Real (Real, Raw & Ripped #1) by Katy Evans

17617277Rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: Gallery Books (May 28, 2013)

Synopsis: A fallen boxer.

A woman with a broken dream.

A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…

Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.

He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .

But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.

I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.

If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Review: Brooke doesn’t understand why everybody is going ga-ga over the fighter that entered the arena until he turns around and their eyes lock. The connection is immediate and she can’t look away.

Remy is an underground fighter with an aura of pure masculinity. Ruggedly handsome and built like a brick house, Remy is everything Brook should stay away from and the very she wants.

“There he is, a woman’s living, breathing fantasy, doing his slow, cocky turn, spiky black hair, darkly tanned chest, dimpled smile-killer smile-all in the package of Remington Tate. He’s perfection itself, and a new surge of hormones sweeps through me as I do what the rest of the crowd does and take in his visual, so blatantly on display in those low riding boxing shorts and so strikingly sexy, he becomes the center of my attention. The center. Of my. World.”

I loved this story and what’s not to love?!

“Holy shit, it’s like porn with the romance.”

  • Hot alpha-male guy that fires up all my buttons and uses music to express himself  *swoon* HELL YEAH!

“You tie me up in knots.” He presses my mouth with his. Briefly. Then he withdraws, breathing hard, and looks at me with heavy-lidded eyes. “I want to play you a thousand different songs so you get a clue of what … I feel inside me…”

  • Chemistry that jumps off the page and keeps getting better as the story progresses *fans herself* OH YEAH!

“When I take you, you’ll be mine,” he says, a soft promise in my ear. He slides his thumb along my jaw, then gently kisses my earlobe. “You need to be certain.”

  • Angst-ridden story that deals with real life problems that make you want to wrap yourself around the hero to shelter him from it all  *sob* YEAH *sniffle*

♫ ♪ And I don’t want the world to see me ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand. When everything’s made to be broken I just want you to know who I am. ♫ ♪  – Iris, Goo Goo Dolls

Not much I can say about this book that hasn’t been said before. I’m certainly looking forward to Mine, the next book in the series.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Illumination by Rowan Speedwell

18194301Rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (September 30, 2013)

Synopsis: Adam Craig is burned out. Lead singer of the hard rock band Black Varen, he’s tired of the empty life of groupies, paparazzi, and hotel rooms. Worse, a life in the closet. After the final concert of their latest tour, he flees the after-party in pursuit of memories of lost summers and carefree days, until he passes out on the patio of a shuttered lake resort.

Miles Caldwell is a brilliant artist, tied by agoraphobia and social anxiety to his family’s lodge. Alone but for his parrot, he spends his days illuminating manuscripts and hiding from the complexities of life. When he discovers Adam asleep in a deck chair, he’s furious but intrigued. Adam soon charms his way into Miles’ bed, and they lose themselves in a summer idyll, safe from the compromises and claims of reality.

But Adam’s life, with all its demands, is waiting for him. And Miles, uncertain of Adam’s true feelings, is battling demons of his own. Somehow, the man who’s never home and the man who never leaves it must find the strength to fight for a future together.

Review: Miles is an artist whose life was turned upside down after a car accident that took his parents’ lives and left him with no memory of his former self. After experiencing seizures while in public that left him helpless and at the mercy of others he decides to seclude himself. And when he goes to visit the resort he and his sister inherited, he feels drawn to it and retreats there. His only companion is Grace, a talking parrot, with his human interactions consisting of weekly visits from his sister and the occasional visits from his friends.

Adam is the lead singer in a band who is going through the motions but feels like he’s in need of something more. He is tired of leading a double life where he has to abide by the rules his manager has set forth. he wants to be himself and after a particular rough night when he finds himself needing something familiar so he runs away from the partying in search of what he needs. He ends up at a place where his life made sense. A resort his family visited during his childhood and where he laid eyes on his first crush. There he finds an intriguing, handsome man in the form of Miles.

Adam wants nothing more than to stay with Miles and explore this thing that has developed between them but Miles is set on his ways and his need to keep to himself serves as an obstacle for anything between them to move along. Relentless in his pursuit, Adam continues after Miles, even when he notices Miles distancing himself from him and retreating into himself more and more.

Fortunately, Miles has a great sister that makes him see what he could be losing if he doesn’t step up and pull up his big man undies.

I loved this story from start to finish. Rowan Speedwell did an amazing job in bringing Miles and Adam to the page while bringing to the surface their emotions, needs and desires.

