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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2008
Wicked is the first book of Sasha White's that I read, and I've since bought three more: Bound, Trouble, and Gypsy Heart. Her stories are erotic AND romantic, with realistic strong protagonists, female as well as male. Women who know what they want and who they want and take the risks to reach for it is Ms.White's strength.
And men who are mature enough to realize that relationships are built on more than just sex and take time to build.
Karl is the strong alpha male whose gentleness and lovingness are the basis of his sex appeal and Dom character. He takes Lara in hand to guide her in his lifestyle, showing her that following his lead, submitting to his love, discipline,and protection are what makes a lasting relationship between two people like them work. By the end of the book, Karl makes his vulnerablility known to Lara, finally crumbling her destructive walls of defense, and the two of them are able to start building a mutually satisfying relationship.
Ms. White's secondary characters depict a loving gay relationship that has its own troubles to work through, and the end result is ... well, that would be giving away one of the best parts of the book.
Her books are sexy, real, and satisfying journeys to the HEA's we all want. They are on my Keeper Shelf.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As a legendary Dominant in the local sex clubs, Karl Dawson never lacks for a willing playmate. But lately, he has begun to feel as if something is missing. He has a successful career, a great house, good friends - everything a man could want, right? So he thinks, until the sassy Lara Fox walks into his life.

The irreverent Lara is the greatest challenge a Master like Karl could hope for - a natural submissive who hasn't yet discovered that part of herself. It will take all of his skill as a Dom to tame this little firecracker, but Karl is more than up to the challenge!

Sasha White knows how to write a mean BDSM romance! OK, not mean as in evil - no, mean as in wickedly naughty in the very best ways! But I need to stress that romance is very much the operative word here. Yes, these stories are heavy in the BDSM department, but they are definitely about two people in loving relationships. They just happen to have Dom/sub tendencies. There is no degradation, no real pain that is present in any of the acts this couple share together, and both the reader and the submissive feel safe at all times in the hands of the author and her Dominant hero.

Fans were first introduced to Karl Dawson in Bound, and met him again in Trouble, but readers who haven't yet read those books will easily slip into this world without issue. Wicked is a self-contained story that acts perfectly as a standalone novel, but will definitely make you curious about the other stories connected to it.

Throughout the journey we take with Karl and Lara, the readers enjoy an omniscient view, affording them insight as to Karl's thoughts as he learns how to train his unrealized submissive. I was intrigued to `listen' to his thoughts as he considered the best way to simultaneously train Lara, pleasure her, and break through her considerable defenses regarding relationships and commitment.

Because Lara is most certainly commitment phobic. Having been on her own since her mid-teens, this independent woman learned early to fend for herself and not depend on others. Her very survival demanded it. Forming few attachments, she even keeps her closest friends at arms' length. Watching as she learns to trust and love without reservation is absolutely heartwarming.

I think this is one of the things that most draws me to BDSM romances - the trust building. It absolutely fascinates me to read about two people who can give themselves to each other so completely. OK, so the sex in Wicked is pretty dang hot, too, truth be told! But it wouldn't be without the trust and love that Sasha White shows between our couple.

For a touching story that beautifully exhibits the true meaning of the term `BDSM Romance', pick up your own copy of Sasha White's Wicked.

Connected Stories:
Bound
Trouble
Wicked
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 2, 2008
Trouble was one of my favorite books of last year and it introduced Karl Dawson. Karl is the best friend of Valentine (the wonderful and sexy hero of Trouble) and a sexual dominant. He was a very intriguing character and I have been waiting anxiously to read his story.

I loved it! Karl has numerous woman at his beck and call (literally!) and is growing bored of it all. Then he meets Lara, his administrative assistant's housemate and the sparks fly. The chemistry between them is electric and reminded me of the wonderful old movies with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

Lara's been on her own for a long time and doesn't believe in long term relationships. Karl is a Dom and used to being in charge. He challenges her to try anyone once as she said she would and Lara's eyes are opened to a whole new world of sexual exploration and to the possibility of love.

What I especially love about Sasha White's books is that they are always extremely erotic AND beautifully romantic stories. Always a great combination in my opinion. :-) There's also a terrific secondary love story about Graham and Peter, Lara's housemates.

