Welcome to my stop for book 2 in Lea Griffith’s All or Nothing series. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, don’ forget to read the excerpt, and please be sure to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a $25 eGift Card of Winner’s Choice Bookseller and Loveswept Mug.
The first I have read in this series or by this author, I closed this book and went to grab the first. Wow – what a punch Griffith packs in this story, with two characters that would out-stubborn a mule if they are pushed. I didn’t feel any great loss of story, even with this as a second book, Griffith takes the time to develop this story with background and information, and the character voices are solid and strong, able to look back on their lives and experiences as they learn to move forward.
Ruthie has been living in Las Vegas, pursuing her art and making a name for herself. Determined, independent and strong willed, blindness does not define her, it simply is another trait. I loved that about her: her refusal to curl up and whinge about what she couldn’t do, and moving forward to just do it differently. Her retreat to Vegas was to distance herself from the temptation that Toby presented: she wanted him, and he was afraid he would hurt her. Being around him and not being with him was too much.
Tobias never wanted to hurt Ruthie, in fact she gives him something that he’s never felt. But he did what he thought best for her, and pushed her away. The book starts with their separation, and gives Toby’s reasoning. Heartbreaking that he didn’t trust in her enough to share his needs and wants with her: it’s not like she was unaware of his dominant side.
When Ruthie reappears in Atlanta to visit her brother Jeremiah, and make some overtures to Toby, he is completely stunned. Harder, colder and more closed off from love and softer feelings, their separation but now with his past reappearing he also worries about danger from others. Trying again to push her away, Ruthie digs in her heels and won’t go. And we are off on a ride that is as exciting emotionally as sensually.
These two are really a wonderful combination: Ruthie trusts in Toby completely. A necessary element to their relationship trajectory. She sees him as a complete and complex being, and he gives her life a richness that is missing when he is not there. While not over-laden with sexual moments, they are steamy and sensual, as much for the action as the emotion: the tenderness and care that Toby takes with Ruthie and her utter willingness to expand her boundaries to be what he craves, even when he isn’t quite believing he can control himself. They are electric, emotional moments that display the heart of their relationship even when they aren’t necessarily talking about their feelings. Kudos to Griffith for presenting the insecurities and trust in ways that put life into the relationship and give readers plenty to swoon over.
Author: Lea Griffith
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 10 February, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sure to please fans of erotic romance, Lea Griffith’s All or Nothing series returns to the deepest places of longing and obsession.
Three years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.
Toby stopped feeling after Ruthie left, stopped expecting to find release in meaningless dominance play. Now that Ruthie has taken their dance to the limits of ecstasy, Toby’s lost in a haze of sensation. Yet the enemies that left him disfigured may reappear at any moment. Ruthie’s love gives him the strength to face those who seek to break him, but Toby fears he must leave her to save her life.
More 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.