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His Absolute Purpose: The Billionaire’s Paradigm (#2)

billionaire's paradigmHis Absolute Purpose: The Billionaire’s Paradigm (#2)
by Cerys du Lys
Published by Fido Publishing
78 pages
Genre: erotica 
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
3 / 5

Here we go again, boys and girls. Repeat after me: don’t repeat.

Yes, a bit oxymoronic, but I am about to have a hissy fit, so commence with the girding of your loins.

Our story here is fairly decent: Masters student Elise works at a library and volunteers to stick around despite a record-breaking snowstorm headed her way. She has a comfortable, if quiet and somewhat staid, life, and she’s okay with that.

Into the library, seeking refuge, comes Lucent Storme (yeah … for reals), a successful and powerful PR rep five years her senior. As the two batten down the hatches, they also open up to each other. Elise knows a few things about Lucent, and she’s also heard rumors that he enjoys a little spanky panky. She becomes intrigued.

One thing leads to another – and by “one thing,” I mean one sex act – and the two bond, so to speak. But what will happen when they leave the library? Ah, there’s the rub, no pun intended.

Lucent is prepared to walk away, but Elise is not. There is nothing in his lifestyle that puts her off, aside from a few concerns about pain and whatnot. But the warm and fuzzy side of his “BDSM things” appeals to her. She thinks getting spanked is hot, and she wouldn’t mind putting up a struggle or two. Lucent, though, wants a bit more than that. He’s looking for a slave, and Elise … well, Elise is a bit too headstrong to be a slave.

Whatever will happen to our happy couple?

See? The plot isn’t so bad. For once we don’t have the wealthy older guy and the naive younger girl. Yes, Lucent has money (I’m not sure he’s like the titular billionaire, but he’s rich), but he isn’t serviced by a large staff, he drives himself, and we see him WORK. He also has his Issues, as all good erotica Doms must, but with the love of a good woman, perhaps he can prevail.

So what’s the problem? Why only three stars?

Because Cerys du Lys CANNOT STOP REPEATING HERSELF.

Remember our gripe about the Christian Grey series? All of that lip biting and smirking and eye rolling? Well, kids, it’s here, too.

Repeatedly.

Elise pouts. She pouts A LOT.

Elise bites her lip. She bites her lip A LOT.

Elise sticks out her tongue. She sticks out her tongue A LOT.

She does those three things to such excess that I could not figure out what in the world kept Lucent around. And it will drive you in-freaking-sane to read. If I had to read another tongue sticking out or pouting, I would have chucked the entire book.

Seriously.

Then there is the nature of Lucent’s domination. He wants a slave. He doesn’t want a willful girl. He wants to pick out clothes and cook and protect. Elise wants none of that. What is it about her that makes him even contemplate compromise? Hell if I know. Stick out her tongue? Pout? He must be into that mess.

Lucent, you see, is a delicious hero. Yum, yum, yummmmm. Early in the library scenes, he sort of performs something for Elise that made my heart beat wildly. And he isn’t emotionally closed off. Yes, he is suffering, but he allows himself to feel sad. He isn’t happy about it, and he views it as a weakness, but he doesn’t stop it, either. I liked that in him, and it made him unique in this genre.

One thing Cerys du Lys does exceptionally well is write the sex scenes. The headboard rockin’ is HOT. It scorches, and that’s where du Lys redeems herself. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because the sexy times will cause you to need it. If du Lys had replaced a few pouts with more hot headboard rockin’, I might have given this five stars.

Alas, the ridiculousness of Elise sticking out her tongue (she’s 23, for goodness sakes) and pouting (again … she’s almost 24-years-old) was just overwhelmingly annoying.

Read it for the sex and for Lucent. Skim the pouting et. al.

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Enraptured: Book 3 in the Enslaved Trilogy

Enraptured: Book 3 in the Enslaved Trilogy
by Shoshanna Evers
Published by Pocket Star
Genre: erotica; BDSM
Thanks to edelweiss for the preview
3.5 / 5

We’ve gotten to know Trevor and know that he’s happily married to Elisabeth. We became friends with Marc and know that he and Mistress Lauren are cozily in love. It’s time to turn our attention to the baddest of the BAD Boys, Roman.

