Friday, August 1, 2014

Figure Eight by Cassy Roop (4.5 stars)

About Figure Eight

Figure Eight--A strong, secure knot that jams under pressure.  

He was betrayed by the one person to loosen the knots of his control. 

She sacrificed her love to protect him. 

Blackmailed into destroying the man she desperately fell in love with, Ashley (Carter) Woodson tries desperately to cling to hope that Dominic will one day understand her reasons for her betrayal and stop the one person determined to keep them apart. 

False accusations send Dominic Michaels into a legal battle involving The Celtic Knot and emotional turmoil from the devastation that Ashley caused him. The battle between his head and his heart makes picking up the pieces of his life difficult while he fights to escape the haunting memories of the only woman to break his control. 

When outside forces conspire against them, will Dominic be able to unravel the ropes on his heart to trust Ashley again? 

What happens when love exists on the edge between finished and infinity?

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To begin, I have a confession... I had all but sworn off reading Erotica. I'm not a prude, but I want to read a book with excellent characters and story instead of sex scene after sex scene. I'm also not looking for total shock value. Thanks Cassy Roop for giving me confidence that Erotica books can have depth.

Okay, now for the review...

See the summary above for basic plot line, because I want to jump into what I loved about this book. First, it is very well-written and edited; another problem I was finding in Erotica books. Even better, there are memorable characters with emotional depth. Ashley is struggling with what she knows she must do and what she wants, and it's tearing her up inside. Dominic is in pain and lashing out. Yet, I still felt the love underneath their pain and fear. (And I didn't even read book one!) 

I was captivated by the story line and how Ashley was going to get out of a very rotten situation. There were twists and turns I wasn't expecting. The ending came at me fast and furious, leaving me breathless for the next book. Warning: It's a cliffhanger, and I was searching for the last page hoping it wasn't quite over.

And, yes, there are steamy sex scenes. Although they weren't mild by any means, it never stepped over to offensive in my humble opinion. It wasn't just about the physical release of sex; it was about the depth of their connection and emotion.

I highly recommend Figure Eight for readers who want amped up sex but aren't willing to sacrifice story and characters to get it.

Rating: 4.5 stars

About the Author

Cassy Roop is a lover of all things romance. An avid reader from a young age, it has always been a dream of hers to allow the characters that take solstice in her mind to have their own story. By day she is a daycare providing, group fitness instructing college student where she is studying graphic design. By night she is a contemporary/erotic romance author. She resides in Virginia with her husband and three kids.

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Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.