Katy Marks has worked hard for years to make partner at her law firm and be accepted in a man’s world. She hasn’t had much time for play. Now she has a stalker, one of the firm’s partners who hopes to entice her to gain promotion by sleeping with him. Backed into a corner, she grabs an unexpected opportunity. She wards off his unwanted advances by plastering herself against the sexy man leaning casually against the wall outside her uncle’s gym.
Rafe Wesson is stunned by one look at the sexy woman so totally out of place in the gym and finds himself flattened by his best friend and sparring partner. Scrambling to ensure he gets a chance to speak with her, he instead finds himself KO’d by a kiss that rocks his world and hardens him in all the right places.
Katy isn’t Rafe’s type. She’s far too innocent. Besides, she’s the gym owner’s niece. But two dates don’t dampen his desire or release her from his thoughts. Rafe has personal rules against sleeping with a woman before they are fully informed about his dominant ways. But Katy is testing his patience. She wants him, but he fears she won’t be as persistent when she finds out about his preferred lifestyle.
Rafe tries to step away from her, but he can’t ignore the unknown threat that stalks her, and time is running out. Someone wants Katy dead. And Rafe wants Katy...very much alive.
©2014 Becca Jameson (P)2014 Taliesin Publishing
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"MORE DOM/SUB THAN MMA"
I adore MMA fighters & novels about their lusty romances, but this one was a little tweaked. In general, it seems as though this series is will be more about Dominants who are fighters...equally dedicated to both of these lifestyle commitments even though the Dom qualities were focused on more than the fighting aspect. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for incredible cover photos/models & this one is pretty awesome, but the book felt a bit disjointed.
The meeting between MMA fighter Rafe Wesson and sexy lawyer, Katy Marks was pretty potent and I thought it was the start of a great book. But, as things progressed I felt strung along just as the relationship between these two. Between lengthy internal monologues about Rafe feeling guilty about not revealing this DOM side and Katy wondering if Rafe was gay, and that was why he didn't move things further along...well the whole thing became rather stifling. The stalker was the guiding force behind Rafe and Katy staying close together, as Rafe insisted on protecting her. Things get dragged out until past midway, in the book, where Rafe's DOM qualities are finally revealed. When that aspect was explored I felt my woman sensibilities being challenged when Rafe wanted to push the DOM/SUB relationship into more arenas, aside from the bedroom (or sex club). At that point, it kind of felt like a chauvinist revival. However, Katy was able to negotiate that aspect well. Both were open about each other's comfort levels and how far to take the BDSM qualities, so at least you had that as somewhat of a relief from Katy becoming a complete doormat, or invisible woman.
Regarding the sex scenes, the first half of the book is all about their personal masturbation sessions since they aren't with each other. So, yeah...not good there....Then, for the latter half of the book, well they explore different sex scenes and scenarios both at home and at this sex club (which incidentally the whole fight club belongs to...OMG). Yeah, there were parts where I thought my face was turning 50 shades of red.....seriously embarrassing...Uh, I'm not sure how I feel about this series....it seems like it will be about DOM/MMA Fighters falling in love with vanilla women and turning them on to their lifestyle. Um, I think that's succinct enough, as an explanation....LOL
The end was too rushed for me, but that seems to be the norm nowadays with novels.
The narrator performed the male voices better than the female. Her female voice sounded like 2 generations back....like I was listening to a grandmother narrate for Katy..LOL...it was weird.
"main plot Dom/sub"
I liked their first meeting outside the gym, and some other parts of the book. I did not like how most of the focus was on Dom/sub and BDSM elements. I thought the stalker part should have been the main focus and Dom/sub smaller role in story.
Could not stand her "hero" voice just seemed a bit off and lacking to me.
IMO there was more emphasis on the BDSM Dom/sub elements than on the stalker part of the plot. Overall was ok, listened to it once and that is enough for me. Not sure if I even want to hear other books in this series. Maybe if another reader is used, and if the books are on sale. For me it was not worth the price or a credit.
"Painful narration of male character"
The story was ok, but the awful, monotone narration of the male character made it difficult to complete. I won't be purchasing any book that has this narrator.
"Story was good but the narration needs help"
I appreciate the abilities of a narrator but Rafe had the same tone and vocal variations as the Robot that is famous for saying "danger Will Robinson". The story was good and while I am intrigued about the next books, I will have to buy the paperbacks to find out where the boys in the fight club end up in their relationships.
"NO, NO, NO, & NEVER AGAIN!!"
