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A Little Harmless Obsession
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 27, 2011
This author reminds me of Cherise Sinclair lite. I like BDSM books, but hated the introductory public scene that Schroeder created for May and Evan. I did like that Evan had a tortured past he had to come to terms with, but otherwise, he felt very young, always jumping on May, no control or inner core of strength at all. Of course we are meant to believe that he had great control and inner strength but May had somehow eroded them, but we never saw it, we only saw the poor impulse control, which didn't make him feel like a clear and strong Dom at all.

This is a frothy book, I had just reread some far more hard core books and I guess I found this one a bit too Hawaiian sunshine, and not enough depth or darkness.

For some reason, I didn't find the sex scenes hot at all. I didn't mind the sexual tension, but once they started doing it, all heat seemed to fizzle away for me. So this book was just okay but my standards, I won't be rushing out to buy more. If you like Meliessa Schroeder, try Cherise Sinclair or even Sophie Oak, both have similar styles but I liked them much more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2011
Release Date: September 21, 2010, print coming in August 2011
Publisher: Samhain
Page Count: 240
Source: Purchased for pleasure

So, for those wanting to know how this book connected to the series, May works for Chris (hero of book 2) as the manager of his restaurant. Evan is also one of Chris' best friends and participated in a menage with Chris and Cynthia in A Harmless Little Pleasure.

Now that I have that out of the way, this story delves even further into the world of BDSM, mostly focusing on the Dom/sub relationship, because you have a true dom and sub. Evan is the silent, co-owner of a popular BDSM club and May is wanting to explore the world of D/s because something has always been lacking in the bedroom. She's also been harboring a major crush on Evan but isn't ready to submit to him.

So, in addition to May's discover of pleasure and submission in the bedroom, she's also being stalked. I think this subplot should've been explored a little more. To me, if feels like it was just thrown in there as a way to make Evan fess up about his feelings for May.

I liked the story, but so far it's the weakest link in the Harmless series. And if you're interested in a hot prologue to May and Evan's story, check out A Harmless Little Surprise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
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Sexy and beautiful.

May Aiona is a strong woman but in bed she craves to be dominated. Evan Chambers would be the perfect dominant for her because she has been interested in him for years. However he treats her like a sister so she never acted on her fascination and feelings. To try out submission she turns to Micah who's also a dominant and Evan's best friend. When Evan realizes that May is honestly interested in his lifestyle he is shocked but also excited. Years of holding back because he thought that May is too good for him and not interested in submission finally come to an end.
One explosive encounter between them changes everything and sexually they are a match made in heaven. But May wants more and dreams of a future with Evan. Will he be able to let go of the past for a chance of a fulfilled and happy life with May?

"A little harmless obsession" is an erotic romance after my fancy. The sex scenes are hot, the chemistry between the heroine and hero is sizzling and the love story is beautiful.
Some people might think that a submissive woman can't be strong but May proves just the opposite. She is an amazingly strong woman, sometimes shy but she always stands up for those she loves and works hard to achieve her goals. She is exactly the kind of woman with which Evan can overcome his past. In the bedroom he may be her master but outside of it he loves her strength and that she is there for him. I liked both May and Evan even though at times I wanted to shake him but in the end I still liked his character a lot.
Furthermore I enjoyed the relationship between Evan, Micah and Chris and that they are true friends who care about each other. There's also a mystery going on that in the end helps Evan to overcome his fears and to concentrate on the present instead on the past. Micah's book is next and I'm already excited to read his story.

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Hot and of course I like it :)

final appraisal
I enjoyed reading "A little harmless obsession" a lot. The sex scenes are hot and the love story between May and Evan is great. The balance between hot and lovely scenes worked perfectly for me and I liked reading about the two main characters because they are strong, complex and likable. I will definitely get the other two books in the series and want to know more about Micah.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 28, 2010
May Aiona works in the exclusive Hawaiian restaurant owned by Chris Dupree (whose story is told in A LITTLE HARMLESS PLEASURE) and while she loves her job, something is missing in her life. That something is the love and affection of a man, but the only man she's ever wanted is Evan Chambers, co-owner of a bondage club. May is intrigued by the BDSM lifestyle and thinks that perhaps it's the answer the strange restlessness inside her. When she visits the club and is paired with Evan as her dom, she couldn't be more pleased. By the end of their session however, incredible pleasure discovered, she rushes away with her emotions in tatters. Evan is more confused than ever, as the suspect emotions he's felt for May are most definitely confirmed. He knows that he'll never be satisfied with another woman.

