29 August 2012

Review: Antho Cherished - Lauren Dane with Sway

Title: Sway, book #1 in Delicious series
Genre: Contemporary  Erotic Romance
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425247538 (ISBN13: 9780425247532)
Language: English
ARC received from author for review.

Summary from website author:
Levi Warner is an established, older man—wealthy, powerful, and above all, respectable. Then Levi meets Daisy, an uninhibited 24-year-old dance instructor and artist, not exactly the kind of woman Levi is accustomed to. But the young, free spirit, brings out something in him he only experienced in fantasies. When their scorching affair turns into something unexpectedly deeper, Levi finds himself torn between preserving his reputation, and exploring a wilder and much more satisfying kind of life.


The moment I knew Lauren Dane was going to write stories about the friends introduced in the Brown Sibling series I was all want for reading them. Add the BDSM element to the romance and I was full of readers glee. I don’t read May/December romances often but I was curious enough how Lauren Dane would deliver on this. What I got was exactly why I adore Lauren Dane’s stories. The sense of family and friendship, love, loyalty and passion, Lauren Dane effortlessly works these emotions into a signature romance that strikes a chord with me. Every.Single.Time!

With very little effort I submerged myself in the lives of this wonderful, enigmatic group of characters. Daisy, full of life and love for her art meets Levi, distinguished and successful in his work. From the bat their dialogues were a verbal seductive dance between two minds that loved the challenge. I couldn’t get enough of their chemistry, it sizzled the pages and made my spine tingle in anticipation for them to get all hot and bothered between the sheets. Lauren Dane has a knack for sexual tension and it was going on full force between Daisy and Levi.

The romance and the conflict born from the age difference was realistically portrayed. While the chemistry was very good and both characters new it, Levi struggled with his inner demons. This is also where the BDSM comes in to play. I would say the BDSM is light: some power exchange, use of toys, some spanking but what I loved so much about it was how it came so natural to the characters. Because Daisy wears her heart on her sleeve she is open about what she feels and that kind of honesty was refreshing to read. Instead of all the internal battles, Daisy wanted to explore what gave her such pleasure. And Levi was just the man to do it. Hot, in control and with the right equipment. The emotions were enough explored to resonate with me but I think it would have been even better in a full length novel.

Along with Daisy came a group of fantastic friends! The ‘Supper Club’ is a great setting for incredible conversations and for friends catching up. Lauren Dane combines art, cooking and music as a fundamental part in the lives of Mary, Jules and Gillian. I have a passion for the same things and it made the ingrained joy from the characters resonate even stronger with me and forged a connection that will last throughout this series! It made me extremely excited for each of the stories to come!

In Sway, Lauren Dane imbedded all I came to love from her. She evoked a gamut of feelings with her storytelling which make me ask for more each time. The new and recurring characters come alive with intensity, personality and humor. The romance is spine-tingling erotic and captured me from the start! Add the friendship and witty banter, which was utter recognizable, and I couldn't read the pages fast enough but wanting to go slow at the same time.

Sway is a great start to a new series which whetted my appetite for more!

4 stars

You can find the review of Maya Banks', Exiled here

“What are you thinking, Levi?”
“I’m thinking you’re very young.”
She nodded. “I am.”
“I’m trying to find a way around that.”
“How about I explain to you that I’m twenty four, not fifteen. And that I’m perfectly capable of making my own decisions and choices.”
He took a deep breath and exhaled hard. “And I’m thinking I’m too old.”
“Too old for what? Do you have trapeze fantasies or something? And how old are you? Sixty? Eighty-four? Her mouth trembled as she held a smile back.
The pressure in his chest lessened.
“Eighty-three. Don’t age me before I’m ready.”
“You’re not too old. I’m not too young.”
She stayed where she was, his hands in both of hers. Those big brown eyes watching him carefully. Waiting for him. Christ. She had no idea what that did to him.
“I’m forty. I’m nearly twice your age.”
“So what?”
“Yeah. So what?” He took his hands from hers and touched her chin, tipping it. “I want your mouth.”
Her eyelids slid down a little and she took a deep breath. “Take it, then.”

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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to start this series! Awesome review, Leontine!


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