Review: Sapphire by Jeffe Kennedy


Jeffe Kennedy; Kindle Edition
Expected publication: October 24th 2011 by Carina Press
A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht.
Taylor writes off the adventure as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterward, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally.
Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her—and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?
Goodreads on Sapphire

That is one hot piece of cover! Awesome-sauce. Just by seeing the cover, without reading any description or anything, I was like “Hell yeah, I’m reading this!!”

So I did, thanks to NetGalley. Awesome place for us readers/bloggers. You should give it a visit if you’re a book blogger, I’m loving it. But anyways, the book.
The first thing that makes it attractive, considering the genre, is the fact that it’s rather short. I mean it’s like 32k words I think, some 90 pages or something. Considering some novels I’ve read in the same genre, I find this generally to be on the plus side, as it’s long enough to make it hot and charged and awesome, without stretching thin a plot that was sketchy at best to begin with. This length of book permits enough character building to make it cool, get a healthy dose of one on one action, and move happily on.

The plot is not necessarily a breath of fresh air, I mean we’ve all seen the up-tight high-powered shark that needs some spanky to unwind, right? And yet somehow it never gets old; just like the uber-awesome hotstud falling for the odd quirky girl and loving her eyes out never gets old as a plot. There’s a part of us that just loves the idea so much, we’ll go through 1 mil versions of it and love them all if they’re done well enough.

But Taylor is not quirky; she’s high-powered, she’s beautiful, strong, successful. Not a trembling flower waiting for thorough pollination, she’s out there making honey, you know? I loved that about her. Adam was interesting too, I mean I was totally into them as characters right off the bat. And I actually liked them more as I read on, their chemistry was very interesting, and they had awesome relationship dynamics. So this is the case of characters I liked on their own and in combination even more. It’s a rare case, sadly.

The spanky part of it was hot, not too strong in my opinion; what I mean by that is there was usual tying up, some probing (not giving you details, stop staring :P), but nothing outlandish or disturbing. As far as BDSM erotica goes, this a fairly easy read, in my opinion. It wasn’t all smex, there were feelings involved, and here’s where we’ll go into the part that made this a 4 butterflies, and not the 5 that it could have been.

After reading it, the length wasn’t such an advantage as I’d initially pegged it for, and here’s the why: I felt that the angle of the author was so good, the characters so charismatic, and their dynamics so interesting, that parts of the book as is felt too short. I mean, there was enough substance to go on a more lengthy exploration, in fact I felt it sort of demanded more exploration. The sort of metamorphosis that their relationship triggered called for a more detailed, longer story.
Don’t get me wrong, if you like hot stories, and some power-play, you’ll most likely love it as it is (I think), but if you’ll like it like I did, you’re gonna want to have read more of it. But overall, I say give it a try; it’s short, it’s hot, and it’s sort of sweet, all things considered.

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