In Break Me Down by Roni Loren, Sam Dunbar likes being in control, whether at work or in her private life. That need for control lead her to training as a domme with the sexy Gibson Andrews. Gibson submits to no one and certainly not Sam, even though he has very strong feelings for her. When Gib learns that Sam was attacked outside of the bar she manages, he immediately tracks her down. He promises to be her lover for one week and give over complete control. But these two are fighting numerous demons as well as their attraction to each other. Will they be able to find common ground and love?
This is the first time I have read a book where the heroine is a domme. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, especially during the sex scenes. Not only were the sex scenes very well written, but I didn’t feel silly or creepy reading about Gib being Sam’s submissive.
Ultimately the book is about love and overcoming your past. Sam was orphaned as a child and never adopted, bouncing from foster home to foster home. Gib had a verbally abusive father, who still haunts him to this day. The two characters had a lot of emotional baggage to work through, especially Gib who saw his submission as a sign of weakness. I found myself cheering when these two finally found their HEA. Continue reading
In Call On Me by Roni Loren, Oakley Easton is doing what a lot of single mom’s do: she has 2 jobs. By day she works for a charity but by night she is a phone sex operator. Oakley loathes her night job but her daughter is autistic and is enrolled in a private school that has helped her out so much. When the charity she works for decides to put on a benefit concert,.the director enlists the help of her friend Pike Ryland, drummer for the hard rock band, Darkfall. Oakley ends up being put in charge of the project and having to work closely with Pike. Despite telling herself that Pike isn’t the kind of man she wants, .the two start a hot affair. When Pike wants more and wants a commitment from Oakley, will she push him away or give Pike the family he’s always wanted?
Call On Me is the eighth book in the Loving on the Edge series. However, this can definitely be read as a stand alone. It takes a few moments to work out who is who among Pike’s friends but it doesn’t detract from the story at all. And oh my goodness! What a story it is! I started this book two nights ago and simply couldn’t put it down. I simply had to know what happened next in the story.
Pike and Oakley are such well written characters with so much depth. Loren could have totally gone the cliché Rockstar route with Pike but instead she made him down to Earth book boyfriend material. It’s hard not to love a guy who not only loves his dog but treats an autistic child as he would any other child. And when he calls Oakley “mama” you can hear him saying it in a sexy southern drawl.