Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Little Harmless Submission by Melissa Schroeder

Title:  A Little Harmless Submission
Author: Melissa Schroeder
My Rating: A-

Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense
Series: - Harmless #6
Main Characters: Rome & Maria
Release Date: November 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: -
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
For a tough as nails Dom hunting a sadistic serial killer is nothing compared to losing his heart. Rome Carino is hunting a predator. One who likes to hurt submissives and the most popular BDSM club’s patrons are being targeted. With each fresh kill, he gets more brazen. Rome knows he just needs one little break, but before he can make headway, the FBI shows up. Worse, the uptight, buttoned-down Special Agent Maria Callahan suggests a plan that is dangerous, but worth it because it might just catch the killer. If Rome can keep his mind on the case and off the beautiful FBI agent, he'll be just fine.

Maria is still trying to step out of her legendary father's shadow and knows just how to do it. Luring the killer by posing as Rome's new sub seems like a good idea. That is, until undercover becomes real life and she finds herself tangled up with a man who amazes and scares her at the same time. Her growing attraction to the Honolulu Police Detective is a little too much to handle. Even knowing that, she can't help falling in love with the tough Dom and losing herself in the games they play in the bedroom.

Rome is overwhelmed by his need for Maria. He has never had a sub respond to him the way she does and no matter what he does, he feels himself slipping off that cliff into love. As their relationship starts to unfold, he realizes that he will do anything to win her heart, to convince her to become his sub for a lifetime. But before he can do anything, the killer turns his attention on Rome and the one thing he holds dear: Maria.

WARNING: The following book contains: A Dom who thinks he can do no wrong, a new sub who is about to teach him he can, palm trees, a trip or two to Rough ‘n Ready, a flirty Aussie Dom with questionable motives, old friends, and a new enemy. Yeah, it might be called Harmless, but you Addicts know it’s anything but.

My Review:
Whoa! I LOVED this book. I will take one Rome....delivered to my house with restraints in hand. Talk about an amazing alpha hero...Melissa wrote a really good one here!!! And he has met his match with FBI agent, Maria, who is pretty much an alpha herself in her everyday life, but when this Dom gets her in the bedroom, well, then she is the perfect sub. Theirs is a great romance and I loved that I got to read it! 

But it is not only a romance, it's also a great suspense novel. The reason that Maria and Rome are even together at all is because they are working a serial killer case...Rome through the Hawaii Police Dept. and Maria through the FBI. This serial killer is killing subs so Maria has put herself out there as bait...something that does NOT sit well with this strong alpha hero at all. He knows that she is a good, capable agent, but he is starting to care for her and to put her in the line of fire goes against EVERYTHING that he is, because first and foremost, he is a protector.

Maria is a complex character. She has a lot of different aspects that Melissa created brilliantly. From the time that her mother died at the age of 12, Maria travelled with her FBI father, who was famous for catching serial killers. She went with him to investigate and even crime scenes at a very young age. Although it's never talked about directly in this book, it is hinted at and there has to be lingering mental issues from dealing with those types of things at such a young age. Now she is an FBI agent herself and she's good at it, although she is feeling like maybe that isn't enough (maybe issues with the fact that she went on scenes at such a young age here too.) She has also started writing romance novels on the side (LOVE that about her!!!)

Then there is Rome. *sigh* He is just dreamy. Obviously, he is a Dom, but he's so much more. He's a police detective, caring, sensual, and sexy. He has never really seen himself for a commitment type of guy, but he falls hard for Maria. He is also good friends with Evan & Micah. I love the scenes with those guys. Melissa writes awesome bro-mance!! I really love the group of friends that make up the hearts of this series and we get a good dose of that in this book too.

I love the entire ALH series, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. You absolutely do not have to read the prior books to enjoy this one, but I highly recommend them. 
It's a great series:
4. ALH Lie- A
6. ALH Submission- A-

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous review Christi. I've noticed how much you've been enjoying this series and I know that I need to check them out. Are they only available through eBook?