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Reckless: An erotic romance Paperback – December 8, 2014
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Award-winning British author Saskia Walker first dreamed of writing her own stories when she discovered a handful of romance novels stashed away in her school library. An avid reader, she lapped up the adventures and the life-affirming emotion of these stories, but always felt dismay when the bedroom door closed the reader out. She vowed that in her stories all the passion would be right there on the page. Saskia began writing in the late 1990s. By that time she'd traveled the world, gained a B.A. in art history, an M.A. in literature and the visual arts and she'd worked in several diverse careers - but the stories in her head simply had to be written. The combination of potent eroticism and strong storytelling has become the leading characteristic of Saskia's work. Fascinated with seduction, she loves to explore how and why we get from saying "hello" to sharing our most intimate selves in moments of extreme passion. She writes across genres, often incorporating elements of history, the paranormal and the fantastic in her work. As well as many novel and novella-length publications, Saskia's work has now appeared in more than one hundred international anthologies. Her erotica has also been featured in several international magazines including Cosmo, Penthouse, Bust, and Scarlet. Her novels DOUBLE DARE and RAMPANT both won Passionate Plume awards and her writing has twice been nominated for a RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award. Nowadays Saskia is happily settled in Yorkshire, in the north of England, with her real-life hero Mark.
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Katrina Hammond's life is staid and some what predictable and she has decided that she wants to be reckless. The opportunity for this change of heart presents itself in the form of Sergio Teodora, A Spanish businessman who wants Katrina to price his father's art collection.
Dark, desirable, and handsome, Sergio is used to being in control as well as controlling. Convincing Katrina to come to his villa in Spain to price an art collection of his father's is a piece of cake. Or so he thinks. It seems that Sergio has underestimated his brother, Nicolas.
Nicolas is the disinherited black sheep of the Teodora family and must depend on secret phone calls from staff members to find out what is going on with his family. Receiving a frantic phone call from his father's housekeeper concerning an art collection has Nicolas making plans. The first thing he needs to accomplish? Meeting and checking out Katrina Hammond.
Katrina is thrilled to be in Spain. Carefree and excited, she looks forward to seeing Sergio again. That withstanding, she isn't above having a good time near her hotel with the playful holiday party participant dressed as a demon. Things come to a head when Nicolas reveals himself and Katrina finds herself torn between two lovers as well as brothers.
RECKLESS is unique and unlike any romance I have ever read. Fully expecting champagne and roses and instances of erotic naughtiness, I was pleasantly surprised to witness dark, compelling, and sibling rivalry. Sergio was the brother in control and his desire to possess Katrina bordered on obsessive. He needed her for his agenda while Nicolas' desire for Katrina was not agenda driven. What starts out as a way to get back at his older brother turns into so much more with each love scene with Katrina. Saskia Walker is a genius because the turn of events in RECKLESS shocked me completely.
Arousing, enigmatic, and compelling, I highly recommend RECKLESS. If a dark romance with many suspenseful and surprising moments is what you crave, then RECKLESS is the book for you!
Katrina works for an auction house in London. Sergio hires her to come to his home in Spain to value and sell his family's huge art collection. He needs the money to support his father Jorge who is in a hospice. Sergio tells Katrina that his brother Nicolas is the black sheep of the family and has been disinherited. Katrina is attracted to Sergio and goes to Spain. While there she meets and is also attracted to Nicolas. Nicolas tells her a different story. There is mystery and danger as the truth eventually comes out.
Story length: 309 pages. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 9. Length of sex scenes: from 1.5 to 7.7 pages. Total number of sex scene pages: 38.5. Setting: current day Barcelona and Catalonia, Spain, and London, England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: contemporary romance with mild suspense and some mystery.
Sergio Teodoro has exerted all his Latin charm in engaging Katrina's interest in the family's art collection and in himself. Sergio plans to use all his charm, and he hopes, sexual expertise as a distraction tactic to keep Katrina away from aspects of his family and their art collection that he doesn't want discovered.
Nicolas Teodoro has been estranged from his father for years and his brother Sergio has been the most significant wedge between them. When Nicolas discovers that Sergio plans to sell off their father's prized art collection, he feels the need to talk to his father and confirm that this action is his wish. However, Nicolas is unable to find his father and his brother keeps stone-walling him. So, in order to buy some time, Nicolas is willing to do anything to distract Katrina from completing her job until Nicolas can find his father and get the truth of the matter.
As Katrina finds herself in the middle of the brothers' struggle, she must try and decipher if all these seduction attempts are distraction ploys or do they have some real intent behind them... Who is the sincere brother? Is there one at all that she can trust?
Reckless is an erotic romp in the Spanish countryside that will weave a sensual veil over you from the get-go. Saskia Walker is an undisputed master in erotic romance and this book should please her fans. However, I found that the main focus in the book was Katrina's sudden "sexual awakening" and her daring behavior in pursuing pleasure. From having masturbatory sex in her office with a client while her ex-fiancé watches, to being a voyeur to a gay sexual encounter between some secondary and minor characters, Katrina's character felt like a caricature of the woman she says she wants to become. Most of the plot revolves around Katrina's sexual encounters with the Teodoro brothers and how it affects her judgment as a "modern" and "independent" woman. The brothers' macho, and sometimes caveman-like, behavior is unexpectedly irritating, as I usually enjoy Alpha male characters. Also, I found the prose awkward at times, which emphasized the shallowness of the plot and the characters' behavior, making it hard to care about the outcome of the intrigue surrounding the family and which brother becomes Katrina's partner in her HEA. Nevertheless, Reckless is a lava hot read that you shouldn't pass up when you are looking for a light read, jam-packed with sensuality which will leave you sweating and reaching for something to cool off with or reaching for someone to keep the heat going!
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