Sweet Addiction (Sweet #6) by Maya Banks

Book Description:

Published: April 3, 2012

Format: Audio/Audible

He awakened a need within her…

Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her…

But now she belongs to another…

Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again…

Review –

When I started Sweet Addiction I had only read the first and third book in this series. I totally planned read all of them, but it will never be in order and that frustrates me since I am a go in the order kind of reader. 

This book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with some tough issues, one of which is a love triangle. Ren is at the center of this triangle. Early in her life she met and fell in love with Cole. He waited patiently for her to grow up to a mature age, but she never doubted he was the dominate man she craved. They experimented with BDSM, but they were both young and inexperienced. When Cole hurts Ren in an accident, Ren forgives him knowing he didn’t intentionally injure her, but Cole can’t forgive himself and leaves her. Broken hearted, both moved on with their lives.

We first learn  about Lucas, Ren’s Dom and lover. Owning nightclubs, he is well off and can afford to accommodate his passions. He takes on subs and is loyal and honest with them during their relationship, but they never last forever. He is also known to like to watch other men take his subs, something he has not done with Ren yet. The couple has a very brutally honest relationship built on trust, but neither one realized they had fallen in love, nor admitted it to each other.

When Cole comes back into Ren’s life, her world is turned upside down. He wants her back, but she has moved on. Lucas realizes he loves her and wants to keep her, but to do so she must move on from her past. So Lucas gives Ren to Cole for two weeks at which point he wants Ren back for her to make her decision. What I didn’t like is he never once explains this to Ren. Ren goes into believing she is just being shared with Cole for one night and her trust is severely pushed when Lucas just leaves. I was actually angry at this part of the book at both men, but also at Ren for being so accepting to what ever happened. Sub doesn’t mean doormat!

Next we find out more about Cole. We get to see that he has never found anyone to satisfy him like Ren. Anyone who came close was already claimed by someone else. He works for Damon’s (Book #2 is Damon’s) sex club getting subs ready. This isn’t his day job by any stretch. He also successful in real estate and investments. He views this time as his to win Ren back, doing everything he can to show her he won’t leave again.

Finally, we learn about Ren. She has a decision to make, but there are things that take that decision away. She’s in love with both but really can she have either? Honestly, I am not really sure I like Ren for most of the book. I liked her honesty, recognizing her need for dominance, for pursuing her career, but I felt she got run over by these men and lost her own personality in the mix.

The end was probably the best way to end the book, but I didn’t care for it. Again the guys do something to her and don’t bother to explain it. I know Dom’s don’t need to ask, but when you are dealing with an emotional situation with a sub, you need to be upfront and honest instead of planning a scene to explain it.

This is a darker look at BDSM than what I have seen from Maya Banks before. I by far haven’t read all of her books, but the ones I have are a little lighter. There are menages, anal, spankings, bondage, and more in this book. It is deep. I loved the two heros of the book except for their two slip ups. They were Dominant, but they also read the sub and knew what she wanted and needed. But I found Ren to be to compliant to everything. She didn’t have to be bratty to have a personality, but I didn’t see one from her as much.

The book is extremely steamy with some incredibly hot  sex scenes. Many layers to each scene both in the bedroom and out. This deals with lost love, new love and the time to heal between.

 

Mixed Emotions

 

Mixed Emotions

 

i love you

but at the same time i hate you

you love me but always deny it.

sometimes you make me smile-

but mostly you make me cry-

you hurt me by saying you love another.

 

i ignore everything you say

it’s very hard to find the truth

among your lies.

 

your voice lingers in my ears

long after we talk

for i want to cherish all the

words you say – the good and the bad.

 

you place yourself above me

but you are more lonely than i

for i have many who are equal to me

but you will not admit to being equal to

anyone.

 

i love you-

but at the same time – i hate you.

i think it is best not to think

seriously about you –

that way the tears will remain

inside.

 

written by me  8/1968

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: November 14, 2013

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Review –

I rated this book five stars *****    because once I started listening I couldn’t stop and the chemistry between the nameless boy and girl in the school maintenance closet was so intense especially on their last day together.  A year passes.

THEN Daniel meets Six (love the name) and he falls instantly and she does too. Their talks back and forth are so cute and  it made me remember the  shyness involved in early relationships in school and college. There is nothing sweeter than the innocence of a first relationship and it really comes across in this book.

Of course, when Daniel discovers that Six is his Cinderella from the broom closet he thinks she will be as thrilled as he is, but she is horribly wounded by the information and can’t even look him in the face.  I will not tell you the secret she has kept since Italy but suffice it to say to it takes time for both Six and Daniel to come to the realization that they are better together than apart.

This is a story about best friends, young love,secrets, and relationships between boys and girls, children and parents and I loved it and cried (of course) at just  the right times.  Loved this book.

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The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

Book Description:

Published: November 2, 2010

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family’s past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

Review –

This was my second listening of this book and I liked it more this time around as is usually the case. 

The characters are well-defined and developed, locations are described vividly and the story is multi-faceted and wonderful.  If you or anyone you know is interested in genealogy or ancestry then this book is for you. Lucy discovers things about a relative that had been left out of the family history and she searches and locates all the information needed to properly do her justice. It’s a wonderful story of  travel, love, heart-break and the importance of family history.

 

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