Saturday, May 7, 2016

No Holds Barred by Caitlyn Willows

What happens when lovers face off in the courtroom? Six months of hell.

Not only has Russell been without his woman, he’s also had to put up with her kicking his ass all over the courtroom. Well, the trial is over. His woman, his sub, has managed to do what no one else could--beat him. Now it’s time to remind her who's really in charge.

Valerie’s seen a side of Russell she doesn’t like. Gone is the caring lover and Dom who captured her heart. In his place is a vicious opponent who will stop at nothing to win. If he thinks he can take that attitude with her outside the legal arena, Valerie has news for him. Yeah, she’s missed him, craved him, even while she hated seeing Courtroom Russell. But she refuses to allow him to charge back into her life with that chip on his shoulder.

If all that weren’t enough, someone else is determined justice will be done, even if that means killing everyone involved in the case.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously released by another publisher but has been substantially re-edited and revised.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book sounded very promising from the synopsis. However, I found that it really wasn't what I expected. The relationship had already been established and I felt like I was jumping in the middle of something that was never fully explained or shown because of it. We never got to know how they came to be dating or how long they were together before the court trial took place. We just picked up where both characters were madly in love and I felt like we never were shown WHY or simply just was because of this past we knew nothing about.

The trial they faced off over was interesting...sort of. It wasn't all that riveting to me. Although I did want to know what the truth was, it wasn't so thrilling but simply a mystery. I will say that there is a wild turn at the end when we find out the facts and that was a huge saving grace for the book.

The BDSM was halfhearted to me and felt like it was thrown in there simply to say the book was BDSM rather than adding anything to the story or relationship. The naughty scenes felt almost clinical at times, so that was a disappointment since there were so many of them.

All in all though, I have to say that I did enjoy the actual writing and how well it flowed even if I wasn't rapidly flipping through the pages because I had to know how it ended.

I really enjoyed this story – we jump straight into a relationship, which has been severely curtailed due to the protagonists being on opposing sides in a legal case and behaving ethically. As they rediscover each other, they also discover themselves in the middle of some pretty dangerous situation. There is some good misdirection and questionable viewpoints which try and split up these two – but in spite of their time apart, this pair are more solid than they possibly even realise themselves. For me, it was rather nice to be voyeur with two people who are already close, and learning to enjoy each other again. And they are very, very good at enjoying each other!

When I read the summary of this read, I was immediately intrigued. Mystery, suspense, then add some was right up my alley. But it kinda fell a little short to me. When I started the read, it felt like I had already missed a big part of it as it starts in the middle of the story. I felt as though, I had so many unanswered questions and I found myself backtracking a few times to see if I skimmed over some of those answers. The story is well written, but I felt like something was missing.

No one is more surprised than erotic romance author Caitlyn Willows at the direction life has taken her. Blessed (or cursed) with a vivid imagination, Caitlyn weaves deep emotions and sizzling sensuality into her action-filled stories. Believing life is to be lived and felt, not merely watched, Caitlyn delivers real-to-life characters in unforgettable tales of love, adventure, and always steamy passion. She lives in the beautiful desert of Southern California with her husband (a genealogist) and the animals she loves.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of No Holds Barred by Caitlyn Willows to read and review.

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