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I think it is hard with BDSM stories because there are so many levels of dominance and if I as the reader can't place myself in the relationship because of the level of dominance or submission, then I fight the story. It would be the same if I found a male lead to be to cocky or conceited... I just couldn't fall for Conner.
I adored Connor Donovan. He's commanding and complex and controlling. He's a delightful combination of an aggressive testosterone menace, and a tender, passionate naughty boy. I loved how serious he believes the institution of marriage to be. He takes marriage vows seriously and I loved how he believes the importance of being faithful and wanting a faithful wife. Yet he's a Dom. He doesn't stray from Lara...his "sub".
If you do not like reading about the BDSM lifestyle, you probably should steer clear of this story. It's fast paced and to the point with very little adult language. It was uncomfortable to read at times...that is, an intelligent woman willing to be bound and flogged in order to attain what she's seeking. Ms. Cartwright conveyed each point brilliantly.
Lara Bertrand is a successful businesswoman. CFO of her family's information technology company, she turns to the head of Donovan Worldwide, Connor Donovan, when her father's archaic ways threaten the company's existence. Her father isn't interested in bringing the company out of it's dinosaur ways believing it is fine as it is. Lara sees her father retiring in the future and knows the company needs to update or be swallowed by the competition. She goes to Connor because his company is interested in a part of her company, and believes he could help her cause by obtaining a board seat once married to her.
Connor is taken with Lara from the very start! He is intrigued with her proposal and decides it's a challenge worth investigating-albeit with some conditions. He is a dominant and his biggest condition is that Lara would have to agree to be his submissive in the bedroom. Lara struggles with the condition but after Connor gives her a taste or two of his form of play, Lara is hooked! She finds she craves the man and his play, more and more! What starts out as a purely business contract, ends up being so much more! Both realize they are in over their heads rather quick!
I instantly loved both Connor and Lara. Lara is a strong girl. She knows what she doesn't want, but struggles with being honest to herself about what she likes and what she wants. Connor is hands-down everything you would want in a hero-sexy, powerful, gorgeous, and takes Lara's submission to heart. He's guarded with his heart, but he is falling minute by minute with Lara and everything she gives.
And did I mention the steaminess??? Sierra combines the right amount of seduction with romance and a sprinkle of BDSM so that you are right there with her characters! I was taken with Connor and his level of compassion for Lara. He was able to read her so well and give her exactly what she needed-when she had no clue its what she secretly had been craving. As the story progresses, both characters bring out the best in each other. Yes the sex is spicy and yummy, but I loved how their romance blossomed when they weren't looking for one.
Both have a strong sense of loyalty to their family's and I liked how they were willing to make sacrifices so that their companies would thrive. I enjoyed both Lara and Connor struggling with their emotions. Both were falling quickly and there wasn't anything that either could do to stop it. The connection was strong. They just had to finally be true to themselves and admit what their feelings were.
I always love Sierra Cartwright's books and this hit every mark for me! I am always entertained and that's why she's a one-click author of mine! I look forward to diving into the next brother's journey!
4.5 stars/4 flames
I was gifted this book by the Jeep Diva for the express purpose of an honest review. The rating and review are solely my opinion and in no way was I compensated.
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