Dangerous Desire by Sebastian Ex
Series: Onxy Club, book #2 but can be read as standalone
Genre: contemporary romance, erotica
My name is Brandon Edwards. Men like me don’t come along often. I’m a gentleman, a lover, a protector, and a Dominant. I’ve never been the type who can – or even wants to – commit to a woman…until I met Penny a couple of years ago. Since then, we’ve been in a committed relationship. I adore and cherish her.
Penny has a darkness inside her, a yearning for extreme pain. But I don’t want that for her, nor can I give her what she’s so desperate for. Her craving has led her down risky paths, and it’s my job to keep her off those now.
There’s a dangerous desire lurking within all of us. But when does wanting more become too much?
This is a really tough review for me to write because I was loving the story. Really getting into it. The tension is there, the drama, the horrible which I knew was lining up to make it a great love story where they overcome their differences.
Brandon is an Alpha. What he says goes. What he wants, he gets. That is until his submissive Penny walks out on him with desires of something more. Something, he’s not prepared to give her.
I really liked how it was the female asking for more from their dom / sub relationship. There was a strong sense of light and dark, clearly defined roles with expectations and as much as he can’t give her what he she wants, they come to compromise because he always endeavours to keep her happy.
There are heartbreaking moments through this story that really took me by surprise. Unfortunately, there is something about this book that sticks in my craw. I’m one for authenticity. One scene has been stuck in my head and not in the good way. I just wished the author had explained and set the scene more to make sure that I have it right in my head. As a reader, I shouldn’t be able to form conclusions, it should be explained clearly through scene setting. This scene has had me do a few hours of my own research, approach medical staff, even discuss this with one of the author’s betas. A reader should not have to do that. I even explained the scene to others to get their responses thinking ‘maybe it’s just my head’ but, they too backed up my sentiments.
I get it – the heroine’s pain threshold is well above anyone else’s but with all the things that happen to her, the story and the scenes still have to be believable and it’s because of this that I can’t give it the praise I initially thought I was going too. It really bums me out because some simple scene building would have cleared that up and this was shaping up to be a great book. I was enticed and it was a real page turner until it came to a grinding halt with that scene. That scene made me put the book down and I know – I know – broke my heart too.
I came back to the book with a lot of ‘it’s okay – just forget it happened’ – I wanted to see how it all turned out in the end. To say that a male author can’t write a love story is a gross misjudgement. Sebastian Ex knows how to write a hot love scene and build a wonderful tale of romance that will leave you with a smile. Despite the section I’ve mentioned, I prefer this book to the first one and it was great to see the cross over characters from book one make an appearance and be able to catch up with them.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.