This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 31, 2012
Oh how I have waited for Grant’s story! The aloof owner of The Ranch has grabbed my interest through all of Roni Loren’s books in the Loving on the Edge series. The Ranch is a BDSM resort right next to a vineyard, both owned by Grant Waters. Through each story, he has read the submissive women down to her nakedness and left me panting for his story.
Grant is feeling a little lost and alone as he hasn’t taken on any new submissive in months. Nothing is grabbing his interest even after he interviews sub after sub for the position. When a car accident on his property lands Charli Beaumonde at his door step, he finds himself awakened for the first time in years. Unfortunately Charli is the younger sister of the guy he saved while army. Now an ex-CIA agent, Grant feels it in his bones that Charli’s accident wasn’t and accident, but what he also feels is Charli is not the submissive that can take his hardcore kinky desires.
Tom-boy Charli Beaumonde is ready for a big time job on the sidelines of football games. She is interviewing and now has a story that could blow away some top names and land her the spot she has always dreamed of. But when they give the job to a bombshell bimbo, Charli’s insecurities rise up. She’s never been good enough for her mom, her boyfriends like her more as a friend, her boss gives the job away and now everyone is being over protective of her.
The one rule Grant had about her stay was never to cross the fence…and Charli defies that one evening, following secretly behind Grant. Boy, does Charli get her eyes opened and mind fired up, but at the same time it tears her down.
For some reason, the words pierced her like barbed wire. She herself had been thinking in the session she was nothing like those women. But hearing him say it with such conviction lashed at the same battered spot her boss had created when he’d told her she hadn’t gotten the on-air position. Not good enough. Not pretty enough.
Charli decides she wants to be as graceful and poised as the submissives she saw at The Ranch and makes a deal with Grant for submissive training. Grant is reluctant at first and tries to show her the error of her thoughts and prove she is not submissive. Unable to resist her, Grant agrees to train her for two weeks, but some of the conditions don’t sit well with Charli.
Grant hasn’t kissed another woman since his wife died in his arms. He blames himself for her death and continues to hold on to her memory. He will have sex with women, but never in his cabin, nor does he ever sleep the night with them. Slowly he uncovers that Charli is the submissive he needs, but refuses to accept. He struggles not to kiss Charli and Charli tries hard not to be hurt by him not allowing her to spend the night. It is heartbreaking to watch Grant continue to keep his dead wife on a pedestal and deny himself what is staring him right in the face.
Watching the transformation of Charli from tom-boy, no make-up, no heels or dress, to a poised, confident woman was interesting. Grant invoked in her all her hidden qualities that she was afraid to allow to surface. While make-up, hair and clothes don’t make a woman, we do see her use her training as a submissive to read people, to respond more affectively and grow stronger in confidence in herself.
More introductions were exchanged, and Grant could sense Charli’s professional image rising like the tide. Her posture turned straighter, her voice firmer, despite the fact that her heart had to be hammering in her chest.
While Grant does own The Ranch, there are scenes both in the club and outside of it. There are plenty of BDSM scenes that I was so into, I forgot where I was at as I was reading them. The story sucked me in and had me turning the pages as fast as I could, only to want to re-read the scenes over and over.
The suspense of who is out to get Charli was the weakest point of the book. I could have done without some of that as it wasn’t the focal part of the story.
Who would I recommend this book too?
- Anyone who loves a good BDSM book. It isn’t a 24×7 Master/slave book, but a more realistic look into a couple who have careers and enjoy their kink in the bedroom.
- If you like Cherise Sinclair or Kallypso Masters, you will adore this book!
- If you have read any of the books in the Loving on the Edge series…they just keep getting better!
- Anyone who has ever doubted themselves, this books shows how Charli didn’t just fall into the submissive role, but grew into it and into her own confidence.
- Anyone who has loved someone so much they are afraid to let go. Grant shows you life does go one and can be good once again.
- Oh, and just because the sex is off the wall HAUT!
I am telling you to run, not walk to your bookstore of choice and buy this book. That’s an ORDER!
His expression remained placid, but the flare in his eyes said he was anything but. “Finish your sentence.”
She cringed but forced her vocal cords to work. “The thought made me mad. And jealous.”
He seemed to consider that for a moment, his head tilting ever so slightly. “Interesting. Kneel down.”
She responded in an instant and attempted to rock down gracefully. Her knees hit the polished wood floors with barely a sound. Yeah, buddy. She fought back a proud smile.
He nodded in approval as he walked a slow circle around her, like an animal sizing up its prey. He stopped in front of her again. “Very nice. Get used to holding that kneel.”
He stepped back a few feet but continued to watch her as he slipped his suit coat off his shoulders—a slow, fluid motion of a man in no hurry. He folded the jacket and laid it neatly over the arm of the couch, smoothing out an errant wrinkle. Next, he pulled at the knot on his tie, the soft silk-against-silk sound the only noise in the room. His movements stayed methodical, deliberate—his stare unyielding. With each removed item, Charli found her heartbeat ticking up a notch. She moistened her lips. Was he going to take off everything? Was she finally going to get to see all of him, touch him?
He ran the silk tie over his palm with an oh-the-things-I-could- do look on his face, and she could almost feel its smoothness against her own skin. What would it feel like against her wrists, her ankles? But he laid it across his suit coat, leaving it unused. His long fingers went to his cuff links and he unfastened the buttons at his wrists. Clink. Clink. The cuff links hit the glass side table, startling Charli.
Grant gave her a wicked smile as he rolled the sleeves of his white dress shirt up his forearms. “Am I making you nervous, Charlotte?”
“Smart girl. Your instincts are better than your brother gives you credit for.” He walked over to her, the tips of his shined shoes almost touching her knees. His hand cupped her chin, forcing her face upward. “Though I didn’t appreciate your defiance earlier, your jealousy pleases me. I like that you want to be the only one serving me.”
He ran the pad of this thumb over her mouth, and without pausing to think, she parted her lips and sucked. The dark blue in his eyes went almost black as he let her lick his salty skin. Seeing his response sent a hot rush through her, an ache. Knowing she could do that to him with such a simple act felt . . . invigorating.
He brushed her hair away from her face with gentle fingers. “This is only supposed to be an intro training. But you’re making it very hard for me to restrain myself, Charlotte, especially when you look at me like that.”
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.