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I adore MMA fighters & novels about their lusty romances, but this one was a little tweaked. In general, it seems as though this series is will be more about Dominants who are fighters...equally dedicated to both of these lifestyle commitments even though the Dom qualities were focused on more than the fighting aspect. I have to admit that I'm a sucker for incredible cover photos/models & this one is pretty awesome, but the book felt a bit disjointed.
The meeting between MMA fighter Rafe Wesson and sexy lawyer, Katy Marks was pretty potent and I thought it was the start of a great book. But, as things progressed I felt strung along just as the relationship between these two. Between lengthy internal monologues about Rafe feeling guilty about not revealing this DOM side and Katy wondering if Rafe was gay, and that was why he didn't move things further along...well the whole thing became rather stifling. The stalker was the guiding force behind Rafe and Katy staying close together, as Rafe insisted on protecting her. Things get dragged out until past midway, in the book, where Rafe's DOM qualities are finally revealed. When that aspect was explored I felt my woman sensibilities being challenged when Rafe wanted to push the DOM/SUB relationship into more arenas, aside from the bedroom (or sex club). At that point, it kind of felt like a chauvinist revival. However, Katy was able to negotiate that aspect well. Both were open about each other's comfort levels and how far to take the BDSM qualities, so at least you had that as somewhat of a relief from Katy becoming a complete doormat, or invisible woman.
Regarding the sex scenes, the first half of the book is all about their personal masturbation sessions since they aren't with each other. So, yeah...not good there....Then, for the latter half of the book, well they explore different sex scenes and scenarios both at home and at this sex club (which incidentally the whole fight club belongs to...OMG). Yeah, there were parts where I thought my face was turning 50 shades of red.....seriously embarrassing...Uh, I'm not sure how I feel about this series....it seems like it will be about DOM/MMA Fighters falling in love with vanilla women and turning them on to their lifestyle. Um, I think that's succinct enough, as an explanation....LOL
The end was too rushed for me, but that seems to be the norm nowadays with novels.
The narrator performed the male voices better than the female. Her female voice sounded like 2 generations back....like I was listening to a grandmother narrate for Katy..LOL...it was weird.
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What did you like best about Come? What did you like least?
I liked their first meeting outside the gym, and some other parts of the book. I did not like how most of the focus was on Dom/sub and BDSM elements. I thought the stalker part should have been the main focus and Dom/sub smaller role in story.
If you’ve listened to books by Becca Jameson before, how does this one compare?
What didn’t you like about Annie Chapman’s performance?
Could not stand her "hero" voice just seemed a bit off and lacking to me.
Could you see Come being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Any additional comments?
IMO there was more emphasis on the BDSM Dom/sub elements than on the stalker part of the plot. Overall was ok, listened to it once and that is enough for me. Not sure if I even want to hear other books in this series. Maybe if another reader is used, and if the books are on sale. For me it was not worth the price or a credit.
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Would you try another book written by Becca Jameson or narrated by Annie Chapman?
I would have to hear that the author had learnt something from writing this book, as this one was pretty poor on a lot of levels for me.
What could Becca Jameson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The book was quite short, and could have been longer and better if the author had been more descriptive with the sex scenes. Also, it was quite slow burning. The first half of the book was pretty dull.
I also hated the Dom in this book. I'd advise any sub to run away from a guy like this. He withholds information - a lie of omission - and breaks multiple rules of his own making. If you can't trust him to keep to his own rules how would you trust him to respect your rules, limits and safe word?
I hated the lame subplot of the stalker. It's far to cliché a plot that is used far too often as a drama in romance novels.
The speed of the relationship also bugged me. Yes, you do need to condense romance in a novel, but I'm tired of the rather unrealistic romances books feel the need to push down our throats. It is rare that you'd have people popping marriage proposals within a couple of weeks of knowing someone. I'm not saying that happens in this one, but I am saying it is yet another novel that rushes a romance past what you'd see in reality, and why do we need to do this? Letting people imagine how their life would progress after finding their are happy as a couple would be fine, and rushing a pretty bow just feels forced.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Annie Chapman?
I don't know who I would have cast, but not this narrator. Her male lead force is bland and monotone for most of the time making him sound like a robot and her female lead voice sounds like an eight-year-old-girl at times, and certainly when she is being submissive. And I'm hoping not many would find that a turn on - I certainly didn't.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Come?
Not sure what I'd cut, but I'd want to put a bit more heat into the first half of the book and make the descriptive writing for the sex scenes longer and more expressive. While some of the scenes could have been quite hot I felt they were let down by a lack of depth to the experience. Paint me a better picture with more words. The scenes at times felt a little like a sketch drawing rather than a masterpiece.
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Any additional comments?
For mature readers only!
This story is very different from most BDSM stories - which I am not a fan of. The fact that - for once, the girl makes an informed choice which has in no means been influenced by the dominating man, is exactly the reason why I read this to the end and also gave it 5 stars.
The undeniable attraction of the two characters and his struggle to stay away because of the differences in their lifestyles warmed my heart and won me over.
There is real danger and the two of them are thrown together for better or for worse.
Knowing that all the men in this series are part of the BDSM scene makes it unlikely that I will read the rest of the series. I am tempted to read the next book in the series after the way this one ended but not sure if I will finish it. Check my review on Perv, later to see what I thought and whether I finished it.