The dating thing goes well at first, with both of them taking things slow…though their passion can’t be contained. But when Elliott’s stepmother tells him she’s been in touch with his father, Elliott’s past comes back to remind him that hurting other people is wrong. Despite Simone trying to tell him there’s a difference between the sort of things they do in the bedroom and hurting someone in anger, Elliott again puts up an emotional block and Simone seeks refuge in a former lover’s embrace.
Elliott is a self controlled kind of guy, who just doesn't get involved, and yet here he is forging an actual relationship with Simone. What started out as casual and based on nothing more than two people wanting sexual release is fast becoming something so much more than either were prepared for. Elliott is still cut up with the knowledge of Simone spending time with her ex but he's trying to ignore it and move ahead. Simone is terrified she's falling hard for Elliott. No matter how much she wants him, she realises sometimes pain is a double edged sword and maybe this time the pain is not one to pursue.
This series just pulls you in and doesn't let go until it's wrung emotion from you. I'm not quite sure why I like these characters, but I do. Simone is such a brave character. There are some who would vilify her as a pain slut and masochist, but I think being in touch with your own sensuality actually is an empowering thing. The journey she takes in this installment will make readers scream and shout but the twists and turns just keep coming thick and fast.
Elliott? I'm not sure where to begin with his character's journey. On the bright side, we get to learn a whole lot more about his family background and maybe a little of why he disconnects from others. He clearly has serious issues with making himself emotionally available, but it's clear he does want to try and then bam! Ms Hart delivers another blow to his feelings of self worth and the repercussions are going to be felt for some time.
Do you have to be Into kinky sex to read this series? Absolutely not, but a healthy respect for for the needs of others does help. I think what's dragged me in, is my natural curiosity and Ms Hart's ability to entice the reader into needing to know more about these characters. The tension just built in this installment and I'm left frustrated wanting to know what's going to happen next . These are short so I wouldn't usually rate them very highly, but the emotional content and just hoping for a happy ending keeps pulling me in. Hopefully a resolution is within sight!
This is an e-book and is $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.