I so enjoyed the chemistry between Miles and Adam. From the first kiss to that mind-blowing video, Rowan Speedwell gave us a hell of a lot of emotion and sensuality every time these two came together (no pun intended, I swear!)

Miles and Adam’s longing for something more jumped off the page. I could easily see how much Miles wanted Adam and how frustrated he was that his fear wouldn’t let him act on it. And even through all his understanding of Miles’ condition, Adam suffered too. Especially each time Miles retreated from what they had.

I appreciated the fact that the author developed their connection over time and that both Miles and Adam worked hard on their issues before trying to build a relationship. I do believe that they brought the best out of each other and it showed with their every interaction.

The writing was very good. It’s very rare for an author to be able to bring so much out of a character and yet keep things light and entertaining. Rowan Speedwell did that. She managed to bring Miles issues and the angst that came along with it, but still managed to keep a light note to the story. It didn’t feel overwhelming, nor did it read as a typical rock star romance. Everything was laid out on the page meticulously to make this an angsty, emotion-driven and highly sensual read.

All in all, Illumination was a wonderful story of true love overcoming even the most overwhelming of obstacles.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille *Review*

17586475Rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 3, 2013)

Synopsis: He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more…

Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he’s about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined…

Review: Once in a while you find a book you want to sink your teeth into. The hero draws your attention from the beginning, the heroine starts funny and quirky and the plot starts out interesting and keeps you tap, tap, tapping to get to the next page.

You laugh. You continue reading.

Another layer is added to the hero – he’s not only a fighter, an instructor and owner of the gym – he’s a billionaire.

You shrug. You continue reading.

A new twist is added to the story in the form of harassment over defaulting on a student loan. The facts written are hideous and it’s hard to overlook.

You roll your eyes. You continue reading.

Another layer is added to the hero – he’s not only a fighter, an instructor, owner of the gym and a billionaire – he’s also a dominant. A bad one at that, because if that first scene is anything to go by it doesn’t matter how hot I thought he was, I would swiftly kick his balls for the way he administered his “punishment”.

You rant. You continue reading.

You finish reading.

You examine your thoughts about what you read.

You sigh.

This book did this to me.

I don’t know if it was Makayla whose sense of humor made me initially like her that eventually got on my nerves with her indecisive mind. I don’t know if it was Max or both of them together. Hell, maybe it was because this was my first book with MMA fighters in it and I didn’t know any better. Maybe I’ve been reading too many New Adult books and was expecting something more along those lines. Or maybe I’ve read too many BDSM-themed books and have come to know its proper procedures. Hell, maybe it could be that I’m aware what defaulting on a student loan entails.

I don’t know.

Whatever it was, I was so disappointed that I couldn’t love this book. Even giving it 3 stars wasn’t enough.  I am still disappointed I didn’t get to love it like I thought I would when I started reading it. Go figure.

It’s not that it doesn’t deserve it. I mean, the characters were okay and I enjoyed their interactions as well as those of the secondary characters. The overall plot was a bit sketchy, but it was workable and had potential. But it’s those pesky little details I mentioned above that made it such a conflicting read.

I received this title from NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Flirting with Disaster (Camelot #3) by Ruthie Knox

17156702Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: LoveSwept (June 10, 2013)

Synopsis: Fresh out of a fiasco of a marriage, Katie Clark has retreated to her hometown to start over. The new Katie is sophisticated, cavalier, and hell-bent on kicking butt at her job in her brother’s security firm. But on her first assignment—digging up the truth about the stalker threatening a world-famous singer-songwriter—Katie must endure the silent treatment from a stern but sexy partner who doesn’t want her help . . . or her company.

Sean Owens knows that if he opens his mouth around Katie, she’ll instantly remember him as the geeky kid who sat behind her in high school. Silence is golden, but he can’t keep quiet forever, not with Katie stampeding through their investigation. It’s time for Sean to step up and take control of the case, and his decade-old crush. If he can break through Katie’s newfound independence, they just might find they make a perfect team—on the road, on the job, and in bed.

Review: After reading Along Came Trouble I was hesitant to read another book in this series but I was so curious about Katie’s story. And of course, Sean had caught my eye when he worked with Caleb on the previous book, so I wanted to know more about him too.

I’m glad to say that this one was everything I wanted and a bit more. My only complaint would be that I wanted it to last longer to see more of Katie and Sean’s relationship.

