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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Force My Hand by Em Brown

Force My Hand by Em Brown
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (169 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Independent and always in command, Darcy Sherwood holds her own among the cads and rakes who frequent the dubious gaming hall where she works. When she has the opportunity to exact revenge upon the man who wronged her sister, she intends to provide the arrogant Baron Broadmoor the biggest set-down of his life…by requiring him to be her suitor.

But when the Baron begins to play his role too well, can Darcy resist falling for the man she’s supposed to hate above all others?

Radcliff Barrington, Baron Broadmoor, has no intention of quietly submitting to Miss Sherwood – even if she does hold the deed that could ruin his family. He intends to turn the tables on Miss Sherwood. She must surrender the deed or surrender herself…
Passions flare to erotic heights as Darcy and Radcliff struggle to see who will submit to whom. And all bets are off as to who will win…

A game of cards has never been so naughty…or so nice. In Force My Hand, author Em Brown has presented a wickedly delightful romp that jump starts the heart and gets the blood pumping.

From the start, you’ll recognize the hero and heroine are two of a kind. Each want something from the other–which either refuse to relinquish–so it’s a good thing neither mind partaking in the added incentives provided by the wagers that follow them into the bedroom. The sex scenes positively sizzle and burn and the BDSM elements will keep you squirming in your seat. But what I enjoyed most about Force My Hand is that Radcliff and Darcy are unapologetically flawed. He wants revenge; so does she. He’s unwilling to bend or crack, and she’s determined to break him, even at the risk of her heart. One moment, you dislike Darcy as she takes control and becomes the Mistress in charge. She’s cocky, she’s brash, and she’s demanding. Then, in a reversal of power, Radcliff gains the upper hand and takes the reins. He’s equally domineering, and expects her total surrender. They engage one another mentally, physically, and emotionally. And it makes for one hell of a story.

Aside from a few editing errors here and there, the work is well-written and flows at a nice steady pace. I loved the characters, the plot, and the circumstances that have shaped and molded the protagonists. Sometimes Radcliff and Darcy will seem heartless, but when you get a full-on view of the person beneath the cleverly crafted façade, you’ll appreciate them all the more. Even the ménage is carefully constructed so that there is no dirtiness in the act, but rather, an intense desperation to claim and possess.

Force My Hand is a story erotic/romance fans are sure to enjoy. Be sure to pencil this story into your TBR list.

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