This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley, Heat
Released on June 5, 2012
Source: Book Tour Provided
Seth and Leila used to have trouble keeping their hands off each other. Passion, desire, love—it was all there. Yet, eight years after their whirlwind marriage and kids, they’ve settled into a life where choosing Letterman over Leno is considered a wild night.
Seth knows things need to change. But when he hears his wife call into a relationship radio show and admit she’s been tempted to cheat, he realizes how far off course they’ve gotten. He comes up with a dramatic plan. Three days. No rings. He’ll take Leila to The Ranch, a resort where any sexual fantasy can be had, and give her the freedom to have whatever or whomever she wants.
However, Seth doesn’t intend to simply stand by and watch other men fulfill Leila’s dark desires. He has a lot more bad boy in him than his wife suspects and he knows there’s only one man who can give her what she needs. Now he has to show her why that man is him.
I love a good story about couples who are already established but are having some problems. Roni Loren brings out the big guns in this book that left me dripping in passion and pulling for them to make it.
The book opens with Seth and Leila having been married for eight years. They were truly in love when they met in college, but she got pregnant after they used an expired condom. Leila was a virgin at the time and never really go to sow her wild oats. Now eight years later, she is still very much in love with her husband, but life has gotten boring and she never sees her husband.
Seth never regretted marrying Leila. He put his artistic dreams to bed and became a manager. When her rich parents accuse him of getting her pregnant for their money, he thumbs his nose at them and works hard to support his family. He wants to be the man who deserves Leila, working crazy hours in the hopes of making a down payment on their dream home.
When Seth hears his wife admit on a radio show that she almost cheated, he realizes their marriage is in deep trouble. So he orders his wife to give him three days to save it. Those three days, their wedding vows are on hold, so she may explore and find everything she desires. And he hopes letting her go free she will choose to come back to him.
Wow! There is a lot going on in this book that hits home with married couples where the spark has dimmed but the love is still there. Two people in a rut not really talking to each other and growing apart on what they want and need in their relationship. While I would have never taken my spouse to a sex resort and put away my vows to just learn if I will come back to where it began. There is a ménage scene that was so hot, but right afterwards the ramifications came flying from both parties. She wanting to explore more with him trying to figure out how he could have been so turned on watching her with another man.
One point I loved that I loved also in another book, was how the hero goes through the heroines books to find out what she truly desires and then goes about trying to make some of their fantasies come true. But both of the characters have to deal with what happens when fantasies become realities.
When something comes up on the weekend, both Seth and Leila must decide if staying married is what need to happen. Will their love conquer all or will this end their marriage forever?
It’s a hard look into how relationships grow apart when you least expect it and how one couple deals with getting it back to what they want and need. I loved this book from beginning to end. I only wished it was a full length novel. I would have loved to delve deeper into their marriage after their realizations came to light and where it truly went after the book was done.
All I can say is I was blown away. A very true look into marriage, how it develops, fantasies being met and the depth each is willing to go to only to save their love and marriage. A must read!
Leila adjusted in the limo seat, the memory alone inciting a surprising heat curling at the base of her spine. “How could I forget that day?”
Seth’s smile was wistful. “I felt like shit that night after I went back to my dorm.”
Her brow wrinkled. “How come?”
“Because I’d let you see that guy I didn’t want to be anymore. I’d treated Leila Jane Austin of the Austin family like she was some girl I’d met after a show.” He shook his head. “You deserved better than that.”
She frowned. “It’s not like I told you no or didn’t enjoy myself.”
“I know. I just wanted to be better than that for you. A gentleman.” He sighed. “But now . . .”
He leaned over to the backpack he’d set on the floor and pulled something out. When he straightened again, he handed her a book—one of her romance novels. One of her favorites, actually. What in the hell was he doing with this thing?
“Now I realize being that kind of guy to you may have been a mistake. Maybe I haven’t given you enough all these years. Maybe you needed to experience more.”
“Come on, don’t do that. The ‘what if’ game won’t do either of us any good.” The words came out tired, flat.
“This isn’t a game, Lei.”
She glanced down at the book, rubbing a thumb over the cover, and then looked back at him. “I don’t understand.”
He laid a hand over hers. “This weekend we’re going to leave everything at the door. Work. Kids. Stress. We don’t even know each other anymore because we’re drowning in everything else. So I’m taking everything out of play for the next few days, and we’re going to start over. I want us to see if we can find the fire we had that day by the lake.” He slipped her wedding ring off, the sunlight glinting off the small diamond.
She watched in confusion. “What are you doing?”
He held the ring for a moment in his palm, staring at it, then curled his fingers around it and pocketed it. “I’m giving you the gift of freedom and your fantasies.”
She lurched back against the seat, unsure whether it was the limo driver or Seth’s words causing this reaction. “You’re what?”
He slipped off his own ring and tucked it in his other pocket, as if he couldn’t bear the thought of them together. “You’re relieved of wedding vows for the weekend. These next few days are about having the freedom to explore. You can decide on Sunday if you want to put yours back on.”
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