I enjoyed their flirtatious banter and their chemistry. It was undeniable that they had something there.

Through meaningful and honest dialog, sarcastic barbs thrown at each other and understanding of where each was coming from, Katie and Sean’s connection grew as the story progressed.

I liked that Katie was understanding of Sean’s situation and enjoyed how she played with him and made him crazy. Sean was great too. He was always in control, except when it came to Katie. He was quiet but his actions spoke so much that it was hard to miss how much he wanted Katie.

Ruthie Knox’s writing flowed seamlessly. Every element added to the story worked well with the others making this a very enjoyable read.

Although Flirting with Disaster is the third book in the Camelot series it can be read as a standalone. Its focus is on Katie and Sean’s relationship even when characters from previous installments make an appearance.

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Stranded with a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #1) by Jessica Clare

17561022Rating: 3.75 stars

Publisher: Penguin Group (April 16, 2013)

Synopsis: The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success – at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…

Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.

He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.

When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.

She also has no clue that he’s rich…

Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?

Review: Logan is checking on a new investment in the Bahamas when he is stranded in an elevator with a sexy tourist. Not one to want to get involved, he just wants out of the island so he can resume his prestigious life.

Bronte feels fortunate that she won a stay at a luxurious resort. Her luck runs out when she finds herself sharing alone time with a captivating, alpha-male billionaire when a hurricane leaves her and Logan stranded in the island.

The chemistry is bound to explode and fireworks ignite when they come together. Now the question is if it can survive the trip back home.

I was a bit hesitant about the premise of this story. It has been widely used without a lot to it. Man and woman find themselves stranded, get together, develop feelings, try to build on the connection, fail, reconcile and live happily ever after.

Well, add to that a brooding, alpha-male that is determined to make the woman his regardless of her opinion, a woman who is stubborn and more than capable of standing for herself, some emotions, a cast of interesting supporting characters and great chemistry and you got yourself a mighty entertaining read.

I liked that the heroine was strong-minded and willing to stand on her own in a new town. Bronte was smart, loyal and willing to let go in other to stick to what she believed was right. I too liked Logan. He was the quiet, moody type that had been burned before, but he had completely fallen for Bronte. She made him feel things he thought were beyond him. I loved watching him struggle with his emotions and his determination to make her his.

Jessica Clare did a great job in bringing these characters to life. They felt real and believable. Not usually a fan of the insta-love scenario, it was easy for me to overlook this aspect of the story because of the characters’ struggles to come to grips with their emotions. I felt that the author developed their connection over the course of the story, so that in the end I could see them becoming a couple.

Stranded with a Billionaire is the first book in the Billionaire Boys Club series and I am looking forward to reading more about these intriguing men.

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

17671483Rating: 1.5 stars

Publisher: Julie Patra Publishing (July 22, 2013)

Synopsis: Infinite possibilities….
Infinite passion…..
Infinite danger….
His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loves to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten–even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets down her guard, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give? And what if there is more to Liam than meets the eyes?

Review: I wanted to love this book so much, I really did. All through my reading I was thinking “Why the hell am I continuing?” I was convinced there had to be something more. By reputation and reviews alone, Lisa Renee Jones is a great author. I couldn’t fathom why I could not LOVE this.

I was dumbfounded.

After much, much deliberation this is what I came up with.

  • I don’t like Amy. Not one bit. She was flighty (pun, totally intended). She didn’t know what she wanted and didn’t even try to figure it out. I felt compelled to skim through most of her thoughts. She just kept harping on and on about her handler, her fears and attraction to Liam. It was a merry-go-round where the conductor fell asleep and forgot to let the passengers get off. I was nauseous.
  • I loved Liam but wanted to smack him up-side the head. I couldn’t understand his motive for pursuing Amy, but he was sexy as hell and I was drawn to his mysterious appeal. I wish I got to know more about him. I made some assumptions and I am mad at myself that I want to know more about him. Pffft!
  • Their chemistry was “iffy” at best. Yep, there was something there, but it felt forced not at all ‘flowy’ and believable. Sex scenes? Yes, they were well written. That’s about it.
  • The plot was one giant mesh of unfinished facts. I understand building up to the resolution. Hell, I could understand a cliffhanger, but to let the reader turn the page after page without revealing anything about what’s going on? Absurd! Okay, so I could understand the mystery behind it all. Keep the reader guessing and all that. But really? What about character development? Meaningful dialog? Emotions others than lust? There were details here and there but nothing I could grab a hold of appease myself with. It all felt unhinged somehow.
  • What’s with all the other characters? Do all of them have to be a mystery? I like a guessing game as well as the next gal, but this was preposterous! Instead of enticing me to get to the bottom of it, I was more inclined to stop reading and lose myself in something more enjoyable. Mysteries where the facts are examined, thought out and allow the reader to make assumptions and take interest in getting to the bottom of it? I could deal with that and revel in it. Round and round guessing with nothing to go on and then have the audacity to leave you hanging? That is so NOT worth my time.

