Monday, 3 August 2015

Kristina Canady - Scrupulous (Affliction of Falling #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

***This is intended for 18+ due to adult/erotic content and strong language.***

Sorcha
Some men just can’t accept that a woman can be perfectly content without them. I mean, come on; a girl can get laid anytime she wants, it’s not like it’s hard. And lord knows, I have no interest in a relationship, there is no time for that drama-filled nonsense. Pursuing my passion in life is all that I have time for. Selfish and short sighted? Perhaps, but I know what I want out of life and have no problem going after it. Life is a string of decisions, constructed and manifested by us. I own mine and don’t apologize for it either.
Gavin
Defined by my past, I hadn’t ever considered love as an option for someone like me. That is, until I spotted that sweet little brunette from across the crowded room. It was magnetic, and as much as she tried to resist, I was going to have her. Come heaven or high water, she would be mine.






Well, where do I start? Having been well and truly captured by Kristina's paranormal reads, I honestly didn't know what to expect, but this book was sheer brilliance. From the strong 21st independent and sexually liberated woman, who uses men for her sexual gratification but expects and needs no more, we learn of her true dedication to her decisions, hard work and sheer determination, to get what she wants...

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Not every little girl grows up and wants to be a lawyer, doctor, corporate executive etc.  And those who do are allowed to change their mind once they get a taste for said professions.  I am right where I should be.
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It's no surprise to her friends or family that she has no desire to settle down. Between her work, her home, and her artwork, she has little or no time or desire for a man in her life. Despite the protests of others. She truly is a strong, set minded woman who knows exactly what she wants, or doesn't want as the case may be ;)

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I have no shame when it comes to my sexual needs, and it is something I will never apologise for.....Well I'm just a woman who hasn't met the right one to commit to, nor do I have any current desire to do so.
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But on a night to a BDSM club with friends she would meet Gavin. The man who would make her world shift. The mysterious, self absorbed and arrogant, mysterious man who just reeks his pure control and power...

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It's no secret around these parts that I am not only lusted but feared by most...However, life choices to run with the wrong crowds, no matter how long ago that was, has hardened me to an irreparable degree.
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His reputation for control in all things sexual as well as personally is much more than FSOG...but Sorcha gives this man a run for his money. Unlike the other women who fall at his feet, she would deny him, push him, doubt him and make him feel things he never had before...

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Gavin Durham is nothing but heart break and trouble wrapped up in one delicious package with DRAMA stamped all over it.
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Despite the warnings of his past, from friends for being "Sought after for his discipline" and being pure Dominance, Sorcha would as usual decide her own fate. But could the woman who knew exactly what she wanted let one man change her ways?

But with the points of view being from both Sorcha and Gavin, we get to know and accept them both throughout the book. From his complete demand of Dom play both at work and home, to losing all control when he learns of his true feelings for her, and how he would give anything to be with this woman. Even if it meant "vanilla".

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" I cannot remember the last time I gave in and made love the way we did, unrestrained, unrefined, raw.  My intent, at first, was simply sex but our undeniable chemistry overtook...it made me abandon myself, you syphoned my power and left me freed.  For the first time,  believe I may of had a taste of what submissive's feel, a rush in the release."
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But as their sexual relationship grows and feelings too, they both question what they can and can't allow. We see Sorcha doing something she never has before and that's compromise. Lower her guard. Do something for him, because she wants to learn of his lifestyle, just like he has learnt of hers....

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There is no role exchange or edgy play pushing me further than I am ready to go, there is only us, stripped down and open wide for one another on a level neither of us is comfortable with.  As the sun rises in the sky, I do something else I have never done, fall asleep in someone's arms, for the entire morning.
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But would she be able to relinquish all power to him? Given how incredibly strong a character she is, I truly doubted she could, but their relationship was already so strong and meeting markers and time frames she had never exceeded with another man, I felt sure they would come to an agreement....

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He is fast becoming friends with my crazy lot making it more impossible to come up with reasons to keep the walks up between us.  And it intensified the feeling of rightness I had with him by my side.  Gavin said he could see himself falling in love with me, something that is quite mutual.
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But the true power of Kristina's writing was still ever apparent as with her other books, and captured not only my fictional world, but my heart. The true love story, despite fears, pressures, sexually...she really has done it again and flipped my book perspective on erotic writing...

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Our play is not ultimately about the sex, it's about the journey into mind blowing ecstasy and providing someone with the wings to fly there, void of typical mental constraints that weigh us down.
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She admits herself that she needs to be challenged and excited, all in order to progress, but with Gavin's poor communication skills and lack of relationship understanding, he really can come across as a self absorbed man. He does let Sorcha down, and he hurts her every which way but physically...but would they be able to make their relationship work? Given how long it took for her to accept their relationship and exclusivity...the let down on a momentous occasion for her would leave her reeling.
Would he able to fix this?

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I believed in you, in us.  Words can't describe my state of disappointment...I do hope you find what you are looking for, find your happiness.  It breaks my heart to know that you don't respect or care enough to allow me to be a part of it...
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A mind blowingly HOT read that will capture you both emotionally as well as physically.  Just astounding.  I can't wait for the next book already!

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Disclosure
I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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