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Series: Loving on the Edge #4
Category/Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Publication Date: 8/6/13
Source: Received from publisher for review
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The girl who has spent her life running is about to be caught . . . by love.
After a shaky past, Kelsey LeBreck’s future is looking good. She’s been saving money for culinary school with her earnings from The Ranch, a private BDSM resort. Even better, she’s landed a day job where she can practice baking and flirt with her favorite customer. However, having secret fantasies about Wyatt Austin is where it has to end. If there’s one thing Kelsey knows can derail her, it’s a relationship. But when a danger from her past threatens to steal her fresh start, the intense executive may be the only one who can help her.
Wyatt doesn’t have room on his agenda for dating, but something about the pretty young waitress stirs desires he thought were long buried. So when he needs someone to pose as his girlfriend at an important business retreat and finds out Kelsey needs to go off the grid for a while, he can’t resist making her an offer. Soon, Kelsey learns that Wyatt’s power in the boardroom is no match for his power in the bedroom, and she wonders if her heart will survive. Because Wyatt Austin is a man who gets what he wants, and now he wants her.
Caught Up in You is the fifth book in the Loving On the Edge series. I'm not sure I realized that when I accepted it for review, but luckily it worked for me. I love series that consist of companion stories, and Loren did a great job of filling new readers in on the whos/whats/hows of the series, without boring those who have read the previous books. Or so I would imagine. And once again, I find myself wanting to go back to read the first three books of the series, so for that I would call this installment a success.
Caught Up in You is the story of Kelsey, a waitress/Domme with big dreams that require her learning the art of submission, and Wyatt, an extremely disciplined businessman who's buried his own Dom tendencies. Circumstance and mutual attraction brings the two together, and they strike a deal to give them both what they need. Of course the deal becomes an afterthought when Kelsey and Wyatt realize they have more than attraction...they have love growing between them. Their relationship has a bit of a Pretty Woman feel to it, even acknowledges that movie at one point. I really did like the two, their characterization was thorough, so I felt like I knew exactly where they were coming from and want they want.
I tend to enjoy books with BDSM themes. And yes, the activities can sometimes be really hot, but what I really find myself drawn to is the psychological aspect to the lifestyle. I am one of those people that genuinely enjoys learning about, well, almost anything I find interesting. Loren did an a really good job with her detailing of why Wyatt needs control, and why Kelsey might want control, but needs to submit. I can also appreciate the thoughtfulness, trust, and respect shared between partners in this type of relationship. I not only appreciate it, I find it very romantic and sexy.
I will say that although I enjoyed Caught Up in You, I was not totally swept away by the story. I liked the story, the characters, and the writing. This is a series that I would recommend to those who like the genre, particularly those who enjoy reading about the BDSM lifestyle.
"She got on her knees for me, man," Wyatt said, looking out the side window, almost talking to himself. "I was ready to say no, that there was no way I could do this, go down that road again. But seeing her there, I couldn't fucking stop the urge. The need to claim her welled up and took over. Orders started falling out of my mouth like I was possessed by some former version of myself."
Jace reached out and gripped Wyatt's shoulder, giving it a squeeze. "Welcome back to the dark side, brother. We've got cookies. Hope you enjoy your stay." ~eARC, 23%
And Kelsey realized, as she stood there watching, that this was what love looked like. Not a picture perfect "normal". Not neat corners and the absence of baggage. But acceptance of it all and a willingness to face it all together. ~eARC, 90%
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