Sunday, May 31, 2015

{Lisa #Review} Erotic Romance: CARNAL BEGINNINGS by Reily Garrett

Genre: Erotic
Length: 229 pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books (December 7, 2014)
Format: ebook provided by Reading Alley
Rating: 3 hearts
Carnal Beginnings

Adara’s enigmatic and sexy boss asks her a simple question. “How are you going to celebrate your twenty-first birthday?” Sounds innocent enough, until he suggests she go to Ambrosia, the infamous BDSM club. To volunteer for scars and bruises is not on her to-do list. Yet when Julien invades her personal space, her body goes into panic mode and fails to respond appropriately. Since her adoptive parents died six years ago, she’s endured horrific tortures at the hands of her sadistic and perverted uncle and cousin.

Her long-awaited birthday, and inheritance, are days away. She longs for and plans to escape.

Julien Crofton is an ex-Special Forces private investigator. Since hiring Adara six months ago, her subtle signs of ongoing abuse have tied him in knots. And not the good kind. Time and again, he’s encouraged her to open up and talk to him. After disastrous results in a previous case where a client refused his help, he’s determined history won’t repeat itself. Surely he could help her and keep his heart intact. The fact she’s as beautiful as sin should have no bearing on his intent to teach her to not fear men. When he resorts to an underhanded tactic to crack her invisible suit of armor, he’s unprepared for the tidal wave of lust and protectiveness that swamps him.

Even while evading her family and an unknown psychopathic stalker, passion ignites. In progressive increments, Julien kindles her spark of infatuation into a raging inferno. Can Adara learn that perhaps not all men are evil and maybe…whips can be fun?

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"Because you're a man. That's what they do."

Adara has lived years imprisoned in abuse by two family members and is desperate to find a way to escape. Julien is more than ready to be her white knight.

The story is fast paced with multiple point of views with a great beginning, however towards the end it felt everything became a little too easy and perfect. The attraction and heat between Adara and Julien sizzles, yet her quick introduction to his BDSM lifestyle seems pushed to create some of the heat. For me, Adara’s painful past and triggers fall victim to insta-love and trust solutions and makes their relationship less believable.

Overall, it's a fun and quick steamy read filled with suspense and romance. I'm curious to see if the story lines continue with Julien's brothers.

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