Sunday, November 11, 2012

Review: The Theory of Attraction Anthology

The Theory of Attraction: The Theory of Attraction\A Shot in the Dark\Forbidden Fantasies
Delphine Dryden, Christine d'Abo, Jodie Griffin
Carina Press
October 16, 2012
384 pages

The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
Camilla can set her watch by her sexy rocket-scientist neighbor's schedule…but she soon learns that isn't the only thing Ivan likes to be strict about. He needs to be in charge in the bedroom as well—and Cami discovers there can be more pleasure in submitting than she ever imagined….

A Shot in the Dark by Christine d'Abo
Carter is one of the hottest men ever to walk into Paige Long's coffee shop. Firefighter by day, Dom by night, he's her ultimate fantasy. But can Carter convince Paige to submit to happiness outside the bedroom, too?

Forbidden Fantasies by Jodie Griffin
After fifteen years of marriage, Jessica and Alex's sex life is, well, a little predictable. It just can't compare with the hot new world Jessica discovers in the pages of erotic romances. Until their fantasies are brought to life during a special weekend at a unique B and B: Bondage and Breakfast….


I had previously read Theory of Attraction and really enjoyed it, so when I saw it was being re-released along with two other similar stories, I just had to check it out. And boy, I was not disappointed. Usually in anthologies, there is at least one weak story, but I loved all three books in this one. They were all quick reads, but felt like complete novels, and although the plotlines were very different, the underlining sexiness was uber-HOT in all of them. Just enough BDSM to make you squirm while reading it, but not what I'd consider hard-core by any means. I really felt like I was reading fully flushed out romance novels that just happened to have that touch of BDSM-style sex in all of them.

Book 1 -Theory of Attraction - deals with neighbors who arrange a mutually beneficial deal to help one neighbor learn to be less socially awkward and the other to learn the ways of being a submissive. The resulting "classes" are both humorous and super sexy. 4.5/5 stars
Book 2 - A Shot in the Dark - is more of a classic BDSM style involving an exclusive BDSM club an a woman who desires that, but is afraid to try again after a previous dom/sub relationship went horribly wrong in the past. I loved how sweet and patient the hero Carter was all the while being a powerful dom and sexy firefighter to boot. 4/5 stars
Book 3 - Forbidden Fantasies - Definitely the most touching of the trio as it deals with a marriage of 15 years between two people who love each other very much but have never trusted the other with their most secret dark fantasies. Let's just say as they admit those desires and explore them things heat up considerably! 4/5 stars

Overall rating for anthology: 4.5/5 stars
Cover: 3.5/5 stars
Audience rating: R (Explicit sex)

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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