Monday, May 6, 2013

The Seduction Hypothesis by Delphine Dryden

Title: The Seduction Hypothesis
Author: Delphine Dryden
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: The Science of Temptation #2
Main Characters: Ben and Lindsey
Release Date: April 2013
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:

(1 Curious Sub + 1 Dom in Denial) – Inhibitions = 4 Naughty Nights

Wildlife biologist Lindsey thought attending a fan convention with her new boyfriend Ben was a great idea—until their relationship fizzled. Lindsey still lusts after her ex—but if he wants her, he’s going to have to prove it.

Ben will do anything to win Lindsey back, and when he sees her in her skimpy black vinyl convention get-up, he realizes what she’s been craving all along. And he is inspired to finally give in to his own dark desire to take complete sexual control…

Lindsey is surprised by her reaction to Ben’s kinky new seduction techniques, and suddenly sees the brilliant but uptight code guru in a different light. After several erotic encounters in hotel rooms and stairwells, she’s falling for Ben all over again. And wondering if the intimate connection will last once they head home…

My Review:
I really, really enjoy the books in this series. I reviewed the first book last year (you can find my A rated review of it HERE). This is the second book in the series. They absolutely work as stand-alones although you get to see quite a bit of the couple from the first book in this one and it's fun to see how their relationship has progressed. What I love about these books is that the characters in them are so unlikely. 

In this book we have Ben and Lindsey. They dated and were really serious, until Ben saw how Lindsey reacted to Ivan. Ben never thought he was good enough for Lindsey and has some self-esteem issues when it comes to their relationship so he broke up with her. They are both struggling with that decision, but before they broke up, the entire group of friends decided to take an RV on a 19 hour drive from Houston to Phoenix for a comic-con. At this point, they've both invested the money and don't want to back out even though it's bound to be really awkward and uncomfortable. 

Through events at the comic con and drive there, the couple from book #1 realize that Lindsey is really curious about BDSM and more than likely a sub. They recognize the struggle between Lindsey and Ben, so they put a bug in his ear about what really may be the issue between the two of them. 

I really enjoyed this because Ben is a normal guy. He sooo doesn't want to admit how much the BDSM aspect turns him on because he feels like that isn't right and politically incorrect. No girl wants a guy to admit that he likes subjecting them, so he denies it and that precipitated his break-up with Lindsey. She feels like he's condemning her because that's what she really wants, but can't find the courage to actually tell him that. But as he begins to explore this world, he finds his inner Dom and it was fun to see him become more aggressive and self-confident through that. Ben had a great transformation through this book. 

Lindsey is a little bit more difficult. She's finally decided what she wants in her sexual life. I loved the visuals of her as Sub Red, one of the comic book characters that she dresses up as.  She could have saved both her and Ben so much trouble if she'd just been honest with him, but I can understand her reluctance/shyness. I also understand her concerns that Ben may just be playing with the idea. She's been hurt by him and it's so hard for her to trust him again. 

Like I said, this book and series is just pure smexy fun. The entire book this time takes place at the comic con...and I loved the nerdiness of it all in contrast to these guys who truly are big, bad Doms. It's awesome and makes the book so much fun to read. I can't wait for more in this series. (I really hope there are more to come.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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