Blue Room VIPs (book review x3)
The Blue Room VIPs series was written by Emily Ryan Davis. The book tour has been organized by N K Author Services. I was provided copies in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About Tied & Twisted:
Since leaving the Army to launch a private security company and raise his younger sister, David Burke doesn’t have time for women outside of business. He swears by casual and uncomplicated, and satisfies his needs within the walls of a friend’s club…until business and pleasure cross paths in one of the club’s exclusive Blue Rooms.
With the emotional wounds she carries, Jovanna Steeple knows she shouldn’t be looking twice at any man, let alone the man in charge of security for her small business. Anonymous is the name of the game when it comes to managing her physical desires…until David changes the rules by tearing off her mask and breaking down the wall she’s built around herself.
When Jovanna’s past rears its ugly head and violates the new life she’s making, David might be enough to save her heart–but will he be enough to save her life?
I loved the story of David falling for Jovanna. It's his profession to make people feel secure... and then he finds himself attracted to client with a stalker. It pushes him into overdrive with the need to be protective. Add in his dominant tendencies and he just can't stop himself from trying to control her situation. And then you've got Jovanna... trying so hard to be independent and to take care of herself after ending her abusive marriage... but also trying to satisfy her submissive needs.
David and Jovanna are perfect for each other if they could just get out of their own way. The mystery of who Jovanna's stalker is adds a great bit of suspense. Perfect timing, too.
About Naked & Unleashed:
The line between business and pleasure was never a concern for Callista Voorhees until Mikal Steele stepped off her client list and into her most twisted fantasies. She knows she shouldn’t draw him into her uncivilized need to surrender, but Mikal’s thinly restrained violence wreaks havoc with her good sense.
Divided by responsibility and desire, Mikal can’t deny the reality of Callista’s draw. Everything she needs to give is everything he longs to take–but he isn’t a man who can afford a personal indulgence of this magnitude. He’s ready to turn his back on Callista–until she endangers herself in a bid to satisfy her own forbidden urges, and he realizes protecting her from herself is more important than preserving his good name.
While the description does mention "uncivilized need" and "restrained violence" the desires of Callista and Mikal go beyond the usual BDSM scenarios. Callista has fantasies of being raped... but specifically... being forced by Mikal. And... while Mikal has been suppressing his desires for fear of backlash should a relationship end badly, he also has a preference for extreme domination and pain infliction. During weekly casual encounters between the two (unknown to each other) they both fantasize that their shared experience is a whole lot more violent than they actually allow or admit to wanting. Seriously... how does a woman tell a guy he wishes he would rape her? I can honestly say it's not something I've ever had fantasies about.
The whole story aside... Callista is a person I've often wondered about. Somebody I wished I knew in person, because I seriously want to ask her more about her profession. I mean, she is a profession pubic hair groomer (I'm sure that's not what would be on her resume). She works for private clients, like Mikal (who is just rolling in money). She is obviously someone that people need to have a complete sense of trust in. But... how exactly does one become a person that waxes or shaves people professionally (although Calilista explained she got into it because she worked at her mother's salon)? And what are you thinking normally? (I mean... what she was thinking while shaving Mikal was obviously not what she was thinking with the average client.)
I enjoyed the book. I love Emily Ryan Davis' writing. Callista & Mikal are both awesome characters. I don't love the rape fantasy scenario so much.
About Tangled & Bound:
The powerful, magnetic man seated beside Melanie Burke on a flight to Las Vegas could have walked straight out of one of Melanie’s dog-eared romance novels. When he strikes up a conversation with her on the late-evening flight, fictional fantasies become knee-weakening, panty-soaking, feminine-core-clenching reality…a reality she wants to revisit again and again.
But when jaded club owner Sam Fletcher informs Melanie that his plans don’t include a long-term relationship with an impulsive young blonde for whom submission is more than likely a passing whim, Melanie throws herself into convincing him she is exactly the woman he wants, needs, and can’t live without.
I love how the series keeps taking just a step away from the already established characters. We've already met Melanie and Sam briefly (since Melanie is David's sister... and Sam is a co-owner of the club where everyone lives out some of their fantasies in some way or another) and after a (sort of) chance meeting on a flight... Melanie & Sam go way past meeting. Although... it's not really a meeting... more of a mystery mile high encounter. Until Melanie & Sam are BOTH picked up at baggage claim by David. It wasn't event until they met David at baggage claim that I even remembered exactly who Sam was. Yikes.
All I can say is... Sam must've been all kinds of mind blowing on that airplane.... because as much as he fights going anywhere beyond the flight with Melanie, she is certainly persistent. I wanted to smack both of them more than once. It seemed that everyone (even Melanie's big brother) knew and expected them to be together. It just took a long time for Sam to catch up.
As much as the struggle drove me all kinds of crazy... it did make the end sweeter.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emily Ryan-Davis has a deep-seated passion for the written word. After years of writing everything from obituaries and press releases to non-profit education grants and advertising copy, she returned to her first love–romance–and hasn’t looked back. By day, Emily rides herd on her husband, toddler, cat and fish. After dark, she writes steamy, romantic fiction about flawed individuals who fall in love–and into bed–despite their imperfections