100 Shades of Sin...
Dane captivated Ari from the first moment their eyes locked. Every second thereafter proved they were either fated for love...or devastation.
It was a little scary how my body trembled and my breathing wouldn't return to normal. But I couldn't escape the intensity of our desire for each other--and how vibrant and alive he made me feel. Like I'd merely existed before. Gotten by. Now I was acutely aware of my surroundings. Of myself. Of him. Of every sensation blazing inside me...
Ari DeMille has spent her life focusing on the details and planning down to the minute. Haunted by her parents' ugly divorce, Ari believes the only way to prevent emotional scars is to always maintain control. But when the devastatingly handsome-and powerfully dominant-Dane Bax, her new boss, pushes Ari's boundaries, she must learn to shatter the ties that bind her if she is to sate her newfound desires... But giving into insatiable lust comes with a price. Dane's luxury hotel business is threatened by a consortium of dangerous men who threaten everything Ari holds close. And as the stakes are raised, Ari is treacherously close to losing all control of her life...and her heart.
Get lost in the passion of Burned Deep by Calista Fox
Fox (the Rugged and Risqu series) takes refuge in the tried and true for this uninspired launch to the Burned Deep contemporary erotic suspense trilogy. Ari DeMille is an up-and-coming wedding planner. While managing a gala event, she ends up in the same bar with Kyle Jenns and Dane Bax, who become her lust interests. That happenstance encounter leads to a chain of events that leaps without logic among a blackmailing parent, a billionaire hotelier, instances of passion, and the machinations of a cut-rate, ineffective Illuminati. The events fly past without raising stakes or tensions, barely introducing points only to negate or abandon them. This all could be forgiven for a little sizzle, but the intimate themes are as glossed over as the remainder of the narrative. The story is neither engaging nor exciting in its characters and situations, and it ends with a conclusion rather than a resolution. The shape of the enterprise is formulaic and the composition tired, with little attempt at verisimilitude or real passion.