I wish I could say that I want to read the next installment, but I don’t. And I hate it, because I don’t like NOT liking a book. It’s a rare moment for me when I do and it frustrates the hell out of me when it happens.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Out of Play by Jolene Perry, Nyrae Dawn

17562068Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Entangled – Teen (August 6, 2013)

Synopsis: Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn’t have a drug problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—just need a little help taking the edge off sometimes. After downing a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.
Hockey player Penny Jones can’t imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers to all the best schools, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who’ll take care of her absentminded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered to come home from work, let alone deal with their new tenants next door.
Penny’s not interested in dealing with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps and begins to see what he’s been missing. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.

Review: Bishop has it all – money, women, a career. So why is he looking for an escape? He has a problem but he doesn’t recognize it. It isn’t until he start hanging out with Penny and her grandpa that he comes to understand that his life was going nowhere if he didn’t make pull himself together.

Seldon, Alaska is all Percy has ever known. She believes that where she’s meant to be – with her hockey team, mom and grandpa. She plays hockey, she goes to school. She’s happy. Until she meets the sexy, rock star that makes her believe that there’s indeed something more for her, if she just learns to let go and starts living.

I loved this story. From the premise to the characters all the way through Penny and Bishop’s banter and meaningful dialogue, Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn delivered a wonderful story. I felt like I could understand where each character was coming from. I wanted to shake some sense into them, hug them and reassure them that everything was going to be fine.

I was surprised that I was so riveted by this book.

Maybe it was because Penny was such a badass heroine. She gave as good as she got and she didn’t let Bishop or anyone else dismiss her. It a rare moment when a heroine makes an impression on me and Penny sure did.

I loved Bishop too. What’s not to love? Sexy, drummer boy with issues and a tender and caring side, Bishop was more than I expected and the perfect partner for Penny. He too was bull-headed, but he accepted Penny as she was and saw more in her than most of her friends did.

So yeah, the writing was superb, the characters complex and relatable and the romance a mix of sweet and angsty. Out of Play made for a fabulous read!

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Breaking (Escorted #1.5) by Claire Kent

18131220Rating: 3 stars

Published: June 25th, 2013

Synopsis: He spent years selling his body, having sex with women for money. He could please them better than anyone else.

Now he has only one woman to please.

He knows what to do with her body. He wants her, needs her, takes her–until she can’t take any more.

But what they have is so much more than bodies moving together. He loves her, loves her, loves her.

He still doesn’t always know how.

Breaking is an erotic novella (21,000 words) that can be read as a standalone, although it features characters from Escorted.

Review: It was nice to get a brief glimpse into how Ander and Lori a faring after getting together in Escorted. It was not exactly what I was expecting but I was happy that I finally got to get inside Ander’s head and experience his emotions and thoughts first-hand.

I was especially glad that I could know more about Ander’s relationship (or lack thereof) with his father. Ander was very affected by his past in regards to his father and had trouble dealing with some unexpected news he received while on assignment. His emotional state was all over the place and it allowed me to better understand the man he truly was.

Yes, there was a lot of sex in this novella and some of it I could have even done without, but at least Claire Kent strengthened the emotional connection between Lori and Ander by having Ander share his past with Lori. He did love her and didn’t want to lose her, so when faced with that being threatened he stepped up and finally let go. It made for an interesting read, to say the least.

I enjoyed seeing them as a couple and I appreciated the fact that the author didn’t embellish the story and just focused on those days that Ander felt out of sorts.

Although Breaking is considered a novella of the Escorted series, it CAN be read as a stand alone since the author gives enough backstory for the reader to catch up and it focuses mainly on the events that took place within the days where Ander dealt with his issues and the aftermath of his turmoil.

All in all, Breaking was a short, erotic novella that allowed me to get to know more about Ander, but mostly it was about a person discovering that he can get through his darkest moments when the right person is by his side.

