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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Defending Nora by Sarah Leyton / @pumpupyourbook @leytonsarah

Title: Defending Nora
Series: Chicago Sin, Book 2
Author: Sarah Leyton
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, BDSM, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

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With nothing more exciting in her life than her bangs catching on fire while trying to flambĂ©, Nora Connolly’s life was terrifically uneventful. Well, uneventful until her house got raided and she found out her boyfriend was actually a CIA agent turned traitor. When he escapes custody and begins stalking her she is forced to turn to the only man she knows can protect her, the man she’s been swooning over since high school.

When Nora shows up on his doorstep looking for protection, Jack Coleman tries to turn her way. Staying sane with Nora’s sexy ass was already hard enough, but she needs a safe house and keeping his hands to himself while trying to keep her protected would be more than even his rock hard control could handle.

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(Please note: This story contains BDSM. There is mention of a menage relationship--MFM--as well as a twenty-four hour D/s relationship, but it is only mentioned to put the heroine's sexual needs into perspective, which is the need to relinquish control to her partner. This is mild compared to some books I've read, but my concern remains the same: if this is an aspect of romance that does not sit well with you or is a trigger for you please take it into consideration before reading further--I only touch on Jack being a Dominant but don't delve any further in my review--and/or purchasing this book.)

I like a female lead who know what she wants when it comes to sex and who she wants it from. Nora was that, but getting the man of her dreams on the same page was proving difficult despite living in close quarters and enjoying the pleasures they found in the other's body while together.

Jack was all Nora wanted. He was the perfect Dominant to fulfill for her submissive needs, just not the needs of her heart. I didn't understand his reluctance to stay an arm's length away and, to be honest, I wanted to punch him in the face for being an ass about the chemistry they shared.

But I did love his protectiveness of her. While she lived with him and submitted to him in bed, he did what was necessary to keep her safe. His fury over being disobeyed was palpable, amusing and telling. I just wanted him to see it for himself before he lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Jack and Nora were an entertaining couple. Their friendship and banter gave this story the doses of humor it needed to lighten the craziness of Nora's ex stalking her. Their headlong fall into love was a long time coming and was, for me and some of the other characters in the story apparently, worth the wait.

Ms. Leyton is a new-to-me author and this book, while the second in this series, was a great intro to her style of writing. I liked it, loved the characters despite wanting to hurt Jack, and look forward to reading more of what Ms. Leyton writes.

Sarah was small town girl who got a hell of an education about life and the world when she moved to the city. She writes about strong, independent women who love giving their hearts and bodies to alpha males who are more than up for the challenge. These are the stores written to embellish the lives we lead.

She might be a grown up who writes some very spicy love stories, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still love hello kitty, high heels, art and travel. However, her first love will always be to that majestic, powerful force of nature called coffee.

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