Today I have the second title in C.C. Gibbs Reckless contemporary romance series. Please read on for my Audiobook review and an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where Forever will be giving away Five (5) Paperback copies of SEDUCTION & SURRENDER. But first …
Seduction and Surrender
There is a recurring trope of late: the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous with the women who are befuddled and bedazzled by it all. C.C. Gibbs takes those elements and makes me actually CARE about the characters, even if this was something I would generally steer away from. The second in her reckless series, initially I felt like I had jumped into the deep end without floaties, but this soon resolved with my interest in the characters and their current moments
A rich and seemingly carefree playboy, Rafe Contini is a jetsetting rich man, alpha and dominant, with a plethora of options, yet he’s chosen Nicole. An American on her ‘grand tour’ if such a thing includes decadence, luxury and a smattering of danger, perhaps even some obsession with the man in charge. But all is not smooth: someone is threatening Rafe, and he will provide all the distractions possible, in and out of the bedroom, to keep Nicole safe and out of harm’s way.
Told in a multiple, third person POV, I found that the connection between Rafe and Nicole was a bit harder to grasp – and I am thinking it’s more a function of not knowing the first book in the series to have that background, so I can’t fault the writing, The style is a bit jarring at first, setting the narrators and getting familiar with the voices, but the narration provided by Chelsea Hatfield did allow for some subtle changes in delivery style (above and beyond tone and pitch) that settled those people firmly in my mind.
And then the action started – fast paced and quickly evolving, that brought us away from Rafe and Nicole in a private setting, and moved us into the struggles between Rafe and Zhou, the threats and the ‘why’. Throughout the story, Hatfield manages to not stumble or falter, distinct voices assigned to a particular character, along with patois, delivery speed and emphasis all held steady and provided another entrée into the characters. Well-modulated, consistent and never stumbling over the rather proper (as is appropriate for European / non-native English speakers) conversation stylings brought, along with the wonderful descriptions, a sense of Europe and the playgrounds of the rich and freewheeling.
To have best appreciated this story, I’ll have to go back and grab the first, but as an uninitiated introduction to this story and couple, I was hooked and more than curious. I understand from some research that a third book is in the works…sign me Up!
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Seduction and Surrender
Author: C.C. Gibbs
Series: Reckless #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Chelsea Hatfield
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 1 March, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 49 minutes
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From the peaks of erotic ecstacy—to the point of no return . . .
Power. Passion. Pleasure beyond imagining. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini offers all this—and more—to the beautiful Nicole Parrish, a young American traveler with a taste for adventure that matches his own. From the private yachts of Monte Carlo to the palatial estates of Geneva to the glittering penthouses of Bangkok, Rafe has shown her a world of unimaginable sensual delights. Now, he is ready to take her to the next daring level. Of danger. Of desire. Of deliciously erotic self-discovery . . .
Nicole has never known a man as sexy, as strong—or as commanding—as Rafe Contini. Night after steamy night, he turns up the heat, tests her boundaries, and pushes the limits of her body and soul to the point of sweetest agony. But when this masterful lover sweeps her away to a secluded island getaway—where anything can and will happen—Nicole must decide just how far she wants to take this game. And just how much she can bend Rafe’s rules . . .
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.