As a Dom, Roman has a reputation for lethal skill. Whereas Trevor and Marc are jovial and friendly, Roman is cold, forbidding, and ruthlessly focused on inflicting pain as a means of pleasure and punishment. He thought he found his dream sub in Elisabeth but had to watch helplessly as she married Trevor. And “helpless” is not something Roman knows or does well.

He tries to numb himself with nameless, virtually faceless women, but he knows that any relief is temporary. He needs a sub, and he needs one he enjoys on more than a physical level.

Enter Jessica, a twenty-year-old college student who works at the club Roman co-owns with Marc and Trevor. She appears servile enough, and she admits to curiosity. She’s also attractive, and Roman feels drawn to her, even as he knows this will not be an easy relationship to undertake. The age difference, for one thing, will cause issues, and then there is the little matter of Roman’s heart. Does he have it to give, or does Elisabeth still own it?

Getting Jessica to agree to be his sub is the first hurdle. Roman takes Marc’s approach and begins with a bet with Mistress Lauren as to whether she can dominate Jessica. But we all know who wants to Dom whom, and it doesn’t take long for Jessica and Roman to connect.

This one is a bit different from the first two installments in the trilogy in that we get to know a character’s family when Jessica’s parents come to visit. The real world also factors stronger here, as Roman and Jessica have to confront the challenges that their age gap will bring. But don’t worry. The sexy times are very present.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first two, and I think it’s because Roman was such a disappointment. I already was ambivalent about him because he seemed a bit emasculated after the whole Elisabeth thing. I wanted him to come out charging and never stop; the former occurred, but not the latter. He becomes domesticated by Jessica. One of the mandates in his home is that the blinds are always shut, keeping darkness in and light at bay. I realize this is a metaphor for Roman, but he caves in far too quickly to Jessica’s request to raise the blinds. I expected him to be stronger, to make her pay for her cheeky request. I know he wants to feel love, but come on. This all happens too quickly, even for him.

The sex scenes also seem a bit redundant. I feel like we read very similar scenes in the first two books. Roman’s thing is that he really likes inflicting pain, but with Jessica, he doesn’t seem as passionate about it. I know she’s young and lively and attractive, but it doesn’t work. Roman just doesn’t work, and I was disappointed by that.

If you read the first two, you need to read this one so you can close out the series. Just don’t expect it to be as good as its predecessors.

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The Pleasures of Summer

The Pleasures of Summer 
by Evie Hunter
Published by Penguin
448 pages
Genre: erotica; BDSM
Thanks to the publisher for the preview
4 / 5

Earlier this year, I read Evie Hunter’s The Pleasures of Winter and enjoyed it a whole lot. Well, I enjoyed the sex scenes a whole lot. The plot? Fine, serviceable, whatever. Those sex scenes, though. Yum.

The Pleasures of Summer is not a sequel, so don’t go into thinking you’ll learn what happens next in Abbie’s and Jack’s saga. This one is more of a variation on a theme, specifically sexual domination.

Our hero is Flynn Grant, a burly Scottish soldier now working in private security. He is somewhat atypical for literary Doms in that he is not wildly wealthy and does not appear to live in grand splendor. He receives a job order: he must protect bratty society girl Summer (yep … you’re going to read about her pleasures) O’Sullivan from threats to her safety. Summer’s dad owns an airline that has been targeted for revenge after a crash, and fears run amok that Summer will be used. Someone clearly is out to get her; she receives several threats and there was a kidnapping attempt.

Summer doesn’t want a bodyguard, even if it is masculine ball of testosterone Flynn, largely because she has a secret interest she wants to pursue. Summer is drawn to the submissive lifestyle, even though she knows very little about it. She’s trying to sneak off to an exclusive club so she can learn more and discover if this is what she truly wants.

Well, guess what, Summer. Good old Flynn here is a Dom! And he’d like to show you the ropes, as it were.

The two wind up in an isolated cabin in the north of Scotland, and, well. When you’ve got a man oozing sexual promise and a woman tense with sexual curiosity, you know there will be some serious headboard rocking.

Sure, Flynn is conflicted. Summer is a job, and he’s not one to mix his personal and professional lives. She’s just so darn attractive though, and so willing, and so open to instruction. In one particularly squish-inducing (and you know exactly what I’m talking about, girls) scene, Flynn guides Summer through the oral pleasure process.

