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This is a bit complicated. There is the Plan (sweet version prequel), the Plan (erotic version prequel), Chances & Choices (sequel to the Plan sweet version), His by Design (sequel to the Plan erotic version), and Exposed (BDSM version of His by Design).
I have read the Plan (erotic version) and it was ok, a bit too much like reading an article rather than a romance, though.
His by Design is a domestic discipline romance which features spankings for both punishment and pleasure. And since I enjoy spankings and Helen executed them well, that was a pleasure and the best parts of the story.
Regrettably, Julians viewpoint reads like a Harlequin Romance, all soft sighs, and titillation. Either the entire thing should have been in Claire's voice or Julian should have had a stronger, more dominate voice.
Actually, the entire thing reads like it was written for a 15-year-old who has spent the summer overdosing on every 80's category romance she could find. Far too much heaving bosoms and throbbing manhood for my taste.
However, if that is your taste, then you will enjoy the story as it is a well written breezy summer read.
What kept me from absolutely loving this one was Claire, the book's main character. While for the most part I was Team Claire, there were some moments that she just didn't gel with everything else that was going on. And I found myself a bit frustrated with her.
Per usual, the romance in this one is mega hot. Helen Karol just does romance so well. The dynamics between Julian and Claire are intense, and, boy, does that lead to some steamy scenes!
I cannot wait for another book from Helen Karol! Basically everything she writes fits my taste in books, making me quite a fan :)
Julian had the perfect balance between a strong, dominant guy and sweet and caring. He was a little tortured too which I always enjoy in my heroes.
Julian's brand of love was just perfect for me. Both the sex and punishment scenes in this were super hot, I was very jealous of Claire.
I really loved this and I'd definitely recommend this to fans of kinky romance and domestic discipline books.
**I was provided with a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**