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Posted March 11, 2013
I wasn't a huge fan of this book. The premise is like most books in this genre - rich, mysterious man meets eager, working-class girl. They play some sensual games while hinting at some deeper inner angst of his. The story felt really obvious at the same time, it lacked a lot of the emotional depth that I usually look for in books. The main female character was really annoying with her ability to just accept everything. There was no internal struggle on her part and she was just way too accommodating. And the surprise twist at the end which reveals his identity was pretty obvious from the beginning.
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Posted March 11, 2013
Posted March 10, 2013
“The game is very simple. I ask you to do something and you do it.”
Karina is an Art History graduate student without a firm goal as to what to do with her education. Against the backdrop of the last concert of a legendary musical performer’s career, she meets the mysterious male protagonist while temporarily filling in at a restaurant her sister manages. The night’s tribulations also include her new thesis advisor and a man with whom she recently had a job interview. While avoiding the other two men downstairs, the handsome, lone man upstairs begins a kinky flirtation. From there, an unconventional relationship forms and builds right alongside the other big deal in Karina’s life, graduation.
Even though I’m a fan of this author since her Blue Moon/Masquerade days as well as a religious reader of her web serial Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, I wasn’t sure what to expect when she announced this project. This genre has resulted in a few gems and many duds. In human history, completely new storytelling ended thousands of years ago. Instead, writers build and re-tool tales of those who came before. If you are going to complain about originality, get in line behind the hausfrau who gave the Brothers Grimm Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The protagonist’s secret identity was obvious to me early on; I think, more from a familiarity with her work and not a shortfall in foreshadowing. Two things I really did not like: first, everyone, including the female protagonist blames her for the aftermath when she demands honesty. Oh he’s so fragile, bull! She is an underemployed graduate student trying to get her act together, he knows everything about her and possesses, literally everything including access to therapy. The second thing I didn’t like is that the sequel does not come out for a year! Highly recommended.
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Posted March 10, 2013
I read this book in one afternoon and completely fell in love with these characters and their story. I will be looking forward to the second book.
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Posted November 11, 2013
This wasn't quite what I expected. I thought there'd be more of a BDSM feel to it, and there's definitely some to that, but I just really didn't feel the connection between James and Karina. I like what the truth turns out to be about James and his profession, but I feel he acted a bit childish in the end when Karina learned his true identity. I really don't like it when a hero acts like a spoiled brat. Yes, he had reasons for keeping his identity secret, but c'mon, he was a total jerk in how he reacted and personally, I don't think Karina should have ended up with him.
Still, sex scenes were decent and if not for the behavior of James, which utterly turned me off in the end, this would have been a decent enough book.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted November 1, 2013
Posted October 6, 2013
If you liked "50" you will like "Slow Surrender" Very sensuous and sexual. All about control. This is a story that you will need to read all the installments. The first leaves you hanging for the second. OK by me. I like her style.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2013
I'm sorry, but I couldn't get into this book. I thought it was a boring storyline. I was interested in the beginning but then the games were odd and there were too many. The main character felt naive and almost annoying (like others have said) too easy or young. I couldn't even get through half of the book. This book needs more feeling or depth to it. Maybe it gets better??Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2013
Posted September 8, 2013
I get the idea of where you were trying to go with the story. You kept me interested in the beginning then the it started to drag in the middle on towards the end, it lost its edge and became predictable like all stories in this genra. I will read the next but only because I'd like to see what happens with Karina & James or whatever his name is...Lol. which means I'll probably read the first 2 chapters and the last 3 to sum it all up for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2013
Posted August 16, 2013
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.
She aches for more . . .
What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James's sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it.
So this was my first book by Cecilia Tan and it definitely won’t be my last. I totally digged the whole premises of this story and found it engaging, hot, and often times—hilarious.
So you’re probably wondering why four stars and not five, right? Well that’s two fold. One, when this story started it was gripping and had me on the edge of my seat. I thought the scene was well placed and I was curious to see where it’d go. But soon after that I saw that it was going like most of the books I’ve read this past year did. Of course those books are popular, but they are only popular because they haven’t been overdone. But it’s getting there….like vampires.
The other thing with this that sorta had me sighing in a not so good way was the relationship secrets here. I wanted Karina to stick up for herself. I didn’t want this to just be about sex. But she let “James” basically take their relationship to a joke level with how he kept turning it around to sex. And then the cliffhanger! Don’t get me started…
All in all, Ms. Tan has written a very steamy book, one I think will sell like a wildfire goes through dry brush. I hope the series does pick up it’s own originality but I totally recommend to read it. Just make sure you have cold water sitting nearby…oh, and ice. Lots of ice. ;)
Four out of five stars.
Posted August 12, 2013
This is the first erotica/romance in awhile that i really enjoyed!! I loved the build-up of the romance, even if the reveal was a little predictable. Maybe was was looking for it, kinda like reading ahead. I learnt to "read people... connect the dots and create a picture". I did think Karina was too accepting but this was her adventure I guess. I was and will be looking for the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 10, 2013
Posted April 17, 2013
I have to admit, I will read the sequel, IF I remember to look for it a year from now. In the beginning, the main female character was too easy.
Nobody is really that gullible and stupid, right? Perfect for this character though. Truth is, I always finish any book I start and sometimes I get the surprise this one gave me. Two thirds into the book, the characters really come alive and just as I began to enjoy it, it ended!
Please write faster and don't make us wait for a year to finish this Cinderella story.......
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