Thursday, 3 April 2014

Reviews ~ Auctioned to the Honorable Dom & Auctioned to Protect by Doris O'Connor.



Title: Auctioned to the Honorable Dom.
Author: Doris O'Connor.
Genre: Erotica.
Year: 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

A drunken dare sees Laura Anderson sign up for the Club Spectrum Auctions. A night of kinky sex with a real Dom is just what she needs. It was never meant to be with Slade Douglas, the only man she's ever loved. The man who left her standing at her parent's grave, and fled the country without an explanation.

Fifteen years her senior, Slade had thought her too fragile and innocent for the lifestyle then, and he made a promise to her brother to leave her alone. This time he cannot walk away, especially as Laura is not the innocent girl he remembers. She has grown into a beautiful woman, willing and able to gift him with her submission, and their chemistry cannot be denied.

As he explores her boundaries and pushes her further than she has ever been taken before, Laura flies, but their painful past may prove one obstacle too many. There's only one thing Slade can do...




Review:

Auctioned to the Honorable Dom is an erotic romance with BDSM themes. Although this is only a short book, Doris O’Connor wrote a well-executed, full plot and it was fun to read.

The author’s erotic writing is great and Auctioned to the Honorable Dom proved no different. The BDSM was hot and I liked how Laura wasn’t naïve in what she was signing up for – she knew what she wanted and wasn’t going to let anyone stand in her way. Anyway she was one lucky lady because Slade is smoking hot!

This novella was really developed well. We learnt a lot about both ‘Petal’ and Slade and even Laura’s brother Michael. Although this book could have had more overstated BDSM, I liked how the theme was underlying in the book so the plot never gave way. The story and the BDSM combined faultlessly.

I did like the ending as it set up the next book in the series perfectly, but I thought maybe it should have revolved around Laura more. But really I can just lap up anything Doris O’Connor writes. Her quick, steamy reads are always entertaining and I really recommend Auctioned to the Honorable Dom for anyone looking for something similar.

Rating:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

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Title: Auctioned to Protect.
Author: Doris O'Connor.
Genre: Erotica.
Year: 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Bookstrand

Tough undercover cop Mike Anderson does not submit to anyone, let alone a pint sized bundle of curves with a Mistress Complex, who stands for everything he despises about BDSM.

Thrown into a world where the rules make no sense to him, he has to rely on his instincts, and they all scream one thing—submit to His Lady.

Scarlett Simpson is one of the most feared Mistresses at Club Spectrum and she has a score to settle. Mike's atrocious behavior needs addressing. If only she wasn't so attracted to the big hunk of a man, and he didn't prove so utterly responsive. As she explores his boundaries through Shibari and Knife Play, Scarlett can't help but get emotionally involved.

Submission freely given is a gift she treasures, but can she trust Mike to stay around once the case is over? When danger comes knocking, will Mike be able to protect her, or will this end in tragedy?




Excerpt:

Mike’s heart crashed against his chest bone, and his whole body tensed as adrenaline flooded his system at the sight of that knife.

“I warn you now. You come near me with that fucking knife and woman or not, I’ll take you out. This isn’t funny.”

He kept his gaze trained on that wicked-looking blade, and breathed a sigh of relief when Scarlett put it down on the massage table. She cocked her head to one side and regarded him steadily with an extremely unsettling small smile on her full lips.

Now what was the blasted woman up to?

“I mean it, there’s no way you’re getting near me with that thing. Knives are not for playing stupid games.”

“I agree, and I take knife play very seriously. It’s also the most effective way to test your trust in me.”

“You’re fucking losing the plot, here.”

Scarlett laughed, and drew herself up to every inch of her five-foot-nothing frame. She fixed him with that look again, and stood to one side.

“No, I’m not losing the plot here, you are. Look at yourself. Not so brave now, are we?”

“What has you getting some kick out of cutting me with a fucking knife got to do with bravery? Been there, done that, got the fucking T-shirt and the scars to prove it, so—”

“Show me,” Scarlett interrupted him and he stopped dead, and scowled at her.

Damn infuriating woman. He lifted his left arm, and she stepped closer to inspect the fine line left behind. That blade had punctured his lung and put him out of action for a while. He sucked in a breath when she followed that line and used just enough force for her long fingernails to score his skin.

