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Posted January 8, 2014
Great Book ! Blush is the first book in this group, then read th
Great Book ! Blush is the first book in this group, then read this one. Both books were so hot and so good you could not put them down. Can't wait till her next book. I also like the fact that there are no cliff hangers and are complete books on their own.
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Posted January 7, 2014
Considering how much I adored the first book in the In Vino Veri
Considering how much I adored the first book in the In Vino Veritas series, Blush, which I reviewed back in May, I thought I would love Breathe, but I was actually very disappointed. With backdrops of breezy José del Cabo and colorful Las Vegas, Breathe is business tycoon Elijah Masterson's story—the story of how he finds the girl who steals his heart, and how he responds to her touch—even though she isn't fully available for his taking.
Samantha, our heroine, is running away from a deep, terrible past that still haunts her in the flesh today. I don't know what it is in recent trends that has glamorized childhood trauma, but as you can imagine, this "escaping the past" trope was predictable, superficial, and left a bad taste in my mouth—not because it was too horrible for words, but because it was so recklessly developed. Samantha has always had to be the responsible one, the one who had to pick up the scattered pieces of her broken family, but when she meets Elijah, a relationship as fiery as her personality ignites, and for once, she gets the chance to give up control.
There are two problems here that I can name already: first, the degree of "heat" of the relationship, and second, Samantha's "sassy" attitude—both the result of poor characterization. Whatever chemistry there is supposed to be between Elijah and Samantha is unconvincing; I felt nothing for them, and didn't care enough to root for their romance either. While the more explicit sex scenes are taboo and decently written, the character interaction, the entire presumption of their so-called relationship, is stinted and utterly painful (and not in the good way!).
Samantha is portrayed as your typical contrary, smart-mouthed redhead who's so uptight that she can't ever be fully submissive. The heart of the book's tragedy lies here: while Samantha wants to surrender to Elijah's kinky ways, she is too much of a "strong, independent woman who don't need no man" to do so; and while Elijah is intrigued by this adorable, passionate character, he is a true Dom and cannot be with a sort-of, kind-of sub. She's the kind of girl that could make him get way over his head—fall in love too quickly and get hurt—again. The dilemma of the impossible power play, as well as the secret he wants to coax out of her without damaging her, is really well elaborated, but that's about all I can praise.
The characters themselves are hard to sympathize with; entirely two-dimensional and routine. Samantha huffs her breath out and puts her fists on her hips too much, while Elijah does creepy, unrealistic things like call her "kitten" and lust after his best friend's fiancée. Jameson tried too hard to make each character ideal—Samantha the brazen, bold heroine, and Elijah the smooth, rich Dom—but she ended up making them unrealistic and rather ridiculous in the process.
I thought I'd at least enjoy the BDSM aspect, but nope, didn't happen. Samantha's immersion into the world of kink is uncannily Fifty Shades-esque; we've got a pathetically naïve innocent girl with only not-so-witty inner monologues to her name, and we've got a billionaire-slash-handsome-devil who's an expert on whips and chains and gags. On top of this, we have an author trying way too hard to be inventive, to be sexy; it was entirely unsexy. A few nights together and a trip to Elijah's infamous sex club later, and they're already developing separation anxiety. They call it incredible passion. They call it love.
Sorry, but this one just wasn't for me.
Pros: Brief cameos of characters from Blush // Intense love scenes // D/s relationship well explored // Quickly paced; I kept reading, didn't I?
Cons: Physical BDSM is poorly incorporated // Laughable characters // Laughable romance/love/whatever // Stereotypical "rich sex god falls in love with unextraordinary girl" plot // Emotionally artless; Jameson tries too hard to be sentimental, but I got nothing out of it
Verdict: Breathe's pages turned easily and were paced well, but the story itself is insipid, unoriginal, and at times, just too over-the-top. A clear Fifty Shades of Grey wannabe—the two books having nearly identical plots and equally ridiculous characters—the second installment of the In Vino Veritas series disappointed me sorely. Frustratingly, I really wanted to enjoy this novel about giving up and handing over control, but I must have gotten my hopes up too high; even if you're a fan of Blush or Jameson's alter ego, Lauren Hawkeye's other works, I can't recommend this one.
