Saturday, November 7, 2015

Love Beat by Flora Dain

She’s scared of it—but craves it. He’s a pro, but doing it with her scares him too. S&M is scary stuff. For scary, read exciting…

She craves it but is scared to admit it. He does it for fun and profit, but doing it with her scares him too. S&M is scary stuff—and scary means exciting, as TV presenter Tunis Vale learns when she meets media mogul Cade Fitzlean, hosting a themed house party at his secluded mansion to launch the hot new BDSM movie Hit’n’MissTrix.

They’re fiercely attracted, despite broken pasts, tricky relatives, snoopy colleagues and pressing deadlines as she and her team race to make a short, punchy promo about their stay to coincide with the premiere.

Their lavish hospitality includes free goodies, pampering and S&M taster training, but to her horror, Tunis is booked for sessions with a celebrity Dom called the Panther. His career bombed a year before when she threw up at his feet on live television. Himself a former Dom, Cade offers to take her sessions instead. His regime is harsh, and, in return, he wants her full submission for the following week.

With her career at stake and her heart on the line, she must choose—submit to Cade or face the Panther’s revenge…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book and its main characters. Tunis is an up & coming TV presenter/reporter. Slated to do a piece on a new BDSM movie release, she and her crew of reporters and photographers are taken to Beat Mansion. They are to film a documentary about BDSM, as a trailer for the upcoming movie release Hit’n’MissTrix. Cade is our rich, eccentric, in control, producer and business mogul. He's the top dog on this movie and he's prone to perfection and control. Tunis has to undergo BDSM training as part of her documentary task and she asks Cade to train her. She's curious and scared after a fateful night when she saw a woman pass out after a whipping during the prior, failed movie launch party where things went horribly wrong for Cade. She's unable to decide if she's horrified or horribly aroused by the whole idea. Cade has ulterior motives with taking Tunis under his wing. Things happened at the previous launch and Tunis is at the root of the problem.

There were points in the book where I found myself SCREAMING at Tunis to jump ship and leave. There's Cade having severe mood swings, accusing her of trying to destroy the movie's success, accusing her friends of disloyalty, treason and blaming her. At one point he believes a good friend of hers, who's also their photographer, is purposely out to harm her. I found him a bit off putting at times and slightly neurotically scary. He must have been written well enough to get me past that because when those two got together, and Tunis was all in, it was SMOKIN HOT! I became aggravated at myself for forgiving Cade, and being turned on by what he does in the dungeon and the bedroom. How infuriating! There are scenes that melted my panties right off and others where I was burning mad at Cade's attitude and cold shoulder while she's vulnerable and kneeling. Tunis takes all things in stride and her willingness to forgive Cade, to submit and her need to have him dominate her override what could have been annoying. Well played Flora Dain. 5 stars for evoking major emotions out of me on behalf of fictional characters.

I enjoyed this story – there were some points where the flow seemed to get disrupted unnecessarily, but generally it was a good read. I did guess the major twist early on, but that didn't bother me at all, I was just curious to find out how it would be revealed! It was sometimes frustrating how little of a character we got to see, and especially when a big deal had been made about something, it then turned out to be a false lead. To an extent it built up tension, but I feel we could revisit the whole story from, for example Jake's perspective and see a completely different event!

In a way the BDSM was light, but at the same time for a newbie it was fierce. It did work as an indicator of how their emotions were becoming interlinked, not just the act of D/s. I would definitely be interested reading more about these characters – which to me is a sign of a good book, so thank you Ms. Dain!

Flora is a multi-published author who is married with two children and lives in the UK. She loves reading, writing, good reviews, cold, crunchy ice cream and hot, smooth movies. And especially connecting with readers—a real thrill!

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Love Beat by Flora Dain to read and review.

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