“Anywhere else?” she asked.

Their gazes locked as she continued to run her hands over his naked skin, and he had to clear his throat to get the words out.

“My back.”

She stepped away and around the table and then her soft little hands were back, tracing a line down his spine this time, until she found the mark just underneath his kidneys. He grimaced at her sharp intake of breath, and then closed his eyes when something soft and supple touched his scars there. Had she kissed him? Sure enough when he risked a look over his shoulder she was in the process of straightening up, her expression unreadable.

Their eyes met again and she smiled at him.

“I can see why this would freak you out, but I never break the skin—never. In the right hands a knife can bring the ultimate erotic pleasure. I’ll show you, if you let me.”

It was on the tip of his tongue to blurt out a very emphatic no, but something in the quiet way she studied him stopped him.

“You mean I get a choice?”

This time he could read her expression all too well. Irritation radiated off her in almost palpable waves, and he knew he’d goofed up again.

“Forget I said that. I know it’s my choice. Laura screeched that at me often enough. How it’s her choice to do all this, and to jump at Slade’s bidding.” He couldn’t keep the bitterness out of his voice, and Scarlett narrowed her eyes and shook her head.

“And yet you clearly didn’t hear her, did you? What you describe is not the way this works. Laura and Slade’s relationship is far more complicated than that. Your sister is a strong, independent woman, and her submission to her Master is entirely her choice. Submission is a gift any Dominant treasures, and it’s a responsibility none of us take lightly.”

“So you say,” Mike grumbled under his breath.

Scarlett went very still and when she finally looked at him, her previously warm green eyes were icicles of steel.

“Then there is really nothing else to say, and I’ll escort you off the premises.”

“Oh no you won’t. I have a job to do here.”

“Then fucking do it, and open your closed-off mind to the possibilities. There is no place for you here otherwise, and Laura will have lost a brother as well as her parents.”

Her voice could have cut steel, and the ice-cold disdain with which she still regarded him cut through his protective layers of indifference as though she had cut him with that damn knife.

“Keep my fucking sister out of it. I’m here to protect you on order of the commissioner himself, and I’m not moving until I get the bad guy.”

Scarlett moved so fast he never saw it coming. One minute she was stood glaring at him, the next she had her whip in her hand and the end of the damn thing missed his head by inches. Only he got the distinct impression that she didn’t miss him at all. Every crack of the whip rung in his ears, and the air whooshed past his face, yet she never touched him. Mike didn’t dare move, too caught up in watching Scarlett swing that whip with such deadly precision.

When she finally stopped, a fine sheen of perspiration marked her skin and she let out a slow exhale.

“Does that look as though I need protecting?” she asked.


Review:

I don’t even know what I just read. From being hot to sweet to pretty freaking weird, Auctioned to Protect was a crazy book.

I loved Mike and Scarlett. The chemistry between them was written wonderfully. I much preferred their interaction to Laura and Slade’s in the first book in this series. I liked the more emotional side to them both too. At times I was thinking they were really hot and at others I was thinking they were sweet, all in the length of a short story. Character development was great.

Pacing was well done too. This book fit a lot in for the size of it and the plot didn’t take a step back for the BDSM, they combined well together to work as an erotica book.

I’m expecting everyone will love Auctioned to Protect, because the erotica is some of the best Doris O’Connor has written. But for me, the story itself felt too bizarre. I went from thinking this book was lacking plot, to thinking it did have a plot after all and then that plot became a little ridiculous. It was entertaining but I think the plot was probably a bit too far-fetched for my liking.

Will I be continuing with the series? Definitely. I love Doris O’Connor’s writing. Even though certain aspects of the plot in this book weren’t for me, she is my go-to author for erotica books. Plus, the epilogue is great. Just like in book one of this series, you can’t read the epilogue without it making you want to read the next book in the series. So if you’re after some great BDSM and some tender moments too, Auctioned to Protect is a plot full of suspense which I would recommend.

Rating:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads


About the Author:

Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris... at least that's what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

Connect with Doris: Website ; Blog ; Twitter ; Facebook ; Pinterest ; Evernight Publishing ; Amazon ; All Romance eBooks ; BookStrand ; B&N

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me and the reviews :-D

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  2. Thank you for hosting, Sophie!. Have a fab week.

    Kay xx

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