Who will win when a determined Dom pursues a stubborn submissive? A year ago, Jackson Ramsey sent Jenna Parnelle away after she gave him one night of passionate submission. At the time, he’d believed he was saving her from his temper and jealous nature but Jenna believes Jackson had been slumming with the chubby girl from the poor side of town.
A year later she finds herself staying at the Ramsey ranch. Already dreading being in the same house with Jackson, her problems multiply when Jackson begins to pursue her. The last year has taught Jackson that he’s not the kind of man who would hurt a woman, much less the only woman he’s ever loved. Now he has to convince Jenna, who has decided to protect herself from further heartbreak.
The Ramsey brothers are back in the second installment of The Doms of Club Mystique series. This time around we
get to enjoy the entertaining and steamy antics of Jackson and Jenna. Much like her best friend Addison, Jenna has been harboring a crush for a Ramsey brother for years – Jackson. And just like his brother Cade, Jackson doesn’t think he’s capable of loving a woman without hurting her. So despite his feelings, Jackson deliberately drives a wedge between him and Jenna after spending the night together. Fast forward a year and we find Jenna staying at the Ramsey’s ranch while she helps Addison with wedding plans. As expected, Jackson and Jenna under the same roof makes for an entertaining read and some seriously hot sex scenes.
What was not expected, was the level of action and intrigue as we learned more about the brothers’ biological parents. I enjoyed the expansion of this subplot as well as the insight it provides into Cade and some of the things he did in the first book. One of the things I enjoy about this kind of series is the follow-up on characters from previous books and I like that the author continued the character development of both Cade and Addison even though they weren’t the focus of this book. Even more so, I enjoyed the groundwork she laid for the twins’ book and I cannot wait until it is released.
Ms. Maxwell has provided us a well written and enjoyable novel in The Doms of Club Mystique series and I am impatiently waiting for the next book in the series.
I’m an avid reader of romance, especially erotic romance, so it just made sense for me to write what I love to read. I began writing short stories in high school but it wasn’t until college that I discovered how much I truly enjoy the writing process—researching an idea, creating an imaginary setting, populating it with characters and then telling their story.
Like most people, life keeps me busy, but I write every day. If I’m not writing, I’m reading or plotting my next book, or the next scene in the book I’m working on. The romances I enjoy the most have laughter, tears, hot lovers who overcome obstacles to be together, scorching-hot sex scenes, and happy endings. The only book I’ll read where one of the main characters dies is a vampire novel where they get to come back for an eternal happy ending.
When I’m not writing I enjoy gardening (unsuccessfully but persistently), spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and dreaming about my next book.
Addison Mathews is the only daughter of a famous mother and a billionaire father. She learned at an early age to be wary of people until she met and claimed Cade Ramsey when she was too young to understand what love was all about. Since then Cade has been her protector and he is one of the few people she trusts as well as the only man she’s ever loved.
Cade is a former Green Beret who works for a global security company. He’s also a Dom who believes that love can’t be trusted. He and his four brothers co-own Club Mystique, an expensive and exclusive BDSM club. When Cade decides to give up the Dom lifestyle and settle down he chooses Addison as the perfect woman to be his wife
and the mother of his children. Things begin to go wrong when Addison discovers Cade’s secrets.
Intrigued by the D/s lifestyle she decides to prove to him that she would be the perfect sub as well as the perfect
wife. Addison and Cade are two strong willed people, each with their own ideas of what their future should be. Just as it looks like things are working out for them an enemy of Cade’s decides to take his revenge by going after Addison. Cade finds himself fighting to save her and their future together.
** A Siren Erotic Romance
I thoroughly enjoyed reading To Love and Obey. Cade has a strong alpha Dom personality but has convinced himself that he can close the door on his dominant tendencies and lead a vanilla lifestyle with Addison when he gets ready to settle down and get married. As such, he never told Addison about his sexual preferences, so it’s not surprising that she felt betrayed when she walked on him sharing his brother’s girlfriend with him and a third brother. I did have a problem with Cade’s tendency to ignore Addison when she disagreed with him and at times strong-arming her into doing what he wanted. This leads me Addison who, while I loved her character most of the time, had an annoying habit of letting Cade control her in ways that conflicted with her personality otherwise. The biggest example of that was when he made her sign the contract. Nothing in their negotiations indicated that she was getting any of the terms she requested or that she wanted the terms they came to. For a red-head with a fiery temper, her personality was doused several times by Cade in ways that just didn’t jive with her character.
Despite this minor character issue, I enjoyed To Love and Obey and Ms. Maxwell’s writing. This was a fast-paced book with the right amount of action, hot sex (it is a BDSM book after all), and love that succeeds in kicking off the series right. I will be reading the sequel and hope to read future books in the series as I found the Ramsey brother’s quite interesting and cannot wait until the twins get their own book…their preference for symmetry just screams ménage relationship.
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