Roni Loren keeps amazing me with the knock out books she writes. I have seen growth from book to book and see her as a writer I want to read over and over again. Loving on the Edge is a series that grows from one couple to another and even has a menage relationship. Each book can stand alone, but Kelsey, the heroine in this story, actually had some time in the first book, Crash Into You, as she was Brynn’s, the heroine, little sister. Wyatt, the hero of Caught Up In You, is the older brother to Jace from Melt Into You and Leila from Still Into You. It can be read as a stand alone, but you do get some essence of their past and who they are from the previous books.
The dance between these two begins in a diner of all places. Kelsey is working two jobs, one as a waitress trying out her baking experiments in the form of muffins, the other as a Dominatrix at The Ranch. One pays the bills, while the other is saved for culinary school. Clean and sober for a year, she walks a very straight and narrow line to keep herself from falling overboard into addiction again. But she is doing all of this on her own. Relying on herself and making the best of the world she wants to have instead of the past that was dealt to her. Her one daily indulgence is serving Wyatt his breakfast every morning at the same time, at the same booth, and the many, many fantasies she has about him.
Wyatt has lived his life by following the same routine, the same time, place, and work for years. Inertia is his key to keeping on course. When his brother, Jace, introduces him to the diner and Kelsey, he walks four blocks past the building he works in just to see Kelsey. Older than her by a decade, he knows nothing can happen, but fantasies are just that, fantasies and he has them in spades! But when he senses Kelsey is in trouble one morning, he steps in and saves her, moving off the course he has set for his life.
Kelsey has a very tragic past that a best would break someone, at worse destroy them forever. She is a survivor, but she isn’t ducking behind a closed door cowering. She is out living live, saving money and achieving her dream. But when when a gang of bad guys come for her, she must leave her diner job behind and beg to become a trainer at The Ranch. The one thing she has to do is go through submissive training and that terrifies her beyond anything. Giving up control. When Wyatt needs a woman on his arm for a vacation/business getaway, he offers to train her as his submissive and then let her go.
The two go off on a journey to a magical island, where the past won’t stay in the past, emotions are stripped wide open and man’s true purpose in their lives is revealed. While the relationship is just for the week, the both sense their hearts will be lost. Neither is sure they can survive that. Walls are thrown up, but also torn down. Each learns a lot about themselves in the course of the story, but they also learn they are much stronger than they both either think.
Oh the geeky, glasses wearing hero, six-pack abs. Swoon! Yeah, I am married to a geeky, glasses wearing husband that has a six-pack, so I was in heaven during this book. Wyatt was the kind of guy I think a lot of girls want to take home to show dad. He is successful, reserved, but also a really, really dirty boy! I mean dirty boy and I loved it. Watching Kelsey, peeling away the layers around her heart, he just knew how to worm himself into her heart to stay. The Dom in him is so natural, that I really wanted to shake him for giving that up for the majority of his life. But he also took back to it like a kid on a bicycle.
Kelsey broke my heart, but also mended it in just how strong she is. She walked past the booze at the parties, never even takes anything stronger than aspirin, but also she came out of being raped, brutally beaten, humiliated. There were so many battles this young 25 year old had to overcome to just get to being a Dominatrix and waitress. Just to have what we would consider a normal life…well without the Dominatrix gig. I loved how you got to see her with one of her subs. It was never about sex and she never had sex with them. But to see how she understood them, gave them what they needed and in the end helped a young man realize his own kink wasn’t a bad thing was beautiful.
With each book Roni writes, I am drawn more into her web. I love this series and The Ranch. These seem like real people in my life that I would adore getting to know. Transported to Dallas, I felt like I belonged there and was part of the story. It has so much passion in and out of the bed, or the table or the shower…I digress. It has so much passion that you see these two burning up like a phoenix and rising again!
I don’t just recommend this book – I am demanding you buy it and try it. It has what I consider light BDSM, anal sex, bondage, spankings, and exhibition. All things I love to read about and I think you will too. Extremely sexy, passionate, loving, and uplifting, Caught Up Into You has all the elements of a classic love story.