Again another great cover. This is Jades story - Dia's assistant at her art gallery. She is a sub with 2 Doms. Miles wants more, Carson is just along for the ride. Well you know what I mean! She keeps it to just sex but Miles has other ideas. Jades mum has had a profound effect on her life & has serious issues with love. We catch up with more of the Ucc girls. Don't know who's next? Again I felt the connection with the characters & I think this will be one great series.
3.5 stars When I first heard about this book and read the blurb I will admit that I jumped to some conclusions about the type of book that this was. I mean typically, just from the blurb it was a book I knew that I would usually jump all over – TWO Doms….my attention is captured. But what I got was something very different from what I expected. Now, I will admit that this is my first book by Eva LeNoir so I really did not know what to expect from her style. So to be honest, I really had nothing to go on but intrigue of the storyline based solely on the blurb.
I want to jump in here and say that I didn’t get the feel that this was a ménage story (where all three parties end up together in a relationship) when I read the blurb and I typically have no patience for love triangles. So I want to rest assure other readers, this is not a love triangle.
Without a doubt I enjoyed the writing of Eva LeNoir. She is able to craft a story that was easy to read. She kept the story moving the whole time and the heat between the parties sizzling and when it was not explosive, simmering below the surface. This book kept me invested in finding out how the story will work out.
Where I struggled with this story is purely based on my experience with the story. Others may not have the same hang-ups that I did.
Typically I have no issues with an emotionally charged story where one of the characters is “broken” and finds themselves throughout the story. But I really struggled to connect with Jade’s story in this one. Jade hides from emotions in her day to day life. The only release she gets is when she can sink into submission through sexual encounters with dominant men. Throughout this story readers discover the reasons for her walls but it was not enough for me to make a connection with her plight and self discovery.
And then there was Miles & Carson. The dynamic between this duo never quite gelled for me. Individually they were both great characters and brought a whole bunch to the story of Jade's self discovery. But some of the actions that they took I just couldn't understand. The way that they were so diplomatic to each other, I really just wanted to see and feel some passion about the situation.
I don't want to give away any spoilers that may affect readers journey through this book about how the relationships between these three unfold so I am not going to go into much more detail but I just didn't feel the soul searing connection of true love and fighting for it tooth and nail.
But the encounters between these characters was sizzling. The Domination and Submission was light but hot as hell. Eva can really bring the heat and did make me feel hot under the collar. I really felt that during these scenes was were the connection and emotion was the most real. And while I did get the vulnerability of the characters within these scenes, I really wanted it to bleed outside this dynamic into the every day.
Unfortunately where I think I was a bit lost on this book was HOW Jade came around to accepting love. I was thrown for a loop on the secondary storyline and wished that the coming together had been more centered on the relationships of the main characters and not as a byproduct of something else going on.
BUT this is just my preference and experience of this story. There is no denying that Eva writes well and this storyline did keep me reading and wanting to know how it all worked out. This is seriously a case of its me and not the author or the book. This book WAS SOLID.
So if you are a fan of romances that heal a broken character, has TWO hot domiant males, is kinky, emotional, engaging and heart warming then you will enjoy Disarmed. I am curious about other characters in this series and can see myself reading more from this author. Oh and I really, really want to know what UCC stands for.
After turning the first few pages of DISARMED, I knew I was going to get hooked! Why, you may ask! Eva has a writing style which can only be categorized as uniquely hers! Narrated in past tense from two perspectives helped me be objective regarding the characters’ feelings. Her first book in this series, DISHEVELED, left me thinking about whom might be her next character. I had a very good idea though and wasn’t disappointed. Intrigued no end, her female protagonist’s story surprised the pants off me! Pun unintended. . . or not! What I liked at the beginning of this book was how Ms LeNoir went into detail regarding the UCC gals get togethers. Therefore, I wouldn’t worry too much if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting up with them since this second book can be read as a standalone without losing the plot. Once again, this trivial comment has to be taken lightly! Saying that, you’ll miss out on Cole and Delilah’s Star Wars shenanigans and the WOW effect Jade made on me in one of the chapters!
“So, if he’s Darth Vader, does that make you Princess Leia?”
Jade doesn’t trust a soul with very understandable reason. Her persona came over to me as meek and mild to begin with. I imagined her to be too goody two shoes and butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Far from it! She’s knows exactly what she wants, where and how. She’s very professional in her art forte and quite the vixen in other desires. Emotionally unattainable for those who want to get to know her better, she’s definitely not into getting involved in any kind of relationship. Never would I have expected her to have the sexual tendencies she had or how her story was going to pan out. I must confess that this kind of read isn’t my penchant; however, as I read on, I couldn’t stop flipping the pages!
“Are you getting smart with me, Little Gem?”
“But…all that for …this? Why?”
“Because I can.”
I’d literally had an on-the-spot glimpse of Miles Jennings and Carson Dunn in the previous read, and another character who impressed me has always been in the background. Albeit, telling you who this person is would mean you spoiling the twist and a half which left me speechless. Miles and Carson are most certainly on the same wavelength. One of them, I’m not going to give his identity away because I’d love you to find out for yourselves, has a hard case love at first sight. I know many readers aren’t so keen on insta-love but I truly think it happens. All I can say is he’s very, but very domineering in the bedroom, possessive, and a real softy at heart. Him understanding Jade much more than she thinks added the right amount of intensity to the story.
“Jade. Look at me. Focus now.”
The ending I found a tad abrupt. Maybe it’s me being selfish, but I really did want more of Jade and the gorgeous drop-dead man who was able to convince her that she could have a stable relationship. So, learning to trust and love is basically what Jade learns to do. Even though I would have liked more banter between them, the humorous text messages made me smile and angsty scenes in just the right places had me grabbing for a hankie a time or two.
“You are playing a very dangerous game, Little Gem. My fingers are itching.”
The title is beyond fitting as you will see while reading this book. . . and the cover, quintessential perfection! Do I recommend one-clicking? No doubt about it! Especially if you relish hotter than hot steamy scenes with a solid storyline and how can I put it, light BSDM. Nevertheless, my reading experience of this kind of genre isn’t as I previously mentioned, my preference. I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for me in the next sequel and the saga’s abbreviation has to be revealed ‘cause otherwise I’ll have to try and decipher it for myself! Make me happy Ms LeNoir; tell all and thank you for opening my eyes! BRAVO!
“WHAT? WHAT do you mean…'UCC bulls***'? No. Just…no. They can’t make you not hang out with us, you’re a full-fledged member of the UCC. I even told you what it means!”