Forbidden Obsessions by Jodie Griffin

Hotness Level-Inferno   

Kink Level-Moderate Kink
Series-Bondage & Breakfast #4
Reviewed by Kate

Gabe owns Bondage & Breakfast, a B&B that caters to those in the BDSM lifestyle. The B&B is temporarily closed while he finishes clean up and repair after a fire. But he does open the house to a friend of a friend. Olivia is a firefighter who is recovering from a spinal cord injury. She’s looking for a place to regroup away from her family. The attraction between Gabe and Olivia is surprising since Olivia’s never been involved in the lifestyle. But while Olivia is able to trust Gabe in this new relationship, Gabe struggles to trust that Olivia will not push herself beyond her own limitations.

This is the fourth book in the Bondage & Breakfast series, but the first book that I’ve read. I was able to easily follow the story without having read the first three. However, this book did make me want to go back and read the first books.

The relationship between Gabe and Olivia was constantly changing, and I loved the ebb and flow of it. It wasn’t one of those books where the hero knows what he wants on page 3 and we wait for the heroine to adjust and change and become what he wants,or vice versa. Gabe and Olivia both changed a bit themselves in order to meet in the middle.

This was my first read by Jodie Griffin, but it will not be my last. I look forward to reading the first three books in this series and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a low conflict (no villains) milder (restraints, flogging, anal play) BDSM story.

Drawn Together by Lauren Dane

Drawn Together (Brown Siblings, #6)

Grade: A
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Moderate Kink
Genre: Contemporary
Published: 10/1/13
Reviewed by Anne
304 pages
Raven is a tough tattoo artist who can be very hard to like.  She’s got a prickly protective shell that not many bother to work through.  Jonah Warner is a single dad whose only child is growing up and has moved away from home.  He’s ready to look for a relationship and Raven intrigues him, and their chemistry is off the charts.  
(Here’s my favorite quote)
When he got this woman naked they were going to set shit on fire. (p. 28)
OK, disclaimer first, this series is a favorite of mine.  We’re talking top 3, maybe my favorite of all time.  So, I certainly went in predisposed to enjoying this book, and it was no surprise to me that I loved it.  I’ll try to explain why.
This is a low conflict book.  There’s not a lot holding Jonah and Raven apart.  Not much they have to overcome, except Raven’s internal issues.  This is my favorite kind of book.  I love the slow but sure journey as they move from instant lust to falling in love.  They talk with each other – so there’s no conflict created by their lack of communication.  It’s wonderful to watch them grow closer and closer.
This is a well written book.  It’s clever and funny in parts.  Hot in parts.  It made my heart ache in parts.  It took me away from everything and made me not what to go back!  
This is an extremely hot book.  I think Lauren Dane writes scorching sex scenes, and this book is a great example.  I also really enjoyed that Jonah and Raven came together in a Dom/sub relationship that didn’t require a kinky club or anything over the top.  From the moment they started moving in a sexual direction, you could see that Raven liked to be subservient to him.  This is a stark contrast to how she is with everyone else in her life.  Jonah is not an experienced Dom, but he’s learning what he likes, and Raven trips all his triggers in a very good way.  I think it was different than other things I’ve read because it didn’t come off like they were playing a scene, more like they were letting their true personalities show, and this was how they clicked together.
I would have liked to see them talk through some of their Dom/sub behavior a bit more.  It’s hard for me to buy that they slipped into these rolls so effortlessly.  I certainly think there should be some  amount of discussion before trying a new toy.  That it worked for them so effortlessly and that they never had a problem stepping over each other’s boundaries… that was a bit unrealistic for me.
There are some family issues in the book that I don’t want to give detail on, as I believe they would be spoilers, but I really liked the way they were handled.  Families are messy and not perfect.  You don’t always get a neat and tidy ending.  That’s done well in this book.
This book is 6th in the series.  It would probably stand alone, but I think you’d get more out of it by reading the series in order.  Raven has been in every book so far, and she was often in the roll of villain.  Her character is well established and it’s consistent throughout the series, including this book.  I love that Dane can take the feisty/prickly/bitchiness normally reserved for secondary characters and KEEP it even when the Raven moves to being the main character.
I highly recommend this book.  It’s a Best of 2013 read for me!

Do you have an all time favorite series?  Or are you like me with one or two favorites in each genre?

Cowboy Seeks Bride by Carolyn Brown

Cowboy Seeks Bride
Hotness Level-Blaze
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Spikes & Spurs #7
384 pages
Reviewed by Kate

Haley McKay (whose professional name is HB McKay) thinks her dad is playing a practical joke on her when he sends her to meet Dewar O’Donnell and his buddies at the start of a cattle drive. She’s supposed to ride with the cowboys on the month-long round up as research for a reality show the family tv company is considering, but Haley is sure that when she gets there it will all be a joke.

Dewar is expecting HB McKay to be a middle-aged business man, not the feisty red-head that shows up. He’s been actively looking for a wife, but knows there’s no way Haley’s busy life as a career woman would mix with his life on the ranch. But despite the logic, the sparks between Haley and Dewar fly.

Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors of the modern cowboy, In Cowboy Seeks Bride she delivers a solid, low conflict romance. Haley’s city-girl ways clash with Dewar’s country life, but the attraction is instant. I enjoyed watching Dewar and Haley sneaking around and hiding their relationship from the other cowboys on the drive. The ending seemed a bit too easy, a little too perfect, but still believable. I can forgive the ending since I enjoyed the book as much as I did.

Are you a fan of the modern-day cowboy romance? If so, who are some of your favorite authors?