Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Bound Hearts/Book 4
Ellora's Cave/April 2004
Control has meant everything to Tally Raines. Control of the office she ran as Jesse Wyman's secretary, and now control of Lucian Conover's office as well. But Lucian isn't content to be controlled by his fiery secretary. As a matter of fact, Lucian thinks she needs to loosen up and let the sexy, sensual woman hiding beneath her cool exterior free. And he will dare her to do just that. With a little help.
Lora Leigh was one of the first erotic authors I read eons ago when I finally got back into reading romances. I was use to the historical romances of the 80's so to say I was shocked as how graphic not only the sex scenes were but the dance leading up to them was putting it mildly. Wicked Intent is classic Leigh in that it's all about the sex and the dominance of the male. But there is the underlying power the female holds over the male. He simply thinks he holds all the power when in reality the power struggle is there until they find that balance that allows them to be everything to each other.
Tally Raines thinks she has the worst boss ever. He's arrogant, demanding, and as beautiful as an angel. And that's just in the office! She's also very attracted to him but in denial about the attraction. He's far too much an ass for her to want anything to do with him. Right. Tally is a strong heroine but like all submissives she eventually crumbles under the pressure that not only Lucian puts on her but his twin brother Devril adds to the mix. Yep, this is one of those novels. Two brothers, one woman. Tally was okay as a heroine and she didn't give the brothers an easy time, making the boys work for their woman.
First there was Lucian, then Devril. Twin brothers whose looks are night and day but whose sexual tastes are very similar. They are both members of The Club. A exclusive club primarily for men, but with a few female exceptions, that caters to very specific taste in sexual adventures. Mainly, sharing women. Which fits nicely when you have twins. Their tastes in women and sex are not the only things these brothers share. They also share a psychic link, allowing each brother to feel any strong emotions the other is feeling. Yeah, you know where this is going. Erotic novel plus brothers with psychic link equals steamy scenes that don't require all three participants in the same room.
The premise is fairly standard and the plot moves in the expected direction with little to no deviation. I didn't feel the strong sexual tension I would have expected. From the first, I knew where this was going and how the characters would get there. The writing is descriptive regarding physical attributes but there wasn't much in the way of emotional depth other than sexual frustration and anger. All in all, this is merely a standard erotic romance. If you're into brothers, then read it for the hot sex scenes. If not, then pass.
Bound Hearts Series ~