Saturday, January 10, 2015
Dom Up by Alaska Angelini
Dom Up by Alaska Angelini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Devlin Black is a player, an alpha, a sadist, and a Dom. He loves women; loves dominating them; loves bringing them pleasure while finding his own. And Victoria is his kryptonite. Devlin was quite happy with his relationship-free lifestyle until the night Victoria was led to his table by mistake. As an erotica reader, that particular scene was quite funny; however, I would imagine that in real life, that scene could have been very unsettling. Although we aren’t privy to the actual events of that night, we do learn bits and pieces of it as their paths cross once again two years later in Dom Up.
Devlin is no longer happy with his life and truly hasn’t been since that night two years ago. When Victoria disappeared without a trace, he spiraled out of control and has just recently come to realize how much he wants a family. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Devlin’s biological clock ticking. At his best friend’s advice (ill-advised in my opinion, considering his wealth), he “advertises” for a wife. Unfortunately for Dev, he encounters Victoria again after the play has been set into motion and realizes that his draw to her was not embellished in his memory and is still just as strong as it was that night. But she refuses to have anything to do with him and when Victoria’s secret (no pun intended, seriously) is revealed to the reader, her refusal makes sense. Honestly, what mother wants her child to associate with such a terrible example of the male species? Even if that man is her father. Scratch that … especially when he is her father. Upon learning that Devlin didn’t blow her off when she tried to contact him after that night and that he is looking for a wife to settle down and start a family with, she still finds herself unable to tell him about Ava because she doesn’t trust that he’s truly changed his behavior. When Victoria is finally convinced that Devlin has actually changed, she makes arrangements to meet with him to talk, but Fate has other plans and Ms. Angelini is cahoots to dropkick Victoria and me off the edge of a freaking cliff. UGHHHHHH!!!!
Dom Up is quite an intense read as it sets the stage for the Devlin Black series. The connection between Dev and Victoria was instantaneous and palpable. I’m not talking insta-love here either. I’m referring to the straight-up physical and visceral connection – Dev’s Dom persona pushed sub buttons Victoria didn’t know she had. And that connection went both ways because her natural submissive responses awoke parts of his Dom nature he didn’t realize hadn’t been tapped into before. These connections make for a freaking hot sex scene and I cannot wait to start Dom Fever to see what’s in store for these two next.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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