Tuesday 27 August 2013

Enthrall by Vanessa Fewings - Review

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This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.

Mia Lauren is a single, twenty-one-year old working in a
West Hollywood art store who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. When an unexpected offer arises to work at Enthrall, L.A.'s premier fetish club for the wealthy, Mia accepts. It's a salary beyond her wildest imagination.

Mia becomes the secretary to the club's assistant director, blond and broody Richard Booth. Richard is not only one of
L.A.'s most beautiful and wealthiest men, he is also the club's senior dominant. Mia is both drawn and terrified when he reveals flashes of his white-hot passion, threatening an unbound pleasure like no other. She knows her attraction may be her undoing, but the spellbinding feelings render her powerless to resist his advances.

What Mia cannot know is that Enthrall's dashing director thirty-year-old Cameron Cole, who is also the club's psychiatrist, has lured Mia to save his best friend and patient Richard from his obsession with thrill seeking. Cameron masterfully sets up sexy scenarios to ensure the collision of Richard and Mia, hoping that love will save him.

However, despite Cameron's noble intentions, he also finds himself enticed by Mia's haunting innocence. Passion and pleasure stir, forming a dangerous love triangle. This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.


Richard blinked through dark blond lashes. You realize what it is I want to do to you?


With the window closed, this room lacked the air we both needed so desperately. From the way his chest rose and fell he too must have felt short of breath.

He raised his chin in defiance. Say it.   

You want to dominate me.  

Subjugate you. He stepped closer. Control you. Conquer you. His left hand rested against my chest and he eased me back against the wall again and pressed hard. Fuck you.

Oh please.

He looked hesitant. Mia, I have never taken on an untrained submissive.

What does that mean?

Theyve always come to me primed.


Already trained.
By who? I sucked in my breath. Cameron?

Richard stepped closer and brushed a stray hair out of my eyes. 

I want it to be you, I said softly.

You deserve someone better than me.

Dont I get a say? 

Right up until the moment you agree to become my submissive. Then all choice is lost. He narrowed his gaze. You wouldnt want that. Would you?
My legs felt weak. I breathed a sigh of sadness when his hand fell once more to his side, threatening never to touch me again.  

You and I are miles apart, he said.

Are you trying to convince yourself? Or me?

What is our common ground? 

You dont think Im good enough for you? My voice broke with emotion. Is that it?

Other way round. He looked intently. You are innocence incarnate.

I broke his gaze, my heart aching with the thought Id failed him, failed me.
My inner musing told me to stay strong, tell him want I really wanted, needed. Him, it had only ever been him.

My words flowed from an unfamiliar place. Im returning to the balcony. If you find the strength to face what we both know, that theres real chemistry between us, join me. Ask me out on a date. I may even say yes. I picked up his glass of wine and strolled off with it, leaving him standing there. I headed across the living room and out onto the balcony. 

Facing the breeze, I let it wash over me, inhaling the freshest air. This place offered a new start. The promise of fulfillment close enough to touch
If I dared to reach out to it.  

After several minutes of savoring the view, I regretted my outburst, letting him know my true feelings. I downed the rest of the wine, taking pleasure from knowing his lips had brushed where mine were now on the glass. The softest sigh escaped me.

I turned around

Richard leaned against the balcony doorjamb. Start slow? His alluring blue gaze burning fiercely into mine.


Are you sure this is something you want? he whispered. Im not good at compromise.

I know.

What do you have in mind? he said.

Chrysaliss party tomorrow night. Let me go with you.

He twisted his mouth as though mulling over it.

Pick me up tomorrow at six, I said. 

Richard stepped onto the balcony. You do realize Im the dominant. He towered over me, emphasizing his point. An issue you would be wise not to forget.

Damn, that turned me on. 

I stretched out my arms to either side and clutched the handrail. Your irises dilate when I push back.

Dont push back. Cameron warned he prefers malleable.

Could I be this woman? Could I fall at Richards feet and become his sex slave? What was I willing to give up in order to become his lover? His submissive.


Id do anything.

He shifted closer. What else do you see?

That you want this as much as I do.

Some things are inevitable.  His expression softened, his face now serene. I have so much to show you.

I want that.

Mia. He narrowed his gaze, his intensity returning. Are you truly ready for such blinding pleasure?

A flurry of what felt like butterflies burst out of my chest. Tingles of excitement caused me to shiver, and an exquisite ache in my belly settled low. In the deepest depths of my soul I felt ready for this, for him. 

 Its a good thing were not alone, he said.

Not that it matters, I said. I only ever see you.

Richards frown dissolved and he ran his fingers through his golden locks.  

Ill see you tomorrow then, I whispered breathlessly, melting in the wake of his stunning smile.

Review - ARC received from author for honest review

Firstly, this is not a BDSM book - yes it is set around the BDSM culture, but very little BDSM is involved.  If you are after a book with a lot of whips, chains and kinky sex, this is not that book.

Virginal 21 year old Mia applies for the receptionist's job at Enthrall.  Alone in the world except for her seriously ill step-mother, she needs this job to pay medical bills.

First day on the job, she mistakes her boss for a client, and tries to stop him entering his office, and here the sexual tension begins.
The sparks between Mia and her boss Richard fly immediately. 

For the first time in her life, Mia wants a man.  This gorgeous, sexy man, emotionally damaged man.  So of course, he pushes her away. Mia may be sexually inexperienced, but she is not lacking in life experience.  Life has been cruel to her, but she survived.

It was a refreshing change to have the 'lamb' chasing the lion.  So many books out there where the rich, gorgeous man chases down the virgin.  I liked how the tables were turned in Enthrall.

Richard is confused - he wants Mia with his whole being, but he feels that he is not the kind of man Mia needs.

With a bit of manipulating from Richard's business partner and best friend Cameron, and the girls who work at Enthrall, Mia and Richard are forced into situations that helps their relationship along.

Enthrall is a story of lust and love, pleasure and pain, friendship and family.  It has a bit of it all, and was all well written.

There were times that I laughed out loud, or I had a tear in my eye or a smile on my face.

There were a couple of twists along the way that I definitely was not expecting, and and ending that made me go "what the heck is happening here?".  It is not a cliffhanger ending as such, but it is definitely setting things up for another book.

This was my first reading experience of Vanessa Fewings work, and I was pleasantly surprised.  I did not really know what to expect when I received this book, but I was not at all disappointed, and will definitely look out for more.

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About the Author:
Vanessa Fewings (aka V.M.K. Fewings) is the award-winning author of The Stone Masters Vampire Series. Her first erotic novel, Enthrall, will be released later this summer. Prior to publishing, Vanessa worked as a registered nurse, midwife, and served in the British Army at the rank of Captain. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. She has travelled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Germany, Hong Kong, and Cyprus. Born and raised in England, Vanessa now proudly calls herself an American and resides in California with her husband.

Vanessa has been invited as a special guest to attend the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club's Annual Ball and Undead Con in
New Orleans this Halloween. Alongside some of the most distinguished authors, including Anne Rice herself, Vanessa will be a guest on writer panels and at the author meet and greet where fans will get the chance to chat with her personally about her new vampire novel Bohemian.
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