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How much to I LOVE that Rivera has not only provided hunky guys, but that they love curvy girls. I'm not a big gal but I appreciate the real woman experience. Dimitri loves every thing about Benny, enough to stay in his starter apartment above her bakery instead of building that large house he can afford.
This relationship starts off between two people who have known each other for a while, each pining after the other secretly until he finally makes his move. Benita's brother gets a cameo in the first book but becomes and absolute nuisance in this one and made me want to throttle him on multiple occasions.
I enjoyed this book except for one thing. ONE BIG THING.
I might rant a little. Scroll away if you don't want to hear it. :)
And I'm going to put in the spoiler tag even though it's obvious after the first chapter or two.
I adore Rivera's obvious promotion of safe sex. It's something that is mentioned throughout all of her books. She slips up here tho. After using condoms for their first foray into the hot steamy scenes you'll love, They wake up together and go at it, only after it's over realizing they forgot one important barrier.
It's the treatment of the aftermath I can't ignore. They even DISCUSS IT. Oops, we forgot the condom. Are you on the pill? No...
And that's it. I kept waiting for the whole, well that's how babies are made maybe we should do something... or not... what do you think? But nothing happened. They went about their days. So I thought, maybe we just wouldn't talk about it and she would do the whole day-after thing or he would think about what a future with her and a baby would be like. Again, they just had unprotected full blown sexy time and just... nothing.
So at the end, when she's throwing up... she's SO CONFUSED. And I was very irritated at this point. What could it be? Food poisoning? Hmm... what ever could be the problem???
Benita seems like an intelligent-ish girl. Dimitri has a few brain cells up there. I can't understand how this is a weird shock. You had unprotected sex, ignored it after, and aren't even the least bit suspicious she could be pregnant?
End rant. Yanked a star for it. Okay maybe two. Could have been a 5 star book.
Kudos to Pinky Powell for handling all these touch accents. She's one to watch.
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This was a very good story. I liked both Benny and Dimitri and was happy to see them get together. Their story was interesting and engaging.
Benny is the owner of a bakery that belonged to her family. She's lost all of her family except for her brother, Johnny, and she is determined to keep him. The only problem is that Johnny joined a gang and his behavior is going from bad to worse. The situation isn't helped by a greedy developer that's trying to strong arm them in to selling their bakery and Johnny is getting lured by the thought of easy money.
Dimitri is a Russian immigrant that came to America to find a new life, far away from the war that scarred him (both physically and emotionally). Dimitri runs a security business that provides trained bouncers for clubs and such. Dimitri does very well and has money but he lives in a small apartment above a bakery. He's been living there 6 years and normally would have moved out by now except that he's in love with the owner of the bakery, Benny.
Benny has been trying to keep the bakery running but when she inherited it from her grandmother it was far in debt and barely still open. She's been doing alright but it doesn't help that Johnny hasn't been helping around the place when he's supposed to be and precious money had to be spent on bail and lawyers for Johnny when his gang activities got him arrested. When the story begins, Benny is trying to get Johnny to help with the bakery but he's unwilling and basically being a jerk and disrespecting his sister. Dimitri comes upon this and gets on Johnny's case for disrespecting his sister and Johnny gets pissy and runs off. The problem comes when Benny realizes that Johnny's been stealing from the business and both her and Dimitri start to worry about just how bad Johnny is getting. Benny has loved Dimitri for years but never thought he'd see her as more than the friends they've been since he moved in so she's kept her silence. She's happy that Dimitri wants to help but doesn't want him to feel like she's asking too much. Dimitri realized about a year ago that he was in love with Benny and he'd do anything to help her.
Dimitri decides that the danger from Johnny's associations is too risky for Benny and he needs to protect her. Dimitri invites Benny up to his place for dinner so she can talk with him about the issues with the business and with Johnny. While they're talking, Benny imparts the fact that she hasn't dated in a couple years and Dimitri decides that has just changed. Things escalate between them and they have a hot night together. Dimitri quickly realizes that Benny isn't too sure of what he wants from her (which is forever) so he does his best to make her believe he wants her as much as she wants him. She's a little leery at first but Dimitri soon convinces her that she's it for him. Things go from 0 to 60 between them in about 2 seconds (metaphoricly speaking) as they fall in to the relationship that they'd both been wanting for a long time. This is helped along by the action plot because things are constantly hopping and Dimitri has to step up to take care of Benny. Benny mostly lets him do what he needs to do but she's not afraid to give him a piece of her mind when he goes and starts making decisions without her. I thought they worked well together once they finally took the leap. They manage to get past the issues with both the greedy developer and Johnny and end the story starting a very sweet HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Dimitri and Benny and had no major complaint about either of them. With the history between them, the relationship between Dimitri and Benny fell in to place relatively easily but the action plot was more than enough to keep things interesting. I'm sure I'll read more of this series in the future. I'd recommend this story.
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Where does Dimitri rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This ranked in the upper half of my audiobook collection.
What other book might you compare Dimitri to, and why?
This is part of a series, so Ivan is the most similar.
What about Pinky Powell’s performance did you like?
I liked her Russian accent.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me smile!
Any additional comments?
This is a cracking short read, if you like the tough, bad-ass, alpha male that turns to a big softie when he finds the right woman and with a little bit if suspense thrown into the mix, this is a good one for you.
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