Sunday, December 30, 2012

Knight’s Mistress by CC Gibbs

knightsmistressPart 1 in a new erotic romance trilogy with a billionaire CEO and his new lover. 

The Blurb

Katherine Hart is thrilled to be recruited by Knight Enterprises, the most prestigious venture-capital company in the world. That is, until she makes the acquaintance of the company’s infamous CEO, Dominic Knight.
At thirty-two, Dominic is a self-made billionaire with a fearsome ambition and a temper to match. He is also impossibly attractive and dangerously charming when he wants to be.
To Kate, Dominic seems like the perfect predator, and she resolves to be cautious despite the obvious chemistry between them, telling herself she can always leave if Dominic grows too demanding. What she doesn’t know is that the decision isn’t hers to make…
Dominic Knight has found a new plaything, and Mr. Knight always gets what he wants.

I have to say that I think the blurb is little misleading and it makes Dominic out to be some kind of sexual predator who will have Kate whatever her reservations because he’s made up his mind but Dominic is a much more moral character than he is described there and actually fights his attraction to Kate for a long time.

It took me a while to get into this one but when I did it was worth it.  It’s got a different feel to a lot of the erotic trilogies out there – these two sparred verbally, back and forth, for at least the first third of the book, intellectually challenging one another.  They’re incredibly verbose as they launch their acerbic wit at one another like ballistic missiles.  For a while, I felt like I was on the outside looking in, not entirely immersed in their story but, eventually, as Kate finally succumbed to the intense burning desire she has for Dominic I became drawn in and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We don’t suddenly go straight into strong D/s.  It all starts off as vanilla, really rather intense vanilla, but vanilla all the same but Knight is absolutely a dominant and his control comes to the fore pretty quickly and it’s not long before he’s controlling their sex life and it’s pretty intensely erotic.  Definitely gets the juices flowing that’s for sure!!  They are overwhelmed by their passion for one another, their mutual attractions is positively incendiary, they are both highly-sexed and just cannot keep their hands off one another.

Despite the whole jet-set billionaire storyline, the development of the relationship felt very believable.  The constant verbal sparring which, at first, distanced me from the story worked well in helping me to get to know the characters and I sunk deeper and deeper into their growing relationship until I was drowning in it and just didn’t want to come up for air.

Kate is a totally beguiling heroine – she’s open, engaging, unfailingly honest.  There’s a lot to admire in her and she’s not about to roll over like a doormat and totally submit to Dominic.  She never makes things easy for him and he’s completely off his game when she’s around.  She’s very distracting to him and suddenly, everything he’s worked so hard for, is starting to seem less important much to the distaste of those closest to him.

Knight is not your typical fictional brooding billionaire.  He’s open, garrulous, tender and caring.  He wants to dominate Kate right from the start but he knows that he needs to bide his time, tread on eggshells and slowly woo her until she’s a hot wet mess for him and can no longer resisit.

He did a few things that I didn’t like including taking control of Kate’s birth control pills and threatening not to give her them back.

As I slowly approached the ending, I watched my Kindle Paperwhite count down the reading time remaining in the bottom left hand corner with growing sadness.  I really wanted to carry on with them as I knew the ending would leave me twitching with dissatisfaction as this is a trilogy an the story will continue.  When I did finally get to the end,it was not without a minor hissy fit as I am now desperate to know what will happen next.

Part 2, Knight’s Retreat, is not due for release until June 2013 and I need it – PDQ!  CC Gibbs – I have absolutely no idea who you are but you’ve caught me in your spell with the beautiful, elegant writing style and enthralling characters and compelling storyline.  This doesn’t feel like a debut – this feels like the work of an established author.  I feel a little lost and bereft now that I have finished part 1.

4 stars erotic romance

Series Reading Order

1. Knight's Mistress
2. Knight's Retreat - anticipated release date June 2013
3. TBC

About The Author
Usually I like to add a little bio in here about the author and add some social networking and website links but this author is quite the enigma.  They don’t appear to have an internet presence at all and all I could find was a short sentence at the publisher’s site!

Edit:  I have since managed to find out that CC Gibbs is in fact a pen name being used by Susan Johnson.  I contacted her as so many American readers have been unable to get hold of this book.  It appears that this book is to be released in the US under a different name, All He Wants, with a different publisher.  Amazon currently states a release of April 13th although Susan told me she believes it will be July.

All He Wants

Knight's Mistress


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