It was supposed to be fun.
A mutual use of each other’s bodies.
To be a ruse to the world around us.
I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.
One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment.
He warned me not to fall for him, and I should’ve listened.
He intoxicated me.
He made me crave him.
He ruined me.
In the end, I’ll never be the same.
Harper Sloan definitely knows how to get down and dirty in her stories, provocatively illustrating the sexual attraction and connection that sizzles between her hero and heroine through every sizzling glance, dirty word, and sexual play. This time around, Sloan adds in the world of BDSM, exploring the Dominant/submissive relationship, which only adds to her hero’s alpha tendencies and proves just how good Sloan is at creating a man’s man, one who protects and serves even while discovering exactly what the heroine means to him and what he’s willing to do prevent her from getting hurt, even if it’s from himself.
Nikki is a woman of contradictions. There are two drastically different sides to her – one that depicts her as a wholesome elementary school teacher and one that shows her inner sex kitten biding her time until she can come out to play. Harper Sloan does a good job of exploring Nikki’s dual self, and as Nikki blossoms under Shane’s guidance, figuring out exactly the woman she is and wants to be, readers see Nikki come into her own, unleashing a new and improved Nikki – one who won’t be walked all over anymore.
Shane is an extremely sexual man, and he’s more than willing to teach Nikki a thing or two in the bedroom…or any other room he chooses. But that’s where it’s supposed to stop between them because Shane’s job isn’t very conducive to a ‘real’ relationship, but readers are perfectly aware of what usually happens when long-time friends become sexual partners, especially in a D/s relationship where trust and closeness is key, so it’s only a matter of time until one or both of them want something that may not be possible to have.
Shane is a whole lot of EVERYTHING! What woman wouldn’t love a French speaking stallion in the sack??? I know I’d be more than willing, so Nikki’s decision to pretend she and Shane are in a relationship, foregoing the intimacy but not the foreplay and sex makes sense to me, but it’s easy to see that Nikki’s getting in way over her head and nothing good can come from playing for a man who told you never to fall.
Even though I know Shane and Nikki’s exes were there to cause trouble and doubts, they drove me absolutely nuts throughout the entire text, so much so that I wanted to bitchslap her and knee him in the balls. I NEEDED them to get the hint and stop making everything more difficult between Shane and Nikki, but neither were willing to do that, which not only ends up proving just how right Shane and Nikki were to be finished with them but also that anything they shared with their exes was unhealthy and quite a bit damaging.
There hasn’t been a Harper Sloan book I haven’t enjoyed. There’s just something about how she blends her sex scenes with her story line, illustrating exactly why her hero and heroine have the real thing way before they realize it for themselves.
4.5 Poison Apples
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.