Wicked is another winner and highly recommended!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2008
Lara Fox is fiercely independent, having fended for herself since the tender age of 15. She's a hard-working young woman who is self-assured in everything she does, but she'll be the first to tell you that when it comes to love, she's a non-believer. Life has dealt her one too many low blows and while she has managed to get back up after each one, the emotional scars remain. When her good friend Graham introduces her to his boss, attorney Karl Dawson, she can't help but flirt with this arrogantly intriguing man. When he gives back as good as he takes, she knows the two of them could sizzle together. Karl is a well-known Dom and when he introduces Lara to the ways of a true submissive, neither is certain that she will ever be able to relinquish complete control, although she desperately she wants to please him.

Karl is fascinated by Lara from the moment he spies her sweet little butt peeking out from under Graham's desk. He tries not to be interested, thinking that her headstrong nature would make any sort of relationship just too much work, despite the fact that he has tired of his current playmates and their sexual games. A violent attack against Lara has Karl on the defensive, and when the attacks escalate, he wants to keep her safe, but Lara has been on her own for too long to give up her independence. Karl begins to tutor Lara in the ways of dominance/submission and while she is eager and a fast learner, there's a slight hesitance on her part that leaves Karl confused. He is even more confused by the emotions he is beginning to feel for Lara and, because he believes in love even less than Lara does, is unsure of just how to manage them.

Lara and Karl are very interesting characters. Their personalities are excellently written and there is never a question as to the reasoning or purpose behind any of their actions. Sasha White allows readers glimpses deep inside her characters in a way that few authors are capable of and there's never a disappointment in her books. Karl and Lara are so wonderfully written, and their personalities delved into so completely, and I loved their story very much. The two are almost instantly attracted to each other - they didn't want to be, mind you, and they did fight it - those deep emotions come into play and make for an absolutely beautiful story. A side M/M romance is sweetly written, and the return of familiar faces as secondary characters is a bit of a bonus. I give WICKED a strong recommendation, and ask that even if you aren't a fan of edgier sex scenes, you consider giving it a try because the love story it tells is so deliciously well written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Jaded divorce attorney Karl Dawson doesn't believe in love, so when flirtatious Lara Fox does some computer network upgrading at his office, he figures he's in for a good time. A sensual Dominant, Karl sees in feisty Lara a submissive challenge.

Lara Fox has been independent since a young teen, and likes it that way. She fun-loving, flirty, and loves to assert control, in a noncommittal sort of way. When she meets her roommate's boss, Karl, she sees in him a challenge to good to pass up. Lara's ready for nights of sensual pleasure, but when Karl informs her that he's a Dominant, she's not sure she's ready to give up control. Willing to try anything one, she allows Karl to take control--and realizes it's what she's been missing in her life.

Afraid for what is beginning to look like commitment and love, neither is prepared for the direction their relationship is traveling. When a vandal starts targeting Lara, however, all bets are off and Karl's protective nature reveals to Lara that this is more than just bedroom BDSM. Will these two ¬submit to their blossoming relationship and will they admit to themselves and to each other that live might be real, after all?

Sasha White has another hit with WICKED. This book is a good representation of the some of the delightful aspects along the BDSM continuum. The characters are likeable and the plot smooth. At times, I wished for a little more internal conflict in the two main characters. But the sensual tension and sexual intimacy between Karl and Lara is hot enough to melt ice, even on the coldest day. Kudos to Ms. White for one WICKED ride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I was expecting hot sex and not much more from this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the fiery interaction between Hero and Heroine--for as much as Karl seems to think that Lara is a natural Submissive--this foxy lady is anything but--and as much as Karl is a self-proclaimed Dominant--he cares about what turned Lara on, he is turned on when she is turned on--and in so many ways I found the sex (while hot and passionate) just a complimentary backdrop to the actually romance that was happening between these two.

Karl wanted Lara's Trust--he wanted her to think of him first, to rely on him--even if it was only to call him and tell him what was happening---while she handled it. He didn't necessarily want her to surrender her will to him, became needy and inactive--he just wanted what deep love between two individuals can turn into---deep trust that never let's you down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2009
Wow!!! This is what I assume is an awakening of a true submissive. If this is true- it's a very eye opening, loving, and inspiring story. Karl Dawson is a strong and loving sexual Dom, and domineering divorce attorney, but admits when he's wrong and is open & willing to take another approach to a problem. Lara Fox is a strong, willful, & sassy woman who even though has had a tough young life- is still open to the world and people around her while trying to protect her heart. She loves sex- it's getting to know others & emotions that scare her. Karl realizes quickly that Lara is a true submissive, and also realizes that the sexy, sassy, challenging Lara is "the one", and patiently, safely, but firmly helps her discover herself, and brings them together. Escape is not an option. (Very HOT!) Through their deep feelings for each other they both overcome their cynicism of the concept of love and find happiness.