I received this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Escorted (Escorted #1) by Claire Kent

17160548Rating: 4 stars

Published: January 9th, 2013

Synopsis: She hired him to take her virginity…but now she wants even more.

Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she’s never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn’t nearly enough. Twice isn’t enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.

Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she’s never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn’t seem entirely immune either.

Review: I was surprised by this story. Although I had an idea of what to expect, Ander threw me off kilter. He was considerate, understanding and total gentleman. He treated Lori with respect and I don’t think it only applied to her. He was also professional even when struggling with how affected he was becoming by Lori.

Lori was an interesting character to get to know. I admired her determination to treat this as a plain business transaction even after the fact that she had admitted to herself that Ander meant more to her than just a man she had sex with. She truly cherished their ‘friendship’ and preferred to step away rather than lay down ultimatums.

Although there were a LOT of sex scenes in the beginning of the story, I think that Claire Kent did a great job in finding a balance between the ‘business’ end of Ander and Lori’s relationship and what was developing between them. I liked that she kept Lori’s expectations in check and that she maintained Ander’s professionalism and integrity intact. I appreciated the fact that she developed their friendship after their sexual relationship was over. I believe that it allowed them to get to know one another in a deeper level and strengthened their resolve to wait for the right moment to come together.

However, what I enjoyed the most was what they each did for each other. While Ander may have had more sexual experience and was accepting of his ‘career’, I think Lori helped him see another side of himself he hadn’t explore before. Through her he found the will and the courage to make a change. Just as well as Ander, Lori learned that she could be passionate and could let herself go in and out of the bedroom. They talked and laughed together and in the end their connection grew stronger because of what they had shared during their “business arrangement”. At least, that’s what I got from the story.

My only issue would be that I didn’t get the chance to know more of Ander’s relationship with his father. I think it would have made for a great read, since obviously he was greatly affected by whatever relationship he had or didn’t have with him. It had shaped him one way or another and I would have loved to know more.

Escorted was an erotic and surprisingly romantic read that brought together a pair of individuals whose connection was immediate and proved to be lasting. I am looking forward to reading Breaking. I can’t wait to get into Ander’s mind and experience his thoughts and emotions first-hand.

Attraction (Three Stages of Love #2) by T.C. Anthony

17801283Rating: 3 stars

Publisher: CreateSpace (March 1, 2013)

Synopsis: Evangeline Chase is in the darkest corner of life and struggling to find any light at all. A business woman, a daughter, and a friend, Eva is also a control freak who can’t be sexually satisfied and wants nothing to do with love…or used to.

That was before she was swept away in lust and love’s embrace while experiencing a total loss of control.

Alexander Mason is the knight Eva’s always wanted, yet the man she sacrificed because she couldn’t handle losing control over the chaos of emotions he caused in her.

Eva fears living a life scorned by her self-instigated loss. Left with a cavernous void that can only be fulfilled by the man who gave her the most erotic moments, euphoric orgasms, and touching love she has ever known, Eva is willing to do anything to give Alexander control of her, her love, and definitely her body.

But if Alexander returns hurt and shunned by Eva, will she willingly accept all of his conditions and rules, or will they battle in and out of the bedroom for control and ultimate fulfillment?

Review: Okay, so here we are again. After reading Lust I was a bit hesitant about starting this one. I was expecting a more emotional read and some more development of what was developing between Alexander and Eva. I’m happy to say that although it was not as great as I was expected, it wasn’t a total disappointment.

Alexander is still as hot and yummy as he was in the first book. With his return he brought about much more emotion than before and a whole lot other side to him I failed to see in the previous installment. He was both determined to have what he needed from Eva, but he was also loving and understanding of her. A perfect balance.

Eva, on the other hand, failed to impress me much. For a woman who wanted to be in control of her life she sure made a mess of it in the first half of the book. I find it ironic that it wasn’t until the man she rejected returns to save her that she finds some sort balance in her life. Serves her right for being so self-centered.

However, once she’s back with Alexander she does make an effort and redeemed herself in my eyes a little bit, then she went ahead and did a stupid, thoughtless thing. Now we are right where we started – me thinking she’s immature and careless of anyone’s feelings and she behaving like a hormonal teenager and closing off. Pffft!

Having said this, I admit I WILL be reading the next installment. I’ve invested too much of my time in this story and would like to see how it all plays out. Like they say “Third time’s the charm.” Here’s hoping it is.

I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.