Thursday, September 11, 2014

Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning #1/3) by Cecilia Tan

** For Mature Audiences Only **

Slow Surrender (Struck by Lightning, #1)
He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .

From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn't known existed and nothing is off limits.

She aches for more . . .

What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James' sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she'll break all the rules to get it.

First of all, like the other trilogy this series is connected to, this trilogy definitely keeps you on your toes. About halfway through the first book, I noticed similarities between this story line and the 50 Shades trilogy. Unlike others, I am not referring to the trilogy or the author a copycat. There are similarities, yes. Such as a rich, dominating, powerful, and attractive male that is wanting the attention of a lower financial class female. Both the females in the 50 Shades trilogy are students. Beyond those major similarities, I simply feel both authors had similar ideas for their characters in their books. 
The differences are, the girl in this trilogy is not an "innocent, girl-next-door" type. Also, Karina is in graduate school for art history while Anastasia Steele was in college; but not for art or art history; if I remember correctly, it was for English.
There are also major differences between James from the Struck by Lightening" series (The main male character) and Christian from the 50 Shades trilogy. First, their career choice. James is a twice over artist. He not only does glass art installations, but he also sings. He also does not want to be known. Not for his work, but he doesn't want people to recognize him. Plus, he is an exhibitionist. And for me, one of the biggest differences is, when Karina and James finally have coitus at the end, he leaves and she goes to London to find him. Christian and Ana became intimate their first night. The list does continue, but I think you get the idea.
All in all, there are similarities, of course; but I would not call Cecilia Tan a "Copycat". Aside from noticing the similarities and differences in this first installment, I didn't quite care for the semi-frequent use of two words that were used to describe certain body parts. 
I really liked James in this book and slightly understood his paranoia. I also liked that the big basis for James and the Society was honesty. I appreciated his protectiveness over Karina yet he was not overwhelming, it was a nice balance. Plus, they were overwhelmed with each other yet they gave their space and neither was needy. Another nice balance. This book ended very well. It left a little resolve in finding out who James was yet, it left such a cliff hanger!

If you like erotica with a good story, you'll like this. I recommend this to mature audiences only.

Slow Seduction (Struck by Lightning #2/3) by Cecilia Tan 

Slow Satisfaction (Struck by Lightning #3/3) by Cecilia Tan


I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Book and from the author

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