Monday 12 August 2013

Unexpected Angel (Isthmus Alliance # 1) by Sloan Johnson - Review

©  Janeane

Tasha Skinner finally shed the baggage of a failed marriage. Now, she’s looking forward to a night of margaritas and man-bashing. Tasha’s friends have other plans, including Leather, Lace and liberation.

Dylan Caprese didn’t want to go to Marquee, but he and his friends were on a mission. They took it upon themselves to make sure things didn’t get out of hand when wannabe Doms mixed alcohol with playtime at the monthly Leather and Lace night.

From the moment he set eyes on Tasha, he knew there was something different about her. She wasn’t some bondage babe who thought she knew what it meant to be into BDSM. She was much, much worse; she was innocent and trusting. He can tell she is something precious.

When Tasha’s past threatens to destroy her, Dylan begins to realize that while their paths have never crossed, their lives most definitely have. Will he be able to save her before it’s too late?

Review (ARC received for an honest review)

Dylan Caprese - that is all you need to know!

Oh, you want more? We, OK then!  But - imagine the guy on the cover while you are reading - humina humina!!

Like a lot of readers, I have read a lot of BDSM-themed books since a certain Seattle billionaire came to our notice, and this one does not disappoint - though really in this book there is not much "play" but more the tease and the hint of the act - delayed gratification anyone?

Dylan is wonderful.  Yes, he is a Dom, but unlike so many other books, right from the start you can feel the love in his actions.  He does not just see Tasha as his possession, he has feelings from her right from the start, and slowly brings her into his world, not just throwing it at her. No red rooms and collars, this book is about earning trust, which was a like a fresh breeze through the genre.

But don't get me started on the term of endearment - precious.

Every time I read the word, I heard Gollum in my head!  I was waiting for Hobbits to come visit!

Tasha, being just out of an emotionally abusive relationship does not appreciate the fact that he sees her as his, and is constantly flip-flopping about what he means to her - gah!  I can understand why she is skittish, but gees!  Give the poor man a break!!

I loved the support characters Tommy and Zeke - though Holly's actions, not so much. 

I liked that we got both Tasha and Dylan's POV's in the one book. I know not everyone likes this, but Sloan has written both characters so well that it is not hard to enjoy both.

I think Sloan Johnson is onto a winner with this series, and I cannot wait to read Tommy and Zekes's stories.

(would have been more, but I couldn't get past the Precious-Gollum thing)