Cole is successful beyond his wildest dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there's only one he can't stop thinking about: his childhood sweetheart, Ren. He's never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them - or the pain he brought upon her.... Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She's become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man.
When Cole finds her again, he's gutted that she belongs to another. Ren's current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again....
©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
"Banks has hit the mark for those who crave all-out sub-dom erotica." (Romantic Times)
Make no mistake between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.........
??????? Not really sure why this book was added to the series???? I did like Cole in the previous books; however, do not feel that he deserved his own. I miss the relationships and comrodery between all the characters/friends; this is what made the series.
There was no real depth to the story and really the book could have stood on its own; outside of the Sweet Series!
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
Well, what can i say other than "Uhg"! I was very disappointed with this story. As the story says, Ren and Cole used to be in a serious relationship when they were younger. They experimented with BDSM and Cole ended up going too far and hurting her. He started pulling away and ended up leaving her, convinced she wouldn't want to stay with him or submit to his dominant needs. 10 years later, Cole sees Ren in a restaurant with Lucas and he finds out that she's a submissive and is "owned" by Lucas.
Cole has never been able to get over Ren and never found a woman that could take her place so when he sees she's into BDSM, he has to see her again. When he does, their meeting shows Lucas that there's something major between them. In Lucas' effort to figure things out, the whole situation gets turned into a huge mess. Basically, Lucas decides that Ren should have the chance to figure out who she truly wants to be with...not taking into account that he would just be causing Ren stress with this idea. We get to see Lucas and Ren together for about the first 25% of the book until he decides to give Ren to Cole for 2 weeks. The problem is, he doesn't bother to tell Ren about the situation before leaving her with Cole so Ren thinks Lucas is ending their relationship.
So Ren is hurt and confused by Lucas but decides to take advantage of the time with Cole. Thing go well for them and I actually got to a point where I was happy with the way things were going. I wasn't too hot with Cole sharing Ren with a couple of virtual strangers but as it being part of the whole BDSM experience I could have dealt with it. But then the 2 weeks end and Lucas shows back up. Ren is happy and relieved to see him and in her happiness, she convinces Cole that she really wants Lucas so he leaves her free to be with Lucas, thinking it would make her happy. Of course it doesn't...she can't be happy without either man now that she's had them both.
As if Cole and Lucas hadn't already messed up things with Ren badly enough, Lucas decides to approach Cole and suggests that they do a m/f/m relationship so they can both have Ren. Now it's bad enough that we have 2 men that barely know (or like) each other deciding that they can just put aside their jealousy and issues with each other to share Ren and that it would be fine. What's even worse is the fact that once again they messed up on their approach to Ren and end up messing things up even more before finally smoothing things out. I mean these guys were just total IDIOTS!!!! And I'm sorry, I know there was a short epilogue that indicated everything was going perfectly for the trio, but I just can't see this as a HEA.
TBH, the whole story was just messed up. The men passed Ren around like a piece of meat and didn't ask for any input from her on how she felt about the whole thing. They even did it again after realizing just how badly they messed up in the first place! And they did it again!!! Seriously!?!? I mean these 2 men barely knew each other and yet they thought they could move from an uneasy truce to sharing the woman they loved with each other? Really? I just don't see it and this whole plot is just lame and an insult to women. I don't care if Ren's a submissive...even a submissive should have some input into her emotional welfare and shouldn't have her feelings hurt and bashed around like that. :P
I made the mistake of buying all 6 books in the series while they were on sale on Audible.com and now I'm regretting it. The middle part was alright and that's the only reason it got 2 stars...if not for that it would have been a 1 star (or maybe a DNF...I came close on this one). I'd call this one a disappointment at best...
Started strong and then got utterly stupid. This was not like the others in the series. This book had passion and a strong narrator. But the story was just stupid and the characters were whinny and it was hard to stay focused.
Cole said some of the sweetest things. Lucas I don't know what to think. The epilogue was totally laughable. Straight dominate men and one woman protected and loved forever definitely not worth the credit.
I can't blame it on the narrator she did a great job on what she has to work with.
I read the book and have been looking forward to the Audio version and wasn't disappointed
Book #2 Sweet Persuasion because Cole, Lucas & Damon are my favorite characters and these were my favorite books of the series.
Yes, she is the same as her previous performances. She is an okay narrator, not great but not bad. At least they use the same narrator consistently.
SPOILER: When Lucas gives Ren to Cole
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Yes, since I have listened too all the others in this series.
Let's just say most women would LOVE this.
I enjoyed the beginning, sorta bored in the middle, and enjoyed the ending. I have all the others in this series but waited to get this one due to the reviews. If you like the previous books in this series I think you'll like it. I admit Cole sparked my interest from the other scenes he was involved in from the previous books and his story fits into this series for me. It's not my favorite but I'm glad I finally got around to it.
I love to read and listen to erotica all types and paranormal vamps and shifters
This book was hot it has some very good sex scene it also made me question my relationship
Change The Main Character (REN)/Oh & Get Rid Of Lucas. Changed The Publisher's Summary To Add That This Is A Love Triangle Book For People Who Hate Them Can Save Their Money!!
The Main Character (REN) - She Lets Men Pay For Housing, Clothes, Food, Workspace, Ect. In Exchange For Sex & Submission. To Me This Whole Book SCREAMED Upscale Escort Or Prostitute. Then When She Like Having Sex With Other Men It Just Confirmed It For Me.
She Actually Did A Good Job So No Complaints There.
Lucas After The First Couple Of Chapters, But I Don't Like Love Triangle.
I LOVED All The Sweet Books Except I Couldn't Stand This One From The Start. I Think The Main Character (REN & LUCAS) Turned Me Off The Entire Book.
It was amazing how the love of one woman can soo dramatically change the course of 2 men's lives. It was an unusual & sweet ending.
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