|Play by the rules and you’ll never get what you deserve.|
Tyler Golden is all about control. It’s an attitude that helped him and his brother build Haven, a boutique hotel in Philadelphia. The only thing Tyler couldn’t control was his fiancée’s death. It left him emotionally guarded, and willing to go only so far with women: satisfying his sexual needs.
Kate Song knows the feeling. Her sole focus is her dream to be a lingerie designer. She’s not about to be distracted by any man. No matter who he is. Or how demanding. Or forceful. Or captivatingly sexy. Or so she thought.
Tyler has the power to make her dream come true. Who can say no to such a dominating personality? Who would want to? Not Kate. Offering her body for submission is one thing. But giving her heart and soul is another. Now Tyler may discover that the one woman who taught him to love again is the one woman he might not be able to keep.
“I think once I get to know you better” – she paused to smile – “there won’t be anything I won’t let you do to me. And that’s a little scary.”Kate has ended her engagement to a man she knew wasn’t going to make her happy. But she can’t get Tyler, a man she only met for one night, out of her head. When they meet again after her engagement is over, they spend one sexy night together that shakes Kate up. She’s never been with a man like Tyler, one who’s dominant, who likes to try any and everything and who makes her lose herself.
Tyler felt Kate’s softly spoken words reverberate through his body with the force of a blow to the head.
The desires he hadn’t fed in years began to gnaw at his gut, urging him to pull her out of the booth and into an elevator headed for the fourth floor. “Kate…would you like a tour of the Salon?”
She didn’t hesitate. “I’d love one.”
Tyler never thought he’d let himself feel deeply for another person again after losing the woman he loved to a brain tumor. He’s been with other women since but kept his walls up, but Kate makes him want more for the first time since Mia. After he takes her to his hotel’s Salon, a room where fantasies happen, he starts to open up a part of himself that he’s kept hidden. Neither he nor Kate know where this is going, but they start to crave each other’s company both in and out of the bedroom.
I really liked Kate. She went to school to work as a costume designer, but finds herself back home working at a drycleaners but making sexy lingerie in her free time that Jared, Tyler’s brother and business partner, wants to put in their spa new venture. She’s nervous about the offer and taking a risk but when a second offer comes to her that would include a move to New York, she has to decide between her dream of working as costume designer for an off-Broadway production or starting up her own business as a lingerie designer and staying with Tyler. I liked getting the personal details about Kate’s life. So much time is focused on her and Tyler and all the different, various ways they have sex that it felt like their business lives, which do play very important roles for both of them, gets a little lost. Don’t get me wrong, the sex is insanely hot (more on that below) but it did get to the point where I wish there would have been one or two fewer sex scenes simply because I started thinking ‘another one?’. But what we do learn about their business lives is interesting and the story really does focus almost solely on Kate and Tyler and it was nice to not have the story move all over the place.
The sex – hot. Seriously, these two were smoking, so if you want an erotic read, look no further. I hate saying there might have been too many sex scenes, especially when talking about an erotic book, but there was for me. There is light BDSM in the form of restraints and there is one threesome scene with Tyler, Kate and Tyler’s best friend. Otherwise it’s all Kate and Tyler and Kate makes good use of her clothing creations!
I liked getting to know Kate and Tyler. There is some relationship angst (of course) that brings their relationship to a turning point at the end. It felt a little tossed in, especially when reading Tyler’s reaction, but it’s resolved quickly and I sort of thought, what was the point of that? But it wasn’t enough to take away from my enjoyment of the story and as I said above, if you’re looking for a sexy, erotic read, this one fits the bill.
Release Date: September 3, 2013
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*eARC provided by publisher for review*