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Forbidden Obsessions (2013)

by Jodie Griffin(Favorite Author)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 3
Carina Press
Bondage & Breakfast
review 1: Reviewer: ViviReview Source: NetGalleyBondage & Breakfast. What a concept? This is the fourth book in this series, but my first read for both the series and the author. Ms. Griffin has been on my TBR list for a while now. Because of a recommendation from a friend and fellow reviewer, I moved the book up on my list. I'm very happy I did.Forbidden Obsession covers the developing relationship of Gabe McConnell and Olivia (Liv) Watterson. Liv was injured on the job in an accident. She is a paramedic, but was training to become a fire fighter. As you can tell from her choice of professions, Liv is a tough, independent female who can take care of herself. Well, the problem with these females (and I know first hand) is we make things hard for the people around us if something hap... morepens that we cannot be the superwomen we think we are. Due to Liv's injuries, she is in a state of vulnerability. She's questioning her abilities and the choices she has and will make in her life. Although Liv is in this state of flux, she is still a strong heroine and holds her own against all the changing factor in her world, including Gage. I liked her spunk and the fact she was strong enough to trust her body, mind, and heart to someone else.Gabe owns Bondage & Breakfast. Who can't love a man bold enough to open something call Bondage & Breakfast? Gage is struggling through his own issues when Liv comes to stay with him. He's had trouble at the B&B. He's working to renovate it after the fire and the death of a girl who set the fire. Gabe is questioning his life and his purpose, struggling with whether to reopen the B&B. Olivia bring to his life what was missing. Someone to truly care for and love, a submissive who needed him as much as he needed her. I loved Gabe's sweet, educational approach to Liv's submersion in the lifestyle. But I definitely could understand Liv's frustration with him treating her as if she were as breakable as blown glass.The chemistry between Gabe and Liv is like fire. I definitely felt the frustration of the unfilled play throughout the book. I was very happy for the both of the when they finally gave into the desires and finalized the deal. I truly appreciated the fact the characters are not twenty-something younsters just coming into their lives, but with millions of dollars and cars that cost more than my house. The characters are real people, with real jobs. People you can connect with and root for.I enjoyed my journey with Gabe and Liv. I'm definitely going back to read the other books in the series.
review 2: I have to say I have enjoyed every book in this series and like most people have been waiting on Gabe's story. He's been a wonderful presence in all the other stories so you can't help but want him to find his own lady love.Liv decides to take an offer of a place to stay and rest/recuperate from a friend of a friend. She knows the place was a sort of BDSM getaway for those in the lifestyle who wanted somewhere they could play in safety and learn from a man with a great reputation for teaching/nurturing healthy relationships in the lifestyle. She's still coming to terms with her accident and trying to figure out where she goes from here but also is terrified because she is dealing with some lingering issues that could cause everything she ever worked for to be permanently wiped away. I liked her strength and the fact that she never made things easy for Gabe but instead stood up for herself as she wanted to be treated as if she never had the accident. This does lead to some stupidity on her part of pushing her body harder than it needed to be and not asking for help from a man she's drawn to in spite of her inner reservations. She's smart, strong and a perfect match for a man who needs someone that submits to him but also is a true equal to him outside of the bedroom.Gabe has intrigued me from book one as we've seen this intense Dom guide our other couples to a happy place in their relationships. He's a bit disconcerted by the fire and incidents that happened in the last book which has left him wondering what exactly he wants to do with his life. He's wrongly blaming himself for the events in the last title and to see this strong man wondering if his instincts are wrong about everything around him was a bit hard at times to stomach. I loved how he wanted to push her but at the same time needed to make sure that she properly recovered from her accident. This of course leads to some major conflict between the two of them which results in a good grovel scene late in the book. Gabe is to me the prime example of what a Dom should be - caring, controlled, passionate and growly. He's always been the one with the answers and seeing him realize he doesn't have to be but can share his fears and joys with a true partner was a lot of fun.These two are perfect together and I cannot thank Jodie enough for letting me get my greedy hands on it early. less
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Loved Gabe and Olivia. Hate to see this series end. :(Full review to come.
I liked this one - quick and sexy bdsm. Review coming
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