Title: Power and Possession
Author: C.C. Gibbs
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Series or Stand Alone: Reckless #1
The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender…
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants- no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger- body, mind, and soul.
Nicole isn’t interested in being possessed by any man- especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days- and nights- that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line- between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…
This is a spin-off series from C.C. Gibb’s All or Nothing series. I have not read that series so I’m going into this series without any knowledge of the characters that crossover.
The story starts with Nicole and her bestie, Fiona, in Europe for vacation where they want to experience it all, including hooking up with whomever they want. They end up at a mega yacht party hosted by none other than the billionaire playboy Rafe Contini. Nicole stumbles into his suite by accident while searching for a bathroom. The sparks that fly between them are instantaneous and undeniable.
Rafe has a reputation for hooking up with numerous women with no commitment, no strings, no promises, and most of the time no names. The moment Nicole walks into his suite, his world shifts and he is no longer looking for just a one-night stand. Nicole, however, isn’t afraid to speak her mind and tell him no, which doesn’t sit well with Rafe who is used to only hearing yes. The days that follow test them and their ability to keep this just a fling.
I like how Nicole holds her own and doesn’t just give in to everything he says. She argues with him about almost everything he says but she’s so independent and isn’t going to just be submissive like he expects her to be. At the same time, some of the things she argues about are not things that just really matter. Rafe can be hypocritical when it comes to who she’s slept with and doesn’t like talking about who he’s slept with.
I really enjoyed the story line where they struggle to decide whether to listen to their feelings or not. I think that happens a lot in real life. Some people are afraid to put themselves out there and just see what happens with the person who basically changes their world.
My favorite scene would have to be when they are in a sex club. This book is definitely steamy and sexy. I’m a fan of how C.C. Gibbs writes and look forward to reading more of her stories.
Rating: 4 stars
Forever (Grand Central Publishing) is currently having a giveaway for 10 digital copies of the e-book which you can find here.
Thanks to the kindness of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), I have an ADDITIONAL DIGITAL COPY to giveaway.