Rating: 5 out of 10 hearts (3 stars): Doesn't particularly light any of my fires; I feel indifferent about this book.
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Signet Eclipse!).
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Posted December 5, 2013
Wow. I was hooked on this book before finishing the first chapt
Wow. I was hooked on this book before finishing the first chapter. I've found most books on D/S relationships are so far fetched I can't really buy into the stories. However, this book is so well written I felt EVER emotion radiating of Samantha and Eli. Many times I swear I could feel exactly what they were feeling. The story is believable. Samantha is a girl we can all relate to and I found myself cheering her on and Elijah. Wow. As I said before most D/S stories are hard to believe but Elijah was real, honest and sweet (silly to say about a Dom right?). The way he cares for Samantha and doesn't use his power to overwhelm her or make her feel less is so amazing. Any way, enough rambling... I loved Blush and Breathe was even better. Do yourself a favor and read this book!
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Posted February 8, 2014
Breathe (In Vino Veritas #2) by Lauren Jameson Breathe by Laur
Breathe (In Vino Veritas #2) by Lauren JamesonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Breathe by Lauren Jameson is a well written novel, plot and characters development is laid out very well, I found it very easy to read, fast paced and I didn’t stop reading it till I got to the end.
Lauren Jameson gives the readers and great view of what the bdsm lifestyles demands.
We first meet Samantha who is an artist and if very curious about what it would be like to be a submissive for a dominant male. Samantha has a strong personality and at first I wasn’t sure why she felt the desire to be in a submissive situation. But you can see and begin to feel her desires. It’s about being honest with yourself, exploring you deep dark desires and being able to dig down deep and let the exploring begin.
Elijah who is what you can only describe as strong, confident alpha male who is a true dominant, but he ends up having a few internal struggles when it comes to Samantha and her role as a submissive partner.
What I really enjoyed was the process of the story and having both of the characters internal feelings so well written.
So if you want a look into the bdsm lifestyle from different prospective this is defiantly a book to pick up. Or do you want to read a romance novel with some added spice, hot alpha male then this is a book for you to read.
I have rated Breathe (In Vino Veritas #2) by Lauren Jameson 4 starts and would recommend to anyone who enjoy a sizzling romance novel to pick up a copy for yourself. Also I found I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and would not hesitate to read anything else she has or will write.
Posted January 24, 2014
I received an e-galley of Breathe from the author for an honest
I received an e-galley of Breathe from the author for an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
With all of the books that have been written over the last couple of years that are compared to Fifty Shades, I'm a little cautious when I pick up a mainstream book with BDSM. Breathe was worth the risk. This book held me captivated from the word go. It's focus is on domination and submission, and really more about figuring out what it is Samantha really needs.
Elijah is an alpha male with a strong need for domination. The great thing about the relationship with him and Samantha is that she lets him know when he needs to back off. As she's discovering what her limits, he's pushing boundaries. The give and take between the two of them was very well done. And despite Elijah's need to be in charge, he finds a way to let go and relax. So there's a bit of humor to keep things from getting to angsty.
The trust dynamic of this relationship bugged me a little. At times I felt like Elijah came off too harsh. Too overpowering. While it made sense to the story, it was somewhat over the top for me. I would say it's a personal preference though, not a fault of the book or author.
All in all this was a good book. It's not very deep into the BDSM dynamic or D/s. Very light really. If you're looking for a book to dip your toe in it would be a good one.
