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Cole is successful beyond his wildest dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there's only one he can't stop thinking about: his childhood sweetheart, Ren. He's never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them - or the pain he brought upon her.... Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She's become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man.
When Cole finds her again, he's gutted that she belongs to another. Ren's current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again....
©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
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"Banks has hit the mark for those who crave all-out sub-dom erotica." ( Romantic Times)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Malinda on 05-20-16

Uhg! Both men in this story were complete idiots!

2 stars

***spoiler warning***

Well, what can i say other than "Uhg"! I was very disappointed with this story. As the story says, Ren and Cole used to be in a serious relationship when they were younger. They experimented with BDSM and Cole ended up going too far and hurting her. He started pulling away and ended up leaving her, convinced she wouldn't want to stay with him or submit to his dominant needs. 10 years later, Cole sees Ren in a restaurant with Lucas and he finds out that she's a submissive and is "owned" by Lucas.

Cole has never been able to get over Ren and never found a woman that could take her place so when he sees she's into BDSM, he has to see her again. When he does, their meeting shows Lucas that there's something major between them. In Lucas' effort to figure things out, the whole situation gets turned into a huge mess. Basically, Lucas decides that Ren should have the chance to figure out who she truly wants to be with...not taking into account that he would just be causing Ren stress with this idea. We get to see Lucas and Ren together for about the first 25% of the book until he decides to give Ren to Cole for 2 weeks. The problem is, he doesn't bother to tell Ren about the situation before leaving her with Cole so Ren thinks Lucas is ending their relationship.

So Ren is hurt and confused by Lucas but decides to take advantage of the time with Cole. Thing go well for them and I actually got to a point where I was happy with the way things were going. I wasn't too hot with Cole sharing Ren with a couple of virtual strangers but as it being part of the whole BDSM experience I could have dealt with it. But then the 2 weeks end and Lucas shows back up. Ren is happy and relieved to see him and in her happiness, she convinces Cole that she really wants Lucas so he leaves her free to be with Lucas, thinking it would make her happy. Of course it doesn't...she can't be happy without either man now that she's had them both.

As if Cole and Lucas hadn't already messed up things with Ren badly enough, Lucas decides to approach Cole and suggests that they do a m/f/m relationship so they can both have Ren. Now it's bad enough that we have 2 men that barely know (or like) each other deciding that they can just put aside their jealousy and issues with each other to share Ren and that it would be fine. What's even worse is the fact that once again they messed up on their approach to Ren and end up messing things up even more before finally smoothing things out. I mean these guys were just total IDIOTS!!!! And I'm sorry, I know there was a short epilogue that indicated everything was going perfectly for the trio, but I just can't see this as a HEA.

TBH, the whole story was just messed up. The men passed Ren around like a piece of meat and didn't ask for any input from her on how she felt about the whole thing. They even did it again after realizing just how badly they messed up in the first place! And they did it again!!! Seriously!?!? I mean these 2 men barely knew each other and yet they thought they could move from an uneasy truce to sharing the woman they loved with each other? Really? I just don't see it and this whole plot is just lame and an insult to women. I don't care if Ren's a submissive...even a submissive should have some input into her emotional welfare and shouldn't have her feelings hurt and bashed around like that. :P

I made the mistake of buying all 6 books in the series while they were on sale on and now I'm regretting it. The middle part was alright and that's the only reason it got 2 stars...if not for that it would have been a 1 star (or maybe a DNF...I came close on this one). I'd call this one a disappointment at best...

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3 out of 5 stars
By CAC on 09-19-12


??????? Not really sure why this book was added to the series???? I did like Cole in the previous books; however, do not feel that he deserved his own. I miss the relationships and comrodery between all the characters/friends; this is what made the series.

There was no real depth to the story and really the book could have stood on its own; outside of the Sweet Series!

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