Thursday, December 12, 2013

ARC Review: Breathe (In Vino Veritas #2) by Lauren Jameson

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: NAL Trade
304 Pages

Two people learn what it really means to give up control in the sizzling new novel from the author of Blush and Surrender to Temptation.…

When business mogul Elijah Masterson travels to the Mexican coast for his chain of luxury resorts, he purchases an emerald green glass sculpture for one of the properties. He is soon fascinated by the fiery temptress who created it. The attraction between them is instant and explosive, but Elijah resists, unsure that a woman as strong-willed as Samantha would ever yield in the way he needs her to.

Headstrong glass artist Samantha Collins hides a secret desire to submit to the right man. Samantha sees everything she wants in Elijah, but apart from one steamy night, he seems determined to keep his distance. She has always held back, but refusing to let go now that she’s found the dominant man she’s always wanted, Samantha makes Elijah an offer he can’t refuse: a month of absolute submission.

But after a month of incredible passion, will either of them be able to walk away?


I think I’ve come to the realization that almost all BDSM books are the same…and I actually don’t really like them. Writers seem to think they can take the ’50 Shades’ route and everything will be great. Rich, powerful man seeks submissive to control. Enter blushing girl with a “sassy” inner monologue. Throw in sex on every page and BAM!  Get new ideas.

Samantha is an artist who likes to be in control of her life but she longs for someone to control her in the bedroom, but she has secrets in her past that she wants to stay there. Elijah is a Dom who wants a true submissive. He’s been burned in the past, but when he sets his sights on Samantha, he instantly wants her. Like instantly, I’m talking tracking down her house and showing up the next day instantly. He’s that stalkerish. 

The whole story is Samantha’s inability to decide is she wants to be a submissive or not. It’s a constant back and forth from “I want control” to “why won’t he control me?”. It was getting a little tiring. If it’s something you want to try, then do it! Stop freezing up and freaking out right before every little thing only to end up feeling sorry for yourself. 

If I was supposed to root for these two to be together, then something went wrong somewhere. Honestly, I didn’t care where they ended up at the end. The characters were underdeveloped to me, especially Elijah. I have no clue how these two fell in love since their only interactions revolved around sex and acts of humiliation. Because I’m sorry, her punishment for being insubordinate was for the pilot of the plane to molest her?? I just wasn’t feeling it. They were boring and routine and had no chemistry. 

I was looking for something new, something that I hadn’t read before, but alas this wasn’t it. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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