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.
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.