Bound to Submit

Kenna Sloane has been dealing with her own personal demons and she needs a way out. Kenna will take a chance and step back into her old world with the Blasphemy club. She knows that Griffin will be the man to help her.

Griffin Hudson had lost the love of his life, he just had not known it at the time. Now with her back Griffin will do all that he could to keep her.

Bound to Submit is the first book to the series Blasphemy by Laura Kaye. I really enjoyed this book. I got my first look into this Blasphemy club with Hard to Serve which was a cross over story from Hard Ink series. I thought that Laura Kaye did a fantastic job on getting to that emotional drive in the characters. I am not always a fan of the dom/sub play but Laura Kaye really can write it well.

Throughout the story Kenna is battling with survivors guilt. I truly felt her struggles through the book and the triumph that happens towards the end. Kenna’s character was a strong woman who has lost who she was. She was brave enough to try and find that woman again. Her interaction with Griffin was intense and it helped break down a few barriers she was holding on to. Griffin’s character was a Master in the club and he knew that he had made a mistake five years ago. I liked that he owned up to that mistake and that he treated Kenna with the same care and love he had before. Of course his love was all about bondage but that was what Kenna wanted and needed.

I am reading the second book next.

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Dare to Surrender

Dare to SurrenderGabriel had wanted Isabella the moment he saw her but he did not take her because she was in a relationship. With her free Gabe will do what he can to entice Isabella to him.

Isabella had to get out of her relationship and she was able to but she soon found that she had no where to go. Isabella will be rescued by Gabe, the only man that had her feeling more. She wanted to take a chance with Gabe but she had to fix herself first.

Dare to Surrender is the first book to the NY Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. I had finished the other series, well I finished all the books that were available to read, and decided I wanted more. So after reading several other books I am back with the author and I will have to say that this was really good. I think that this series will be more steamy than the other, although the others were very steamy. My thinking is because of the titles, Dare to Surrender, Dare to Submit, and Dare to Seduce. Well after reading this book I would say that the books will more than likely go into the route of dominant and submissive. I will be okay with that but I really don’t want to read about the characters really hurting each other because they feel pleasure in that.

Well like I said above this verges on the dom and sub but it wasn’t that bad. Gabe’s character liked control and it seemed that Isabella like to be submissive even if she didn’t really know it. What I liked about the book was Gabe did not force anything on Isabella. He made it all her decision, well he will be persuasive but ultimately it is her decision. Isabella’s character had lost herself in her previous relationship. I liked that she finds herself again which made her more confident. She gets her job back and little by little she is the person she had been before.

I am reading the second book next.

Forbidden Fantasies

Reading already a little on Forbidden Fantasies series, a series which is a collection of various authors, I knew what to expect from Cara Summers, especially since this is part of Harlequin Romance. Since I had started with the last last and friend of family I went to the first two with Naomi and Jillian which had me intrigued to find out how things had started.

The first one of the stories that started with the Haworth House is Led Into Temptation.

Naomi Brightman is the oldest sister and one that needs to protect them but now she is in need of someone protecting her. With her ex-fiances in trouble with the law people start looking at her. Naomi leaves only to be followed around by a priest. Of course Dane MacFarland is anything but a priest and thanks to a little help from a ghost he and Naomi will fulfill a fantasy and keep away from danger.

Taken Beyond Temptation is the second book which stars Jillian as the next sister to take the challenge of the fantasy box.

Jillian is now ready to make a big real estate deal but will find out it is not everything she dreamed it would be. She will be out of luck but soon that will change. She will find herself bumping into the same mysterious man. Jillian starts to want him as he would be the perfect man to fulfill the fantasy as all she wants is to be swept away.

The first two stories kept me wanting more and pulling me to read their stories which I liked. The addition of the ghosts was a little something different especially as it was a matchmaking ghost, so I kept going with the series. I picked up Sexy Silent Nights thinking that it was a continuation. Of course this story is a continuation but from the series as a whole.

A one night stand was supposed to be one night but now Cilla Michael’s must help out Jonah Stone. Cilla is a security specialist and does her job well and will not get distracted by Jonah, but that is a lie she tells herself. Protecting Jonah will be her task but it will get clouded by the sight of him and how feelings are still very much present.

The last story didn’t not keep me as invested as the other two did. Sexy Silent Nights was still steamy and interesting but after reading the other two with the ghost I guess I felt there was something missing. Then you get a little more into the story and you find yourself liking both characters and hoping for a happy ending.

With all three stories Summers delivers romance and steamy scenes from her funny and intriguing characters. Forbidden Fantasies series has me interested in searching out beyond Cara Summers to others who contributed to the series, to find out what other types of fantasies other authors have in store for the reader.