The story gets occasionally repetitious, but that’s because it’s somewhat too flimsy to stretch over 400+ pages. The sexy times, though, are outstanding. Evie Hunter knows her way around describing headboard rocking, and she will leave you panting. As for Summer and Flynn, they are capably written. Summer is a rich girl with brains, and we understand her frustration with being treated like an imbecile, just as we recognize (as does Summer) that some of her problems are of her own making. Flynn is not as well rounded; Hunter gives us an occasional glimpse into his military background, but we know very little about his path to becoming a Dom. What we do know is that he’s a very good bodyguard in every sense of the word.

I look forward to the next installment. Will our pleasures be Spring or Fall?

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The Submissive

The Submissive: The Submissive Trilogy
by Tara Sue Me
Published by NAL Trade
304 pages
Genre: erotica; BDSM
Thanks to edelweiss for the preview
3 / 5

I am starting to develop a Pavlovian response to BDSM-tinged trilogies. That response is a throat scarring, “PLEASE STOP.” Why are erotica writers like lemmings? Why must they follow a trend? Good grief, people. Just write a damn book. Don’t make it about the trilogy. Make it about the characters and the story.

Okay. I’m through. On with the review.

Unlike others of its ilk, the happy couple in this book meets when she approaches him. That right there makes it different, in a good way.

Abby King has long suspected that she has submissive yearnings, even if she wasn’t quite sure what it meant. She knows she needs a Dom to guide her through the lifestyle, so she quite literally interviews with the one she hand picks: Nathaniel West. He’s hot, he’s rich, he’s successful. (Apparently those three qualities are necessary in a Dom because every one of the literary variety has them.) He also is very attracted to Abby.

Did I mention that Abby is a librarian? Yep.

She and Nathaniel decide to give this arrangement a weekend-long test drive, and if after that Abby wants to continue, she can sign on the dotted line.

Well, of COURSE she will want to continue, because HELLO, Nathaniel is HOT. And he knows how to please a woman. And he knows how to give the spanky panky in a way that elicits certain responses. Certain delicious responses.

Yum.

Yeah, it’s predictable. Yeah, you’ve read it before. In fact, supposedly this series sprang from the same fan fic site as Christian Grey. So, yippee for that.

Is it good? Ehhhhhh …. well …. the sex scenes sure are. Tara Sue Me (I’m sure it’s a pen name) can write about some headboard rockin’, faithful readers. She will have you either reaching for a fan or a man, depending on what’s available. Will I read the next one? Of course I will! I am weak and powerless against these books.

I’ll give it this much: what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in writing. Tara Sue Me is a far stronger writer than E. L. James.

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Claim Me (Stark Trilogy 2)

Claim Me (Stark Trilogy 2)
by J. L. Kenner
Published by Headline Pb
Genre: erotica, BDSM
Thanks to edelweiss for the preview
4 / 5

Picking up right where Release Me left off, we return to Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark, two BDSM-crossed lovebirds who just want to be happy. And have tsunami-causing sexy times.

Nikki, she of the former beauty pageants, and Damien, he of the former tennis championships, each know something about pretending to be what you aren’t. Nikki can paint a smile on her face, pirouette, and appear to look happy. Damien can conquer and vanquish and appear to be satisfied. What they see in each other is a kindred soul, someone who has ceded control to others and chafes against it.

Their relationship, begun in Release Me, continues here. You don’t need to have read the first one to pick up this one, thanks largely to Kenner’s occasional summaries. I do suggest reading the predecessor because of the sex scenes, if for no other reason. Nikki and Damien continue to chart the course of their relationship, each trying to establish autonomy while also relying on the other. They crave independence, but they crave each other more.

The first book hinted at some of Damien’s past struggles, and here they are laid to bare, so to speak. He confides everything (or apparently everything) to Nikki, which further cements her affections. Not that all goes smoothly. Of course it doesn’t. They get angry with each other, she leaves, they reunite, rinse, repeat. When she heads home, even she knows it isn’t permanent. She needs to be apart from him to find her bearings, but just as a compass always points north, so does Nikki’s vagina point to Damien.

For reals.

