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Private Property (Hauberk Protection) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 7, 2016
Nominated for a CAPA as Best Erotic Romance of 2009 by the reviewers of The Romance Studio.
"a luscious, fast paced adventure that is sure to please readers who enjoy an edgy and intense erotic romance...a refreshingly touching twist to the menage theme..." ~Shannon, The Romance Studio
"If you read Private Property when it was first released, it is time for a re-read. If you somehow missed this book, get it now. You won't be disappointed." ~ Lea, Blackraven Reviews
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This book centers around Mark Rodgriguez and Jodi Tyler. Mark is the owner of Celeda Security located in Texas and Jodi one of his operatives. The book opens with Jodi staking out a home she is suppose to break into to prove to the owner that his current security company isn't any good and they should hire Mark's company. Jodi is upset that Mark chose her to head up this security breach since it's her birthday and she'd rather spend the evening with him. She begins to think that perhaps this is Mark's way of breaking off their "no strings" relationship. What we soon find out is that Mark has set up an evening with his old college roommate and friend, Sam Watson, (owner of Hauberk Security) to help him fulfill some of Jodi's fantasies as a birthday gift. The tables are turned on Mark and he soon realizes that he has been an idiot when it comes to Jodi.
This is a very good book, Mark is a likeable albeit at times kind of clueless hero. He thinks he has his relationship with Jodi all figured out but in reality he doesn't. It takes Sam, some restraints, and some interesting situations to make him see things differently.
Jodi is capable, extremely likeable, but very insecure. She's dated some losers in the past that have made it difficult to trust and thus she's always waiting for Mark to dump her. She's feeling guilty because she agreed to an unemotional affair with Mark but she's fallen in love with him.
I like both Mark and Jodi, but Sam is the one that stole the show in this book. From the minute he came on the scene I was hooked and knew that I had to know more about this complex man. Considering all the "fun" things he has in his home, you just know there is a great story behind him.
For a first book, Private Property is very good but it left me wanting more. While the story is complete, I knew that I'd have to read the next one as soon as it was available. I always love when I find a writer that I "mesh" with right away and Leah is one of those authors. I'm very happy to give this first effort a solid 4 stars.
***NOTE*** As I was reading I felt myself wanting to know more about Mark and Jodi and was pleased when I got to the end and found there was a free read (First Night) detailing the beginning of Mark and Jodi's relationship. It answered a lot of questions and helped me understand the characters so much more. You can find this at Leah's website.
If I had to say anything really "negative" about the story it's that a Glock doesn't have a traditional safety. The safety is built into the trigger therefore there's nothing to "thumb off". That small inaccuracy jarred me from the story, but truly, it didn't take long for me to get sucked back in. The only other thing I noticed was that there seemed to be a little bit of "head-hopping". For the most part, I was able to discern whose head I was in but there were several occassions where I had to reread a passage in order to figure out who exactly was talking/thinking, etc.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read and if someone is looking for a hot little novella, PRIVATE PROPERTY is a pretty good choice.
That's the smattering of plot, and pretty much the extent of my enjoyment of the novella. It had its moments but deflated pretty quickly. There wasn't really any foreplay-you know, the part that's supposed to turn people on-and only the setting itself was intriguing.
Had the author chosen an honest roleplay option I would have enjoyed the erotica part more, but Braemel chose to underline Jodi's insecurities and all the things that made her an unlikeable character to me. The author also chose to wrote lengthy explanations on why would a normal, usually a quite vanilla, woman acquiesce to participate in a ménage à trois with her boyfriend and a man she'd never met before. I'm assuming this was done to lure in the threesome newbie readers, and I'm assuming the pandering in the end was written for them too.
For me, it didn't work. The sex got boring after the first nipple sucking and the attempt to add plot and justification for a couple taking a one night lover pretty much ruined any and all respect I had left for the characters. Any of them. It's safe to say that without heavy-handed recommendations from my friends, I won't be reading more of Leah Braemel's work.