Author: Brynley Bush
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 11/17/14
Length: 236 pages
Series: Black Brothers Trilogy #1
Fiercely independent and newly single mom Emmaline Hart has spent the last thirteen years putting everyone’s needs before her own. Secretly afraid that her ex-husband’s assertions that she’s too uptight are right, Emma nonetheless keeps her life, and her emotions, firmly under control, fearful of getting hurt again. However, when she meets the dangerously attractive Beckett Black on a job assignment, the way his casual touch sends her pulse racing forces her to acknowledge her growing need to move beyond her fear. When Beckett offers her a job writing the memoir of his father, a renowned cancer researcher, Emma jumps at the career opportunity and the chance to get to know Beckett better.
Emma spends her days with the renowned doctor, who has spent his career studying a plant in the Amazon that has the potential to cure cancer, and her nights with Beckett, who slowly pushes past her fears and breaks down her barriers, introducing her to a passionate and forbidden love that surpasses her wildest fantasies. As the doctor’s story of secrets and cover-ups unravels, so does Emmaline’s view on everything she thought she knew about herself and the power of surrender.
I picked up this first installment to the series after being approved via Netgalley for book 2. Always a good kick in the butt to start off a series in the proper place don’t you think? Anyhow, what we get here is sweet story of a man who’s a successful dom and a woman who thinks that she’s not valued in the way that she should be since she’s a single mom and her ex made her feel small. Semi characteristic of the genre – yet not so bad when you read through where the storyline goes.
We meet our leading lady Emmaline who is a freelance writer – creating a brochure for a doctor’s practice. When it’s the younger partner who comes to meet with her one day instead of the older one, well things flip upside down. Dr Black – Beckett walks in and the sparks between them start to fly. It’s then that we see that he likes to take control and well, that’s something that Emma clearly needs since she’s been playing the devoted mom for too long.
We quickly see the relationship between these 2 develop and where i think there are hints that it should go further into BDSM than it does, i like a line that Emma uses later in the book that it’s more ‘kinky play in the bedroom’ or something like that. I’ve gotten a little bit of an education and i think that the level of kink and naughtyness is perfect for someone who’s new to the genre. (maybe someone who’s just seen FSOG).
Anyhow, if their relationship and somewhat differing tastes didn’t make for a good enough story, there’s the underlying bit of a memoir that Emma’s writing for Beckett’s father – where there’s this quest to find the missing link to a cancer cure in the Amazon. Add in a jilted ex who has her own motivations (Camille), and a psycho who almost succeeds in bodily harm/murder and you have a page turner as we come to the close of the story.
There’s passion here – a bit of control and some great scening – i think that there’s definitely a few missed opportunities to take things just a bit further, but i think that since we get a nice emotional bond between the characters both mains and secondaries – i’ll let it slide. We really get to see a lot of Beckett’s family life and that’s good since it means that we’ve gotten the intro to Griffin and Drake (who will be in books 2 and 3) as well as learn the back story on how Beckett became the man that he is. I think that when you have that depth, it makes the heat and steam all that much better and i have faith that we’ll get more in book 2. So…i’m off to pick up that copy since i’ve got it in my Netgalley library and i’ll let you all know what i think. In the meantime, enjoy this one since you don’t know who’s going to be the one to turn on you. and there’s a twist with one of the characters playing for the wrong side of right. Enjoy!