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Desire (The Seductors Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 30, 2013
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B.L. Wilde is a British author obsessed with many things, including heated love stories. Fully supported by her husband, she can often be found at her desk working on her next project. Her journey into the world of erotica began when she started writing online stories over three years ago, and she hasn't looked back since.
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If you've seen Whedon's Dollhouse? You know the plot of this novel. Axe the bit where the "dolls" are mindwiped after each mission and you've got the same scenario. This is a trope. It's a fun trope, makes for an interesting read, and amuses me, but it's not original by any means. Jade is a "Seductor" which means she's signed a decade of her life away in exchange for a life lived virtually outside the bounds of the law. Seductors are paid to do whatever it takes to acquire what the client wants from a target. They're trained to defend themselves, to kill if necessary, and yes to use their bodies if that's what it takes to accomplish the mission. Seductors are taught to be chameleons who blend seamlessly into the lives of their targets in order to gain their trust to get whatever their clients are after.
It's interesting as a premise, I say Whedon did it better because I preferred his interpretation of this trope. Why? Because I liked that the "dolls" didn't have to live with the consequences of their actions. They got to do terrible things to potential decent people for a cash payout without ever remembering any of it. Jade doesn't have that luxury. The Seductors just get to live with the fact that they're blackmailing, murdering, stealing, prostituting themselves, and whatever else you want to add into that mix to get the job done; they seem to be fine with it which is a little sketchy to me since most people have a moral compass that would make that less than fantastic for them.
Do I have a problem with people who lack a moral compass? No. I love horror. I enjoy gore and I love dark fiction, but the reader is meant to empathize with Jade and she's honestly not an individual I found it easy to empathize with on any level. She's in love with her position. She's the top of the Seductor food chain. The only reason she starts to re-think her job or the missions assigned to her is because of Oliver Kirkham who is her target for Desire TSS #1 and there's really no full explanation for her change of heart beyond he's a good guy who is great in bed.
Oliver really is, by all appearances, a great guy. He's good-looking, wealthy, and the traditionally portrayed sex god when it comes to the bedroom. As a reader, I found him easy to empathize with as I learned more about him throughout the course of the work. He's a guy who takes care of his family, his business, and maintains a level of humility that is at odds with his wealth and social status.
He's a good guy. It's easy to like a good guy.
Jade is only moderately more revealed to the reader than she is to Oliver. We're clued in to the fact that she's playing him. It's shown that she begins to have doubts about the mission she's working as she falls for him though it never really delves into who she is as an individual. She's a mystery. I know very little about her outside of her thoughts on sex, her skills as a Seductor, and that family is a hot-button topic for her.
That's why I say thank God this is a series. It's well-written to the point that I would tune in for the next episode to find out more about Jade though I honestly would rather know more about the other members of her crew. I loved Drew. Molly made me laugh. I'm intrigued by Georgie and I even wouldn't mind knowing more about that jerk Mario. At least he realizes he's a tool which makes him amusing. I'd read more about this world. It's got an episodic feel to it which is very appealing to me as I'm a consummate fangirl.
I like "Monster of the Week" television shows so absolutely! Loved the pilot!
I'd also point out it's very much a "late night" or "reading after dark" read since there's a lot of sex in it---as in, way more than I was expecting, potentially every chapter contains it, possibly there are chapters that are nothing except sex, that amount of sex. It was verging on: I've-read-porn-with-less-sex-than-this. It's definitely a hot-and-heavy read. I'd recommend it to anyone who liked erotica.
Overall, I'd rate this one a solid 4 stars since I'm interested enough to want more, will read the sequel, and did enjoy it as an intro to the series. I do hope we either get more of Jade's personality/backstory in the sequel or book 2 is told from some other character's POV since I, personally, would rather see more there. Good start! I'll be back for episode 2!
**Honest review given based on a complimentary copy of the book gifted to This Redhead LOVES Books Blog**
Jade works for The Seductors, a secret agency involved in such activities as industrial espionage and assassination, among other questionably legal activities. Jade is one of their top performing agents, using anything, but most importantly her feminine wiles, to get the job done. Agents are on a ten-year contract and their lives essentially belong to the agency. It isn’t until their contracts are over that they can go back to their own lives, or create one in order to live out the rest of their lives. It pays big, but the sacrifices agents must make for the job are questionable. Will there ever be life on the outside?
Oliver is the CEO of his own company and a bazillionaire. His company manufactures parts for different defense companies and they are currently working on a project that could change the shape of warfare as we know it. Jade is assigned to gather information on a set of blueprints for a specific part, and she must seduce Oliver in order to accomplish that. One of the biggest rules the agents must abide by is to never fall for their mark, never get involved. Unfortunately as Jade becomes closer and closer to Oliver, she does just that. She begins to question whether she can cross Oliver and possibly ruin him.
The heat between Jade and Oliver is molten, but it becomes readily apparent that there is more to the relationship than just sex. The characters are believable and the storyline riveting. The attraction between the two of them is palpable and leaves you desperate for more.
Desire had me from the very first page and it was a wild ride! This is the first book in the series and you’ll want to read them in order because they build upon each other. Just when you think everything is resolved at the end of the book, out of nowhere, there is a new twist and a cliffhanger smacks you in the face. I hate cliffhangers, but at least the major part of the story that was the focus of the book is resolved and the plot is nicely set for the next book. I was happy I was able to dive right into the next volume of the series, Hunger. I am anxious to see the way things are going to play out and if Oliver and Jade will ever get their happily ever after. This one was a 4 ½ star read for me.
Oliver Kirkham is a young CEO of a company and is also Jade's next target. Will Jade be able to keep her wall up and complete her mission or will she crumble into the hands of Oliver?
Once I started this book I could not stop reading. It has a great story line. It is different from anything else that I have read. This book has humor, mystery, passion, and some really steamy scenes. B.L. Wilde did an amazing job writing this book. I really felt connected to the characters.
Jade and Oliver's "relationship" is a train wreck waiting to happen and the reader has no choice but to sit back and enjoy the ride to see what happens. I could actually feel the emotions that the characters were going through while I was reading the book. I laughed ,almost cried, and also screamed in anger and frustration. I wanted to slap the characters and cuddle them at the same time. I would highly recommend this book.
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