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Unfortunately unlikeable H/h
August 20, 2014
I’ve not read the first book in this series, but I am assuming there is more character development in it, as there certainly is not enough here. From the very beginning, this book reads like these are all well established characters, while the backgrounds are dealt with in a sort of shorthand and kept to a bare minimum. For this reason, the book clearly does not work as a stand-alone.
Character-wise, I found it difficult to have any emotional investment in a story where the hero and heroine are so very unlikeable. Sebastian is the self-styled "A$$hole Dom", Isabelle’s personality is incredibly abrasive, and they are both fairly obnoxious in their arrogance.
The sex scenes are okay--a tad mechanical and unfortunately lacking in heat--but the bdsm aspects of this storyline kind of drove me nut. The relationships are presented to us as though this is a serious lifestyle but in practice is treated as barely more than casual play. We are to believe that d/s is something that the hero and heroine live, and yet both seem to be plagued by a serious laxity in the most basic understanding of how this dynamic actually works. And, to be honest, building a world around a bdsm club, and then treating the kink as a game just doesn’t make sense to me.
**For the sake of full disclosure it must be stated that I received this book, free of charge, from Netgalley.**