Review: SAPPHIRE by Jeffe Kennedy

So this is my first review of an erotic romance book. If you caught my blog post about erotic romance on Monday you will see why I struggled with this genre in the past. So, here goes! Sapphire is the first book in a series called Facets of Passion by Jeffe Kennedy. Her next book in the series titled Platinum will be released February 25, 2013.

Overall Summary:

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht.

Taylor writes the adventure off as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterwards, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally.

Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her – and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?

My Review:

This is the first book that I have read that includes bondage. I wanted to know what this BDSM was about but had hesitations and didn’t want to just pick up a random book about it. So, I chose Jeffe’s specifically to read because I have gotten to know her and have read another book of hers (Rogue’s Pawn) that was not erotic and really liked her writing.

The hero of the book, Adam Kirliss, has been interested in Taylor Hamilton since the day he met her. The are business associates and have worked together on a lot of business deals. She has always appeared to him as a strong, independent, control freak. The one time he does try to ask her out on a date, but she refuses.  After asking around, he learns that she does not date at all. He then realizes she is a lot like him and might need a little encouragement to release the inner Taylor that he knows she keeps locked up.

Taylor is a strong, independent woman who needs to be in control all the time. In the board room. In her personal life. In every aspect of her life.  She dreams of letting go of that control, but just can’t bring herself to do it.  At a company party Adam offers Taylor a chance at something in which she simply can’t bring herself to say no. He understands her in a way no one else has before. She has secret fantasies she is not comfortable telling anyone about or acting on and he can sense that.

The main scene in this book is what really makes up the a lot of the story. Holy. Cow. It was more than I expected in a lot of ways. More story. More emotions. More intimacy. More love. Yes, I did say love. There were some parts where I thought the hero, Adam, took things a bit too far, but he realizes that later. I didn’t expect Taylor to be so strong either. Another thing I didn’t expect was the love Adam had for Taylor. I was surprised at the gentleness he showed for Taylor. Walks on the beach, steaks on the grill, naps in the sun and just the comfort in being with one another. It was so incredibly sweet. When Adam wanted to take things to the next level emotionally and wanting all of Taylor, including her heart, that is when she freaks out, uses the safe word – Sapphire – and leaves Adam.

It doesn’t take long for Taylor to realize she is miserable without Adam. She is already invested emotionally more than she realized but didn’t want to admit it. He has been the only one to get past her defenses and to her heart. So, she recognizes that she loves Adam and invites him back into her heart the only way she knows how (which I am not going to explain because that would be a spoiler to a fun scene). I thought the ending scene was absolutely perfect for this story. If you are looking to push your limits on reading or like erotic romance that involves bondage, I recommend you try Jeffe Kenndy’s Sapphire. You can purchase it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Have you ever read a book that pushed you outside your comfort zone (not necessarily in the erotic area but regarding your thoughts and feelings in general)?


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