Monday, February 27, 2012

Intimate Exposure by Portia Da Costa

Title:  Intimate Exposure
Author: Portia Da Costa
My Rating: C

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Red & Vicki
Release Date: February 2012
Publisher: Carina  

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Sexual Intensity: erotic

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

Story Overview:
From the moment Red Webster arrived at executive Vicki Renard's firm, sparks flew between them. The photographer is supposed to create a company profile for its new owner, but he spends most of his time flirting with her. His sexy teasing infuriates Vicki...and piques a desire to submit to him. His hypnotic eyes promise what she's been secretly craving: a sexually dominant master, like the ones in her favorite erotic novels.
Investigating his new business incognito, billionaire F. W. Shanley--aka Red--is turned on by Vicki's fiery personality and undeniable beauty. When he discovers her reading a BDSM novel on her eReader, he knows he's found a woman who shares his desires and promises to be a challenging submissive.
When Red arranges a weekend at a secluded hotel, Vicki agrees to indulge in no-strings-attached erotic fun. But can she commit to this kind of life with Red when he realizes they can have so much more?
40,000 words

My Review:
While I really liked the premise of the story line, something about this story fell a little short for me. There were a couple of things that seemed to be issues for me personally.

Vicki is intrigued by BDSM and it shows through her reading. She's never actually experienced the scene, but she has read lots about it. Red is a photographer who is photographing the inner workings of the company where Vicki works. They have been oil and water ever since he arrived. They do NOT get along, but when he glimpses the erotica on Vicki's e-reader, he knows that she is the submissive he needs. What Vicki doesn't realize is that Red is actually the new owner for the company and he is undercover checking out how everything actually works within it. 

Like I said, the story is good, but there were times that the chemistry between Vicki and Red just didn't seem to be there. There was also a BDSM scene that seemed just a little too close to the edge of abuse for my comfort level, especially when Vicki was still smarting from it a few days later. That just doesn't seem right to me, but that is a personal thing.

I liked how Red maneuvered Vicki into his lifestyle. The hotel was an interesting surprise...very intriguing. I liked the fact that Red came into the company undercover as a photographer.  I liked the hints about Vicki being unsatisfied at the company...and actually wished that had been pursued a bit more.

I don't feel like reading this book was a waste of my time, but it won't be going onto my re-read pile. It was entertaining enough, just not amazing.

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