And it should, because MY GOODNESS, Damien Stark can please a woman. There is some BDSM here, but nothing as extreme as what Christian Grey, Nora Sutherlin, or Gideon Cross enjoy. The headboard rocking with Nikki and Damien is, however, extremely passionate and extremely luscious. You will want a Damien of your own.

There is a third installment, due out later in July. I can’t say that Damien and Nikki stick with me the way Gideon Cross or Nora Sutherlin do, but I look forward to continuing to read about them.

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Enamored: Book II in the Enslaved Trilogy

Enamored: Book II in the Enslaved Trilogy
by Shoshanna Evers
Published by Pocket Star
Genre: erotica, BDSM, romance
Thanks to edelweiss for the preview
4 / 5

When last we saw the BAD Boys, Trevor was happily engaged to Elisabeth, Roman was brokenhearted, and Marc was … uh … where was Marc again?

Oh, yeah. Marc was there, aiding and abetting his friends. But in Enamored, Marc gets to aid and abed (GET IT?) Mistress Lauren, whom he has lusted over for quite some time.

Marc and Lauren are besties, and, as two Doms, they understand each other. But Marc has a secret wish: he wants to dominate Lauren, and he wants to take their little friendship and escalate it a bit. A really big bit. When the opportunity arises to become romantically involved with her, Marc jumps at it. Granted, the “opportunity” is one he manufactures to his own advantage, but if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be a BAD Boy, now, would he.

Whereas Enslaved occasionally made too much of Elisabeth’s background, Enamored plays all the right notes with Lauren’s. The more we get to know her, the more we like her, and the more we want her with Marc. I didn’t see Trevor’s attraction to Elisabeth, but I sure can see Marc’s to Lauren. She’s hot, he’s hot, and together they claw, rip, snarl, bite, scratch, and bed each other with roaring hot passion.

The sex scenes … they are goooood. Also good is the story. It doesn’t feel as forced as it did with Trevor and Elisabeth, perhaps because Marc and Lauren are far more kindred souls than their friends. Roman’s still around and still brooding (WHY? Elisabeth is NOT THAT FABULOUS, Roman!), and we’ll get to him in the third installment.

This is the sort of book that you read for its hotness, and it provides quiet nicely. With characters you enjoy and an entertaining story line, it’s a good book.

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Beyond Eden

Beyond Eden
by Kele Moon
Published by Ellora’s Cave
404 pages
Genre: erotica, BDSM
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
4 / 5

Strap on your vibrators, girls, because this one is indescribably hot.

Danny appears to have everything. He’s rich – wealthy enough that he doesn’t really have to work – super good looking, and can have any woman he wants. He also has a roommate, his best friend Paul, and the two share a – um – close relationship.

Wink wink.

Years ago, when the two were in high school, Paul was wildly in love with Eve. After graduation, she decamped from Tampa and headed to New York to pursue art school. But now, ten years later, she’s back in town, dumped by her fiancé and ready to make changes in her life. When she bumps into Danny in a grocery store, he invites her for a visit.

Yes, Eve and Paul dated, but Eve and Danny have undeniable chemistry. They are attracted to each other, and when they act on that attraction, you will need to take a cold shower just to finish reading about the action.

But wait. What about Paul?

He still loves Eve, and she still loves him. But she also loves Danny, who also loves Paul. And Paul loves Danny too. So these three crazy kids ought to be happy together, right?

Well … Paul is engaged.

Not that it stops the three from enjoying each other’s company.

Boy, do they ever. To say that they are a passionate threesome is to drastically underplay what goes on between them. Danny is the puppet master of sorts, but while he presents a stark, domineering persona, we know that his heart beats tenderly and lovingly for Eve and Paul. He’s a bit of a bastard, but he’s likable, and we worry for him.

The story line is entertaining enough to keep us going between sex scenes. We learn about Paul and Danny’s history together, and we understand – if not exactly relate to – the closeness they share with Eve. But what controls the book are the sex scenes.

Let me warn you that if Fifty Shades of Grey was too much for you, then you need to avoid this book. If you’re in the mood for some screaming hot headboard rockin’, then this is the one for you. Danny is a Dom, and Paul enjoys it when Danny inflicts pain, so be prepared for some fairly graphic BDSM scenes. Actually, the scenes are graphic, period. But oh so very very hot.

Don’t be surprised if you require a certain release after reading those scenes, though.

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