Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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More by Lea Griffith

Publisher: Loveswept (2/10/2015)
Series: All or Nothing, book 2
Genre: Erotic Romance, with Mafia themes
Source: Tasty Book Tours, NetGalley
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Rating: ★★★★1/2

Sure to please fans of erotic romance, Lea Griffith’s All or Nothing series returns to the deepest places of longing and obsession.

Three years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.

Toby stopped feeling after Ruthie left, stopped expecting to find release in meaningless dominance play. Now that Ruthie has taken their dance to the limits of ecstasy, Toby’s lost in a haze of sensation. Yet the enemies that left him disfigured may reappear at any moment. Ruthie’s love gives him the strength to face those who seek to break him, but Toby fears he must leave her to save her life.

More is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

about Lea || Lea Griffith began sneaking to read her mother’s romance novels at a young age. She cut her teeth on the greats: McNaught, Woodiwiss, and Garwood. A firm believer that love makes the world go round, she still consumes every romance book she can put her hands on, but now she writes her own.
Lea lives with her husband and three teenage daughters in rural Georgia. Two dogs, a cat, and a beta fish named Coddy George complete a family that is always in motion. When not working at the EDJ, she’s usually at her keyboard, using every spare second to write. Science fiction, paranormal and contemporary romance, oh my! Nothing is off-limits when it comes to her writing.

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Right away in the prologue...
I am not typically a gif person, but this just screamed USE ME.
You're hit with a pretty big twist of a surprise... which isn't too much of a surprise if you've read the synopsis but shhh... Regardless, the twist it makes the whole Dom/sub trust thing a MAJOR trust thing.

Don't get me wrong, trust is a big deal in any D/s, BDSM 'relationship', but more so in Ruthie and Tobias's relationship.

Here's the thing when it comes to me and BDSM themed books -- I like to read them, but please don't try to sell me a relationship if the only thing they're doing is going at it like rabbits.

Here's the thing when it came to me and MORE -- there was so much more than sex, and the sex parts? There was more than "just kink". Kudos, Lea.

MORE has themes of romantic suspense (love!), erotica (obviously), and then a touch of Mafia too. Now, the Mafia parts were just a tad lacking -- I don't think the theme was as full as it could have been, and some of the boys' conversations were too 'skimming the surface' of the issue -- but let's be real, I was reading for the... mmhm, relationship between Ruthie and Toby.

No, honestly, I was reading for the relationship between Ruthie and Toby.

Ruthie and Toby have known eachother for years; Tobias's sister is married to Ruthie's brother, and when those two hooked up, Tobias realized it wasn't really taboo to think about his best friend's sister. From what I gather, Tobias never knew Ruthie with her eyesight, but regardless, he's so damn good to her.

When they first got together, Tobias wanted to keep his darker parts away from her -- both his Dixie Mafia ties and his Dominant tendencies. Ruthie, however, knew he was holding back so one night she tried to push him. He broke, he played... and he pushed her away.

Well, Ruthie's back, and Tobias has a lot to think about.

Ruthie is strong (I do like my strong heroines). She doesn't treat her blindness as a crutch -- she's learned to live with it and does well with it. She fears, though, that she's not enough for Tobias.

Tobias, on the other hand, doesn't think that he'll ever be good enough for Ruthie -- there's just too much negative in his life. And when that negative comes to haunt him, bringing Ruthie down with it? That's when his true colors show.

I had such love for these two characters. Ruthie has strong friendships and those girls help her fight her way back into Toby's arms. Tobias eventually learns, late as most men do, that there's no sense fighting off what the heart wants -- he just needs to be sure the darkness doesn't touch Ruthie's world.

When teaching her the ways of the D/s relationship, Tobias is firm but understanding -- of which I appreciated. While in the beginning, he wants to scare her away, in the end he wants to help her learn the ins and outs. Yes, he's firm, but he isn't mean.

And while those scenes are the gist/idea behind the book, Tobias and Ruthie's tender moments are just as good, if not better.

Have to add -- I'm so pumped to read about Dante. I love a good bad boy that no one else really likes... And when the opinions of those around you change in regards to you? Ah, it's the icing on the case.

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