Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee. You can learn more about Tamsen on www.tamsenparker.com, follow her on Twitter at @TamsenParker or Pinterest at TamsenParker, or friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tamsenparkerauthor.
Personal Geographyby Tamsen Parker
Cris Ardmore, India's latest tryst, is a Dominant who calls an isolated Hawaiian paradise home.
Powerhouse consultant India Burke is notorious for her razor-sharp mind, her incisive tongue, and for always being in control. But during her "lost weekends"-out-of-town, one-and-done, anonymous rendezvous solely for the purpose of kinky sex-she craves a submissive role.
Cris Ardmore, India's latest tryst, is a Dominant who calls an isolated Hawaiian paradise home. India's expecting forty-eight hours of contractually defined sex, but instead of serving as just another BDSM Band-Aid, Cris wants to know the real India Burke. Despite her aversion to anything approaching intimacy, India is hooked by their incredible sexual chemistry.
With tension ratcheting up in her professional life, India needs the release Cris offers more than ever, but her repeated visits come with their own risks. No matter how strong their attraction, India is determined to maintain her boundaries in order to keep her life whole after her first love blew it apart. She must choose between taking a chance and handing Cris the road map to her heart or locking down her borders before he does any more damage.
"Tamsen Parker has created a fictional world that is both dark and joyful, in which an intense, complicated, submissive heroine meets a tender, lighthearted, dominant hero. The psychological dynamics are phenomenal, and the lush Hawaiian backdrop provides a magical sexual world in which to explore them. A stunning debut." USA Today Bestselling Author Megan Mulry
"A smart, strong, brazen debut. Parker doesn't strip the rose of its thorns." Bestselling Author Cara McKenna
"Personal Geography is a story that works on all levels, drawing you in with snappy pacing and dialogue, building a slow burn until you can't put it down. Parker has a confident, clear voice, and the pacing and conflict are fantastic. Cris and India's partnership is one of the most real I've read in a very long time." Bestselling Author Anne Calhoun
**Please note: Personal Geography is the first book in The Compass Series and is NOT a stand-alone. Intimate Geography, the second half of Cris and India's story, will release in Early 2015**
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**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** India lives in San Diego and likes to be dominated, being someone's sub. Ray is India's good friend and mentor and is handy with knots. Ray is also gay and India asks him why he can't just like women. Ray's vocation is helping people to navigate the world of kink. He has a talent for absolute discretion. India met Ray her freshman year at Princeton. He was welcoming her to her dorm. That was 10 years ago. India works for Jack at Jack Valentine Associates and is also the new face of his company. Jack likes India's ability to be yelled at without blinking. India is ready to look for a new Dom and goes to Ray. He tells her about Kris Ardmore. He lives in Hawaii so India decides that is a good start. Kris just ended a 5 year contract with a sub. He is monogamous with his females. When India had went to her first play party years ago, she met Hunter. He rescued her from an uncomfortable encounter from a disrespectful Dom. In the end though, Hunter had really messed with India's whole life in his determination to completely control her. India doesn't do relationships because of the damage caused by Hunter. India's first contract had been with him. She had been with him from the time she was 18 until just before she turned 25. Matty is Ray's sub but more runs the administrative side to Ray's business. He also acts as India's babysitter, escort, and bodyguard. My impression is that India had 2 definite parts to her. On one side, she is strong, dominating and decisive woman. Yet the other half, when she's referred to as Kit, is the part of her that is submissive, likes to be whipped and paddled. I enjoyed the book. It gave me a good look into this lifestyle and what would make people attracted to it.
India has a high power and stressful job, during her weekends she allows her kinky/submissive side to come out and play. Cris Ardmore happens to be her latest tryst but he isn’t like all the others and she begins to want more of the intimacy she finds when with Cris, will she be able to keep her emotions under control and keep her life compartmentalized? A sexy, entertaining story that is well written with an intriguing story line and interesting characters, looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Personal Geography, Book 1 of The Compass Series, Tamsen Parker Genre: Erotica, Romance. Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews I do like erotica but for me it needs to have solid story backing it, and that was missing for me here. India copes with her past problems by treating herself to some very special weekends away. I felt for her once we knew what her past problems were. That was some time coming though, and til then we just see her as a very talented, hard working, ambitious person who uses her weekends to deal with the stress her job causes. Until we knew what had happened I just couldn’t really get a sense of her, what kind of person she really was, I couldn’t seem to relate to her. Her friend Rey – he’s a real star, a gem of a friend and just what she needs. He picked her up and helped her the first time her life fell apart, and even now he’s always there when she needs him and does so much to look after her, and he’s the ones that organises her weekends away, who checks out the Doms and ensures she will be safe. Everyone needs a Rey in their life, but few get it. Cris, he’s a Dom through and through, and enjoys their weekends. Up til him India hasn’t done repeat ones, but somehow they’ve developed a regular routine and they are both only sexual with each other and no one else. Its pretty clear he wants more, but her rules are very strict and anything personal is out. He slips up one time and she almost cuts him off, so he’s very careful. Her reaction then seemed OTT to me, and even though I by then knew some of her past it still felt too much, and I just felt they were developing a relationship where she was calling all the shots, and apart from sex Cris wasn’t really getting anything else out of it. I’d have liked to know more about his past, about his previous sub, we’re told they were together five years but not why they split and I’m curious...maybe that will come later. I feel somehow we haven’t seen the last of Hunter too, and wonder if India’s job is somehow going to interact in some way with her private life. . Towards the end there’s a huge shock, something really serious, an event that follows after more sparks between them, and opens up the way forward for the next book. It felt very real and I understood Cris then, and it did seem to fit what I thought about him, and what I thought could happen with India if she let it. Overall though I felt there was lots of D/s, lots of BDSM but the actual story, the parts that make me see the characters as real and wonder what can happen wasn’t enough. I got a taste when I needed a full meal. I felt they really only had sex in common. As ever though this is just me, and others will feel very differently. I did enjoy this enough to want to read more, it was a good read, just not enough for a five star one for me. Stars: Three and a half . Its good read, but I needed more story, more relationship potential. ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.
This intriguing erotic romance, first in a two part series that ends on a cliffhanger (!) is the story of India and Cris. India periodically takes a break from her stressful and high powered job by engaging in anonymous weekends as a submissive to Dominants who don't ask any questions and are happy to provide her with their services. When she meets Cris, he turns the tables on her by wanting to get to know the real woman and not just the play person that she hides behind. Will India let Cris in and reveal her true self to this man who threatens to control not only her body but her heart as well? I really enjoyed this story! If a reader is unfamiliar with the world of dominance and submission (the DS of BDSM) they will certainly get an education in this story, as the author has explained the semantics of a D/s relationship from the contract to the actual scenes in detail. Cris is a wonderful man, perfect for the role of dominant and serious man while in a scene but caring and thoughtful when being his normal self. He takes pains to give India exactly what she wants and at the same time scares her with his desire to know her better. Yet she finds that her attraction to him outweighs her hesitations. India is equally engaging as a strong and confidant woman who likes the kink of D/s and values her anonymity, something she struggles with as Cris breaks the rules and tries to take their relationship outside of the neat box she prefers. The sex scenes are steamy and well written, sometimes slightly clinical in the bondage descriptions in order for the reader to get the right picture in their head but always carrying a weight of sexual tension and emotion. I found the whole concept of the story to be quite intriguing and the cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that there is much more to tell in this tale! It was an entertaining and sexy read and I look forward the concluding chapter. 5 stars!