Saturday, February 13, 2016

Giving it Up by Audra North

She dominates his body and his mind…but can he give up control without handing over his heart?

If Beatrice Lawrence didn’t know better, she’d swear the universe is out to make sure she is totally, completely screwed. It’s not enough her family’s restrictive rules drove her away from home at a young age. She had to go and fall for a guy whose mere presence heats her body like Death Valley.

Except he seems to harbor a special brand of dislike, just for her. He even seems intent on ruining one of her biggest wedding photography gigs by dodging every key shot to make a phone call.

It’s not that SWAT officer Warren Davis isn’t attracted to Beatrice. He is. God, he is. But between supporting his parents and helping raise his single-mom sister’s kid, there’s no time to build a relationship.

Besides, Beatrice is too innocent for some of his darker…appetites. Until she catches him on the phone with a professional Domme. He must be crazy to let her talk him into hiring her instead. Even crazier to risk letting their professional relationship get personal…

Warning: Contains an out-of-her-element, wannabe Domme who has no idea the power she wields, and a SWAT officer who can’t wait to show her just how deeply he needs her command. Buckle up and keep your safeword handy.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
What is a girl to do when she overhears the crush of her dreams on the phone with Queen Dommes? She tells him that she will do it, no need to hire a professional.

The problem with that scenario is that Beatrice is green as grass and doesn't know what to do or how to act. Thank goodness she knows the owner of Queen Dommes. The best advice she's given. Listen to the sub, take your cues from him and remember, safe, sane and consensual.

Davis, on the other hand, knows what he doesn't want: he doesn't want any more responsibility. He's been the pillar of his family for what seems like forever, having to pick up the slack after his sister gets pregnant at 15, his father has a stroke and girlfriend leaves because she's tired of being last in his life. All he wants is a few hours to himself, and some peace for his soul.

Davis reluctantly agrees to Beatrice's offer and debates how it’s going to work. Beatrice's intrigued about the lifestyle and wants to be the fulfil his needs, both his spoken and unspoken ones.

I really enjoyed this book and how the author wrote Beatrice and Davis' story. Their curiosity about the lifestyle and exploring what works for them is fresh and inviting.

I really rather enjoyed this book – a slightly different take on an age old story and a good mix of romance and D/s-lite. And I don't say lite in a belittling way, but in a not too intense way. It examines the issue from a very different standpoint and I liked that a lot. These were two intelligent adults with messy lives, but at the same time with successful careers, and reasonably solvent. They were to me equal, both positively and negatively. They mirrored each other, and yet blended together well. It's not too dramatic, not too silly, just a heartwarming, hot and sexy story, which is believable. One where, but for the wind blowing a different way, could have ended in another way entirely.

I am looking forward to his sister, Kelly's story, as that I think will be hotter and less D/s-lite!

Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can't resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Giving it Up (Pushing the Boundaries #1) by Audra North to read and review.

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