- Series: The Honey Series (Book 3)
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250177103
- ISBN-13: 978-1250177100
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fans of Ashley's work will delight in this gritty finale to an intense series." - Library Journal on The Greatest Risk
"Passionate, wildly sensual, and boundary pushing, but oh-so addictive!" - Aestas Book Blog (5 Stars) on The Deep End
“I adore Kristen Ashley’s books. Her stories grab you by the throat from page one and...continue to dwell in your mind days after you’ve finished the story.” ―Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author
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About the Author
Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Mystery Man, The Gamble, and Own the Wind. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England.
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Stellan is the man who sees through to the damage and resolves to help her. He is strong, understanding and determined to show Sixx/Simone she is worthy of the love he has for her. They are a great couple and their HEA is wonderful.
So why did I hate it?
Because Sixx is a Mistress, a female Dominant. Or supposedly she is. Instead, she's a "switch" and her desire to dominate submissive men has nothing do with her preferences, just her desire to give them what they need. All this comes out when Stellan, who is a Dominant himself, gets her off during their first date, and then proceeds to dictate how she'll get her kink on with male subs, because he doesn't share. Neither does he submit to her, ever. He allows her to top him, doing the things a Dom does to a sub, even enjoying it, but be is never not her Master. And I HATE THAT.
There isn't enough good, well-written Femdom/alpha-male sub erotic romance out there to read. For a story to be about "Mistress" Sixx, who eventually doesn't even dominate anyone is a bitter disappointment. And for Stellan to not be a switch, after his intriguing interactions with Mistress Amélie in the first book of the trilogy, is just as disappointing.
I realize that KA probably got a ration of crap from the masses of her adoring fans for writing males who are not dominant alphas and writing kickass females who are not sweet little submissives in bed. She probably had to alter the still unknown characters of Sixx and Stellan, to mold them into a tough kickass female sub who played at being a Mistress and an alpha male who would please the fans by showing he was all dominant, who could change up his kink routine to let "Mistress" Sixx get a little top action.
The worst trope in BDSM erotic romance is the Domme who is just a sub looking for the perfect Dom. And while this book wasn't exactly that, it came close enough that I can't say I enjoyed the book.
Things that I did enjoy: the scenes when Sixx was topping male subs, even under Stellan's "no-touch" demand, were super hot and sexy. Also the scenes in the Honey between Ami and Mistress Naya-OMG hot. And the male/male scenes between secondary characters Diesel and Maddox were panty melting, if you enjoy m/m.
I will be the first to admit, my first foray into this series didn’t really go well- at all- much to my extreme disappointment. I heard great things about the second book in the series though, so I decided to give the series another chance. I am so glad that I did!
This series is set in the world of the exclusive Bee’s Honey club so of course the theme of sexual exploration is a big part of the story. But The Greatest Risk is about so much more than that! It’s about trust, finding self-worth, and breaking free from the prison of the past to find a future that you never dreamed of.
Sixx and Stellan are a Mistress and Master at the Honey, and both have very strong personalities. Sixx has been attracted to him for years but has always found one excuse or another to avoid acting on it. She has many acquaintances in her life, but her only true friend is Aryas, another Master at the club. Aryas sees a bit too much for her comfort level at times and he pushes her to take a chance on actually being happy for a change, but Sixx isn’t wired that way.
Her childhood gave her a different frame of reference on life than most, and her existence to this point has been all about just that- existing. She keeps people at arm’s length with the Sixx persona in effort to protect herself and those around her. Stellan is a force to be reckoned with though. He is not a man to back down from pursuing what he wants, and he definitely wants Sixx. But he is also smart enough to realize that he has to make his approach carefully because he will only have one shot at making her his own. He does the research and quietly observes for months, and when he finally makes his move, he is able to catch the notoriously wary woman off guard in a good way and leaves her stunned at her own reaction to both his proposal and his over-the-top gift to her.
And so begins the war of wills! Stellan goes all in with his quest to find Simone, the real heart of Sixx that she has buried beneath her carefully crafted walls, but he has his work cut out for him. She has lived a life that has taught her love isn’t safe if it exists at all, and for every step forward that they take, they also take 3 steps back. Add in that they are both tops although it becomes obvious that she is a switch only when it comes to him, and Stellan definitely needs to be creative when it comes to truly fulfilling her needs. Her MO is to run scared every time things get too real though, and it happens pretty often! Fortunately Stellan recognizes the signs, and I loved the way that he handles her freak out moments. He finds just the right mix of straight talk, strength, dominance, and acceptance to pull her out of her own head when she needs it, and he also gives her the quiet and space she needs to process it all too when he sees right through to the heart of the issues that are weighing her down. These two people truly are the other half of each other.
Despite the fact she is absolutely terrified of the prospect of finding true happiness only to have it ripped away from her, she slowly finds herself starting to believe in it. At times the journey was a bit frustrating for everyone – including me- but it is a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed and that is still forefront in my mind after finishing the book. This story definitely had some elements that I never would have dreamed up, but even though it surprised me from time to time there was nothing that sent me running screaming in the other direction. Familiar faces from other stories both within the series and from other series make appearances and made me smile. The narrative contained some of the lightness, camaraderie and sassy attitude of the Rock Chick series that I love so much to offset the heavier, sometimes darker and more emotional moments too.
So suffice it to say I am thrilled that I gave this series another shot because Simone and Stellan’s journey was well worth it!
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