Power and Possession (Reckless #1)
by C.C. Gibbs
An Erotic Romance
Available in Paperback September 1st 2015
The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.
Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…
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Isn’t awesome when a book surprises you? That’s what happened to me with Power and Possession. Here I was expecting the same old, same old I’ve come to expect from this type of story, but C.C. Gibbs kept surprising me at every turn!
Rafe Contini is a sexy billionaire with a trail of women left behind. He does what he wants, when he wants it. And that concept applies to his sex life too. He struggles with some demons and trust is not something he gives out lightly. Rafe only trusts a close group of people and he likes it that way. So when he meets Nicole Parrish, he’s utterly confused by his need to get to know her, make her his and keep her at his side.
Nicole Parrish is on holiday and having the time of her life. Her M.O. is to have fun and keep entanglements at bay. She knows of Rafe Contini’s reputation, so she’s not surprised when he makes a move on her. What does surprise her is her need to give in and let him have her.
I’ve read plenty of ‘billionaire romances’ so when I read the blurb for this story I thought I had an idea of what to expect. What I didn’t expect was how deeply drawn I would be into it. I admit, I was fascinated by Rafe and Nicole’s instant connection. Yeah, yeah I’ve read it before–the insta-lust. But C.C. Gibbs made it different when she paired two stubborn, hard-headed individuals and made them each crazy in lust. Like flabbergasted-in-lust! I loved it!
I liked that Nicole was strong and independent. She gave as good as she got, which made for some very entertaining banter between her and Rafe. That’s not to say that Rafe made it any less interesting. I loved watching him struggle with what Nicole’s presence brought to the surface. He was rattled by his need to not only have her, but keep her too. Something he never felt before her.
Needless to say that Rafe and Nicole’s chemistry was off-the-charts HOT! That chemistry sizzled from their initial interaction all through the end of the book. OMG! The sexual frustration alone was something I enjoyed thoroughly. It jumped off the page scorching my tablet along the way. Slowly but surely, things started getting a bit more intimate. Soon it wasn’t about the conquest alone, but something more. Both Rafe and Nicole were surprised by it, both were reluctant to give in. Yep, very enticing indeed!
As the first book in the Reckless series, this book was spot-on. It not only brought about Rafe and Nicole’s relationship, but also set the tone for the coming books. I enjoyed the secondary characters and what they added to the story. Especially Dominic, Nicole’s uncle. He’s the sexy billionaire in All He Wants, the first book in the All or Nothing series by C.C. Gibbs. It was a treat to see how he and Kate were holding up and how he’s still that same ‘take charge’ man I grew to love.
If you enjoy your romance with a bit of attitude and a whole lot of steam then this story is right up your alley. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I can’t wait to see these two giving into their emotions. I have a feeling it would be like pulling teeth, but so very epic.
All in all, a fantastic first book in a series. Sexy, fun and thoroughly enjoyable!
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
“Where are you staying?”
“At my uncle’s apartment.”
“Come to my place.” He folded his hands on the table, leaned forward a little, his gaze focused, her appeal powerful as a riptide, ignoring the fact that what he was about to say was messing with his head. “I’ll kick out everyone else.”
“Everyone else? Meaning?” She didn’t lack confidence, and he was notorious for his casual sexual encounters.
For some reason he didn’t mind her impertinence. “Only male friends. I never allow women to stay with me.” He smiled. “Until now. So how about it?”
“Sure, I’d like that.” And suddenly the summer takes an interesting turn. So far the boys of summer had been only mildly interesting. “But not for long.” She wrinkled her nose. “I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.”
Rafe suddenly went still; her little nose twitch reminded him of a child. “Just for the record,” he murmured, “how old are you?” People graduated college at any age; he had at nineteen.
“Worried?” Nicole flashed him a grin. “How much does it matter?”
He scowled. “It matters.”
“Or you’re gone.”
“Now neither of us wants that,” she said, amusement in the blue of her eyes. “Do we?”
He didn’t move a muscle, even his breathing quieted. “Don’t,” he said, very softly. “No games.”
Nicole’s voice was lush with provocation. “Really? I’ve heard you like games.”
“You heard wrong.” He held her gaze for a moment, then sighed. “Tell me your age or get the fuck out.” Hand of fate or not, he didn’t do stupid.
“Twenty-two.” Her brows rose in perfect arcs.
“So, are we seeing blue skies and rainbows once again?” Honeyed sarcasm dripped from each word. “Or do I find someone else at this party to entertain me?”
Rafe’s smile slowly unfurled and his eyes took on a predatory glow. “You could try, I suppose. But you wouldn’t get out the door.”
“Oh dear, oh my, I do declare,” she lamented in playful parody. “Am I your captive?”
“You are.” Smoothly rising from his chair, he strode toward the door. “Now I’m going to lock the door, then fuck you till morning.”
“And then what?”
Whoa. The unmistakable note of demand in her voice brought him to a stop. He turned. “I’m sorry, did you say something?”
She met his insolent gaze and smiled. “I said—and then what?… As in afterward.”
Audacious or foolhardy? Fascinating certainly. He winked. “Afterward, you can tell me your name. How’s that?”
She winked back. “I’ll think about it.”
He went very still. “Is this a contest?”
“I hope not,” she murmured, gazing at him from under her long, dark lashes. “I hope I get what I want.”
“Do you need a list?”
“Do you know what you’re doing?” Unsure whether it was anger or lust igniting his senses, his voice took on a raspy edge and his golden gaze turned cold.
“I can’t answer that definitively, but right now it looks like your dick knows what it’s doing,” she noted, with a languid lift of her hand.
He looked at her for a moment. A woman had never taunted him before and he wanted to pick her up and shove his dick so far up her pussy he’d need a road map to get out.
“Don’t,” she said, very, very softly. “This could be really good… mind-blowing in fact. You have to know that.”
“Fuck you,” he whispered, shifting his stance enough to ease the pressure on his erection.
“Anytime… Just not that way, okay?”
He dragged in a ragged breath. “Don’t tell me what to do.”
She held his gaze, unflinching. “Nor you me.”
A smile slowly overcame his discontent as he held her contentious stare. “Why don’t we see?” he said very gently. “You might like it after all.” Then he reached back, turned the key in the lock, slid it into his pocket, and moved toward her.”
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About the Author
C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in the Midwest, at times in Northern California, is married with three children and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein, while the creative process offers fascinating glimpses into the machinery of the mind. And last but not least, researching anything, but particularly a book like ALL HE DESIRES—thank you Google—is great fun!