Authors: Kristen Ashley
Publication Date: April 2012
Classification: Adult Romance Novel
Content: Adult BDSM
Summary from Goodreads:
Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.
Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.
Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.
Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.
Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.
But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.
I heard a couple of people raving about this book on Goodreads so I decided to buy it and give it a chance. It started out pretty good with a group of ladies who went clubbing at night and wanted to find that right guy who would love, cherish, and protect them for life. The main character Anya is actually saving up in order to purchase her own salon one day. She goes to an office job during the day, goes to beauty school at night and any free night she has booked clients to come to her house for spa type treatments until she can afford her own salon/spa. I thought this was awesome that you have a female character who is passionate about where she is going in life and what she is doing in order to achieve her goals. I gotta love strong female characters, plus Anya sounds a little bit like myself.
Pretty soon Anya gets to meet Knight by accident at a party she attends. Turns out he owns the house the party is being hosted in. Sigh how do I explain my many ups and downs with Knight. His character was perfection at some points in the story but as the story went on he grew on my nerves. The man cussed way too much for my taste. I’m no prude but almost every time he is talking he is saying a cuss word every other word. I mean really, I understand that there is a need for it at some points but he shouldn’t have talked that way throughout the entire book! Also he is suppose to be this very in control man which you can see from him but when he cusses and loses it in the book I think he is just being a bratty child instead of the man in charge. Plus he frequently uses a word to describe Anya’s female parts that just drove me up a wall. I hate use of the C word especially if it is used over and over again. Once in a whole book is fine but repeats of it grate on my nerves.
Overall, I really did enjoy Anya’s character and how she didn’t really want to be sucked into Knight’s world at first. I also greatly enjoyed the side plots that were going on with Anya’s best friends. Another plus for the story is that they don’t sit around and explain BDSM they just partake in it! The leading man is where this story went wrong and when you can’t connect with the leading man it causes huge problems in the book for me. Knight had the potential to be amazing but personally he didn’t work for me. For this reason the book only gets 3.5 hearts from me. I am interested in reading more by this author though to see if some of her other steamy male characters interest me and work for me.