★BOOK REVIEW★ The Rules of Seduction by Joya Ryan

MY RATING

The Brazens titles are perfect for a quick read, high steam and most of the time the fulfill my needs in term of romance/erotica. 

Nevertheless, I must say I’m a little disappointed in my Brazen choice this month… I usually go for them when I don’t know what to read, or when I can’t determine which book I’m in the mood for… (Moody reader, here!)

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He’ll be the dream and the dirty fantasy…Rules_of_Sed1
Through with both her controlling ex and relationships, Ava Webber is determined to explore the spicy and sometimes forbidden appetites of the exclusive BDSM nightclub, Serve. Here, she’ll get exactly what she needs…as long as it’s from a man she doesn’t know.

Nolan Hart ensures that Serve’s clients get what they want, how they want it. But with one look at the curvy brunette, Nolan knows he’s the man to fulfill her desires. As the anonymous lover, he’s Ava’s dirtiest fantasy. Outside of Serve, he’s her charming, smartass friend.

But Nolan wants more. More than Ava is willing to give. And as long as the blindfold stays on, she’ll never discover that the two men she’s falling for are one and the same…

Author : Joya Ryan
Title : Rules of Seduction
Series : 
Serve #7
Publisher : Entangled
Pages : 142
Release date : June 9, 2015
Genre : Erotica, BDSM

My Review

I heard a lot of great things about Joya Ryan—a new author to me— and thought this quick Brazen would be the perfect opportunity to test her writing and see what she had to offer.

Despite the level of steam this book offered, this wasn’t quite the winner. I can barely give it 2.5 stars and if I had to decipher my rating, let’s say 2 stars go to the narrative style, which I liked A LOT, and the remaining 0.5 star to the general idea. The execution felt rushed and maybe the short format of this Brazen title left too little place for the details and pace I needed to appreciate this book.

At first, I must concede I was sucked right into the story.
We’re meeting this young woman, Ava, at the last step of her registration to join Serve, a notorious sex club. She just left a difficult relationship and is about to do something wild for once.

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This sets the story alright, no preamble, our heroine needs sex of a certain nature and is set to get it where she can. Alright, let’s roll!

After proving to Nolan, the security hot member, that she knows what and why she’s in for, they both set up the parameters of her future encounters at the club.
Ava needs to be controlled in the bedroom, but only there, and for this she thinks only having intercourse with a complete anonymous will give her the “freedom” she seeks. *Insert eye-roll*

“I want to be consumed. In any way he wants to take me. because the minute I step out of the scene, it’s over and back to the real world.”

What follows is pretty much predictable, Nolan becomes the anonymous man she needs and at the same time develops a privileged friendship with her “in the real life”. The situation grows complicated when feelings are involved and truth are revealed…

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The story definitely lacked characterization and depth. Essentially, I could summarize this book by : Girl meets boy, girl fucks boy, girl have second thoughts, happy ending.
I’m sad to report it that way, but I couldn’t let myself care for any of the characters at all. I could barely picture any of them, really.
Those negative points notwithstanding, I can attest the level of hotness the author crafted here. The sex scenes were definitely scorching with a side of dirty.

Having heard good things about this author, I won’t let this first impression stop me from reading her other work, notably the Rein Series.

Author Bio

71K+6EOjbfL._UX250_I am a mother and a wife. I love to read, write, bake, cook, barbecue, baste, flambe’…basically anything regarding food you can assume my involvement. I also have terrible dance moves and unleash them upon the general public often.

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Excerpt

Despite the many steps it had taken her to wind up sitting and waiting for membership at Serve, nothing would now deter her from the path she’d chosen.

It was time.

Time she truly moved on. Time she admitted what she wanted. Time to go after it.

The moment her lungs filled with oxygen on a heavy inhale, the door opened and a tall, muscled man walked in, flipping through what looked to be her extensive questionnaire.

“Ava Webber?” he asked, eyes fused to the paper.

“Yes.”

