Review: Fall Into You by Roni Loren

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Review: Fall Into You by Roni Loren
Fall Into You

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Series: Loving on the Edge #3
Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 31, 2012
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

The Loving on the Edge series captivated me from my first book.  I fell in love with the author’s way of bringing her characters to life, their unique circumstances and conflicts to love while delivering a spicy story a reader can savor.  For all my love of this series and the main setting of the series, The Ranch, I’ve never read The Ranch owner and series mainstay’s story.  Yes, it was time to finally read Grant’s story.

Review

Fall into You is book three of the Loving on the Edge series.  I’m pretty sure this series works best when read in order, but since I only read the last half of the series in any semblance of order, that would be hypocritical of me to say so.  Joking aside, I do think the series does work best when read in order so recurring characters and their situations make more sense when they come up in following stories.  Now, that said, I’m actually glad I got Grant and Charli’s story last.  I think I appreciated it more after seeing them both throughout the series and watching Grant helping out everyone with advice and with letting them work things out with their love interests by coming out to The Ranch his BDSM private resort.

Okay, so Grant Waters owns a vineyard, but also a private BDSM resort on a ranch where some of Dallas’ most influential people are part of his clientele.  He runs an establishment that is top-notch quality, but safe and discreet.  Grant is a Dom and a Sadist, but he takes no subs beyond the time it takes to teach new subs the lifestyle before handing them off to Doms they match well with.  He is alone even in a crowd and sadly, he knows he will always be that way.  That is until a certain whirlwind hoyden sister of one of hos old army buddies gets herself in danger and needs a place where she can be protected.  Charli turns his world upside down if he can only let go of the guilt and grief over his wife’s death.

Charli has never been a girly girl with womanly charm.  She’s too tall, awkward, and brash.  She wants to land an on-field sports reporter job with the local sports network.  She’s been tracking a story of corruption for how a big university get it’s wins.  Someone doesn’t want her to get her scoop and nearly kills her.  Grant owes her brother so he takes on guard duty and a secure place to stay for a not so willing Charli.  She’s attracted to him, but hates that he only sees her as an obligation.  This feeds her deep feelings of inadequacy and rejection by men.  When she discovers that the Ranch doesn’t just make wine, she is intrigued rather than horrified.  She wants Grant to train her how to be a sexual submissive and she hopes this will make her more confident in herself and like who she is.  The submissive part seems a stretch for brash and stubborn Charli, but for Grant, she would give him anything even her heart if he would just let go of his grief and guilt.

As I said in the intro, the author doesn’t just slap together a series of steamy erotic encounters with barely fleshed out characters and plot.  NO!  Her stories are as sensual and erotic as one could want, but they are slow burn as the reader gets to know the characters, their backgrounds, and the roadblocks they have to their romance.  Plus, bonus, there is a nice side of suspense because of Charli’s story.  Grant is good at reading people which makes him a successful businessman in both his businesses and it makes him able to see the gem who is Charli, but like most of us, he can’t see himself well.  That is where Charli came in and had his back.  She is determined to stop him feeling guilty over the past and get him back into the land of the living.  She takes whatever paces Grant puts her through with her training and lays it all out there for him.  He can’t help, but fall.  Only, he can’t quite let go of the past, either.  It was heartwrenching watching him pull away from her each and every time.  I wanted to give him a boot in the butt and handcuff him to her so he couldn’t pull away.

Now, this was steamy and it does involve Grant as a sadist Dom and Charli as his masochist sub, but I would say the BDSM activities were moderate like whip, ropework, exhibitionism, some scenening with props.  Mostly its about the mindset, romance, and character development in the story.

All in all, I was both so glad to finally read Grant and Charli’s story after seeing them regularly throughout the series, but I was also sad because now that I’ve read it, the series is over for me.  This is one of the few series I push when a person is looking for good erotic BDSM romances.

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About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.

If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
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When I first saw the cover I thought it had a bit of a creepy feel to it but after reading what this book is about I think it fits well with a BDSM type of story.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Yeah, I could see that. Each cover in the series is a different color and close up of a texture. They are all cool and a little edgy to match the content. The author explained once that erotic romances have to be careful so their covers don’t get them banned and these discreet covers keep it PG for store shelves.

Debbie Haupt
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oh I’ve only read her other series Sophia Rose, thanks for putting this on my radar. I like mild e-rom but I think a moderate would be okay. You think so?

Sophia Rose
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You bet. This was her first series and its neat to see her writing advance from the early books through to her current ones. 🙂 Might be some squirming, but I think you’d be alright with moderate. I’m a pain and erotic scene wuss so my moderate might be someone else’s mild. 🙂

Ash
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Not my type of book, but this cover make me want to crawl into bed and read!

Ash @ JennRenee Read

Sophia Rose
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This series has some stellar covers, Ash. Yeah, they will definitely not be for everyone.

Ethan
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I love that cover! This sounds like a real steamy read, and it is set in my home state!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, these do make one grab for a cold drink. The author is a fellow Texan too. I’m sure you would recognize some of the places she describes.
Oh yeah, each cover in the series is a different color and an edgy texture like this. Very cool!

Christy LoveOfBooks
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Ahh I love her writing! I haven’t read the whole series and I read them out of order (shocking! lol). I still need to read this one. My favorites are Call On Me and Break Me Down. Damn, this has me wanting to read Fall Into You now.

Sophia Rose
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Woohoo! Fellow fan, Christy!

Call On Me was probably my top favorite.
Oh yes, you definitely want to get Grant’s book. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I like that the heroine differs from what we typically see in this genre.

Sophia Rose
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She really does with her all-American girl thing going. She’s fresh and honest and doesn’t play games- well, sexy games she’ll play.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I am a huge fan of Roni Lauren and this Series! It’s always so sad when a favorite series comes to an end. I agree that for BDSM this is mild. I love when a character like Grant has trouble letting go of his past, but then they are able to move on and heal through by the person that they fall in love helping them through it. Awesome Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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I agree. I like this sort of character, too. So sad to have them all read now. 🙁 But, I’m told I’ll like Cherise Sinclair, too.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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I love this series, too, but I haven’t read this one yet. I still have a few I need to read, and this one sounds great. Thanks for reminding me! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Oh fun! Glad to give you a gentle poke. I wish I had a few more still to anticipate.

herding cats
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Ah I’ve been saving this one. I’ve been bouncing around the series since I started it. She really does do a great job of keeping it erotic but having a story. I’m glad to see you enjoyed them, Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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I know what you mean about saving it b/c when it’s over the series is over. 🙂 Needed one I was pretty sure I would enjoy for a specific challenge read b/c I’d just read two duds before it.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I love Roni Lauren! I agree, she gives us well-fleshed out characters, and I love that even though her stories are steamy and erotic, they give us the slow burn! Great Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
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Yes, exactly. I will miss not having any new stories from this series. 🙂 Thanks, Lindy!