Fortune

Fortune

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by Annabel Joseph
     
 

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Kat doesn't know whether or how to end her six-night-a-week party habit, not to mention her unhealthy addiction to meaningless sex. Then an accident lands her in the hospital. She wakes to find a menagerie of origami figures-and a gorgeous neurosurgeon-beside her bed. The complexity of the paper creations is nothing compared to the complexity of dark-eyed,

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Kat doesn't know whether or how to end her six-night-a-week party habit, not to mention her unhealthy addiction to meaningless sex. Then an accident lands her in the hospital. She wakes to find a menagerie of origami figures-and a gorgeous neurosurgeon-beside her bed. The complexity of the paper creations is nothing compared to the complexity of dark-eyed, authoritative Ryan, who seems determined to give her life some direction. Trouble is, Kat's just as determined to resist his efforts to tame her wild side.

With persistence, Ryan draws Kat into his world of dominance and submission, where quiet commands and lengths of rope awaken needs and desires she never knew she possessed. But Ryan's intimate, erotic shibari sessions frighten Kat as much as they excite her, for each simple knot requires infinite trust and inspires complicated emotions.

When a family crisis tests their love and threatens to snap the fragile ties that bind them, will fortune ever smile on this unlikely couple, or will fate tear them apart?

Reader Advisory: For those who subscribe to a "more the merrier" philosophy (*cough* we do *cough*), this story contains a scintillating m/f/f/m scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419929786
Publisher:
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc
Publication date:
10/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
60,729
File size:
200 KB

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Fortune 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Mix a club hopping girl, a highly tactile brain surgeon of a Dom, her large Russian family with a fortune telling matriarch, one thousand origami cranes, and you touch the surface of Annabel Joseph's Fortune. I have a confession; I'm a huge Annabel Joseph fan and really wanted to review this book. In Fortune, we meet Ekaterina Argounov "Kat" a Russian book translator who club hops six nights a week as her coping mechanism and then goes home to her large Russian family. Although Kat is from a large, loving family she is not happy. She is most likely depressed and self-destructive. She goes through many Mr. Tonights with the explicit rules of no kissing, no oral sex, and no commitments. This changes after she falls down the stairs at a club and is treated by brain surgeon, Ryan McCarthy. A Dom, Ryan senses Kat's submissiveness. Although Kat is scared of a relationship, Ryan won't give up till Kat gives in. In Ryan, Kat not only discovers pleasure, but happiness. Ryan is a very tactile hero. He enjoys Origami, practicing Shibari on his sub, spanking his sub, and did I mention he's a brain surgeon? The moment he meets Kat, he dreams of molding her into his perfect submissive. Ryan loves Kat, but also wants to possess her. He's scared that he could lose her. To handle his fear he starts making origami cranes to create a Senbazuru, one thousand cranes for Kat. By Japanese tradition, a Senbazuru represents a wish to the person who makes it or is made for. The ultimate fate of the Senbazuru reflects the ups and downs of the book. The supporting characters of the book play very poignant parts. Kat's mother is a fortune teller who gives Ryan courage when his faith is lagging. Her father is an ex-Russian spy who doesn't always know who he is since returning home. It turns out he has a brain condition. At the climax, his condition becomes known and Ryan steps up as a true hero. Kat's conversations with Ryan's friends, Dave and Sophie were truly touching. Still, I had trouble identifying with Kat and Ryan. Kat is lost and operates on fear. She does find happiness with Ryan, but I don't see her as healed and thriving. At the beginning of the book, Kat seems damaged and can't derive pleasure from life. In her relationship with Ryan, although she does derive pleasure from the BDSM games they play, I also felt her fear. Kat's fear was palpable to me and kept me from enjoying some of their sex games. Ryan's actions also kept me from truly being able to bond with him. To start, he whips her before even talking about domination and submission. Then when Kat doesn't want anything to do with him, he uses her family against her to force her to see him. When they finally do talk about domination and submission and negotiation the conversation was point on, but never revisited. I was also turned off by Ryan's sometimes rough handling of Kat. I felt using a rattan cane on her the third time he spanked her was extreme. Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy read with amazing characters and plot....LOVED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a turn on! The story is about Ryan and Kat. Sort of a cat and mouse story with charm, whit and sex. I want a Ryan of my own!!!
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_Michelle_ More than 1 year ago
Captivating characters in an intoxicating story, BDSM fans will devour this one. Annabel Joseph has written another fabulous tale full of multifaceted characters. FORTUNE will grab a hold of you and never let you go. The pacing is smooth, the characters riveting, and their struggle rediscovering themselves as they explore a life together left me talking out loud to my Kindle. This is one of those special books that are worthy of a reread when I have a pile of books next to me I've never touched. I've said it before, Annabel Joseph is a master and every BDSM fan should have her on their auto buy list. Readers first met Dr. Ryan in DEEP IN THE WOODS. A neurosurgeon Dom who practices bump-and-run sex, zero commitment and zero attachment, he meets his match in Katya. Busy training the security staff in martial arts, he becomes fascinated with the regular at the vanilla club. For weeks, he watches her play her game. Then, the Dom makes his move. Katya plays the same one night stand game as Ryan in the vanilla world. Six nights a week, she trolls the club looking for a partner who can provide her with sexual release and no pillow talk. No one seems to satisfy, until a fateful fall down the stairs lands Katya in the hospital in Dr. Ryan's care. Encouraged by Katya's family and her matriarch mother, Ryan pursues Katya as his sub. Katya is a disaster. She plays roles not knowing who she is or how to be happy. Confused would be the best word for her. Aimless. Floating. Ryan gives her direction and pushes her to claim what she wants and stop what doesn't satisfy her. Going through life, most of us have had moments when we felt adrift ourselves, making Katya relatable. I loved how similar the two were underneath it all. He may have been the sophisticated upper class Dom and she the middle class thrift store girl from the vanilla world, but both have deep-seated issues that prevent them from truly opening up to another. That of course is the magic that had me crying and yelling and grinning from ear to ear. Always reliable, Annabel Joseph has penned another treasure. Erotica fans, I know you are going to love this! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago