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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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This is the fourth book in the series, and technically it can stand on its own, but the reading is richer if you start from the beginning because all the previous couples feature in Brandon’s life and romance. It ties up the main part of this series in a neat bow, and lets those heroes/heroines/friends advise Brandon through his own love tribulations. It even leaves a little doorway open for future consideration, which is a little tease that I enjoyed.
Dominance, control and submission are central to Veronica and Brandon’s romance and there are moments that edge into uncomfortable, since breath play is a big part of Veronica’s kink and the way Brandon manhandles her and the way they physically confront each other is not all gentle butterfly kisses.There are scenes that can push against some boundaries and may be a bit harder for a reader who’s perhaps a bit of a fluffy bunny….just sayin’.
However, it was just the right intensity for a character like Brandon who is about that domination with a hint of sadism. AND it was completely consensual, which mitigated any issues I had with their play.
Everything in Between. There’s nothing truly bad about this story. The first half of the story had a slight repetitive quality, since Brandon was fighting his attraction/love/hopelessly intense chemistry with Veronica. I love the push/pull in a romance, but he did protest a wee bit much (with the same exact wording) for me. Also, Brandon and Veronica are the personification of the first-world lily-white couple. Veronica is looking to break away from that rarefied air she had been partaking in with Chicago’s elite. She wants some color in her life. I appreciated that. But even the crew she ended up in is pretty monochromatic, even if their social standing wasn’t the upper tier as she was used to moving in. I really would have loved a little bit more diversity in this series, and not just supporting characters, but some actual POC as part of this circle of friends.
The Bottom Line 4 stars
Quibbles aside, I did love seeing the calm, cool and collected Dom that is Brandon finally take the plunge into love, and Veronica is the perfect woman for him and his dirty self. If you like a bit of D/s with your romance, you may enjoy this series and I’d definitely recommend it.
**ARC provided by author for review**
I liked both Veronica and Brandon. She was patient and determined to get the job, and the man, she wanted. Brandon was dominant in the bedroom, but totally unsure of himself when it came to relationships and falling in love. It was funny and sweet to see him try to resist the pull to Veronica and finally give in. They ended up being a sweet and sexy couple. I would have liked to see more of them together and happy for me to feel a strong connection to them. I really liked catching up with the other couples in the series and seeing Veronica find true friendship with them. I must say there was a scene that iffy to me with some violence in it. I feel like I should mention it as it could be a trigger (view spoiler) It didn't bother me lot, but did raise my eyebrows a bit. Still, I did enjoy the couple and the overall story line. This book wasn't my favorite in the series, which is still Leo and Jillian's book, Sinful, but I did really enjoy it. Leo and Jillian just had a really playful relationship that Veronica and Brandon didn't have.
Overall, this was a good, sexy romance and I very much enjoyed it. This series will remain one of my favorite BDSM series, because the relationships feel very realistic, not steeped in protocol or club oriented. I hope that Ms. Dawson continues this series in the future!