Monday, February 18, 2013


one dom to loveOne Dom to Love (The Doms of Her Life, Book 1)
Authors: Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, and Isabella LaPearl
Length: 82,703 words
Purchase: amazon25  BNbutton25  Allromance25
Rating: 4.5 of 5 kinks!
Blurb:RR cir 125 MAIN
Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.
Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?
Review by Riane:
When “One Dom to Love” was given to me, I was warned that it is the first book in a continuing series of the same characters.  I was a little concerned that the warning was necessary and hoped that I wouldn’t end up in another situation where I hit the end and kept trying to make my nook turn the page so I could keep reading, but at least this time I was forewarned, right?
I started reading this book around midnight thinking I’d read a couple of chapters and then go to bed.  I finally forced myself to put the darn nook down and go to sleep around 4am.  I was immediately sucked into the story.  This book doesn’t spend a few chapters slowly introducing you to the characters and the situation, it drops you right into the storyline but still gives you all the background you need.
I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this book.  I LOVE Raine.  Sometimes I think she’s stronger than all the guys combined.  She can be a bit immature from time to time, but I often found myself cheering her on.  She is my hero with some of her antics!  The guys? There are mixed feelings with one or two of them.  I liked Macen even while wishing to slap him upside his head, several times really, but he is also human.  Yeah, sometimes it takes a bit of quick shifting to keep up with his hot/cold switches, but that’s part of what makes him real.  Although, he does also needs a kick in the pants sometimes, I like Liam more often than not.  Heck, I hated Beck early on but I even found him growing on me before the end of the book.
As for that warning about the ending, I was definitely happy to know there would be more forth coming but it does have a good ending for this book. Now, why did I give it a 4.5 instead of a 5?  Well, the book was definitely written by multiple people and there are times that things are a little inconsistent.   And they did continually misspell my name. ;) Other than that, I can NOT wait until the second book!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ahh, l'amour, l'amour doux ... Ahh, Love, sweet love...

It's pouring with rain here today, as I sit quietly tapping the keys and enjoying the sound of it coming down on the skylights overhead. It's been awhile since it really rained hard and the water looked so mesmerizing hitting the pool, that I was tempted to strip and dive in.

I find myself with a silly smile plastered over my face after a lovely lunch with my eldest son Cheyne and MDH (MyDarlingHusband). We went to a favored little Italian restaurant up the road from us and 'romanza' was definitely in the air..

Couples, young and older, flower peddlers, the happy, the hopeful, the people...were out in force, even on a day like today, to celebrate Love. And Love sweet love was in the air. After our meal, we called in at the grocery store before heading home and I stopped dead in my tracks, just inside the door. Again felt that smile tug, and just had to comment as a line of men, again, young and old, stood before the racks of cards, earnestly searching for the words to tell the keeper of their hearts. To remind that special someone, just how important they were.

I loved being in love.
So full of the flush and wonder of wearing a lover beneath ones skin, that they lingered like a teasing caress. Always with you. Feeling like you had a perfectly passionate secret that no one else on earth could possibly understand. Unless of course, they too were head over heels for someone.
Young love was head strong and almost myopic, as so caught up in the euphoria of it all I truly thought that if I ever lost his heart, I'd simply shrivel up and die. Like some sort of tragic character out of an equally tragic tale of love lost and found and lost again.

Maybe it has to be like that, or no one would actually get married and tie themselves to one person forever and a day and agree to all the children, diapers, worry and bills. And all the other stresses and things that come with becoming a grown up...and leaving childish things behind.

But love, real love is something that grows and matures like a fine wine. That when tested, is never found wanting and still sends a thrill of expectation and wonder through you. It's reliable, dependable and holds fast through sick and sin, the laughter, the tears and fears and the heartaches of life...

Ciao, Isabella