Series: Blasphemy #2
Published by Laura Kaye on February 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
FINAL DECISION: I liked these characters and they had a real hot read. My only complaint was the short length of the story combined with the emphasis on the sexual encounters between them left the emotional part of the story more superficial. I enjoyed the book.
THE STORY: Cassia Locke has developed a phobia of the dark after an accident. She comes to Blasphemy to try and work through her fear. She ends up reconnecting with Blasphemy co-owner Quinton Ross. Quinton is a dominant who specializes in sensory deprivation. Several years ago, Cassia stood Quinton up. Their attraction, however, hasn’t lessened in the interim. Now Quinton is willing to help Cassia overcome her phobia.
OPINION: This was an enjoyable story, but the lack of emotional journey for the characters means that it isn’t one that I will think to pick up again. There are some books that I enjoy without becoming connected to the story or the characters. This was a book that engaged me while I read it, but I thought the relationship between Cassia and Quinton was too superficial for me to want to take their journey again.
Cassia and Quinton have a hot relationship. I really liked that the book focuses on Cassia and her phobia and her journey to finding peace again. (One thing I would have liked would have been some resolution on the results as to her job). There is a lot of focus on the hot scenes between Quinton and Cassia.
Cassia is a woman seeking to regain control of her life after a cave-in which left her afraid of the dark. I really liked that Cassia is a woman who embraces her sexuality and is not shamed by her sexual experience or her desires. She might be the submissive in the relationship, but it is clear that she is an equal in the relationship. I liked her active and adventurous spirit.
One scene is particular made me love Quinton. He cares for Cassia when she is sick. I think every woman could love a man who cares for her when she is sick. While I thought Cassia was very active in the story, in many ways Quinton is more reactive and responsive even as he is the Dom. I never felt that I connected with Quinton as a characters as much as I did Cassia.
I enjoyed this book but wish that there was more of a conclusion regarding Cassia’s phobia.
WORTH MENTIONING: This book has a lot of graphic sex scenes.
CONNECTED BOOKS: MASTERING HER SENSES is the second book in the Blasphemy series about a BDSM sex club. It is not necessary to read the others in the series to understand this one although there are overlapping characters.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.