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Heat by Jamie K. Schmidt

heatBook: Heat

Author: Jamie Schmidt

Series: Club Inferno #1

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Mallory Bryant is on the run from her drug-addicted fiancé David. To the outside world, they are the perfect couple and Mallory is having trouble admitting the truth to her mother and colleagues. Desperate not to be found, she heads to her sister Colleen’s home. They are polar opposites but Mallory knows that her sister will help.

Colleen has built an empire for herself and runs a respectable business called Couture. Beneath the facade, lies a hedonistic paradise, where the rich and well-connected play. Mallory is about to be introduced to a whole new world. She’s assigned a body guard and dom, named Max Spencer. Talk, dark, handsome and friendly, Max offers to show Mallory around and help confront her issues with David.

At first, Max intends only to show Mallory the way the club works – what it means to be a dom, but soon their mutual attraction intensifies and the lines between duty and lust begin to blur. When Mallory’s past comes back into her present, the pair face several challenges and Mallory will have to finally decide what she really wants.

Why you should read this: I’d never read anything by Jamie K. Schmidt before and she certainly knows how to create a rich world. I felt as though I’d been inside Club Inferno and knew it intimately – it was so vivid. Mallory, despite being on the run and unwilling to face up to her situation, was a likeable character – she had a sense of fun, despite being a wee bit judgmental! Her drunken banter with Max was one of my favourite scenes in the book, and seeing her grow closer to her estranged sister was also a delight.

What you might hate: I felt that the storyline between Mallory and her ex could have done with a bit more development – it wrapped up a bit too neatly and was also an afterthought. I was expecting an explosion, but it was more of a damp squib. Was the ending a bit rushed and sugary? For me, a little bit. The book started strongly, but dwindled a little towards the end. It was a bit disappointing but a satisfying conclusion all the same.

Rating: a solid 3/5 for a story dealing with facing your demons head on and having the courage to go on.

Heat is out today.

Interview with a Master by Jason Luke

masterBook: Interview with a Master

Author: Jason Luke

Format: Kindle

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: When Leticia Fall lands an opportunity to interview successful businessman and bdsm master Jonah Noble, she has a unique opportunity to kick-start her journalistic career. Never before has he opened up to anyone about his lifestyle, so it’s a coup when he accepts to be interviewed by her. Nothing is off limits; he will answer all of her questions, with only one condition: for every session they have together, Leticia must answer one personal question about herself.

Through their sessions together, Leticia gets to know the enigmatic Jonah and finds that he isn’t the typical alpha she was expecting. He’s warm, funny and also lonely. Jonah finds himself more and more attracted to Leticia and her innocence is endearing. He is harbouring a secret however, one that will destroy their fragile relationship once it comes to light.

Why you should read this: I was quite excited by the premise of this story and to read a memoir written by a male novelist was also an exciting prospect. Like Interview with a Vampire, this book structure is a great way to learn more about a character and his interviewer. The writing is strong and there’s a solid story here. It’s very sexy (as you’d expect) and believe me, Jonah doesn’t hold back on the information.

What you might hate: I think hate might be too strong a word here, but I feel as though an opportunity was missed here. There is a lot of in-depth sexual content in the book, which is fine however, I really wanted to find out what made Jonah tick and I felt that the story was dominated by the physical acts, rather than the stuff I wanted to find out about, namely his background, his relationships with others. Then the ending was extremely abrupt – it came out of nowhere and I was left a little bewildered.

Rating: 3/5 – a great premise, nice to read a book from a realistic male pov, but it didn’t answer all my questions and I was left feeling a bit dazed and confused.

Interview with a Master is out now.