After taking this journey with them- I would've liked more story after their commitment to each other, because it ended way too fast. Also, the secondary characters- Lara's gay housemates/landlords Graham & Peter- are written beautifully and lovingly, and needed more story too. This is a "keeper" & I will read more of Sasha White's works. Very HOT!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2009
So not good, where to start! The main character Lara Fox was your basic everyday slutty white trash uneducated barfly, "not the type of character I could relate to or feel compelled to read about." The characters really never develop beyond a superficial level and the story line is weak at best. There were a couple of spicy sex scenes that got my blood mildly heated. Half way through I wanted to give up on the book but didn't since I paid $15 for the book and wanted to get my money out of it. Nevertheless, I still feel I was ripped off. As a side note "take a good look at the cover" at what first appears to be a man and women embracing is actually two men embracing. Interesting since the main characters are male and female "maybe the female model called in sick the day of the photo shoot!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 25, 2008
Lara Fox is fiercely independent, having fended for herself since the tender age of 15. She's a hard-working young woman who is self-assured in everything she does, but she'll be the first to tell you that when it comes to love, she's a non-believer. Life has dealt her one too many low blows and while she has managed to get back up after each one, the emotional scars remain. When her good friend Graham introduces her to his boss, attorney Karl Dawson, she can't help but flirt with this arrogantly intriguing man. When he gives back as good as he takes, she knows the two of them could sizzle together. Karl is a well-known Dom and when he introduces Lara to the ways of a true submissive, neither is certain that she will ever be able to relinquish complete control, although she desperately she wants to please him.

Karl is fascinated by Lara from the moment he spies her sweet little [...] peeking out from under Graham's desk. He tries not to be interested, thinking that her headstrong nature would make any sort of relationship just too much work, despite the fact that he has tired of his current playmates and their sexual games. A violent attack against Lara has Karl on the defensive, and when the attacks escalate, he wants to keep her safe, but Lara has been on her own for too long to give up her independence. Karl begins to tutor Lara in the ways of dominance/submission and while she is eager and a fast learner, there's a slight hesitance on her part that leaves Karl confused. He is even more confused by the emotions he is beginning to feel for Lara and, because he believes in love even less than Lara does, is unsure of just how to manage them.

Lara and Karl are very interesting characters. Their personalities are excellently written and there is never a question as to the reasoning or purpose behind any of their actions. Sasha White allows readers glimpses deep inside her characters in a way that few authors are capable of and there's never a disappointment in her books. Karl and Lara are so wonderfully written, and their personalities delved into so completely, and I loved their story very much. The two are almost instantly attracted to each other - they didn't want to be, mind you, and they did fight it - those deep emotions come into play and make for an absolutely beautiful story. A side M/M romance is sweetly written, and the return of familiar faces as secondary characters is a bit of a bonus. I give WICKED a strong recommendation, and ask that even if you aren't a fan of edgier sex scenes, you consider giving it a try because the love story it tells is so deliciously well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2010
Alright, so I'm not completely sold on the D/s thing, but this book made it all very sexy and palatable for a fantasy. Sexy lawyer/Dom Karl was steamy-hot, and Lara - in spite of her tough-girl exterior - was a character I could like and strongly identify with. Characterization is this writer's strong suit! Even secondary characters are well-drawn. The plot is there, but doesn't take over the relationship - which is the story. The characters are well-drawn. In fact - for the type of book this is - White is a step above a lot in this genre in the quality of her writing. The book is about steamy sex of course, but this is an author who could write anything she wanted and make it salable and interesting.
That said... Warning! This book does include several homosexual sex scenes - but not involving the main male character. I'm not disapproving, but just giving the rundown in case you think this would be too much for you. I personally don't find m/m titillating, but the characters and story were such that I had no problem reading it, and the author did a good job of not making any of the sex scenes gratuitous, but all building toward the end result of the plot. There is a f/m/f scene involving Karl, Lara and another submissive playmate. I didn't like this as well because I am kind of a jealous b*^%$, but she pulls it off well. In fact, in real life, I think I'd probably find Karl a little much, but White makes this fantasy man very palatable and incredibly sexy. And - important for me - you believe in the "happily-ever-after" she hints at in the end.
So, read and enjoy! As for me, I'm going to find another of White's books here on Amazon right now!
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