Tuesday 10 November 2015

Review ~ Tryst (Sexual Education #2) by SL Jennings

Book Description:

From the author of Taint, comes this steamy novel of a happily married couple who decides to take a walk on the wild side in order to add spice to their sex life—but end up in a situation that neither could have ever bargained for. 

Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship—in and out of the bedroom—will be put to the ultimate test. 

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play—and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover—generous, attentive and gentle—she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.

Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot that Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again. 

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Maybe I should have told him what I wanted from the start. But then again, maybe not.”

This is one of those books that has me torn, on one hand I wanted to hate it but I couldn’t,  I loved it…but that just goes to show the power of the story that SL Jennings weaves, love and hate...there is a fine line…gah!! Kudos to SL Jennings, she took this book to a place I didn’t see coming, an ending I never anticipated, but upon reflection an ending that fitted the characters involved, no matter how I wished things to turn out differently.

“Maybe what they say about artists is true. Maybe their art truly is the source of their sanity and the villain of their demise.”

I have seen these lists mentioned in many books, that list where you get a free pass to screw a celebrity/famous person without repercussions from your husband/wife/partner. Normally that list contains names that you will never ever meet, let alone get the opportunity, so they are pure fantasy, never a reality.

“I know that after tonight, I’ll never be just fine again.”

Heidi DuCane is a powerful publicist and is fantastic at her job, she also has Justice as a client too and for all Justice fans, he does make an appearance in this book!! She is a work-a-holic and thrives on the pressure, but she is a fixer, she has a sharp tongue when needed, she has a back bone, but most of all she has respect. Underneath her business fa├žade though is a woman that is hopelessly in love with her husband, Tucker. Tucker also works all the hours, he is a psychiatrist with an A List client list, so as you can imagine is kept tirelessly busy. So these two together…just fit…but life is getting boring.

“I’ve bitten the apple, I’ve sucked the seed, and now I want that sin to grow deep inside me.”

Same date nights, same restaurants, same dinners, same routine, nigh on scheduled sex and Heidi is beginning to feel the monotony of it all. Underneath her exterior lies a woman with needs and these needs are not getting fulfilled and the older she gets the more she wants to explore those fantasies, fantasies that her husband isn’t willing to try. Heidi has a shocking back story and one that certainly is not pretty, but Tucker has seen her at her worst and brought her back from the brink, his reticence is not because he doesn’t want to, but because of the potential repercussions…he thinks like a shrink.

So when Heidi is asked to take on a new client…one that is on her list…will she succumb to temptation, to that free pass? Will it ruin her marriage? Will it ruin her? Will it ruin everything?

Ransom Reed was adorable, yes he was incredibly mucked up, but that just made his character all the more endearing. I would love to have known more about his back story to make me understand why he was the way he was but I feel that this is not the last we are going to hear about him, so maybe that may come further down the line. But with Ransom you couldn’t help but want to nurture him. From the beginning he had that rock star persona but he also had that air of vulnerability and he wasn’t afraid to let it show. He wore his heart on his sleeve and who can resist a man who sings while he makes his women cum…multiple times.

“Shatter me with lies
You beautiful monster
Feel like I could die
Let you pull me under.”

This book does have some M/F/M action and these scenes were written perfectly, the emotion conveyed through the words on the page resonated deep and I went through this with Heidi, Tucker and Ransom. I felt the conflicted emotions, I felt the hesitancy, the reticence, but I also felt their connection Heidi/Tucker and Heidi/Ransom. Each pairing was individual and each catered to a different side of the other, but together these three have fantastic potential, but can they all deal? Can they all co-exist? It is fine having these fantasies on paper but when they turn into a reality what will happen?

“What have we done?”

As I said above this one did not go the way I expected, SL Jennings certainly knows how to throw in curve balls, throw in those little plot twists that really open your eyes and make you see everything you have read in a different light. It was here I was like…I should hate this…but I don’t…I should hate this…but I love it…this is hell, this shouldn’t be happening… this is genius, I never saw this coming. But at the end no matter how conflicted I was, it was right and at the end of the day I applaud SL Jennings for taking her characters where she did, it was their story.

“Be careful what you wish for.”

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