A Dom stuck in anger management classes meets his match in his court appointed therapist. Their attraction is off the charts. Unfortunately though, the timing is bad for both of them. Or, at least it is until he discovers his little vanilla doll isn't vanilla at all. Then it's a matter of timing be damned. He can't keep his hands off her. A definite problem, as she has a past to deal with and he has a goal to attain. So when the present rears its ugly head, they are both blindsided. Now they're forced to stare each other down if they hope to have any chance of a future together.
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I'm going to start this review by talking about the narration first which was so refreshing.... the male said the male lines and the female said... well you get the drift, so the whole thing flowed like a conversation. I prefer this type of dual narration rather than the usual alternating few chapters type which means the H/H always ends up having two voices, one said by the male narrator and one said... well, again, you get the drift. There were a few echo/timing glitches occasionally but it usually flowed really well and Wen Ross' voice was so sexy ahhhh oh, errrm, now onto the book.
Ramsey (aka Aries) is a handsome charismatic owner of a Sex Club and a Dom, he's forced by the Court into seeing Jaxx a timid mousey Therapist, to talk through his anger management problems but their chemistry is like oil and water total opposites which leads to clever, witty and funny dialogue. But beneath the 'Vanilla' and the 'Dom' lurks some strong chemistry just waiting to be released and when it is there's lots of very hot sex scenes where Jaxx shows just how 'not so Vanilla' she truly is. So, if you're not into BDSM in your romances then stop reading this and move on.
There's great chemistry, secrets, insecurities, a meddling Mother figure, a business plan to pitch to his estranged Brother, the threat of another man claiming what's his and Jaxx who he is slowly, happily and successfully bringing into his world of Dom/Sub. And the witty banter, sex games, intellect, passion and attraction they both share means a funny HEA. So no cliffhanger.
Worth a credit? Only if you like your romances with a lot of hot, no holes barred, sex play.
- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"
Good Book Bad Sound Quality
Ramsey - or Aries, as he prefers to be called - gets sent to anger management in a case of justice unserved. Jaxx runs the group he gets sent to, and decides Aries needs additional one-on-one counseling. Really, she just wants to figure him out. Anyway, Aries wants off the psychiatric hook. When he and Jaxx make a deal concerning Rorschach tests, the results are very hawt!
Ramsey is a great hero. He's a truly decent guy. He tries to do the right thing, and helps those close to him. He understands people, and what makes them tick. And he happens to be a Dom who runs a sex club. Aries has plans, though, and to help him achieve his goals, he kind of needs a vanilla dating partner.
Jaxx is about as vanilla as it gets. On the surface, at least. Our heroine has a lot going on under the cover of her Woody Allen-esque glasses and restrictive hair style. I love how upfront and honest Jaxx is about her submissive desires, and from where the desires stem.
These two trade rapid-fire barbs throughout the book. They are both very intelligent, pretty determined and extremely competitive. Watching them circle each other is a lot of fun. Jaxx tries to keep up with Aries' plans and tricks, but our hero is very good at getting the upper hand.
There is a lot going on in Stare Me Down. Jaxx's mentor is a control freak, Aries' father's illness and Aries' subsequent estrangement from his brother are revealed. Maggie, Jaxx's mentor, brings a potential sperm donor over from Germany for Jaxx, and Aries' reaction to the German is too, too funny! I'm laughing just thinking about it.
Bottom line - I really liked Ms. Murphy's style. The story flows well, the characters are terrific and there is no shortage of laughs. Stare Me Down is sizzling hot, very sweet, and really funny. This is my first title by her, but will not be my last. Time and money well spent. The sound quality was not so good. I really like the guy/girl narration and the two narrators sounded very good, but the quality of the recording was awful. You can hear the recorder/ back ground noise, etc. It actually sounds like to separate recording edited together. BAD.
The sound quality was not so good. I like this style of guy/girl narration and the two narrators sounded very good, but the quality of the recording was awful. You can hear the recorder/ back ground noise, etc. It actually sounds like to separate recording edited together. BAD.