Review: Destined to Feel (Avalon Trilogy #2) by Indigo Bloome


Title:  Destined to Feel
Author: Indigo Bloome
Publisher/Year:  HarperCollins Publishers 2/12/13
Length:  323 pages
Series: Avalon Trilogy #2


The second in the intensely erotic Avalon series that started with Destined to Play. Perfect for anyone who was seduced by 50 Shades of Grey.

Psychologist Alexandra Blake has been awakened sexually by her lover, Jeremy Quinn. Their erotic journey has seen Alexandra explore her innermost sexual fantasies and pushed her boundaries to their very limit.

Her world is plunged into uncertainty when she is abducted in London and Alexandra finds herself caught up in a dangerous game being played out in the shadows. Her captors want to use her to explore the darkest enigma of female sexuality and Alexandra is powerless to escape—but does she even want to? How far will Alexandra be willing to go to satisfy her curiosity and her desires? Is this a game gone too far, or is there still everything to play for. . . .

Destined to Feel is the second book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk . . . and reward. If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, you will love Destined to Feel.

My Thoughts

I don’t know how to say this, cause i really didn’t want it to be the case, but i couldn’t wait for the book to be finished, and that’s not in a good way.

So, as we know from the end of Book 1, Alex and Jeremy have figured out that they can make their relationship work because of circumstances in their lives, and it’s all on an upswing right?  Alex and her husband have an agreement now because we know what his inclinations are and things seem to be smelling of roses.

Of course that means that the anxiety and hints that we got at the end of book 1 were going to come true.  One of the best parts that i found from the first installment was the tail end, where they imply that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to all this drug development and that Alex’s life and that of her family may be at risk.  I liked that there was a hint of mystery and trouble in the background.  Well that comes out to us in full force at the onset of this story.

Alex is on her way to a forum with all of the people involved in the development of the depression drug when she’s intercepted by 2 folks posing as her drivers and she’s ‘kidnapped’ and taken to places unknown.  She’s medicated, tied up, stuffed in a suitcase and all this happens without anyone else knowing about it.  interesting right?

What i didn’t quite understand though is how she was so calm throughout all this stuff and how she was so quick to agree to what they were asking her to do and believe what they said about Jeremy.  Personally, i got the sense from the first book that she thought a LOT more about things and didn’t necessarily trust what was in front of her but all that kind of fell to the way side.  There was also a lot of stuff that was far fetched that i really wasn’t buying into it.

Then we can take a look at the sensual nature of this book.  where we had started on this journey with a steamy romance between Jeremy and Alex, where we got present day accounts as well as those hot and heavy flashbacks, everything in this book was an experiment.  nothing was real, there was no feeling behind it, just clinical stuff and human responses.  i felt like it was just lacking a real connection that i wanted to get.

We also didn’t really get to know ANYONE in this book besides those that we knew already.  there were a few doctors and a few folks that Jeremy knew that we saw from time to time, but no real deep insight into them, their relationships and their roles.

The ending of this installment was also quite typical and expected, especially since we know that it’s a trilogy, although i was waiting for a bit more of an exciting jump off to keep us on the edge of our seat until the next book was available.  (in this case it’s out already so if i choose to finish the trilogy, i have it already).

So, my questions

1) what’s going to happen to Alex and Jeremy?

2) What’s going to happen with the Xsade folks ?

3) will Alex’s kids get kidnapped?

4) who else is a traitor?

5) should i even bother reading the finale to the trilogy?

Review: Destined to Play (Avalon Trilogy #1) by Indigo Bloome


Title:  Destined to Play
Author: Indigo Bloome
Publisher/Year:  HarperCollins Publishers 9/11/12
Length:  278 pages
Series: Avalon Trilogy #1


“It’s simple. No sight. No questions. Forty-eight hours.” An intensely charged erotic journey, perfect for anyone who was seduced by 50 Shades of Grey.

When thirty-seven-year-old psychologist Alexandra Blake leaves her comfortable suburban existence to travel for a series of lectures, she meets up with Dr. Jeremy Quinn, the man who opened her eyes and body to the world in ways she never thought possible. After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an extraordinary proposition. Alexandra knows that they never promise each other something they can’t commit to and that he will challenge her every inhibition. But she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender—and danger—she could never have imagined.

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon Trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk . . . and reward.

My Thoughts

This story starts off when we’re introduced to Alexandra (Alexa, AB – whatever you’d like to call her) when she’s sending her husband and 2 kids off on a week long trip into the wilderness while at the same time she’s going on a short lecture tour of her own to present some of her research findings since she’s a highly acclaimed psychologist.  At her first stop, she’s returning to her university in Sydney where she meets up with Samuel who was her mentor at school and then for drinks afterwards with Jeremy Quinn who is now very well known and respected research doctor.  What we learn though is that there’s a sexually charged past between these 2 – meaning that throughout uni, they didn’t hide their attraction for one another, explored and experienced each other and really fell into an amazing groove where they could build and develop a lifelong bond that most people don’t have.

so if you’re the reader, you’re wondering how PG these drinks are going to be, and we’re quickly taken down the path of how UN-PG they will be.  Jeremy has a proposition for Alexa, one that she can’t refuse because she’s sexually bound to Jeremy, has been relatively ‘a-sexual’ these past few years with her husband, and well…she can do what she wants right?

Jeremy presents her with a proposition of a weekend of unknown sexual pleasures if Alexa is willing to give up a sense – her sight, and not ask questions in the hopes that she’ll let him push her as far as he can.

This is where i think that the story goes awry.  mind you – we know that there’s a DEEP history between these 2, but i’m surprised that Alexa didn’t fight more for the fact that she was married and this was cheating….or that Jeremy seemed to be fully ok with ruining a marriage potentially….those conversations NEVER come up.

We’re taking on a journey where sexploration isn’t a strong enough word.  Senses are used to take Alexa and us over the edge of fear as often as possible and see if that’s then turned into sexual pleasure.  Because our leading lady doesn’t have sight, our journey is more picturesque through the use of sound, smell, taste….

I have to say that it wasn’t until the final chapter and Epilogue actually that i had decided that it potentially isn’t a waste that i’ve already bought books 2 and 3 of the trilogy.  I was worried that it was a waste of money since this one really didn’t do much for me since it’s so unrealistic, however….the lead in to book 2 really takes me on a path that i’m excited to go down.

My Questions

1)  what’s going to happen to Alexa and her family?

2) are Alexa and Jeremy destined to be together?  are they soul mates from uni days?

3) what really is the research that Jeremy’s doing and what’s Alexa’s role going to be?

4) how much further can Alexa be pushed.

so…i was going to give it a 2 out of 5 stars…now i’m at a 3….let me know what you guys think though!