Despite the hot cover and the Publisher's Summary this listen was bad in all sorts of ways..... far too much inner dialogue, the sex talk just wasn't nice, unlikeable hero, mild heroine and the sex scenes weren't at all sexy or erotic. The Fight Club was only referred to because they met there and he was either going to or coming from it and the 'mystery stalker' was mentioned in a few chapters and dealt with in a few paragraphs..... so, a little mystery but no suspense.
Told from dual POV's but what made it far worse was the boring, monotonous and unemotional narration.
Worth a credit? I'm ever an optimist so I kept trudging my way through (eventually on double speed) hoping it got better.... but it never did. There's far better books in this genre out there so, IMHO, pass on this one - uh uh nope, not worth a credit or even buying while on sale.
I could not enjoy the story because of the terrible narration. I don't know if I will be able to finish.
I could not listen to this for very long. The narrator's voice is irritating - too high pitched - and her "male" voice sounds like a robot. Just no. I had to stop listening and wait until I could actually just read the book for myself. The book was fine.
"Probably better reading than listening"
I would really like to hear Mason's story. The small prelude that was provided for Mason and Jenna peaked my curiosity. Unfortunately, I don't have any desire to do that any time soon with this narrator.
The performance was pretty flat for the male characters. I would suggest that this narrator stick with female dominated stories, or always be paired with a male narrator. It appears that the voice shift is all she can accomplish. Her male voice was always in the same tone and flat with no inflection.
The description for this book is a bit misleading. There was very little fighting, very little detail regarding MMA. These characters had more important scenes at a sex club than at the gym where the couple fights were held. It was definitely more BDSM than MMA.
With that being said, I liked the characters and the story for the most part. The narrator really made it difficult to enjoy. I found myself imagining the story in my own head just to figure out if the emotion behind a scene was believable.
"it was a good story"
OK I loved the story kinda refreshing not to have the characters fighting all the time but couldn't stand the narrator when she spoke for the male character she sounded like a robot.
Will listen to again and again. The first kiss was great!!! The narrator was great. Need the next book please. Can't wait to get it.
I would have to hear that the author had learnt something from writing this book, as this one was pretty poor on a lot of levels for me.
The book was quite short, and could have been longer and better if the author had been more descriptive with the sex scenes. Also, it was quite slow burning. The first half of the book was pretty dull.
I also hated the Dom in this book. I'd advise any sub to run away from a guy like this. He withholds information - a lie of omission - and breaks multiple rules of his own making. If you can't trust him to keep to his own rules how would you trust him to respect your rules, limits and safe word?
I hated the lame subplot of the stalker. It's far to cliché a plot that is used far too often as a drama in romance novels.
The speed of the relationship also bugged me. Yes, you do need to condense romance in a novel, but I'm tired of the rather unrealistic romances books feel the need to push down our throats. It is rare that you'd have people popping marriage proposals within a couple of weeks of knowing someone. I'm not saying that happens in this one, but I am saying it is yet another novel that rushes a romance past what you'd see in reality, and why do we need to do this? Letting people imagine how their life would progress after finding their are happy as a couple would be fine, and rushing a pretty bow just feels forced.
I don't know who I would have cast, but not this narrator. Her male lead force is bland and monotone for most of the time making him sound like a robot and her female lead voice sounds like an eight-year-old-girl at times, and certainly when she is being submissive. And I'm hoping not many would find that a turn on - I certainly didn't.
Not sure what I'd cut, but I'd want to put a bit more heat into the first half of the book and make the descriptive writing for the sex scenes longer and more expressive. While some of the scenes could have been quite hot I felt they were let down by a lack of depth to the experience. Paint me a better picture with more words. The scenes at times felt a little like a sketch drawing rather than a masterpiece.
"The devil you do or the devil you don't"
For mature readers only!
This story is very different from most BDSM stories - which I am not a fan of. The fact that - for once, the girl makes an informed choice which has in no means been influenced by the dominating man, is exactly the reason why I read this to the end and also gave it 5 stars.
The undeniable attraction of the two characters and his struggle to stay away because of the differences in their lifestyles warmed my heart and won me over.
There is real danger and the two of them are thrown together for better or for worse.
Knowing that all the men in this series are part of the BDSM scene makes it unlikely that I will read the rest of the series. I am tempted to read the next book in the series after the way this one ended but not sure if I will finish it. Check my review on Perv, later to see what I thought and whether I finished it.
yes i loved Rafe
how protective Rafe is of Katy
its got to be the bginning where Katy grabed Rafe to get the stalker from work to back off
can't wait for the rest
The story is a interesting and different to any I've read so far but I really enjoyed it. Hot stuff!!:)
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