Sweet and Dirty

Sweet and Dirty

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by Christina Crooks
     
 

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Explore erotic new depths of pleasure with this thrilling duo of BDSM stories that will leave you submitting to more. . .

"Baring It All"

From her relationships and her home life to her job as a dog trainer, Michelle Gray is too often the obedient one. So when she crosses paths with Ro Kaliph, the owner of an S&M nightclub, she

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Explore erotic new depths of pleasure with this thrilling duo of BDSM stories that will leave you submitting to more. . .

"Baring It All"

From her relationships and her home life to her job as a dog trainer, Michelle Gray is too often the obedient one. So when she crosses paths with Ro Kaliph, the owner of an S&M nightclub, she decides to take a few lessons in being more dominant—but discovers instead that surrendering to Ro's every command brings her the most intense, satisfying pleasure. . .

"Forbidden Heat"

Workaholic Nora Sabine has finally made time for a vacation with her fiancé. And she's pleasantly surprised to learn that the B&B where they'll be staying is actually a Bondage & Breakfast. Indulging in every blissful sexual punishment, Nora can't seem to get enough. But when she meets the inn's owner, Sylvester, he takes her over the edge as he introduces her to a fantasy world where ecstasy has no boundaries. . .

"Classy and spanky, Christina Crooks's characters light up the pages." –Lucinda Betts, author of What She Wants

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758255976
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
958,168
File size:
504 KB

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Sweet and Dirty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed many aspects about this anthology of two novellas by Christina Crooks, but there were also a few things that were disappointing. "Baring it All" was much more of a traditional BDSM romance. I liked Michelle and Ro's story and liked that the heroine was trying out the lifestyle in order to learn to be more in control of her life. However, I thought the secondary story about her ex-boyfriend exploring and discovering his homosexuality was unnecessary and distracted from the main love story that I was more interested in. Considering this was a novella instead of a full length novel I wished that this time would have been spent on the developing relationship between the hero and the heroine because I felt that we were left with the possibility of love, rather than having the type of HEA that I like at the end of a story. The second novella in this anthology is "Forbidden Heat". It is a more extreme and intense story than "Baring it All". And while some of the BDSM practices left me uncomfortable and pushed the boundaries of what I like to read in romance (questioning how something described as pain could in fact be pleasurable) I was immediately drawn into this story. "Forbidden Heat" is mostly about Nora's self discovery within the context of the BDSM world. Nora is a heroine, much like many women today, who struggle with the demands of a successful career, and being able to give up control, and trust to someone else in their personal life. Sylvester, was a very interesting hero. He embraces the lifestyle but one past experience that went amiss has left him shaken and wary of letting go to his baser instincts, which prevents him from engaging the way he would like with a submissive partner like Nora. Sylvester's need to dominate Nora, yet his lack of trust in himself because of his past makes this story much more compelling. I wish however, that Nora's exploration of the BDSM lifestyle would have happened only with Sylvester instead of with multiple partners. I would have liked to see him struggle with his self imposed restrictions while tutoring and mentoring Nora in her discovery rather than avoiding her and the temptations she presents to him especially since trust is a such a large part of a D/s relationship I think it could have provided more of an opportunity to establish a stronger connection for just the two of them instead of him fostering her education to the additional partners that Nora had. Like "Baring it All" I felt the story was much more a journey of self discovery and exploration into the BDSM world for the heroine, than a true romance. I didn't feel that Nora and Sylvester had enough page time together to develop the relationship that was intended and the deeper love that was possible. Despite these criticisms, overall I enjoyed both of these novellas and the authors writing style. I am sure readers who enjoy erotic romance with BDSM elements will also enjoy them, especially with some of the more unconventional practices (at least for romance novels I've read) described in "Forbidden Heat". I just felt they were both more erotica; exploring and discovering personal desires and limits verging on romance, rather than erotic romances resulting in what I like to have in a HEA for the hero and heroine in each story. Ratings: 3.5 stars
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Baring It All". Dog trainer Michelle Gray asks BDSM club owner Ro Kaliph to teach her how to be a dominant as she is so passive even working with the canines. Instead Ro wants her to surrender her heart and body as his submissive. "Forbidden Heat". Nora Sabine needs a break from work so heads to a B&B with her fiancé of two years Ryan who suggested the place. However, she learns the inn caters to the bondage and breakfast crowd. Attracted to his newest female guest, Twisted Wood owner Sylvester Vincent plans to take Nora to a place where she has never been before even in her wildest fantasies and knows he will surpass his wildest dreams while doing so. The key to these two erotic BDSM tales is that both contain the psychological needs of the dominant and submissive personalities without making either seem perverted. Each tale is well written, filled with heat and heart, just bring your erotica checklist with you. Harriet Klausner