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Protecting Portia (Sugar House Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 3 in Sugar House Series
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- Publication Date : May 3, 2014
- File Size : 1378 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 180 pages
- Publisher : Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st Edition (May 3, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00K434CIO
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,514 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Portia is a Russian émigré, left her home with hopes to make a new life in America. What she didn’t expect was to end up in a life of forced prostitution, catering to the whims of a very distasteful and violent man. We’ve come to meet Portia in the first book, and see her as the petite, competent and determined ‘face’ of The Sugar House as Miss Neicy’s receptionist and personal assistant. Tiny and blonde, her professional approach with the clients doesn’t hide her innate sexiness or deter her from the flirtations with Jackson, head of security.
Jackson is the head of security at The Sugar House, a man with the skills to protect and a streak of guilt that is miles wide. Having a rough childhood, and then ‘failing’ the ones who didn’t come back from war, he’s convinced that Portia’s adoration is misplaced. He’s not only NOT the man for her, he’s no man for anyone; convinced he is too wounded and bad to deserve love.
The story of Jackson and Portia is overlaid with guilt, regret, fear and the palpable sexual tension between them. Portia sees the man beneath the tough guy façade, and she loves him WITH his issues and worries and concerns. While she steps into the abyss one night and tries to push their relationship further, their story reaches a climax that is both emotionally raw and incredibly erotic.
These two intrigued with their playful interactions, and endeared themselves in this book with the overwhelming sense of caring that they show for one another in the simple moments, and their protectiveness for the others in their circle. The issue of how and where they met becomes secondary to the healing and joy that they find with one another, even if it is hard won.
Not solely about the couple, we are drawn into the continued struggles of Cait and her searching for calmness, a threat from a particularly distasteful ex-client and Janice’s struggles and worries for the business and in her new relationship with Devon, and a myriad of scenes that drive the story forward toward the next book. This series just keeps getting better, with characters growing and revealing traits and experiences that serve the plot and fix them more firmly in our hearts and minds.
I never really know what I’m going to get when I open a book from Pavarti K. Tyler. Some things are a given: the writing is clean and polished, evocative and thought-provoking, her characters will engage you and have you wanting to know them, and even when you don’t like them, you need to know what makes them tick. Tyler engages her readers, not by pandering to their preconceived notions, but by fueling imagination and leaving you with stories that keep you thinking and wondering, and perhaps in a small way, change your approach to something you thought you knew. One of the very few “buy no matter what genre” authors for me, you will want to try Tyler’s spin on an erotic story: character driven, hot, sensual and emotional without losing those moments of surprise that make a story sing.
I purchased a copy of the title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I’ve got to give Portia some credit. She finds a very creative and sexy way to encourage Jackson to get over his reluctance to touch her. In a very hot scene, Portia takes him to a special place where there is no way he can resist giving into his desires. (not going to tell you where, because it would spoil it, but it’s really a very erotic scene!)
But once the sweet glow of desire fades in the morning light, Jackson can’t quite deal with everything that happened between them, and after protecting Portia for months, he’s MIA when she needs him most. In a shocking conclusion that sets up the next book in the series, Portia shows everyone she can take care of herself, opening the door for her and Jackson to take their relationship to a new place.
I really enjoyed this title. The pacing was very good, much improved imho from the first novella in this series. I had a hard time putting this down. Maybe it was just Portia and Jackson. I loved them in the first book, and wanted more, and I wasn’t disappointed. Everything worked for me here… the writing, the pacing, and the characters.
So if you are looking for an edgy slightly dark erotic romance, you might like this title. It’s a quick read with likable characters. Definitely looking forward to the next and final book in the Sugar House series, Dual Dominion.
Tyler also deals with the horrific things that happened to the characters in the past in a dignified manner. Although the events are discussed in detail, she doesn’t go into detail about the horrors themselves – letting the reader fill in the details without offending anyone.
Jackson was a great character. He has a lot of issues and struggles to deal with them. His growth as a person was well written and interesting to read. Portia also experienced character growth in an unusual but believable manner. I enjoyed reading about the other characters as well. It will be interesting to read the next installment and find out what happens to the rest of the cast. Considering the story and the background of the characters, I feel that Tyler could have easily made the novella into a full-length novel.
I recommend this book to erotica readers that are looking for more than just sex.