I have read most of this series and like the first few books best. Good dialogue, good descriptions of the south west, good suspense. The narrator (George Guidall) is excellent as usual.
I was instantly engrossed by the story of Tyler, a male escort who is injured by a brutal Dom in a sex club. Allie, a lawyer & friend of the club owners was asked to help Tyler and see if he wanted to press criminal charges. Seth, one of the owners and bi-sexual, offers Tyler a safe place to get well, even though he is attracted to both Tyler and Allie.
I really liked Tyler and Allie's characters but Seth was inconsistent; considerate one moment, domineering bully the next. I understood why Tyler, who was used to being abused by clients, was willing to endure anything for the allusion of caring & kindness, but absolutely baffled why Allie would agree to become a doormat for a few orgasms.
If the author had left out the master/slave stuff and had the 3 individuals interact as mature equals, the story of their budding relationship would have been great. There was so much potential in the threesome, but soon it was just another idiot getting his rocks off by bossing others around. What a disappointment!
Unlike the previous novels in the Sweet series, Sweet Seduction is about a confident, smart woman who wants a man who doesn't abuse her. Julie makes a pass at Tucker, who misses the ball. Then he chases Julie until she wants to be caught.
While the main characters from the first 2 books (acquaintances of Julie who are in abusive relationships) make appearances, this book is mostly about a woman who goes after the love she wants and deserves.
Plot: Cassie (44) was unhappily married for 20+ years and sexually unfulfilled. Somehow this smart woman decides that she wants to experience meaningless sex in a D/S club. So Cassie visits the club, meets one of the owners Jake, immediately trusts this complete stranger and allows herself to be screwed.
I liked Cassie in many ways - she was dedicated, intelligent and caring - but I thought she suffered from alarming low self esteem. She didn't have the guts to confront her husband and get what she needed from her marriage (or end it). Then Cassie magically had the courage to trust her physical and emotional welfare to a professional Dom, someone who is paid to inflict pain on others - not my idea of a trustworthy individual.
Jake just gave me the creeps, with his attitude of instantly knowing "what Cassie really needs", which of course was sex with him. Just another horny man with a "lifestyle" that gives him permission to bully; hitting as foreplay, humiliation was a bonding experience. When exactly did bossy, self absorbed jerks become romantic heroes?
While I believe in freedom of choice for consenting adults, I hate when self destructive behavior is romanticized, brainwashing women into thinking that physical abuse is okay. I wish this very talented author would write books about independent & confident women who demand to be treated with respect and kindness from the men in their lives.
Illicit is an entertaining story about Lindsay, who meets 3 hunky bi-sexual guys in an elevator, and ends up spending a weekend with them. The characters are well written and the guys are respectful toward Lindsay, no violence, no dominance.
While I'm not crazy about male on male sex, the men were funny & caring friends who honestly like women. An enjoyable, erotic romance with warm and humor.
While extremely well written, the main character of Tangled Drew has the emotional maturity of a 5th grader. He's a rich investment banker (maybe late 20s, early 30s) from a loving family who only have one night stands with strange women - no girlfriends, no 2nd dates. What a prince!
When Drew finally falls in love with an engaged woman (Kate) who is hired to work in his father's firm, Drew becomes even more obnoxious and selfish. Drew may be a devoted son, brother & uncle, smart, hardworking and kind to old ladies but he is NOT good boyfriend or husband material.
This was my first Emma Chase book and I think she is extremely talented. Perhaps Emma is writing for a much younger audience who thinks that "taming a man slut" is an erotic and challenging experience. I just wanted to slap Drew silly and tell Kate to run for her life.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, after reading other novels about rich arrogant men (jerks). The plot: Noah, attractive billionaire, buys a virgin companion willing to spend 2 years at his beck & call. Delaine (early 20s) is desperate for money to help her family and takes a crazy risk to do it.
Rather than taking advantage of the unequal situation, Noah tries to make the arrangement as pleasant and caring as possible. Delaine is a spunky, smart young woman who learns to hold her own in the unfamiliar world of the ultra rich and earns Noah's respect and affection. Noah, with his own demons & insecurities, gets more than he anticipated with Delaine.
I was quickly engrossed in their developing relationship and had to purchase the next book to see what happened to Noah & Delaine - loved that one too.
Joel, an American lawyer, is living in London with Christian, an English writer. Both men are in desperate need of a good cleaner (housekeeper) and a goodhearted woman to complete their relationship. Enter Susie, a cancer survivor who has never held a job and lives with her self-absorbed father and brothers.
Susie (24) is an engrossing character, young but wise, kind and caring but not a pushover. The relationship that develops between these 3 flawed individuals is humorous, loving, erotic and respectful. The narration was enjoyable, although I can't rate the accuracy of her English accent. I would definitely try another book by this author and reader.
Very interesting concept - women helping other women to become powerful. I enjoyed listening as Cassie (main character) grew more confident and built friendships with new friends and co-workers. However, I found the method - experiencing sexual fantasies with strangers - to be a cold & contrived path to personal growth. Not my cup of tea...
The story starts with a construction crew of 5 hunky bi-sexual men who are good friends and lovers. As these men meet a series of women, they find "true love" while keeping their friendship & sex relationships with the rest of the crew. The stories are extremely well written and erotic, with lots of graphic sex but no violence.
While I enjoyed this book, I found the over enthusiastic reactions of the women (to being willing to share their boyfriend/fiancé/husband) totally unbelievable. How many females would be HAPPY that their men will continue to screw other men and sometimes women on a regular basis. Not my idea of a happily ever after ending...
While the narration was amazing and the writing flowed easily, I found there was something missing in Resisting Her. The plot was promising: FBI agent Cole (27) was involved in a raid on a cult compound where Savannah (19) had been living since the age of 7.
However, the characters just didn't make sense to me; Savannah was too well spoken for a kid who never went to school. She also didn't display much curiosity about the modern world or have any life ambitions. Cole, a workaholic, somehow believed he was totally responsible for the self-destructive behavior of an old girlfriend and not entitled to a happy adult relationship.
When Cole takes Savannah to his condo - she can't survive alone in a city - he denies his attraction to Savannah, rather than discussing the situation with her. They spend weeks, possibly months, dancing around their feelings like 5th graders. There were some cute moments but not enough to keep my interest.
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