Released: September 16, 2013
Genre: BDSM erotic romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Declan Donovan is a liar.
He’s lying about what happened to his ex. He’s lying about the reason he knocked out his lead guitarist and best friend, and then kicked him out of the band. He’s lying about going to rehab—he doesn’t even drink.
And now he’s lying about the way he feels about sweet, submissive Molly Ward. But even that’s a lie—Molly isn’t all that sweet, and Declan loves it.
He’s gotten used to lying. It helps to hide the pain he’s sworn never to share with anyone else.
But Molly is on tour with Savage Heart for one reason only: get to the bottom of what happened the night the band broke up and then write a book that will bring them back from the dead. She’s determined to get through Declan’s lies and get to the truth of the man within, a truth she knows hides deep scars.
Molly Ward knows that if she wants a career that can support her and her sister, she needs to command respect. And she’s determined to resist the physical need she feels whenever she’s near Declan. Whenever she hears his voice. Whenever he says her name.
Whenever he touches her.
But Declan is the Dom that Molly has always, always fantasized about, and she wants nothing more than to explore her sexually submissive side—with him. Too bad he’s exactly the kind of guy that will break her heart. She’s been on that rocker ride before, and she can’t do it again. Not with what’s at stake.
Until she hears him sing…
Declan Donovan is the lead singer of Savage Heart and by public knowledge he has been on a downward spiral with drugs and alcohol. He’s also kicked out his bandmate and longtime friend, Soren, from the band after an unknown incident six months ago. Now to repair his image, the public relations person from Volare L.A. is having an autobiography done on the group but primarily Declan. As an individual, he’s a sexual dominate and has been for many years but he hasn’t had any submissives in a quite a while; he has even been celibate for the past six months. Declan also has a broken side to him. There are things from his past that he chooses to bury or just lie about to prevent further damage to himself or others.
Molly Ward was forced to grow up quickly at a young age after her mom died and her dad discarded her. She cared for her sister until the father came and took her away too. As a teen she learned that her sexual desires leaned towards being submissive. After explaining these cravings to her boyfriend, he too left her then pregnant and alone. He took the extra step and began to be both physically and emotionally abusive. She has finally been given a shot to get out of the trailer park and get her writing career started. She will travel with Savage Heart on their short tour while collecting research and writing their autobiography. Will she get to the bottom of what happened six months ago to cause such discord in the band?
This is a continuation of the Volare series but you don’t have to read all of the others to fully enjoy this book. Chloe Cox has the amazing ability to write in a conversational style that is familiar and easy going. There is quite a bit of cussing in the story so if that bothers you I wouldn’t recommend it, for me it added to the pragmatism of the book.
The two characters have immediate and fierce chemistry. From the outset, the tension between the two is palpable. She has a fiery, blunt personality and isn’t afraid to tell him what’s what even with his celebrity status. He appreciates that someone will be honest with him as well as acknowledges her submissive tendencies even when she won’t. Initially they enter into a vague contract to imply they will have sex and later without signing any kind of updated contract they actually begin to have sex. Go figure. The sex itself could be characterized as blisteringly explicit without being overly graphic. He has a penchant for rough dominance and a side of bondage but likes to cuddle when it’s all said and done. Who doesn’t want a man like that?
Both characters are broken and thus have flaws, this story is really a culmination of their journey to make peace with the past, move forward to a happier future, and forgive themselves for the things they could never change.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.