Will pride keep these two apart or will true love bring them together? May and Evan are both hard-headed and strong-willed. When threats are made against May and then begin to escalate, Evan is more determined than ever to keep her safe, no easy task when she has a father and a brother who are highly protective. I have enjoyed the previous Harmless books so far and as I've said before, yes, they're a little dirty and a little edgy, but I would stress that Mel's writing style is such that it easily allows exception for a spot or two of discomfort. Melissa successfully puts strong emotion into her books, and conversations and actions are incredibly realistic. It's easy to lose yourself in her books as the characters and their conversations come to life on the page. Catching up with characters from previous books is always fun, but I would point out that while the books in this series easily stand on their own, I strongly suggest reading in order for even more reading pleasure!
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With each book in the series I have found myself thinking....this one is now my favorite! I do think that so far this one is my favorite. I loved Evan and May and their stories. Once again, I wasn't all that fond of Evan before, but the author certainly changed my mind and he has become my favorite character so far. This series is hot erotic romance, but it's a cut above much of the stuff that's out there. It is well written with great stories that hook me each time from the very beginning until the very end, and I love the characters! I'm still completely addicted to this series and can't wait to move on to the next book. I'm so glad to see that new ones are still coming out in this series.
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on May 26, 2012
This series just gets better and better. I can't stop reading them. This story was just as beautiful as the others and way more steamier. This is Evan and May's story. It focuses more on the Dom/Sub relationship. I could not get enough off Evan. That Dom could order me around all day. I enjoyed reading about May. She is strong and vulnerable. Evan and May had hard childhoods, his I wouldn't wish on any child. For them to overcome the past and move forward together. The sex scenes are hot and steamy, the chemistry between Evan and May is sizzling and the love story is beautiful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2011
This is a collection of shorts featuring most of the characters in the "Harmless" series. The first short was about Evan and May. So cute. I love them as a couple. The others featured another couple I've not seen yet and then a few more featuring the other main characters from the first books.

All in all each story very cute.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 5, 2010
Quite simply put A Little Harmless Obsession is a delectable, sensual and poignant romance that is beautifully written and that delightfully draws the reader into the dramatic and richly detailed plot and the compelling emotions of the characters giving them a highly memorable story. The very talented Melissa Schroeder gives her readers a romance to savor full of passion, promise, danger, deception and distress that is impossible to put down. Both Evan and May are well-developed characters of great emotional depth, courage, insecuritiies and passion that support an outstanding romantically erotic love story. Ms. Schroeder's characters convey their thoughts and actions in such a manner that it seems to bring them to life and directly into the reader's heart. The secondary characters both old and new are interesting and entertaining ones that add to the plot. The dialogue is sharp and realistic for every scene. The author excels with her simmering passion and steamy sexual scenes that are blazing hot. The BDSM scenes are an integral part of the plot and portrayed in such a way that it not only enhances the relationship creating a bond between May and Evan but also drives the story forward pushes their feelings and desires. Readers should be aware that the BDSM play isn't intense or overwhelming but it is depicted with knowledge for a deeper understanding for the reader enjoyment.

This series just keeps getting better and better with each new book Ms. Schroeder raises the bar a little bit higher with fantastic results. - Shannon
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on March 10, 2013
MELISSA SCHROEDER HARMLESS SERIES IS A MUST READ FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE. ABSOLUTELY LOVED EVERY ENTRANCING,SEXY AND DELIGHTFUL READING THAT HEARTWARMING,CAPTIVATING CHARACTERS BRING YOUR OWN IMAGINATION TO FULFILLMENT. 5 Sensational Stars
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on March 16, 2013
I'm totally in love with these books!! You get the reader so in tune with the characters I can't wait to see how they turn out!!! Great story line also can never gone wrong with sex, drama and love!!!
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