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If It Flies by L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

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Released March 11, 2013
Published by Riptide Publishing
For Review from NetGalley

Nick. *sigh* I was really, really hoping to see more of him after his brief appearance in Market Garden #2, Take It Offand I got my wish. He’s every bit as intense and dominant as I imagined him to be when dealing with his clients. At times I was afraid I might not like him, because he manages to remain distant even in situations that are so intimate. I guess that’s all part of the job.

Spencer is new on the Market Garden scene, introduced through Percy who’s a regular. (Can I tell you how much I fangirled over Percy’s crossover from Amy Lane & Aleksandr Voinov’s City Mouse? SO AWESOME! You can see our review of City Mouse here.) Spencer seems to be your typical overworked lawyer just making it through life day by day. I liked his character, because he’s neither arrogant nor overly confident. In fact he’s hesitant about Market Garden, but curiosity wins and he goes. I appreciated how Spencer seemed unsure of the extent of his own needs, and, with Nick’s help, I really enjoyed watching him discover them.

The build in intensity between the two was palpable, and I ached for Spencer at times as Nick insisted on keeping a professional distance. It was obvious what was happening, and the emotional denial was heartbreaking. Spencer was willing to take whatever he could get from Nick while Nick began to show a little more vulnerability. The slight role reversal was really satisfying; all the angst and heartache made their reunion and declarations that much sweeter. I’m really hoping the two can figure out a way to make things work. In the very least, I hope they can entertain us trying.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

Must Love Randy Jansen

I’m going to make a little deviation from our usual book review blog post format – I hope my fellow Chicks don’t mind. After reading Heidi Cullinan’s Special Delivery series – Special Delivery and Double Blind – I have to. I’m totally overwhelmed by my feelings for the characters. Well, one in particular – Randy Jansen.

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Randy Jansen is an enigma. At first I hated him. Wait, that’s not right. I hated the idea of him. I was hoping we’d never have to meet him. Not really fair of me, is it? I just knew that if we did, things would change. Sam & Mitch, the main players in Special Delivery, were doing JUST FINE without him. Sure Sam was broken – Mitch too for that matter – but they were figuring it out and fixing each other a little at a time. The sum is greater than the total of its parts and all that. I had all but carved a giant heart with “S +M TLA” in the middle. I did not need anyone storming in and derailing it while they were still in the tender figuring-things-out stage.

Of course Randy, being Randy, kind of bursts onto the scene. He’s cocky, confident, sure of himself – all the things I expected him to be. Let’s not forget pushy and arrogant with a penchant for going just a little bit too far.  At first seeing him interact with Sam, I was all HELL NO. (My emotional irrationality knows no bounds sometimes, I swear, but yeah. Not winning any points.)  In all my worrying about the trouble Randy would cause for Sam, I never stopped to think how Sam would affect Randy.

You see, Randy has a weakness: Mitch. It wasn’t until Randy used his astuteness to analyze the new dynamic that he realized his presumptions weren’t completely right. Mitch wasn’t just following some kinky, preexisting script from their past.  It surprised me how even Randy wasn’t quite prepared for what was coming. Color me intrigued – he’s vulnerable. That’s when it all began to change.

Randy is nothing if not loyal to those he loves. Once he made the decision to care about not only Mitch but Sam too, I melted a little. He recognized how good they were together, and I started to feel like Randy might not f*ck up the paradise that was this book. There’s one particular scene toward the end of Special Delivery where Randy calls Sam to clue him in to life that seriously made me think I could love Randy Jansen. I mean I wasn’t ready to throw down for him, but kudos to Heidi Cullinan for taking a character I wanted to loathe and turning him into one I liked and trusted.

Double Blind is more or less Randy’s book, and I dove in immediately because, let’s face it, Randy demanded it.  He’s charming, smooth, and his usual cocky, arrogant self, but this time there’s more. Sam & Mitch are a part of his strength but also a weakness as Randy realizes he seeks completion. (Okay, not THAT kind of completion. Well yeah, THAT but that’s not what I mean.) Randy sees the love, trust and commitment his friends share and realizes while they’re still his partners in many ways, he’s the odd man out. He wants what they have for himself. Beneath all that armor he surrounds himself with, he’s just a guy who needs to be loved for who he is inside. How can you not love that?

