It took me two tries to get through this book. At first I was immediately turned off by the descriptions of Dominion, and Fantasy Key disturbed me greatly. Then I took some time off and when I came back to it, I looked at it with a different view. Fantasy Key is supposed to be disturbing, the main characters are disgusted by it, that is part of the reason they are there, to stop it. Some of the coincidences are a little too convenient. "Xander used to work there? No way!" but it helped tie the story together, especially since Xander is a recurring character in the Wicked Lovers series. Getting through the book allowed me to understand Logan a lot more than what he seems on the surface, and now I think I could actually like him if he were a real person, and I understand Tara's feelings for him. I was very glad to see how much Logan respected Tara deep down and was willing to change himself for her (pipe dream? maybe...) instead of coercing her into becoming someone he wanted her to be, especially that whole "you say you don't want xyz, but i know that you really do deep down" bologna. Tara remained a strong woman, able to handle herself and didn't fall into the 'take care of me i'm helpless' category. Make sure to give this book the chance it deserves, and you'll be glad you did.
Logan and Tara have a history. High scool sweethearts torn apart by family tragedy. They are back together again because of an FBI mission in which Tara, AKA Cherry, is assigned to. Logan must train Cherry in becoming a submissive. Can she trust him enough go submit? Can he put aside his enduring love for her in order to train her well enough to survive the mission? This fast paced book has something for everyone. White hot passion, steamy sex, mystery, suspense and crime. Loved both Cherry and Logan as well as Xander. I am hoping to see him in his own story.
I read this years ago but never wrote a review. I loved Logan and Tara’s story. The storyline was good and interesting. It was suspenseful. Logan was a Dom and Tara was an FBI agent who needed training to go under cover as a submissive to rescue her friend. Of course, Logan trained her so there was a lot of “training” going on. They had history together, painful history at that, so there were struggles of her liking and trusting him while he trained her. The ending was enlightening and Tara and Logan’s finale was great! I loved this entire series.
First let me acknowledge that I have read all of the books of the Wicked Lovers series as well as other stories told by Ms. Black. I consider her to be an automatic purchase whenever I see her work. I have read many books in the genre. However, this is definitely not my favorite book in the Wicked Lovers series. The book has far too many pages that draw out Tara's struggle to trust her first love, Logan. Their story would have been much more rewarding if their conflict had a more believable focus. Oops, I'm going ahead of myself. Logan a Navy Seal on leave is a Dom at a club that has agreed train FBI agent, Tara, as a submissive so she can be believable when she goes undercover to rescue her bestie and fellow agent who is being held captive by a sex slave ring. Logan was Tara's first love and she gave him her virginity. However, the very next day he breaks up with her without sharing that he received a letter threatening her safety if they continue their relationship. So twelve years later, she's engaged and still trying to go on with her life though Logan remained in her heart in spite of efforts to hate him. Logan has not been able to have a relationship or meaningful sex with another woman so he's been celibate for the past 5 years. Logan has never stopped loving Tara. For him no woman can compare to Tara though many women would have loved the opportunity to show him otherwise.
Anywho, this story was built on a juvenile foundation that was underneath the characters. Tara just comes off as whiny and hypocritical. I can't trust you because you broke my heart as a 16 years old male who was warned to stay away from me or I would die. Even after she learns why he broke with her 12 years ago, she still tries to punish him for it. What was the point of growing up? You didn't tell me that you if didn't collar and / or marry me, you would lose your membership at the club; even though, I put you in the position of having to risk your membership (conspiring to have you removed as my trainer / Dom), I was pushing you away, I was engaged to another man, and I refused to acknowledge that I never stopped loving you, we could have worked something out instead. REALLY? Logan I can't trust you yet I have sex with my ex while engaged under the guise of training for a mission. I can't trust you yet I won't tell my fiancé that you are my trainer because I don't want him to overreact.
Logan's celibacy was believable and endearing. It showed that he understood himself and sex. He demonstrated his masterful skills repeatedly throughout this tale.
Xander needs a transplant before he gets his own novel. He comes off as a bratty sister rather than a Dom or a grow man's best friend. Really he did not know that it wasn't his place to tell Tara about celibacy, and undying love, tattoos, the collar and /or marry or you lose your membership agreement.
The identity of Sire was obvious from the very beginning. Shame too because a better subplot could have saved this book.
The endings were rushed. Ms. Black should have spent more time on the island; it would have made for a much better read. Tara and Logan could have tested their trust issues on the island since Ms. Black insisted that that be the theme for this tale. Okay, ENOUGH of my rants. I was disappointed with Logan's story but I will continue to read all the books in the series because in general the series has been filled with sizzle. Do I recommend this book? It depends if you intend to read the series. If you are looking for a stand alone read, I say skip this one. If not, it's not the worst just not the best. You will get through it, I did.
Shayla is so wickedly talented. I so LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Logan and Tara's story. Logan has been my favorite so far in Shayla's Wicked Lovers Series (although I really am digging Xander (bk7) and can't wait for Tyler's book (bk6)). Shayla does a great job of taking this tough talking Dom and showing us just how vulnerable he really is. How when given a chance to be close to the woman he loves with all his heart and soul again. Logan will stop at nothing to make her his once and for all.
Shayla does a great job with Tara too. We feel Tara's pain about the boy she has always loved and hated yet never forgot or forgiven his betrayal. But when faced with trusting Logan or failing on her mission, Tara knows she has to trust Logan one more time. Tara also knows she is doomed to fall hard for Logan, but is she willing to take a chance at getting her heart broken again just like he did all those years ago.
Shayla Black's Belong to Me, is such a wicked good read I never wanted Logan and Tara's story to end. Logan & Tara are HOT. Five-Alarm HOT!!!! If you have not started Shayla's Wicked Lover Series I would highly recommend them. I look forward to seeing snippets of them in the next two books *fingers crossed*