*Complimentary copy received from author*
Please NOTE: For mature audience; graphic scenes/language
Twenty-six-year-old Abraham O’Donnell is the CFO of Steel Inc. After working tirelessly for over a year, he takes a week off to enjoy the sand, surf, and bikini-clad women of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After all, he's earned it.
When a brief interlude with a flight attendant in her hotel room goes awry, Abe heads to a rental home with a private beach. While floating naked in the pool, he learns a guest house on the property is also occupied. So much for rest and relaxation. Ever the gentleman, Abe tries to make the most of his misfortune, and offers to make the beauties staying on the property some dinner.
It's senior year and Nikolette (Nikki) Bassett is a few days late for her last college Spring Break with her four best girlfriends. When she arrives, all these ladies can talk about is the guy next door. And once Nikki gets a look at him, she knows what they mean. Fresh from an afternoon of surfing, Nikki can hardly believe her eyes when Abe approaches. The sexual tension and banter between the two of them leads to steamy hot sex on the Atlantic shore.
It's only a Spring Break fling, and both Abe and Nikki know better than to make it out to be more than that. Or do they? Abe’s calm demeanor changes once he has a taste of Nikki. That night, no location is safe. He takes her on the beach and ravages her in his bed. But despite their mind-blowing sex, Abe's taste for ultimate control in the bedroom makes Nikki uneasy. Nikki's just getting over a heartbreak and she can't afford to let Abe in. So, she pushes aside her budding feelings, and leaves Florida and Abe behind without a backwards glance.
Not used to being dumped and afraid to admit how much it hurts, Abe cuts his loses and heads back to Steel Inc., resume his role at the top of Steel Inc., pouring his heart and soul into his work. But Nikki Moore won't be forgotten so easily. Her taste, scent, voice, the noises she made when he brought her to ecstasy, the way she tasted on his tongue, and felt under his touch haunts him. Always fighting for control, Abe tries to push Nikki far into the back of his mind, as he fucks the rented women he had grown accustom to.
But Karma is a bitch, and Abe blames her for Nikki leaving him the way she did. So when Nikki shows up unexpectedly, Abe welcomes Karma with open arms. Control has left the building and safety of one's heart is no longer strong enough to stop what happens next.
Abe, is the first in the Ties of Steel series from bestselling erotica author MJ Fields. It is a spin-off of the bestselling Men of Steel series featuring the Steel brothers: Jase, Cyrus, Zandor and Xavier.
This is a first MJ Fields read for me and it wasn’t quite the winner I hoped it would be… Comme ci comme ça…
I enjoyed the premise, how a one-night stand turned out to be not so one-night stand. The MC’s are also ok, even the side ones, who clearly starred in MJ’s previous books and will star in future ones. They’re funny when they’re together.
What quite didn’t work for me:
I couldn’t quite got into the rhythm of the story. I’m sucked in one minute starting to really fall for the story then out of the blue, I’m yanked back out. It feels like the emotions flip at a drop of a hat. And it feels like some things got resolved quickly and too conveniently. And some of the dialogues had me scratching my head. So as ok as Nikki is, to a degree, I felt less patient about her waffling feelings for Abe. And Abe is all alpha, and sexy as hell. But one itty bitty thing, I happen to be one of those readers who likes to be responsible even in her romance reads so the lack of protection off the bat throws me off. All personal preference, as you can see…
I will still read Dominic, the 2nd book in the series as I have also gotten a complimentary copy of that one and I stand by my commitment. My only hope is that between the first book and this, some things may have changed and I’ll get to enjoy the writing better. *crosses fingers*