Author: Doris O'Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Review Rating: 5 LIGHTNING BOLTS
Blurb: Neeve doesn't understand why any normal person would choose to wear a collar like a common house pet. So, the collaring ceremony of her best friend's sister-in-law is the last place she wants to be, even if the hot men watching her send her insides aflame.
Never one for missing the opportunity to teach a bratty sub manners, Grisha intends to show the fiery little redhead the error of her ways. He doesn't expect to see her drawn to the flame like the proverbial moth. When she hurts herself in ways that even a Dom of his experience finds hard to witness, he knows he needs to help her.
Will their sexual chemistry be enough to chase away their demons and burn away their masks? Or is the submission Grisha demands too much for Neeve to acc
Review: This is Book #3 in the "Club Ink" series, and what a pleasurable read it was! FIrst of all, I was looking forward to this read because it starred Grisha- the hot,sexy Russian tiger shifter in it. On top of that, it was so enjoyable to read about all of the past characters from books one and two; and get updates as well as a brief glimpse into what is going on in their lives.
This book also features Neeve, who was Estelle's friend from Book one. She was the friend who had gave Estelle a "friendly" push towards "Club Ink" and whom I found out in this story is very misunderstood. She comes across as such a dominant personality, and also very bitter towards the Dom/Sub lifestyle. While attending Ink and Cherie's collaring ceremony, many of the shifter men overheard her speaking disrespectfully about being collared. There were a lot of angry shifters who were ready to tear a strip off of her; but along comes Grisha to save the day! Now, Grisha's first response to Neeve wasn't very good; however the more he watched her the more excited he (and especially his Tiger) got! Grisha has always had good instincts where people are concerned, and he realizes that there is way more to Neeve that meets the eye. After he witnesses her purposefully inflicting pain on herself through flame he decides then and there that he will be the one to get to the bottom of Neeve's demons that she carries inside herself. Grisha's protective instincts flare out of control, and he just has to have Neeve for himself no matter how he gets her.
I loved that this book had so much more to it than just sex. Now, don't get me wrong, the sex is off the charts hot with a BDSM flare to it; but there is also such a great story behind it as well. Grisha and Neeve both hold secrets inside themselves that are affecting who they are as people. It was so enlightening to have these two find each other and have them come together and reach out and trust each other with their heavy baggage that they each have inside. For a short story, it packs an emotional punch and keeps readers glued to the pages right up until the end. Doris O Connor has created a sizzling series that not only has steamy sex that has you fanning yourself; but also has a captivating story that will have you begging for more when you are finished. This series has been put on my keeper shelf and I am hoping that this will not be the end of Club Ink or it's sexy, dominant shifters.