- File Size: 693 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: Stormy Night Publications (July 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073YFLRT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
His Firm Direction Kindle Edition
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Alvarez has a real knack for making her leading men so sexy they seem to step off the page. She displays this skill again with Axel Masters. Strong and masterful, there is an underlying soft side that is hinted at throughout. Even when he is disciplining Cleo Martinelli he shows concern for her wellbeing and her pleasure. It’s easy to imagine a director and his leading lady becoming intimately involved, especially when the play is so sexually charged. Alvarez handles their burgeoning relationship realistically and delicately.
Axel has obviously been in a painful love relationship that left him more wounded than he cares to admit. What’s sexier than a man who hides his fragility? Cleo has just come out of a less than stellar relationship herself. They are both primed for sparks to fly, and fly they do. Even as they do the eternal dance of teasing and testing the waters, the attraction they feel for one another virtually leaps off the pages.
There is the inevitable jealous female, always attempting to derail both the romance as well as wrest the starring role away from Cleo. Cleo has a fascinating BFF, a doctor who indulges in set design as a hobby. Laska has a story of her own; married to a doctor she is experiencing difficulties in her marriage. Her admission of “kinky” behavior with her husband makes Cleo’s foray in submissiveness more believable. If her professional best friend sees nothing wrong with a little spanking, it can’t be all wrong.
Cleo’s biggest obstacle to submitting to Axel is her fierce independence and feminism. It presents the greatest difficulty in performing the role of Anna in the play. Anna is a sub and Cleo has reservations about that. With Axel’s guidance, she finds that being submissive is in fact Anna’s choice. She is not abused or forced to allow husband Aaron to dominate her. She enjoys it.
As with all good romances, there are problems to overcome. Misunderstandings are expected and believably delivered. While the language and sexual activity in this book is definitely for mature readers, it is a fun love story. I was cheering for Cleo and Axel from beginning to end.
Once again Alexis Alvarez has delivered an enthralling story of romance and adult situations that make me look at BDSM and think, maybe…
They are a sizzling hot match with lots of filthy, panty melting talks…
Their story is very complex on so many levels… It is full of passion and warmth. On some parts you might believe that you are reading a handbook for kinky sex, or, on other parts, a handbook about how to perform properly on stage… ;-)
But there is also so much interaction between the both protagonists, so many raw emotions and so much drama and misunderstandings.
Throughout the book Cleo is unsure whether Axel is pretending his passion for her to push her to an even better performance in his play or if his feelings are real.
Axel himself is burnt from an earlier relationship and does not do relationships any longer … or so he believes…
Their relationship is complicated and passionate and you are cheering and hurting with them while reading their story!
The supporting characters, e.g. Laska (Cleo’s BFF, advisor and goal of her banter) and Martin (Cleo’s partner in the play) are also full of life and not only some figures in the shadows.
And by the way… I have never read a more sensual and sexier and more poetic description of savoring a cup of coffee!!
This truly is a book you don’t want to miss, a real page turner and an absolute must read!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Cleo knows nothing about kink when she’s cast as the lead in a play about dominance and submission. How hard could it be, right? A lot more than she figured. She needs to get into her role as a submissive and who better to give her direction than … her director? She’s definitely attracted to Axel, but when he steps in to coach her, the lines between acting and real life quickly begin to blur. The push and pull going on in the mind of this strong, independent woman when she realizes that sexual domination hits all of her erotic buttons is perfect! Ms. Alvarez does a fantastic job conveying Cleo’s thoughts, feelings, confusion, and uncertainty. I love Cleo’s smart mouth and argumentative comments! She just can’t help herself.
Axel has met his match in this woman he can’t keep his hands off of.
His Firm Direction is loads of spanky goodness and another winner in my Alexis Alvarez library.
Alvarez explores the relationship between Axel, former professional skier turned director of a controversial play, and lead actress Cleo in her most recent release. Though it's written in 3rd person, you get more information about Cleo's inner thoughts, feelings, and life outside of the theater than Axel. I would have liked to have learned more about Axel's background/life/personality outside of the director's chair and bedroom,but I don't think the lack of this information detracted from the book.
True to her style, Alvarez includes random facts and real places in her books, which are like Easter eggs- fun to find. Her trademark wit and humor are displayed as well, through banter and some funny bff conversations.
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