Taking the Lead

Taking the Lead

by Cecilia Tan


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When the rich and famous come out to play, nothing is off-limits . . .

Everyone knows Ricki Hamilton as the icy heiress living in a billion-dollar mansion, high up in the Hollywood Hills. But few realize that behind the gilded gates, Ricki is the mistress of LA's most exclusive private club. A place where no fantasy is forbidden and no one goes unsatisfied-except for Ricki. If she had her way, she'd leave the business behind . . . until she meets the one man with the power to change her mind.

The hottest rock star in the world, Axel Hawke, has the requisite sexy look and bad-boy reputation. Yet even his biggest fans have no clue just how decadently dangerous he can be. From the moment he meets Ricki, he knows there is no other woman who will satisfy him. He can feel the heat hiding beneath her cool demeanor and he's determined to stoke her flame.

Together Ricki and Axel indulge their every desire. The deeper they go, the more she craves. Submitting to Axel opens her eyes, and for the first time Ricki knows exactly what she wants. All she has to do is take it . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455533633
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Series: Secrets of a Rock Star Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball. Not only is she an author, but she has also edited more than fifty erotic anthologies and founded her own publishing house, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball magazine, Yankees magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere. Cecilia currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @ceciliatan

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Taking the Lead 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whole series is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not so sure there is even a story here; very good punctual writing and if you're into BDSM, but nothing to keep interest going in terms of a plot. Didnt even finish reading...
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a rock star romance? Well, actually, I’d never read one, and I am excited to say that I rectified that problem when I purchased Cecilia Tan’s Taking the Lead, the first in her “Secrets of a Rock Star” series. Kinky erotic romance is Ms. Tan’s bread and butter and rightfully so. Her writing pulses with emotion. Her characters are multi-faceted, complex, and wonderfully appealing. The backdrop of the novel’s setting is the Hollywood film industry and the rock music world. Ricki Hamilton is a young woman with a painful past – and a difficult present. Axel Hawke is a hot young rocker with a kinky bent, poised for greatness. When his band appears at the Grammys a stunt goes awry and he runs out of the hall with Ricki over his shoulder. From that first combustible meeting and the steamy outcome in the limo, the two are tossed on the stormy romance seas, burdened by Ricki’s legacy and her fear her professional life in film will be destroyed if the family secret is exposed (not every wealthy family has a kinky dungeon club run from the family mansion!). The most heart wrenching secret of her past, however, is what keeps her battling to deny her desire to submit to Axel. It’s a hurdle he’s determined to get past, but can he overcome the reason for her fears? The sex is marvelously nuanced, and the kinky elements are honest and build up slowly, wonderfully reflecting the pair’s evolving trust and love, and Tan’s knowledge of the lifestyle makes both the physical as well as the psychological and emotional elements perfect. Secrets are revealed, dreams are realized – and thwarted, and new beginnings beckon. The breadth of characters is terrific with a great secondary cast that runs the gamut from fun to poignant and everything in between. The band’s members and Ricki’s friend and sister may all appear in subsequent novels (I can only hope!) and we’ll have their kinky stories to enjoy as well. Tan’s ability as a writer is exquisite. She can make your eyes fill up, and make you squirm in your seat on the next page. There is intelligence and passion and humor and it is all balanced beautifully with the fun details about the film and music industries, and life in the Hollywood fast lane. Now that I can proudly say I’m not a rock star romance virgin anymore, I can’t wait for the next in the series (looks to be Wild Licks!) Take my word for it. Tan gives good story.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is the story of heiress Ricki Hamilton and rock star Axel Hawke. It's a story about discovering who you "really" are and at the same time, constantly worrying how others will see the real you. It's also about uncovering family secrets and then having to deal with them. Underneath Ricki's mansion is "The Dungeon." A place where the rich and famous can work out there kink in private. Ricki and her sister Gwen inherited it from their grandfather. In his will there are certain stipulations they must follow in order to keep their inheritance. They must keep "The Dungeon" alive. While Ricki's trying to keep everything together, along comes a rock star that is the Dom to Ricky's secret Sub. She's going to fight him Every. Step. Of. The. Way. Well, maybe not EVERY step. Even though the subjects being dealt with are serious, the author never weighs you down with the heaviness of those subjects. I found myself really rooting for Axel. His attraction to Ricki was genuine despite his bad boy persona. This was a very enjoyable read. Don't forget to turn on your fan before you get comfortable. It's definitely going to get hot! Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More please!