Longing by Jamie K. Schmidt

Posted June 30, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Longing by Jamie K. SchmidtLonging by Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Club Inferno #2
Format: eARC
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Humorous, Romance
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Reeling from a disastrous love affair, model and budding fashion designer Anya Litton needs a temporary refuge, a place to lick her wounds and plan her next career move. At Club Inferno, where seductively chic men and women indulge their most intimate fantasies, she can mix business with unimaginable pleasure. Anya quickly connects with club Dom Clint Reyes, who unleashes Anya’s deepest longings over nights of burning passion.

Clint is a master at taking submissives to the heights of pleasure in Club Inferno’s opulent private dungeons. But it’s Anya who has Clint begging for more when the woman of his dreams becomes his eager partner in exploring the limits of desire. As their relationship ignites into an erotic contest of wills—and a jealous rival plots against them both—Clint prepares to fight for a future with Anya. In this complicated dance, the wrong move could end it all . . . and taking control means total surrender.

I am sometimes on the fence about books with BDSM, I generally like the mild to moderate, and only like the whole hardcore picture when it is really well written and more character driven then just focused on the sex. I would say this falls probably into the moderate category. I think what made me mostly interested in this book was that there was that there was a line in the synopsis about there being rivals in the mix, and I love when a good ex pops up and makes trouble.

So Anya and Clint are the main characters in this story and the thing I don’t like the most about them is the same thing in both their cases. I really, sincerely have issues with people who are that self-conscious about things. I mean it wasn’t too over the top or anything, but both of them having self-conscious issues just didn’t work for me. And while I don’t mind a plus size woman in a romance book (truth be told I don’t mind any type of woman or man in a romance book) it bothers me when the main character talks about it or thinks about it all the time. But then again it’s a pretty authentic representation for I’m sure a lot of people, it just isn’t my total cup of tea.

That being said I really liked the chemistry between the between Anya and Clint, they seriously had some great steamy sessions with each other. I loved their game of truth or dare, and how Clint recognizes that truth is way more dangerous than dare is. They have a great scene together during one of Clint’s stripping classes, and I also really loved how Clint is a skilled videographer and how he uses those particular talents in the book.

I know this book is the second in a series, and I haven’t read the first book in the series yet, so I will admit that in the beginning there were a lot of characters to learn in a short amount of time, but I wasn’t confused and I caught on pretty quick to the whose who. I really liked Colleen, and Tee, easily my favorite two secondary characters. The ex storyline was kind of interesting, although he was more like an annoying bug you just want to swat at, but the whole rival thing with Anya and Rita was much more compelling to me, women really can be catty and horrible, and I totally know people in real life like Rita.

Overall this was a pretty quick read, the story went pretty quick and the pacing was enjoyable. I liked the romance and the character (not the name dropping designers as much, but that seemed to be more in the beginning). All in all if you like a little bit of light BDSM in your romances then this might be a book you should check out.

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About Jamie K. Schmidt

USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.

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