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I Belong


Review: Since I Saw You by Beth Kery

Since I Saw YouTitle: Since I Saw You

Author: Beth Kery

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Because You Are Mine (Book #4)

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425266133 (Penguin/Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-0425266137 (Penguin/Berkley)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

In the “exceptionally hot” (USA Today) Because You Are Mine, Beth Kery redefined what’s possible, what’s desirable, and what’s forbidden between a man and a woman. It’s time to go further…

When enigmatic billionaire Ian Noble sets Lin the task of “taming” his brilliant yet half-savage brother Kam Reardon, she eagerly accepts. She’s more than curious about the solitary genius and everything she’s heard about him. During their electric first meeting, her fascination increases a hundredfold. Kam practically oozes raw sex appeal. Lin is interested…very interested. But does her intense attraction and willingness to go places with him she’s never gone before in the bedroom really have to do with Kam? Or is her carefully hidden desire to blame for wanting a man she knows she can never have?

An elusive outsider, Kam avoids intimacy, yet never shies away from satisfying his erotic appetites. But there’s something different about Lin—a reserve he’s anxious to break. She’s a woman he’s eager to take his time with…and possess completely. A sophisticated beauty like her would never want him anywhere but in bed, but he finds himself unable to resist her.

Immediately Lin’s smooth facade is undone by Kam’s overwhelming masculinity and by his irresistible erotic demands—a lesson in subjugation that leaves Lin confused, reeling, and open to things she never thought possible. Now, as the unpredictable nights between them grow darker, Lin and Kam are certain of only one thing: they’re made for each other.

Quick & Dirty: A woman whose life revolves around work meets a man determined to get her to let go of her control in this fabulous erotic love story by Beth Kery.

Opening Sentence: Lin Soong hurried down the sidewalk, her face coated in a thin layer of perspiration overlaid with an autumn mist.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lin prides herself on being a fantastic executive assistant to Ian Noble. The fact that she’s also in love with him only makes her want to do an even better job of being the best assistant she can be. So when Ian asks her to help his half-brother Kam prepare for some business meetings, she readily accepts. Little does Lin know that doing so will change her life forever. As soon as she sets eyes on Kam, Lin is swept away by an attraction stronger than she’s ever felt before. Kam makes her do things she never would have imagined herself doing. He even makes her forget about work. But is she just attracted to him because he bears a strong resemblance to Ian? Or are her feelings for Kam stronger than any “love” she thought she felt for his brother?

When I first read the description of this book and realized it was not only considered erotica, but also BDSM, I was not thrilled. There are very few erotica novels that I’ve read that I’ve also enjoyed. The ones I’ve been exposed to have basically been all sex and no plot, and that just doesn’t work for me. And as for BDSM, I have no problem with it, but it’s just not my thing, so I don’t really want to read about it. So to say I wasn’t excited about reading this book would be putting it mildly.

No one was more surprised than me to find that I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Kery’s writing just drew me in and made me feel connected to these characters in a way I never expected. Yes, there’s just as much sex as you would expect from an erotica novel, but it feels integral to the story Kery is telling and doesn’t seem needless at all. As for the BDSM elements, I can’t speak to how accurately Kery portrays a mild BDSM relationship, but it really worked in the story.

My only complaint with the book is that there is unnecessary drama towards the end. It really only served to draw me out of the story rather than worry that it was really going to cause a long-term rift between Lin and Kam. If it hadn’t been for that, this may have gotten five stars from me.

All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. It moved quickly and told a fabulous story of a romance between two fantastic characters. As much as I’m not usually a fan of erotica, this book has made me realize that not all erotica novels are bad. I’m definitely going to be looking into Beth Kery’s other work to see if it’s all as good as this book was.

Notable Scene:

“What I don’t get,” Kam said as he drew on his shirt, taut muscles flexing in a jerky, impatient motion, “is the limit.”

“The limit?” Lin asked slowly, his words interrupting the flow of her mental rehearsal for talking him into staying. His flashing, furious gaze made her pull the sweater tighter over her naked torso.

“Yeah. Weren’t you up for working overtime?”

It took a moment for his meaning to settle in. When it did, hurt and fury flooded her.

“How dare you say something like that to me! This,” she glanced back at the mussed bed, “had nothing to do with work.”

“Really? Nothing to do with Ian?” he bit out, shoving his arms into the sleeves of his jacket so forcefully she heard the seam protest with a ripping sound. “Everyone is always saying you’d do anything for him.”

“No,” she exclaimed, standing. She couldn’t believe he’d just said that. But then a thought occurred to her, and she paused in her heated defense. Her uncharacteristic behavior tonight did relate to Ian, didn’t it? To her secret, buried feelings for him? Too late, she realized Kam had noticed her sudden distraction.

“Did Ian ask you to sleep with me? Soften me up a little? Make the stubborn country relation a bit more malleable? Palatable?” he demanded quietly, taking a step toward her.

“No! Of course not. You realize you’re practically calling me a prostitute, don’t you?” she almost shouted, anger and disbelief and confusion twining and beginning to roar in her blood. “Is that what you think? That Ian sends me out to sleep with his business associates? His family members?”

His features darkened. “Of course I don’t think you’re a prostitute. What I do think is that you’re a woman who would do just about anything for her job. For her boss. Everyone in the family is always going on about how loyal you are to him.”

Her mouth fell open in shock. Oh my God. She’d been so idiotic.

How could she have ever thought this rough, savage jerk was attractive? He didn’t even vaguely resemble the men she usually favored, but her libido just had to be appeased, didn’t it? This was the stupidest mistake she’d ever made.

She drew herself up to her full height, refusing to be cowed by the fact that she was standing half-dressed in front of such a complete, astronomical son of a bitch. He’d just burned her to her very core, and then had the nerve to call her a whore and Ian’s bowing minion in one fell swoop. She’d let him burn her.

“Get the hell out of my house,” she said quietly.

Because You Are Mine Series:

1. Because You Are Mine

2. When I’m With You

3. Because We Belong

4. Since I Saw You

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FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of Since I Saw You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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