Carew there were very few 'that's hot' moments and far too many of the last three t ...more
I love this author and her treasure trove of lusty fantasies. In this story we meet a divorcee who, of her own free will, has been celibate for one year following her separation from her ex-husband. In the mean time she has developed a number of new relationships, one of them being a handsome hunk of charm and sensuality (but we'll have to get back to him later because of course he loves her and doesn't want to stunt her sexual growth).

In hopes of jump starting her new love life, Sandra’s best
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was cute and the sex scenes were incredible. This book is about a woman trying to find herself and in the process finds love. Sandra has been hurt by love and she thinks that she doesn't desrve it. She is scared of it and she is scared of her own sexuality. Aimee her friend tries to help her with this by making her write down her sexaul fantasies. Sandra's other friend Devlin finds the list of fantasies later and tries to help her fulfil them, with Aimee's help and the help of two othe ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
More like 2.5 - it just felt too cold/clinical - no emotional attachment
Dec 11, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Isn't this the same cover as Shayla Black's "Delicious"?

Yelania Nightwalker

Después de su matrimonio fallido, con el que fuera su novio de toda la vida, Sandra decide darse un respiro de las relaciones sentimentales y lo logra. Un año después, durante una noche de chicas con su amiga Aimee, se proponen escribir una lista de sus fantasías sexuales que va a parar a manos de Devlin. Él está enamorado de ella, pero entiende que después de una relación tan larga con un solo hombre, Sandra tiene derecho a ver la vida y disfrutarla antes de que él entre en ella.
Joy Boutwell
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Total Abandon by Opal Carew is a must read. Another awesome book.
Cheri Loughlin
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
The book is based upon a list of wildest fantasies. The book carries the thread of completing this list throughout. If you like explicit sex, this is for you. Overall I liked the book and would recommend it for some steamy sex scenarios. The experimental sex in the first half to two-thirds of the book flowed more naturally than the later parts. The relationship between Devlin and Sandra (mentioned on the back cover) didn't make sense to me as it seemed more contrived than not. Scenes depicting # ...more
The premise was interesting.....however the actual "story" was just not worth the read. Hate saying that about an author's work. But honestly this truly was a read that felt like one on going sex scene after another. With barely any plot in between there. And I'm sorry but I don't know many guys that are into someone and are willing to share them so freely as the hero did in this story. I mean it's one thing to be swingers but it's a whole other thing, justifying it by saying it's what she needs ...more
Christina Montminy
I'm not sure I liked this one.....the main female character Sandra going a yr without sex after her divorce then jumping into sex with strangers at a cottage while lusting after another guy & trying to seduce him into having sex with her. It was just a little too much. She was trying to seduce Devlin into sex, while he was playing her fantasy stranger lover during this experimental weekend with the other 2 guys was too much. It gets to be a foursome with her friend involved & then a five ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut, sex-play, threesome
Le pongo una estrella porque es imposible ponerle 0. No sé como puede tener tan buena puntuación cuando lo único que hay es sexo (y encima ni siquiera bien narrado), es como leer el guión de una peli porno sin pretensiones.

Te cansas enseguida de tanta polla que se mueve, y de tanto gemido. Resulta muy repetitivo, sobretodo hacía el final cuando por cada dos parrafos normales hay 20 describiendo aventuras sexuales.

No se lo recomiendo a nadie.
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the help of her friend, Sandra learns to explore her sexual fantasies, which is a standard plot for an erotic story. And so the sex goes on for almost the entire book. There's not much of a romance here, even though the hero tries to win Sandra's heart even while encouraging her to explore her sexuality. Lots of menage--a favorite of mine--but the f/f play surprised me. I'm more familiar with m/m play, which was sorely missing here. And I missed the romance, too. 3.5 stars.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, e-book
In erotic romances, some plots are dumb. Tick mark
And sometimes they even get worse and worse til the end of the book. Tick mark
The characters change from one day to the next. Tick mark
They do not have any kind of depth, as the only thing they can think of from the beginning of the book onwards is sex. Tick mark
At least in this case, we were spared the usual obnoxious former husband or boy-friend in quest of revenge...
A boatload of sex scenes not that hot, unrealistic for a large part.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sexy. Sandra and her friend Aimee write a list of 'wildest fantasies'. Aimee takes Sandra to her cabin on a private island. They meet 2 sexy men, that help make Sandra's fantasies come true. She also has Devlin, her friend at home, whom she likes, but after her divorce she is not feeling so sexy, so Aimee, Devlin, James, and Craig help her release her inner bad-girl. Great read, Sandra is quite introverted at the beginning of the book, but by the end she is very extroverted.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy
I picked this one off the shelf in an effort to find a new author to recommend to the '50 shades' crowd. Am I ever glad I did! Much, much better writing, and in my opinion the sexy scenes were WAY hotter. But of course, that could by my bias - being alone on an island with two hunky fellas in the Canadian wilderness sounds heavenly to me :P
I would recommend this title to romance readers who like it spicy.
First book by this author and probably last. I couldn't get into the relationship between her and Devlin. There just was too much sex without the connection between the characters other than the sex. Sure that is good sometimes but this would have been better as anthology or shorter novel. Left me feeling cold.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not so much. No real story to it if you ask me. Just a bunch of people getting together for sex. The writing wasn't good at all either. A lot of it read very awkwardly. This was one of her older stories, so maybe this was her at a newer point in her writing career. I like to read stories with substance, not just a bunch of people getting together over and over again.
Nicole Jade
Well, it started off pretty good and it didn't make me hate Sandra or Devlin(a little...maybe)

Worked out really good I must say, even while just full of sex, you did get a decent story build between Devlin and Sandra.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a total fantasy book. If you are looking for reality, not gonna happen here. The sex is varied and hot and there is lots of it. Keep my interest to see if Sandra would fulfill all her fantasies written on the cocktail napkin. Fast, quick read.
Kristin  Aragon
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the premise of this book. The idea of exploring your sexuality and being good with who you are and what you like before you get into a relationship. I read 3 books this weekend and this one was definitely at the top of my list!

I need a little hide-a-way like Aimee has! LOL!
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 stars

This is one of my favorite books so far from Opal Carew.

Sandra learns to let loose, to go for what she wants and not to hold back. She lets all inhibitions down and goes with the flow. With the help of her friend Aimee, she learns to doo that.
Karen ~ Divhine
This was an okay read, but I didn’t feel like I connected with the main characters. The story was more about completing the fantasy list than developing any real relationship between the h/h.
Sandra Sparr
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy too read could not put down!!!
May 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-r, romance, read-2011
Three, three and a half stars if read as pure smut...
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 stars.

Review to go up.

Question! Wouldn't bondage insist the role of love slave?
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: opal-carew
moderately entertaining. Didn't love the characters
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you are reading Carew's books, this is no spoiler. But, this one is simply porn without plot. If that's what you want, read away. However, this one left me wanting for more substance.
Amy Denim
This is one of the better Opal Carew books I've read. I liked the journey the heroine takes and how her friends help her on it.
Julie Aguilar
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how when the person love and meant to be with will help you achieve your wildest fantasies .. Great book
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