Enter Ethan Ellison. (Here’s where I fell HARD CORE for Randy Jansen.) At first all he did was teach the man poker, but that’s the thing. It’s never really just teaching Ethan poker. It’s always something more, and if you dig deeper you see what he’s truly about.  He’s a protector, always making sure those he loves have what they need. He gives selflessly to see them happy. Watching him take care of them was almost more than I could take. *sigh*

I wanted to wrap Randy up and hold him tight so many times.  Knowing what he suffered growing up, figuring things out, fighting to be someone he could be proud of – so much pain and suffering. When he sits in therapy with Sam and tells him ALL THE THINGS (you have to read it, then you’ll know), I couldn’t keep a dry eye. Randy projects a strong image to the world but inside he’s just trying to hold it all together.

Here’s a tiny spoiler – look away if you don’t want to know – the ending is happy. Not without it’s ups and downs of course.  I was a little worried that Ethan might not be good enough for Randy, because I knew he needed someone insanely special. But in the end, Randy gets everything he deserves. :)

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS FOR BOTH BOOKS!

Once A Brat by Kim Dare

Once A Brat CoverReleased February 9, 2013
Published by Riptide Publishing
Obtained for Review from NetGalley

Bret is new on the BDSM scene, and he sets his sights on experienced Dom, Marcus.  While Marcus is able to ignore his attention at first, eventually his curiosity about the handsome, self-professed submissive gets the best of him. Marcus decides to give in and have a scene with  Bret at the local club. That is only the beginning of their relationship, and I don’t know if either one suspects where it will take them.

Rarely do I have a chance to read a story where the Dom/sub interaction is the basis for a relationship; typically it’s just one facet of the main characters’ interaction with each other. I wasn’t sure I’d find it a believable way for two people to fall in love, but this book proved me wrong. At first it seems that Marcus sets out to teach Bret a lesson about being a true sub, but Bret’s sassy, bratty, unusual sub behavior affects Marcus in ways he doesn’t expect. From there the hot, steamy scenes between them keep you turning pages.

I appreciate how Kim Dare manages to create a submissive character that isn’t full of insecurity and self-loathing. Bret is a strong, confident man who happens to have a kink for submitting to others, not because he doesn’t think he’s worth loving. Is this what draws Marcus to him? I think it’s definitely part of it. The chemistry between the two is definitely there, and you get a sense of their growing bond as they explore each scene together.

This Valentine’s centered story is the 1st in the Kinky Cupid universe. It appears that Bret is the Kinky Cupid, so I’m hoping this means plenty more of him to come. Keep on eye on this page at Riptide Publishing for new stories as they’re released.

RATING: SNEAKERS!

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes

Dominated by the Billionaire #1-5

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: November 27, 2012

Galley Edition

Lucy Delacourt’s temp position isn’t quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Lucy knows he’s way out of her league, but a girl can look, right? 

Everything changes the day the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn’t know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn’t nearly enough to satisfy his need.  As the billionaire pulls Lucy deeper into his world of high stakes business deals and ruthless takeovers, he demands nothing less than her complete surrender.  But even as enemies seek deadly revenge against him, she’ll discover that her greatest threat is falling for her fiercely guarded boss…and yielding to her own darkest needs.”

This was originally published as a 5-part serial e-novel.  It’s since been picked up and the 5 parts that makes this book will be published in paperback format in November.

Fawkes grabs your attention on the first pages with a really hot elevator scene! After reading that scene I thought, “You have my attention!”. Frankly, Fawkes didn’t let me go until the last page and I was still thinking about this book long after I’d finished.

Lucy thinks herself rather plain, boring, and inexperienced…and she can’t for the life of her, understand, how she managed to garner Jeremiah’s attention.  Jeremiah, meanwhile, is older, at the top of his game, and had an incredibly dysfunctional upbringing.

While this is very reminiscent of “50 Shades of Grey”, this was decidedly better written and there was an element of mystery running throughout. The huge cliffhanger finish left me screaming for MORE! I am hoping/assuming there will be another “Dominated by the Billionaire” installment.

If you read 50 Shades and thought it could have been done better, or maybe you loved it…either way, read this! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: Stiletto