Ben is the last unattached member of the five-man executive team of K&A Associates. The other four, all Masters, have found the submissives of their dreams. That’s fine. The sharp-edged lawyer knows he’s the most hardcore of them all, with extreme tastes as a Master he satisfies physically through experienced club submissives. He doesn’t really need anything more.
Marcie has loved Ben since she was sixteen. He’s never behaved as anything more than a protective big brother, a family friend. But now she’s twenty-three and starting her career as a corporate investigator. She may be a blood-and-bone-deep submissive, but she won’t hesitate to use her aggressive talents to prove she’s meant to be his. With a Master as tough as Ben, she’ll have to take whatever measures are needed—even if her deepest desire isn’t a hostile takeover of his heart, but an unconditional surrender to it.
Reader Advisory: Marcie’s sexual journey contains a group scene of female/female sexual exploration. The Masters also share her in a brief group scene. Both these beautifully erotic moments are essential to deepening Marcie’s bond with Ben.
Joey W. Hill, and her Knights of the Board Room series in particular, has been in my Mount TBR pile forever, so I jumped at the chance to review this book. I’ve heard great things about Ms. Hill’s writing, and Hostile Takeover does not disappoint. No, my kinky friends, not at all. In fact, so far this is one of my favorite books of 2012. But a warning to the faint at heart…. Ben is a sadist, and this book contains some very intense and graphic scenes. Okay, so why did I like this book so much then?
I cracked up at parts of Marcie’s plan to win Ben’s heart, but had to crank up the A/C during other parts. And Ben shows his softer side throughout the book. He might be hardcore, but he’s also charming, caring, and loyal. He’s also a great cook and a good dancer. Oh, and there’s this…
“She’d heard the rumors about his size, but if that was a partial erection, there were monsters in Japan who would run screaming.”
So, what’s not to like?
I love, love, love the snippets of letters and conversations between Marcie and Ben that begin each chapter, showing their relationship during the years Marcie was in college. Ben is Marcie’s confidante, advisor, and guardian. Some of the letters were just LOL funny, and others were so sweet I almost cried. This is one of my favorites:
“You told me any guy worth my time would always come to me with flowers and a handkerchief. One to make me smile, and the other to dry my tears, because a smart guy knows women need to cry as much as they need to laugh.”
But Ben still sees Marcie as a girl, someone to protect… especially from his darker side. Ms. Hill does a fantabulous job of showing Ben’s reluctance to accept Marcie as a sexually mature woman, and of showing Marcie’s absolute certainty and determination that she and Ben are meant to be together. And their journey is one wild ride! If you don’t have any qualms about the BDSM aspects of the book, this is a highly recommended read.
The only bad news? Poor DiDi will lose a reviewer for a couple of weeks while I go back to read the rest of the series. Yes, it’s that good!
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