He kicked the door shut with his foot, flipped to another page, and frowned. He still hadn’t met her eyes yet, which was a shame, because even in the low light, she could tell his eyes were not only the iciest blue she’d ever seen, they were intense. Power and strength radiated from him as he took his seat behind the desk. His big body settled into the chair, and all his muscles flexed beneath the thin black T-shirt he wore. Her mouth watered. Just the way he moved was hypnotizing.  

“There’s a problem with your application,” he said, and now he looked at her. But the sound of his voice and the finality in his tone made a rise of panic swell in her gut.

“What? No, that can’t be. I read through the entire handbook, and I’m confident I meet every requirement.”

His eyebrows furrowed. He leaned forward and placed his hands on the desk. Which did crazy amazing things to those impressive biceps of his.

“You didn’t fill out section three completely,” he said, flipping to the page in question and sliding it in front of her. “For preference in a partner, you put male.”

“Is that a problem?”

He tossed her a lethal grin, and she suddenly felt a little giddy. Whoever this man was, he knew how to work a room—likely a woman, too—and had a special kind of swagger that was gifted from god and well-honed over the years. He glowed with confidence and an alpha intensity that matched the gleam of the laid-back charm in his eyes.

Male is a good start. Narrows the attendees down by half. But usually I’m given more to work with. Like body type, hair color, eye color—”

“I don’t care about any of that.” Her response seemed to take him off guard, but it was the truth. “All I care about is that it’s anonymous sex.”

He looked at her for a long moment. “That’s a problem. Because see on section five? Sexual preferences, boundaries, hard limits, personal wants and desires?”

She nodded, looking at the section in question. “What’s your point?”

“You put any.”

“I’m aware.”

“As am I. Which is why I’m concerned.”

Ava took a deep breath. Hottie McSexyGrin was grilling her. He was the last step before she could participate in this club. She absently gripped her ring finger. Even with the discarded ring sitting in a drawer at home, she still felt its weight.

She couldn’t lose this chance. She needed a place like Serve. Needed to feel alive again and needed this man to stop blocking her from the path she’d discovered. A path that would finally let her be free.

“I don’t understand your concern.” She tapped the paper. “I’m open to any experience, hence the word.”

He raised an eyebrow. “Yes, I can read, sweetheart. But I’m not sure you understand all Serve has to offer. If you leave yourself open to anything, I can assure you, you just may get that.”

“I see we finally understand each other.”

He sat back in his chair and looked at her with amusement. “In the spirit of understanding each other, let’s go through a list.”

“List?”

He shrugged. “Yeah, you seem to be open to anything, but I need to be clear on your desires, so we’ll start with your pussy.”

“Excuse me?”

“Oh, I’m sorry, did I offend you? Or are you not sitting in the middle of a sex club and claiming to be open to anything?”

Great, not only was this guy sex on a stick, he was a smartass trying to call her bluff. Fine, she could play.

“What is it you’d like to know?”

“Several things,” he admitted with a heat in his eyes that made her thighs tingle. “Do you like your pussy to be sucked? Fucked? Made love to?”

She held her posture as still as possible. “All of the above.”

“And what about your man? Assuming I assign you one. What do you want to do to him?”

“Whatever he wants.”

He tsked. “Oh sweetheart, that is the best and worst answer you could give.”

“I don’t see how me wanting to please the man you will assign me is a bad thing.”

He grinned, obviously picking up on her determination that she wasn’t leaving without what she’d come for.

“Not bad, just trying to keep your expectations in check. He may decide to fuck your mouth for a while before touching you otherwise.”

“Sounds great.” And it really did. There was something about sucking a man that really turned her on. Not that she was going to go into details about that since the guy on the other side of the desk was baiting her as it was.

He shook his head. “I don’t think you know what you’re asking for.”

That’s where he was wrong. She’d thought about this more than he could know, and she knew exactly what she was asking for. Time he understood she was confident in her choice.

“I want to touch him however he’ll let me, and he can have me however he wants. I don’t know how to be more clear than that. Unless you’d like to run through every single scenario?”

The sarcasm in her voice made his amusement fire into something a little more lusty. His shoulders stiffened. She was wearing him down, showing she could handle what she was asking for, and slinging him back a taste of his own medicine.

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