Welcome to my review of the new release, the first in the new Club Desire series from Cassie Ryan. Please read on for the excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers though of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win the Loveswept bundle consisting of Loveswept and Flirt mugs and digital copies of six select titles.
A new series that is specifically 18 and older, My Obsession was an interesting start to a new series.
The writing and story trajectory are super: well-paced and described with some lovely dialogue and a safety threat that kept things moving forward and intriguing.
Sandra is the girl who came from a troubled childhood, and scampered away as quickly as possible. I liked her, but I wanted more from her: her vibe didn’t fit the slightly apologetic and nervous person I expected from that background, and that made her choices for submission a touch suspect to me. Her first draw into the lifestyle was with a very aggressive and dominant male, abusive and possessive to the point of stalker. She runs from him and heads back to her hometown to regroup. I understand the familiar, but from her purported history, home wouldn’t have been a refuge and safe place, at least not in my view.
Brent is a wonderful character: bullied in school, he’s always had a crush on Sandra, and never forgot her even after time had passed. Using his own desires and impulses to open Club Desire, he’s grown into a sexy man who enjoys his role in the lifestyle, and his ownership of the club. Again, there was something not quite ‘right’ about the personality fitting the perceived role here: Brent is great, but he’s softer, gentler and far more fitted to take orders than give them. He’s the anti-dom dominant, so interactions between the two were a bit mixed. Sensual and sexy for sure, but the emotional impact that I would have expected (and want) from a story rooted in the lifestyle wasn’t as strongly prevalent as it would need to be to make this a great start.
As it stands, this is a good start to a series, more on the lighter side of lifestyle romances with plenty of solid dialogue, several sexy moments and a twist that adds tension with a stalker threatening Sandra. What emerges is a promising start for a new series for those new to the genre and the author, and who want some heat with a touch of tension.
Title: My Obsession
Author: Cassie Ryan
Series: Club Desire #1
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 21 July 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In this erotic story of temptation and total surrender for readers of Sylvia Day and J. Kenner, a powerful master gives his dream girl a new beginning in the dungeons of decadent ecstasy.
Running from a troubled past, Sandra Barry spent years hiding out in New York City’s BDSM scene, finding satisfaction and even a sense of community as a sub at a large dungeon. But when a stalker joins the dungeon posing as a Dom, he crosses her personal boundaries, giving her no choice but to return home to Arizona. Seeking refuge once again in the kink lifestyle, Sandra meets a sexy new Dom whose tutelage drives her wild—although there’s something familiar about him she just can’t place.
As a teenager, Brent Weston was a nerd. Now he owns the hottest dungeon in Phoenix, enjoying the power and success he’s always craved. All that’s missing is the right woman to share it with. Then one day Sandra, his secret high school crush, walks into his club. She’s just as beautiful as he remembers. She’s also scared as hell. Brent has been waiting for this moment, and now that Sandra’s in his sights, he’ll do anything to protect her, pleasure her—and prove that he’s the only master worthy of her devotion.
My Obsession is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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