Domination is book two in the Explicitly Yours Series.
After submitting to a millionaire for a night, Lola Winters’ dreams are suddenly within grasp—until she discovers Beau Olivier’s money doesn’t go as far as she’d thought. As unexpected costs appear and her relationship is tested, Lola begins to question what she really wants.
Lola knows she can solve her problems with one phone call, but she may risk going too far to have it all. Because she’s not dealing with just anyone—Beau Olivier is a master. For Beau, there’s no such thing as too far. There is only conquest. There is only victory.
Beau already possessed Lola’s mind, body, and soul for a night, but it wasn’t enough. Like Lola, he wants more than he got. But the more they have...the more there is to lose.
I rarely rate books, unless they are truly really good. This series is...exceptional. The main plot is, of course, somewhat implausible (duh, fiction) but Jessica Hawkins makes it believable. The pacing is perfect, the writing it not overworked or overly dramatic, no big gaps or leaps, no high drama just for the sake of drama, but realistic and perfectly set angst as the characters, and the dynamics between them, develop. I rarely *love* characters to the point where I am genuinely cheering and hoping for the best for them, thinking about them when I’m not reading their story, even though I know they’re fictional; but these characters, I do. Jessica Hawkins has done an exceptional job creating and developing characters that, like the writing, are not overly worked or overly dramatic. There’s no lengthy, granular inner monologues to slog through, just enough and just the right way to move along with the character as they grow. I am sad I’ve only just discovered her work, but I am a sold-out, all-in fan. She has a gift. This is far from the darkest, or “hottest” story where every chapter has a cut-and-paste sex scene; what is there in the story is entirely engaging — the story is the story — and that is very, very hard to find in this genre. Truly love this series. I have a very short list of favorites and this is cemented at the top. Jessica, thank you for sharing your writing and your stories. I can barely wait to consume your other series.
Edit to add: I wrote this review before I finished the book and I should have waited, not because I would change my review but because ... oh. my. god.
Skipped the preview of the next book at the end because take my money I want the whole thing RIGHT. NOW.
I can’t tell where the series is going, which I usually can and if I enjoy it enough I’m just waiting for the author to get there. Not so with these books. And I don’t know which potential outcome I want more. I love Lola, love this series. Again, Jessica Hawkins, exceptional job.
Well written & couldn’t put it down.
Hands down the most infuriating series I have ever read. I read all 5 books including book 2.5 from Beau’s perspective. It was a rollercoaster. This author incorporated control, dominance, pride, insecurity, fear, hate, vengeance, rage, revenge, jealousy, superiority complexes, narcissism, forgiveness, self realization, love and a host of other emotions in this series. In my honest opinion the series doesn’t start to pick up until almost the very end of book 2- Domination. That is where you see crossroads, decisions and real emotion. Prior to that I spent my time battling whether or not I even wanted to finish the series. That was most because Beau, the male protagonist was easily the worst character I have ever read about (so unlikeable). He was the kind of guy that you’d warned your friend to stay away from and although it is a book, it was difficult to digest that anyone could be that deplorable. And he remained that way.. until he didn’t. I consider my strong reaction to him a testament to the authors depth in creating her characters and overall the author did an excellent job of allowing the reader to see the transformation he went through. I really loved that although this story carried a large power imbalance from the very beginning, at the end the female protagonist found herself. That’s refreshing for this genre of literature and while I did not at all feel like this was a romance series for the majority of my reading, (it felt like everything but love and romance in the traditional sense) and couldn’t see how the author would be able to spin it that way with very few chapters left - I ended the final book feeling like I’d read about a real love story with a true happy ending. One of my complaints is the constant use of certain words that I found to be offensive. The profanity was one thing but some of the other word choices were extreme to say the least. Overall, the series was good.