Tempting Tears

Author: Maggie Casper

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Release Date: July 11, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Aubrey Collins loves a challenge.  Sky diving from a perfectly good airplane, riding a Harley, and tormenting and teasing Vance Hardin, head security at Club D/s, are three of her favorite activities.  She fully realizes that she's a submissive but finding a man she can't wrap around her finger and bend to her will is proving impossible.  She's strong-willed enough that she tests each man she considers engaging in a relationship with.

Vance Hardin isn't stupid, he's well aware Aubrey's been teasing him for the better part of the last year.  However, he isn't about to bow and scrap for her favors either.  He's a Dom with a reputation and regardless of how much he wants her he'll never allow her to dictate the terms of any relationship they share. 


Aubrey's good friend and boss Rafferty Decker has proposed a proposition for Aubrey. Since she doesn't play while at Club D/s because she doesn't know anyone well enough to consider really playing and he likes to play but doesn't have time for a real relationship they're each exactly what the other person needs.  Aubrey agrees but first she lets Raff know that she's got her eye on someone at the club.  When she reveals that Vance is the man she's interested in Raff is stunned - he's well aware of Vance's intensity and hopes that she knows exactly what she's getting herself into.


Before their first scene at Club D/s Raff calls Vance and invites him to join him and Aubrey.  Who could have guessed having your behind spanked until it’s a nice shade of red while gazing into the eyes of a man you desire would be so exciting?  Add the words Vance speaks and his dominant demeanor and Aubrey quickly realizes that she’s way out of her league.  Yes, she wants to be dominated but this is all new to her and Vance’s words cement exactly how their relationship would work - “My way and only my way, Aubrey. Always.”  Is she truly prepared to let herself go and bend to his will because Vance will have it no other way?


We first met Vance and Aubrey in TIED AND TEMPTING and I was hopeful that Ms. Casper would be writing a story for her too.  The tension between these characters was hot enough to leave me wondering about them for days after I finished that story.  TEMPTING TEARS brings all the emotional turmoil associated with finding not only the love of your life but also realizing the vulnerability of becoming involved in a D/s relationship.  Vance and Aubrey make an ideal couple and his controlling loving nature counterbalances her wild hell-raiser personality.


By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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