My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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She’s a temptation he can’t resist…
Roxanne ‘Rocki’ Monroe’s life is full of secrets and hidden heartaches. Cole Stanton would love to heal her pain and chase away the ghosts of her past, but she’s just a complication he doesn’t have room for in his life.
Or so he thinks.
It doesn’t take Cole long to realize he’s more than willing to let temptation get the best of him, more than happy to deal with complications if that’s what it takes to get her.
What he has and what he needs are two different things…and what he needs is Rocki.
Beg me…there had been a time when those words made her burn with desire. But now, there was only fear.
Once, Tania Sinclair’s life was almost perfect…But a couple of tragedies later, she’s barely holding it together. A car accident took away her husband, and an attack from somebody she should have been able to trust has shaken not only her confidence, but it’s also stripped away her fantasies and even made it painful to look back on her memories of her husband without fear.
Two years after her attack, Tania is determined to take her life back and the first step is taking back herself…her fantasies, her dreams, her memories. There’s only one person she can trust to do it, too. One person she wants enough…Drake Bennett, her husband’s best friend.
Warning: This book involves light bondage play, rape fantasy & role-playing. The acts between the hero & heroine are consensual, but they may not be ideal for all readers…
Taken one at a time both of these are delicious reads by one of my favorite romance authors Shiloh Walker. From her paranormal romance to her romantic suspense thrillers there is nothing that I have not enjoyed that Ms. Walker has penned, her characters leap off the pages and make themselves at home like longtime friends and the stories that they are a part of have so many levels within them that they are more than capable of keeping your attention for an entire day of reading one after another as they are like potato chips in the fact you cannot stop after reading only one!
Both novellas showcase strong women, women who have been to hell and back with the loss of their beloved husbands and the emotional toll that loss took.
In Tempt Me Rocki Monroe is the main character, and what a character she is! Full figured, flamboyant and totally feminine to the core she also has a spine of steel and a heart of gold to go with it.
When her husband died five years back Rocki never thought she would once again have her "heart stop" when a man walked in the room, until the day Cole Stanton strolled into her lingerie shop no man had done so besides her husband. The only problem Cole was with his fiance at the time, off limits and out of bounds but oh my did Rocki notice Cole and Cole absolutely noticed Rocki!
Time passes and the fiance becomes history, the sparks between Cole and Rocki ignite and in every scene the two are together the pages of the story almost combust their chemistry is so hot and heavy. A past mistake comes back to haunt Rocki, one that involves a man who does not understand the word No means No!
This raises the stakes but it also cements the relationship for Cole and Rocki, what started out as an affair has become a full blown case of love for both of them.
For those of us who enjoy a second chance at love, a bit of suspenseful drama and a lot of steamy love scenes you cannot go wrong with this one!
In Beg Me the scenario is the same, widow whose husband died several years ago and she was totally devastated. The main difference in the story of Tania Sinclair is that she faced not only her husband's death but a brutal attack by someone she not only trusted but counted as family and it has left her in an emotional tailspin ever since.
This story is not by any means light romance, it is a tale that is filled with anguish and despair that will make women of all walks of life who read it cry with rage right along with Tania at what happened to her
The turning point in Tania's life is what this novella details, how she decided to start living again and make new memories to drown out the ones from the past that have kept her hiding her head in shame for something she was not responsible for.
I will be totally honest that the disclaimer/warning about the novella does not completely prepare the reader for the rawness of the emotions that you are going to experience within it pages. Not only is Tania's character in mental pain 2 years after losing her husband, but his best friend Drake is torn apart also because as long as he has known her he has loved Tania and it seems like nothing he can say or do will ever make her get past what happened.
Truth be told the things that Tania asks of Drake are wild, wicked and at times totally out of my comfort zone even reading them. They also provide the healing that both these characters need to not only find each other but to find a way to remember the past in a different light.
There are a few twists in this book that pertain to Tania's attacker that will get female readers blood boiling, I know it did mine!
Both of these novellas provide good closures for the main characters, both of them have intense stories that appeal to a wide variety of taste and both of them left me once again in awe of the grasp on human nature that the author shares in all of the work that she pens.
Shiloh Walker does not pull punches, she writes from the heart which is the best reading material for myself and others who like things spelled out in black and white along with the shades of gray that make for realism when telling a good story.
[Egalley from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]Digital editions available for separate novellas: