Release Me by J. Kenner (@juliekenner)

This is was an ARC that I received for review.  This review was previously posted last year and has been updated.

Excerpt from Amazon:

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
 
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
 
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
 
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

It is not often when a book is so amazingly well-written that I find it hard to even begin to accurately describe it. Nikki is a former beauty queen who never really enjoyed the scene. She has worked hard to put her self through school and has recently moved to California to escape the clutches of her controlling mother. With degrees in engineering and computer science she is interested in learning the tech business from the ground up. Taking a job with an up and rising tech guru she hopes to learn all that she can. She doesn’t count on her boss wanting to use her looks to attract the attention of an investor. Enter Damien Stark, former tennis star and now successful billionaire businessman. He had met Nikki years ago at a beauty pageant that he was judging and was intrigued by the young beauty.

When he sees her again he is ready to claim her for his own. Nikki has no desire to submit to someone has controlling as Damien Stark but the passion cannot be denied. Facing her own demons she embraces the passion that she sees in Damien and the man she sees behind the mask.

This is well-written story that shows the real life side to the characters that are being developed. It was nice to see characters that were flawed both emotionally and physically. Discovering that not all men are interested in perfection, Nikki discovers her strength and the man who can cultivate it. It may seem like the characters move into a relationship quickly but sometimes, even in real life, passion will not be denied.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in a passionate love story. Story does contain some mild BDSM scenes but they are tastefully well-written. Can not wait to read the next story!

Rated 4.5 Bookworms

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RELEASE DAY! Beyond 10 Nights by Michelle Hughes and Karl Jones (@MichelleHughes_, @kast1j)

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I am so excited for the release of the second book in The Forbidden Desire Series! Beyond 10 Nights is the continuing story of Leah and Rhett’s relationship. I fell in love with this series and I have recommended it to everyone I know!

Excerpt:

Beyond 10 Nights with Rhett, Leah discovers that her journey into submission has a new temptation awaiting her awakening mind. The depths of Rhett’s depravity come full circle and force her to make a decision on the path she’ll choose to walk in his dark world of sensual indulgence.

When an old friend of Rhett’s returns to Chicago, the ultimate alpha male competition ensues to win the heart, mind, and body of our heroine. Two worlds of enticement collide, and emotions are overwhelmed as the true game begins.

Beyond 10 Nights will Leah discover that desire and the heart can be the hardest checkmate of all? Passion, love, and heartbreak in the end it all takes you Beyond 10 Nights!

Check out my review of 10 Nights and see how far temptation will take you!

Loving Control (Club Rio Brava, Book One) by Ann Jacobs

Elijah “Eli” Calhoun is a top-notch trauma surgeon who also happens to be a practicing Dom. Margaret “Maggie” Berman is a third year resident studying under Eli and is a submissive. A past Master has turned Maggie off of new D/s relationships but she is wildly attracted to Eli. She is afraid to be too direct because she wants a man to know what she needs and make her submit. Sensing that Eli just might be what she has been searching for she makes a move. She wants a true Dom in bed with her and is surprised when it turns out that Eli is just the man she has been needing. He is everything she wants in a Dom and he is so enthralled that Maggie is the perfect submissive that he proceeds quickly with claiming her as his.

This is a quick read and a good book. I would recommend this to those who are interested in wading into the BDSM world but not ready to go stock their own dungeon.

Rate 4 Stars

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

I received this book as an ARC for review. This is one of those books that draws you in and keeps you there for the whole story.

Cali Reynolds is a 44 year old divorcee who is searching for something. She is hoping that she will find it at The Den, the Twin Cities most exclusive BDSM club. Her marriage fell apart since her husband seemed to have no interest in sex. On the first night at the club, newbies are usually paired with a Dom that helps them explore the club and become acclimated. The Den is owned by three “brothers.” Jake, Deklan, and Seth all share in the responsibilites of the club. Seth has done the interviews for Cali and asks Jake to do a second interview with her. Jake is not sure he really wants to break in a newbie but he goes to meet her anyway. He is floored by the sensual innocence that Cali exhibits and decides to spend the evening as her Dom.

Her evening with Jake is everything sexual that Cali has been looking for her entire adult life. Jake is amazed at the feelings she brings out in him and the breathtakingly sensual submissive side she is exhibiting.

Her submission to Jake is everything that he has ever craved in a Sub and he is honored by her gift to him. His dominance of her is what Cali has always craved. This book wraps a sensual spell around the world of BDSM and draws you in, and leaves you longing to explore more.

10 Nights by Michelle Hughes and Karl Jones

I really enjoyed this book. I have been so excited and I can say that 10 Nights did not disappoint. Leah is a 24 year old who is struggling to find her place in the world. Her best friend takes her to a party and introduces her to a world that she had never experienced before. I have read a lot of erotica, BDSM and other books of this nature. I have to say that Ms. Hughes has done an amazing job of making it real. There are a lot of books out there that try to be erotic but are just vanilla with a touch of swirl and there are book that are just too raunchy to be read. This is the perfect balance. It made me want to go out and try a lifestyle party of my own! Rhett’s character was a true Dom which means he lived the lifestyle, he didn’t just play in it. It was interesting to see how his character developed to fit the way Leah was developing as a sub. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

P.S.  If you liked 50 shades of Grey, then you need to read this book.  I believe that it is better written and the characters are more real.  Enjoy!

10 Nights (Forbidden Desires Series)

What He Wants by Tawny Taylor

I have read a few of Ms. Taylor’s books and for the most part I enjoy them. This one left a lot to be desired. I was expecting a little more intense scenes between Shane and Bristol but they were lukewarm at best. I personally am not fond of the whole “Uncle” Shane part, even if there is no real relation. The scene in the parking lot was the most exciting part of the book and even that was a little vanilla in the realm of BDSM. Fingers crossed that the next one is more exciting.

Undercover Submissive by Michelle Hughes

As a fan of Tears of Crimson and 10 nights I decided I wanted to read more by Michelle Hughes. This book had a great plot line. I love the fact that there was an actual story not just sex scenes.

Cayce and Cait are twin sisters who are abused by their stepfather. As happens a lot with abuse victims one sister went into a protective shell thinking she is worthless, and the other went searching for love and acceptance in the bed of every man she could find. When Cait goes missing, the police chalk it up to another stripper case and don’t really bother to look. Cayce knows that this is different and her sister would have said something first. Searching through her sister’s things, Cayce discovers a journal filled with BDSM and a business card to billionaire Dylan St. Clair.

This leads Cayce to discover the power she holds and to release the pain she has felt since the abuse. Along the way a good story unfolds while searching for Cait and love blooms.

My only complaint would be the fact that the writing needs to be redone for spelling and grammar issues. They were a little distracting to me simply because they catch my eye when I am reading. Thanks, Michelle for another good story.