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- Print Length: 490 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939786193
- Publisher: SL Independent Publishing, LLC (1 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J3J4EN8
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- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story took me by surprise in the fact that is was primarily retrospective – having devoured the Alluring Indulgence series – the fact that the majority of this novel takes place prior to the opening of the Walker Brothers resort was a little confusing – you see we had already been introduced to Xander and Mercedes – so while the history of how they got together may be solved it was no surprise that they did.
Not adverse to bringing superhot Alpha males to our table – Nicole lays before us the ultimate specimen when she gives us the inimitable Xander Boone. He is dominance personified and not only knows what he wants, but has the patience to wait it out in order to achieve his goal.
We have already been introduced somewhat in earlier novels to Xander – I mean who can forget his interaction with Logan and Samantha in Devotion…..Phew!
But in this novel we get to experience him in his natural environment – the full on Dom, a habitat that he excels and most definitely belongs in.
Xander has waited 10 years in order to eventually find a way to change his relationship with Mercedes. I did say he was patient… remember!!
Mercedes Bryant is Xander’s real estate agent and a damn good one at that but she is also his long term friend but in her down time she could give Xander a run for his money in that she is also a Domme, not that Xander believes that to be true – he is certain that she has submissive tendencies and uses the Domme demeanour to hide from her past.
Dom & Domme – sparks will fly but this is Xander here and control could be his middle name, he know Mercedes and sets about proving that she is more than willing to submit to him.
Using Logan and Samantha as a ploy, Xander involves Mercedes in a little role play on the pretence that they are debunking some of the myths about BDSM for the pair.
Little does Mercedes know that this really has nothing to do with Logan and Samantha, it is an opportunity for Xander to get Mercedes where he wants her – in his grasp and under his control and what happens takes them all by surprise – least of all Mercedes!
Having had just a taste of the woman he adores, Xander sets his plan into motion and they reach a deal, that for 5 days Mercedes and Xander will be together, intends to use the time to show her that her true self is not the Domme that she believes. She on the other hand is certain that she knows her own mind and gets an agreement of her own, one that will give her something she could never possibly have imagined – Xander under her control.
The ride that follows is turbulent to say the least but god forbid it is electrifying!!
The story is difficult to get to grips with at times, the characters seem to conflict on occasion but I suppose that is how it is in real life, not everything falls neatly into place. Xander and Mercedes are a power couple and Xander proves twice in the story that despite being the powerhouse that he is, he will do ANYTHING for his woman, no matter what it costs him.
I loved Shane, through the story he is prominent – both as friends of both Xander and Mercedes but also as another Dom. His story should be interesting and the introduction of Elijah and the re-emergence of Trent, have me waiting on tenterhooks for the next instalment!!!
Xander just pours off the page in all his smouldering hotness, he’s rich, powerful, cool, calm & collected and used to getting what he wants when he wants it, you’d think that would spell conceited but he’s quite the opposite, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and stays close to his parents, he’s almost humble and very aware that he’s a lucky man!!
Xander has set his sights on Mercedes, they’ve been friends for almost a decade, mix in the same circles but have never blurred those lines of friendship, that’s because he’s a Dom & she's a Domme - let the fireworks begin!!!
Mercedes has issues, she's a Domme for a reason - a deep seated reason stemming from her childhood and Xander wants to exorcise her of those issues, he throws down the gauntlet in the guise of a 5 day challenge and you can’t help but feel that in this case it’s just a recipe for disaster, these are two genuinely lovely people and it’s heartbreaking to think that this could go so horribly wrong, I wondered if Xander's undisputed reign of success was about to come crushing down around his ears!
In true Nicole Edwards style we’re not disappointed with appearances from the whole gang including the Walker Brothers, how they face each other in the harsh light of day I’ll never know *blushes* they ratchet up the heat, push boundaries that they’ve never pushed before and welcome some brand new hotness into the fold!
SO - does Mercedes give in or does Xander give up??? You’ll have to read to find out, you will not be disappointed!!!
Stepping back in time you return to Club Destiny with the usual amazing characters and you are also introduced to some new, interesting and possibly future characters as well!
Many people have been waiting for Xander, most probably because of his predilection towards BDSM!!!! I must admit, BDSM books are not amongst my favourite genre but added to the whole CD package I did, although hesitantly, enjoy this side of Perception. Would I like to read more BDSM by Nicole Edwards? Probably not, I like my kink simple and without the whole D/s aspect but that said I did really enjoy Perception, and Xander's relationship with Mercedes.
***“I’m going to dominate you, Mercedes. I’m going to have you begging me, pleading for me to make you come. I’m going to show you exactly what it feels like to lose absolute control. And I’m going to do it over and over again until you don’t want to think about anyone but me.”***
It was nice to become reacquainted with some of the old CD favourites and I hope to see more of them in the future.
I read that some people felt that this book had too much background and not enough substance and I have to disagree with that. I didn't find myself skimming through any parts of this book and that is mainly due to Nicole Edward's amazing writing style.
As with all of Nicole’s books they are hot sexy spicy reads topped off with gripping story lines and romance.
I loved Xander and Mercedes their feelings for each other were so strong and passionate you can practically feel it.
There were parts of this story that just frustrated me at times, I just couldn’t wrap my brain around the twist up with the Dom/Sub. I didn’t like it when Mercedes dominated Xander but maybe that’s just me.
That being said I loved how Xander and Mercedes worked through their issues and I guess they challenged each other by being vulnerable and honest.
Just another piece of awesomeness form Nicole Edwards a must read.
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