Posted January 24, 2014
Jameson had me from the first page. Her well written and easy t
Jameson had me from the first page. Her well written and easy to follow storyline takes the world of BDSM and presents it in an understandable and approachable manner. Not only my imagination, but also my heart was caught up in this story. This is not simply a Dom/sub tale, but a journey of discovery. Not only did this book make my pulse race, but it also brought tears to my eyes. Jameson’s exquisitely developed and intrinsically visual descriptions put everything together in a seamless and enchanting manner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jameson’s take on character development allows you to get to know her cast gradually while they get to know one another. I became so attached and connected to the main character that I felt like I was fighting an internal battle alongside her. The supporting cast filled out the story quite well. They were fun and unique. I appreciated how each character was an individual and how they came together.
Overall, this is one of those stories that has you thinking ‘just one more chapter’ then leaves you going to work the next morning tired with a book hangover.
Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted December 28, 2013
Posted December 20, 2013
Lauren Jameson takes readers on a journey into the world of BDSM
Lauren Jameson takes readers on a journey into the world of BDSM in her latest erotic novel, Breathe. Jameson's ability to write a very sensual story, while still keeping it fresh and innovative will keep the readers attention from the first page to the last. Jameson's character development shines in this novel, as well her in depth research and her knack for knowing just how much eroticism is enough but not too much. A great erotic novel for readers who like their romance with a bit of sizzle and submission.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What I liked:
I definitely believe there is a time and a place for every kind writing, including erotic romance. Let's face it, this type of relationship exists and there are certainly readers who fantasize about it. I thought Jameson's research was right on target with this one. She obviously did her homework. This may be a very popular genre at the moment, with all kinds of authors trying to cash in, but Lauren Jameson has a leg up on the rest, she knows what she's talking about. All of the submission scenes, the atmosphere of the club, everything seemed realistic and believable. Not easy in this genre.
The main characters in Breathe were very well written. Jameson has an exceptional way with character development. When we first meet Samantha, she is a successful glass sculptor, she has friends, a good career and she is thriving, but she has some inner desires that she hasn't fully realized yet. This was all about what Samantha wanted. What she desired. I liked the fact that Jameson makes this Samantha's choice. She isn't being influenced by anyone and she knows what she wants to explore. Her emotional journey into becoming a submissive to Elijah was just as riveting as her sexual journey.
Elijah wasn't a brooding hero with lots of flaws and underlying issues. He was also a successful man, who was handsome and wealthy. That was a bit predictable but Jameson pulled it off without it seeming too overdone or unrealistic. There are definitely wealthy men out there, who don't need a shrink. I thought Jameson wrote Elijah in a very natural and unassuming way. He had it all together, he just hadn't found the right person to share it with.
When Samantha asks Elijah to guide her into the world of submission the book really starts to heat up. It's certainly not recommended for young readers, but adults will be very satisfied with how this one unfolds in and out of the club in this instance. The sexual exploration by both characters was easy to read and in a way to understand as well. They are strong passionate people in their social lives and in their private lives, it just stands to reason that two people like these characters would want to try something very different and challenging. I thought it was all very well done.
What I didn't like:
The only thing I can think of that I didn't like was the length. I wanted more, but so would any fan of erotic romance! It was that good.
Lauren Jameson excels with character development in Breathe. She has created two characters that have strong back stories and a desire to explore the BDSM world. It definitely isn't for everyone, but if you like this type of scenario, you have to read this book. There are so many erotic romances coming out these days, it's nice to find one that has been well researched and written with a deft hand.
Posted December 17, 2013
Loved it! The idea of exploring the joys of BDSM intrigues Sama
Loved it! The idea of exploring the joys of BDSM intrigues Samantha Collins. She hides a secret desire to submit to a dominant man, but she has to find the right man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I love BDSM books, especially ones with a strong heroine and this one fits the bill perfectly. Lauren Jamieson is a wonderful writer! She does a great job of drawing the reader into the story and bringing the characters to life. I highly recommend Breathe!
Posted January 3, 2014
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Posted December 27, 2013
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