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Thursday, July 1, 2010

On the Edge by Raine Latimer

On the Edge by Raine Latimer
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (52 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism, Fetish
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

For Lucy Malone—young and on the fast track to partner—nothing beats the adrenaline rush of edgy sex. But men can’t handle Lucy’s professional success or the passionate nature she refuses to hide behind a vanilla exterior…until she meets ex-Marine John Langley.

A man who handles all things dangerous, John respects Lucy’s competitiveness and confidence even as he one-ups her fantasies, transforming their hot hookup into an emotional snare tightening around her heart. Determined to regain control, Lucy challenges John to a dark, risky game designed to push them both to the edge.

John knows he’s in a winner-takes-all fight for Lucy's trust…and her heart. With the help of a fellow Marine, he’s going to show Lucy there’s nothing she can do but surrender.

All that you want, that you need, is right in the palm of your hand. Do you take it and run into the night, never to let go? Or do you shove it away in disgust?

Need to know more? You need to read On the Edge.

Lucy is a character out of control. She’s on the verge of losing everything, yet teeters even closer to the edge. Raine Latimer wrote characters and scenes that tugged at the heart while making me cringe and need to read faster to see what would happen next. I felt so enmeshed in the story that it was hard to let go once the last page turned. Yeah, it’s that gripping.

John is one Marine with a patient heart of gold. Now it was hard not to picture a certain pro wrestler each time he was mentioned in the story, but that only heightened the realism. I could put a face to the character. I love an alpha who needs no partner in crime, but knows when things merit help. I loved him from the first mention and wanted to know what would happen after the story. And his buddy Ty? I wanted to see more of him and learn his story. I know there was more going on than met the eye and can’t wait to see what happens to him.

Lucy, on the other hand, needed some getting used to. I like characters who ride the ragged edge and she rode it for all it was worth. Sometimes, even though I got her motivations, I had a hard time rooting for her. Her selfishness and self-doubt were hard to handle. Still, as the story progressed, she became a character I liked.

If you want a red hot ménage, with bdsm in the mix for spice, then you need to read On the Edge. I give this story 3.5 cherries.

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