Title: Caught Up in You
Author: Roni Loren
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 8/6/13
Length: 352 Pages
Series: Loving on the Edge #4
The girl who has spent her life running is about to be caught . . . by love
After a shaky past, Kelsey LeBreck’s future is looking good. She’s been saving money for culinary school with her earnings from The Ranch, a private BDSM resort. Even better, she’s landed a day job where she can practice bakingand flirt with her favorite customer. However, having secret fantasies about Wyatt Austin is where it has to end. If there’s one thing Kelsey knows can derail her, it’s a relationship. But when a danger from her past threatens to steal her fresh start, the intense executive may be the only one who can help her.
Wyatt doesn’t have room on his agenda for dating, but something about the pretty young waitress stirs desires he thought were long buried. So when he needs someone to pose as his girlfriend at an important business retreat and finds out Kelsey needs to go off the grid for a while, he can’t resist making her an offer. Soon, Kelsey learns that Wyatt’s power in the boardroom is no match for his power in the bedroom, and she wonders if her heart will survive. Because Wyatt Austin is a man who gets what he wants, and now he wants her.
Thank goodness this story seemed to redeem itself from Falling into You since i was beginning to lose faith. I really enjoyed where Roni Loren too this series and i appreciate the introduction and re-introduction of a few characters.
What’s really interesting here is that for some reason i didn’t put 2 and 2 together in the past few installments to realize that Lady K was Kelsey – but there you go. So in this story, we not only get Wyatt’s story but we get Kelsey’s as well. It’s nice to see where things began to resolve themselves from that first tale where we met Brynn and Reid and somewhat got the introduction to Kelsey.
This installment starts us off at Kelsey’s job as a waitress where she’s got the hots for Wyatt whom she met through Jace but of course feels like he’s out of her league. Since the day that Jace introduced them, Wyatt’s made a point to go to the cafe where Kelsey works for breakfast just to get a glimpse at this beauty that he’s enthralled with. Of course we know that this means that there’s going to be some great pent up sexual frustration going on, and that’s precisely where we go here.
What’s also nice about this story is that we don’t get the clean version of what Kelsey’s been through – we get the sense of what she’s trying to move on from, and how it’s damaged her. I do however think that there may be a slight miss since we don’t see exactly how damaged it’s made her – just that the impact of it has meant that she’s become more of a domme than a sub. Not such a bad thing since she’s got her in at The Ranch but still not quite what the expectation was on my end.
We also get to learn a bit more about Wyatt and what made him into the man that we have come to know. We get to see his damaged past from his relationship gone wrong with Mia and we see that his relationship with his father isn’t exactly as we thought it was either. I love that we see his ‘dark and naughty’ side here – that we learn he’s much more like Jace than we ever saw in the previous books – he’s a dom through and through and a stern one at that. He knows his way around a playroom and knows how to take control. He’s also really quite powerful in a professional setting and that means that we get that bit of heat and passion as well.
So this story takes us on a nice little journey where both Kelsey and Wyatt have to figure out how damaged they are and how that will effect one another. Sex and the emotions that come along with it (either through release or developing feelings) are the forefront of the trip that we’re on, and it’s nice to see that it can add to the tension that makes for a good erotica story.
The one thing that bugs me a little, every time we get into a story like this, there’s this underlying crime/murder aspect to it. in this instance, we know from Brynn/Reid/Kelsey that there’s definitely a bit of this to deal with, however it’s all resolved a bit too nicely for my liking. i guess it’s not overly important, but it did bug me a bit since i kept expecting it to come up throughout the story and we didn’t get the presence that i’ve come to rely on for a means of bringing the main characters back together when they’ve decided they aren’t right for one another.
anyhow, i can’t wait for the next installment since it looks like Kade’s finally going to be a focus – such a shame though that it seems like i’ll have to wait until 2014 for it.