Title: Still Into You
Author: Roni Loren
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Loving on the Edge Series (Book 1.5)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Format: eNovella, 100 Pages
ASIN: B007KGDTX2 (Penguin/Berkley Heat)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Three days. No rings…
Seth and Leila used to have trouble keeping their hands off each other. Passion, desire, love—it was all there. Yet, eight years after their whirlwind marriage and kids, they’ve settled into a life where choosing Letterman over Leno is considered a wild night.
Seth knows things need to change. But when he hears his wife call into a relationship radio show and admit she’s been tempted to cheat, he realizes how far off course they’ve gotten. He comes up with a dramatic plan. Three days. No rings. He’ll take Leila to The Ranch, a resort where any sexual fantasy can be had, and give her the freedom to have whatever or whomever she wants.
However, Seth doesn’t intend to simply stand by and watch other men fulfill Leila’s dark desires. He has a lot more bad boy in him than his wife suspects and he knows there’s only one man who can give her what she needs. Now he has to show her why that man is him.
Quick & Dirty: A story about a couple exploring their sexuality in order to save their marriage.
Opening Sentence: They’d chosen Letterman.
After eight years of marriage, Leila and Seth are in a rut. Kids and jobs have taken precedence over their love life. Now they must decide if it is time to call it quits because they can no longer ignore their mutual unhappiness. As a last ditch effort, they make the decision to go to the Ranch, an exclusive BDSM retreat, for three days of guilt-free sex and games. At the end of that time, if they can rediscover the spark that brought them together in the first place, they will stay together; otherwise, they will go their separate ways once and for all.
Seth Carlo works long hours at his job so that he can support his wife and kids. But he wasn’t always such a straight laced guy. At one time, he was in a garage band and free with his sexuality; dominate and promiscuous. He put those days behind him when he met his inexperienced wife. He never wanted her to see that darker side of him; now he thinks he made a mistake keeping it from her. When Seth finds out just how unhappy Leila is, he decides that the best course of action is giving her access to all the fantasies she is constantly reading about in her novels. Though Seth is completely in love with his wife, is it enough? Can he truly put aside his own ego and feelings and do what is necessary to make Leila happy? If she does decide to leave, will he quietly let her go or will he fight for her?
Leila has only been with one man her whole life; her husband, Seth. So after eight years of marriage, she is beginning to feel restless. When she agreed to give Seth control over their weekend at the Ranch, can she really handle all the implications? While her husband gave her carte blanc, can she truly take control of her own sexuality and desires? Fantasies and reality are two different things and she is scared to break out of her shell of ignorance. And while she really likes the idea of newer and kinkier things, does she want a new partner to experience it with?
While I applaud these two for trying new things instead of throwing in the towel, I think that most couples don’t have to go to such extremes. Most of the issues between Leila and Seth could have be resolved much earlier if they had only communicated. It is important in any relationship or marriage to talk with your partner, especially about things in the bedroom. I understand the reluctance to do so, but I suppose that is part of the reason why we have such a high divorce rate in the US. Leila and Seth were able to save their marriage and live a more fulfilling life by discussing and being open to new things.
The most important fact to walk away from this novella is to be open and honest with your partner about everything, including your fantasies. Who knows, maybe it may also lead to a happily ever after for you as well. Overall, this is a nice and steamy novella that can be enjoyed with or without reading the rest of the series, though I would recommend the other books for their smut-tastic scenes and sensual prose.
Seth may have thought he married a debutante, but maybe his Leila was better suited for vixen. She clearly had urges that even she was afraid to admit. He needed to stop tamping down the edgier parts of himself. She wanted that, needed to see that side of him. Needed to feel truly desired.
How had he let his wife get to this point? Made her to believe she wasn’t sexy or beautiful or someone who could inspire dirty, no-holds-barred fucking. The whole idea caused a deep ache in his chest. He’d failed her. While off trying to be the man of the house, he’d let his vibrant wife languish on the vine, her self-esteem and sensual side left untended.
And when some other man, some fucking stranger, had made her feel special for a moment, she’d reacted to it like a shriveled flower finding rain.
This was his fault.
And he needed to fix it.
If it could be fixed at all.
Loving on the Edge Series:
1.5. Still Into You
3. Fall Into You (December 31, 2012)
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley Heat graciously provided me with a copy of Still into You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment received came in the form of hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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