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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    I received the e-galley of FORBIDDEN DESIRES from NetGalley for

    I received the e-galley of FORBIDDEN DESIRES from NetGalley for an honest review.

    This is a unique series in my opinion. The first book FORBIDDEN FANTASIES was great. What made that book different is that the couple is married and rekindling the fire that seemed to have lessened. FORBIDDEN DESIRES is different in it's own way. So many of the BDSM books I've read have defined Doms/Dommes and or subs. Occasionally the Dom/Domme will be a switch, but that's it. In FORBIDDEN DESIRES both Bella and Marcus switch. The need for dominance and submission runs through both of them. Watching the interaction between these two was entertaining and the struggle they both shared was gut-wrenching at times. More than once I wanted to shake some sense into both of them. But the end was very gratifying.
    As far as BDSM, this book is light on the intensity. Which was fine with me. Neither Bella nor Marcus want full-time dominance or submission, but they are learning not to deny what they want in the bedroom.

    Marcus is an Italian firefighter -- ummm can we say HOT. Because of the internal struggle he's dealing with, we get the chance to see Marcus vulnerable more often than usual. Trust me, he's still very much an alpha male, but it was a good change of pace to see the softer side a little more often. I admit, I would have liked to have seen more about his family, but it is a short book and I know you can't have everything.

    Bella is an interesting mix of independence and insecurity. I understood why she was the way she was, and I rather enjoyed her character. She seemed more real than some female characters I've read lately. And her relationship with the ladies from the nursing home...now that was worth reading!

    Speaking of those ladies, they provided just the right about of humor to balance this book out. If you read this book for no other reason (and there are plenty of reasons to read it) then read it for Myrtle, Edna, and Alice. They reminded me of my Great Grandmother so much.

    This is a short book, but it's filled with goodness. I absolutely love the Bondage and Breakfast series and I hope there are more to come. Oh...and I'd like to find a B&B like this one. :)

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

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    My Review:
    It was no secret that I loved book #1 in this series, Forbidden Fantasies. One of the reasons that I loved it so much was because the hero and heroine weren't your typical erotica characters, they'd been married for fifteen years. While no where close to the same story line set-up, this book IS similar in the fact that the hero and heroine aren't typical.

    Marcus is a big alpha paramedic/firefighter. He's your typical alpha male...big, brawny, Italian, and gorgeous. BUT he has a secret submission fantasy. He wants to be the person that submits, but this doesn't fit the idea of who he is, so he's never gone after that fantasy.

    Bella has a desire to dominate, but has been abused mentally by playing D/s games with a past lover. As a result, she's a bit gun shy about playing with her fantasies again. She's atypical as a heroine in the fact that she's a curvy girl (which Marcus absolutely LOVES).

    Neither one of them are really ready to put their fantasies out there, but that doesn't change their draw to each other or their natural inclinations which slowly start to appear. They begin to realize that maybe they've finally met the right person to fulfill a little bit of mutual fantasy time.

    I liked this novella simply because the characters are so real. They have doubts and inhibitions that keep them from acting in a way that you, as the reader, can see would be so good for them. They are the perfect match for each other, but when you first meet a person, it's hard to be upfront about secret desires which might bring ridicule. That's what everyone fears, isn't it? It's really well-done, while at the same time staying really HOT! Another winner from Jodie Griffin!!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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