Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 31, 2012
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.
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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