By Jeffe Kennedy Editions: ebook Expected publication: May 13th 2013 by Carina Press Genre: Adult Contemporary / BDSM Erotic Romance Source: review copy
Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she’s faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani’s strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command…
Dani can’t resist Prejean’s invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended…in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.
Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.
~ Bewitching BT
Bomy’s Flutter: Scorching hot magnificence
Aaaand, Jeffe Kennedy has done right by my evil reader desires yet again. Am I surprised? Not in the slightest. As far as I’m concerned, at this point Jeffe Kennedy is instant-buy OCD-ness. You’ve heard me mention it before, because I feel that way after I read each of her new releases. Though I get excited about lots of authors, it’s actually a very select few of them I read everything by. I’m up to date with Jeffe Kennedy’s releases so far and I fully intend to keep the good habit.
This time she takes us to contemporary New Orleans, where Dani is about to get a dose of awesome from Prejean. I loved the feeling I got about New Orleans, that sense of romanticism and old yet ageless beauty that I’m so partial to. I got that awesome sense of untamed beauty from the setting of this story, and loved it lots and lots.
The characters were interesting and super-charismatic, something that I’ve come to get accustomed to from Jeffe Kennedy. Dani is a very take-charge and beautiful woman who does show some slight OCD-ness on certain topics. She practices a ‘healthy’ dose of self-flagellation (“Pain is weakness leaving the body”) and has a love-hate relationship with control. I really liked her, but more then that, I resonated with her a lot. Dani is an independent woman with a perfectionist mindset and very high expectations when it comes to her achievements. It’s the OCD winner mentality, or at least I call it and it gives you a lot of drive and little to no pleasure at all. Because however high you’ll climb, there will always be a peak you’ve not reached yet. Dani suffers and punishes herself for every peak she doesn’t reach. And she doesn’t take that kind of failure easy, either. I thought she was a striking work of art as far as characters go. Yes, I really liked the female MC’s in the series so far, but I will admit Dani is my favorite. She’s more broken though very functional, something you all know I totally love. Evil reader and proud of it, I’ll never tire of saying so. There’s an extra degree of beauty to the broken yet functioning, it’s an aestheticism that appeals to me the most.
Prejean came in strong and owned the scene, of course. He was very upfront about his control over things, well to the point of rudeness and slightly beyond it in places (see the restaurant incident in the beginning). Maybe he even came close to jerk-ish in places, but somehow it worked. He pushed Ruby as close to her limits as he could, but was very tender and caring about it. He had a more complex vibe then the stern Dom, an intimate sort of emotional connection that just floored me from the very first time they talked in the rain. Maybe I would have taken out the beard; I mean literally. Do you guys like beards? They creep me out. But then again I tend to run on the peculiar side with these things. Anyway, Prejean was a very intense Dom, but also managed to make the simplest of conversations ooze intimacy. It’s tough to be Dom to Dani, or Ruby, she’s sort of elusive. If you’ve met that type of people you know what I mean. They’re the type who stay right there beside you yet deny you everything of essence, somehow. It takes a very clever Dom to truly have that kind of person, to have them fully, entirely.
Prejean managed to have Dani. I liked him, but rare as is, I liked her better.
Favorite Character: Dani xD
The story flows really well and has a very alert pace. The romance felt more intense then in the previous stories of the series, somehow more focused on the pair. The one on one is intense, scorching hot, delightful and proper intimate kink if I may say so.
Cover is gorgeous and the blurb is hooking, but to me the author’s name is an instant-buy kind of selling point. If you haven’t gotten your Jeffe Kennedy fix yet, do it. You’ll thank me later, I think 😀
About the Author & Links:
Jeffe Kennedy took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Since then, an erotic short, Feeding the Vampire, and another erotic novella, Sapphire, have hit the shelves.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.