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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crescendo by Leah Brooke

Crescendo by Leah Brooke
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length : Full Length (443 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, menage, BDSM, toys, anal play/intercourse
Rating : 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Hired by Nick Morietti and Steve Vanguard to decorate their newest hotel, Julianna Lovette is determined to make a name for herself. Nick and Steve’s raw sexuality, however, draws her like a moth to a flame--irresistible, but potentially lethal.

When she becomes their lover, she’s tossed into a world of passion she’s always searched for but thought she’d never find. Dominant and strong, they take her in ways she’d never imagined and earn a submission from her she never thought she’d give.

When passion comes at a price, she has to depend on them to keep her safe from an enemy from Steve’s past. An enemy who’s waited for years for a chance to get revenge. An enemy they believe she works for.

She learns that trust comes at a steeper price--but offers the biggest rewards.

“Be careful what you wish for…” you may not be prepared for the overwhelming attention and intensity of two alpha men. Julianna Lovette is confident in her ability to coordinate the redecoration of a multi-million dollar hotel but in not so much in dealing with the enigmatic owners, Nick Morietti and Steve Vanguard.

Julianna’s story is one that is easily relatable. She was the tall gangly goose that lived in the shadow of a shallow pampered swan of a step-sister. Julianna has developed into a beautiful person inside and out. That personal growth is conveyed thru the confidence in her work but she struggles to comprehend that she is a beautiful, sexually submissive being.

Luckily for Julianna both Nick and Steve are very interested in teaching her just how desirable she is, how being a submissive doesn’t mean she’s weak and how loving two men is the fulfillment of her deepest wishes.

Welcome to the incredibly unique and imaginative mind of author Leah Brooke. If this is your first “taste” of Ms. Brooke’s work you are in for a treat. Be prepared to be drawn into the story from the first chapter and still be fully invested 400 pages later. Her stories are always multilayered and sexually intense. One of the hallmarks of Ms. Brooke’s characters is strength. Not just physical strength but confidence. While some characters, like Julianna, may need some convincing of their worth and ability to love, you can see those characters standing so much straighter by the end of the story.

Crescendo is a beautiful romance that lives up to its title. The relationship between Julianna, Nick and Steve has many ups and downs but it’s ever building throughout the story. When the three of them finally come together as one unit I could almost imagine an opera singer hitting a high A note. It’s pretty intense to say the least.

There’s more than the incredible romance to this novel. There is a sinister evil that is lurking in the background for a large portion of the book but makes itself known in a huge way by the end of the book. So, will Nick and Steve be able to convince Julianna that the three of them together make the perfect family? Will the evil that is hunting Steve destroy their chance for happiness? Okay, so you can probably guess the answers but believe me when I say you want to read this book. Leah Brooke is one of my favorite story tellers and with good reason. Her stories never fail to entertain and keep me waiting anxiously for her next book. Pick up a copy of Crescendo and be prepared for some serious heat, heart stopping adventure and breathtaking romance.

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