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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... This time, all bets are off... Penelope Carson loves to steal clients from Will Reaver. Yet something in her business nemesis's icy blue eyes makes Penelope...nervous. It certainly doesn't help that the man is the living embodiment of a Norse god. A controlled, powerful Norse god. Which she really should have remembered before she made a bet with him—because losing means becoming Will's personal submissive for a week. There's nothing Will would like more than to have Penelope kneeling before him in complicit submission, her fiery dark eyes inviting him in. Challenging him. But their bet takes Will and Penelope deeper than either of them have ever been. Where control is an illusion, and boundaries are pushed aside. And where hearts become the stakes in a game that neither Dominant nor submissive can win...
I liked this story. I enjoyed Penelope and Will’s interactions, and loved the fact they were both dominants. The BDSM play was light, but when we receive a peek into their BDMS scenes it was sweet and hot. From reading Garrett’s book, Will’ brother, I knew Penelope and Will’s sex play would sizzle and leap off the pages, and it did. The attraction, and the buildup were done quite well, and I enjoyed that.
It was quiet a stretch for me to believe they had fallen in love after seven days of mostly sexual encounters, but when the ‘I love yous’ were declared it felt real. I enjoyed the angst woven through the story as both characters had believable conflicts. While the issues were not enough to leave me emotionally raw, I felt I got a good peek into both Penelope and Will’s psyche. Was there room for more? Yes, because I craved to know more about Will. But that only happens when I love a character….and I loved him. Will blew cold and hot, and I loved the combination. I understood his reserve, and I really liked how he unraveled for Penelope. I liked that even when they were together at the end, Penelope still got to enjoy what made her a Dom, and that Will gave her such freedom to act on all her desires. Penelope was also an intriguing character—fierce and determined, yet sweet and gentle.
The only thing I did not absolutely love was the threesome. But, it wasn’t because of the ménage itself, it was its execution. I hated that I felt Penelope was unwilling, even if it was minuscule. It was supposed to be an exercise in trust; about her trusting Will to know and meet her sexual needs, but I never thought Penelope craved another man’s hands on her. I have read tons of ménage stories from light erotica to the darkest, and it is always communicated the heroine hungers to just be taken in a ménage, even if only on a subconscious level, and it is the Dom’s goal to satiate that hunger. There was no desire and arousal communicated by Penelope to have two men’s hands on her at all…in fact she was “grateful” she did not have to have sex with the mystery man. So the reason for the threesome, and its execution left me feeling a bit dissatisfied… As if the dynamics of why a ménage is done was somehow missed.
Other than that little pesky niggle in regards to the ménage, I quiet enjoyed this story.
I am eagerly awaiting Sara’s book!