Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Taking Over Me by Sara Brookes

He’s everything she didn’t know she needed…

Allison would rather fix computers than worry about sex. That is, until the newest barista in town changes everything. All it takes is one hot stare with his sinful baby blues to remind her she’s not just one of the guys. She has lusty needs only he can fulfill.

Patrick’s coffee shop is on the verge of an epic failure, until Allison takes charge of his computer system. He may not know anything about motherboards, but he does know how to take control both in and out of bed. Now Patrick is determined to get what he wants—Allison in his cuffs. His sensual mastery awakens an intense passion and under his command, he’ll unlock the geek girl’s darkest desires.

Warning: Collars. Cuffs. Clamps. Coffee. You may never look at your local barista the same way again.


My Review

Geek meets sexy Dom. And he's not your usual Dom. He doesn't like to spank or hit for any reason. This was a romantic BDSM book. It's definitely the softer side of BDSM. He does like to restrain her, but that's about as far as he goes. I really liked Patrick and his family. His mother was a blast. Alex, his brother, is in the middle of a divorce and in a lot of pain. I really want to fix him and make him happy. I'm pretty sure the author already has his HEA in mind. Elena, Patrick's Domme friend, is very interesting. I would like to read about her story! So many times we get the Dom version in BDSM I'd like to see a strong female Domme role. This was a sweet romantic read for me.

“Impressive.” A line formed between his eyebrows as he frowned. He leaned forward, peeking over the gold bar that ran the length of the knee wall. “Good-sized crowd down there. And we’re the only ones up here. Is that normal?”

She led him to a row, sitting in the center seat. “It is if you know the projectionist. Gamer buddy of mine, Cooper, puts on these festivals once a month, a different theme each time. Most of the time the movies are older, classic Hollywood. Bogey and Bacall. The Rat Pack. John Wayne. This month he picked Hitchcock.”

“An extraordinary storyteller.”

“I agree. We tend to sit up here because while crowds have their place, a lot of people tend to dilute the sound quality.”

Patrick smirked. “Well now, that makes sense. Movie buffs would go for where the sweet spot is in the theater.”

“We tend to be creatures of habit, sadly.” She shrugged off the light sweater she’d worn to keep the chilly spring night air off her bare shoulders. Comprehension sank in at something he’d said. She turned to find him smiling almost expectantly. “Wait a second. You know about the sweet spot?”

His smile widened, melting her insides a little. Great, as if I wasn’t already infatuated enough, he has to flash that intoxicating grin.

“My life isn’t just about coffee and tea, Allison. I may not be as technologically savvy as you are, but there are a few things I can hold my own with.” His voice dropped a bit as he leaned over the padded armrest. “And just for clarification purposes, I know about quite a few sweet spots.”

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Guest Post: Keeping the love scenes fresh!

Love scenes can always be a challenge to keep fresh and interesting. Especially when it comes to erotic romance. What always helps for me is the chemistry that I (or they) establish. That chemistry has certain nuances that are unique for each couple and that uniqueness certainly helps when it comes to writing love scenes.

For Patrick and Allison, since Allison is new to the BDSM lifestyle, every scene was new and fresh. I got to use her curiosity about this man she couldn’t stop thinking about to fuel her desires. She wants something, but she can’t put her finger of what it is. Since Patrick is experienced in the lifestyle, he is thrilled by the prospect of introducing Allison to his world.

Those two clashing perspectives were something I really got to play around with when I was writing Taking Over Me.  

Sara Brookes is an award-winning author who has always been fascinated by the strange, the unusual, the twisted and the lost (tortured heroes are her personal favorite). She is an action movie junkie, addicted to coffee and has been known to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing RPG video games. Despite all this, she is a romantic at heart and is always a sucker for an excellent love story. Born and bred in Virginia, Sara still lives there with her husband and daughter. The entire family is owned by two cats, Galahad and Loki, who graciously allow the family to cater to their every desire.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today and for the review! And yes, Alex will get his HEA and Elena will get her story. :^)

  2. Great review, thank you.


  3. Love the excerpt and the review! A perfect way to see it, as per the reviewer, Heather, is it's the softer side of BDSM. Awesome, because sometimes I'm just not in the mood for the intense darkness of a lot of the BDSM books. Gotta love a good love story! Thank you Sara Brookes for which is sure to be a great read.

  4. Cant wait to read this one!

  5. I adore this cover. :)

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