Tuesday 21 August 2012

Erotica Book Review: Hostile Takeover

Book Title: Hostile Takeover
Author: Joey W Hill
Publisher: Ellorascave
Format: Ebook
Cost: $7.99
Pages: 408
How I got it: NetGalley 
My Rating:★★★★☆
Erotica Rating: ★★★★★
Ben is the last unattached member of the five-man executive team of K&A Associates. The other four, all Masters, have found the submissive of their dreams. That’s fine. The sharp-edged lawyer knows he’s the most hardcore of all of them, with extreme tastes as a Master he satisfies physically through experienced club submissives. He doesn’t really need anything more than that.
Marcie has loved Ben since she was sixteen. He’s never behaved as anything more than a protective big brother, a family friend. But now she’s twenty three and starting her career as a corporate investigator. She may be a blood-and-bone deep submissive, but she won’t hesitate to use her aggressive talents to prove she’s meant to be his. With a Master as tough as Ben, she’ll have to take whatever measures are needed—even if her deepest desire isn’t a hostile takeover of his heart, but an unconditional surrender to it.
Reader Advisory: Marcie’s sexual journey contains a group scene of female/female sexual exploration. The Masters also share her in a brief group scene. Both these beautifully erotic moments are essential to deepening Marcie’s bond with Ben.
My Review:
Side eye from hell for that cover...now on to the review:
I enjoyed this book. It's been awhile since i have read such a hardcore full on BDSM book, and I'm glad I did. This is one of the better books out there. It's what thebookthatshallnotbenamed wished it could be but isn't. 

You see it had well developed characters both the main and secondary characters were more than just cardboard cut outs; they shared emotions and feelings and really came alive as I was reading. Now I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scenes between Ben and Marcie, Marcie is a ballsy submissive, going full head on for her man, she wanted and needed Ben's kind of Dominance and she wasn't settling. I loved that when faced with losing him she made the decision to move on to someone who was like him, even though he tried to pass her off to Doms who wouldn't have replaced him in her mind. 

Let's back up a bit, Marcie is the kind of sub some Doms fear, she's a full-on, no holes barred, 24/7 sub who wants nothing more than to belong to a Dom worthy of her & to her Ben is that Dom. Ben is a man who has survived a rough childhood, with the guidance of the men he met because of the man who caught him when he tried to pick his pocket. 

With the structure of BDSM, Ben has found a home a place where he can call the shots, and boy does he love to call the shots. He has a kink he thinks no sane woman would want except for the ones he pays at the clubs, so he holds himself aloof from the women in his life. He loves fierce and deeply but doesn't trust enough to love a woman of his own. He fights Marcie's plan to snare him, yet signs up to be her Mentor instead of her Master. When he realizes she was going to move on a find someone else whose claim would challenge him, he lost it. Which lead to one of the most intense scenes in the book, which was then followed by Ben being an idiot, and Marcie showing him that just because she's a sub doesn't mean she's a pushover. 

Can I just say how well written these characters were?? They just flowed so well when interacting with each other and even when we were seeing through their eyes. Marcie kinda reminded me of Maggie from the Secretary, how she fought to get her Dom to acknowledge the truth, but was willing to move on when he didn't. Ben took a little longer to get to the party, but when he did boy did he show up, he went all out with her in their first real scene and even though he stated he didn't do missionary or face to face, when he did it along with the aftercare which he normally left to someone else i just knew he was hers.

I had a few bones to pick with the book however, I didn't like how Ben reacted at first. I am glad that the other characters didn't let him off the hook easy; he had to work to regain their trust as well as his sub's trust. The CNC which he had at the very beginning was kind of scary to me, but clearly what they both needed. I personally couldn't have gotten down with my brother in law, it's just not within my scope of thing I can do, but i understand why the group mentality needed it; it just wasn't my cup of tea.  Also her fantasy??? Yeah no, just NOT happening, no way no how. I just can't. I get that Lucas isnt't a father figure for her, but that's just not how I role. Rolls way too close to a taboo for me.  I get that this is fantasy and women don't want to read about ordinary looking men with ordinary looking bodies, but must every guy have the perfect shape and be hung like a horse??? 

I did love the book, and was happy I read it, especially because I haven't had a good hardcore one in a while. It's a definite read if your into hardcore BDSM, anal, oral, orgie scenes and F/F interplay.

**FTC rules state I must make you aware that I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

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