Arresting Desire by Shayla Black

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Title: Arresting Desire
Author: Shayla Black
Series: Sexy Capers #2.5
In: Hot in Handcuffs (Sylvia Day, Shayla Black & Shiloh Walker)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Bondage, Contemporary, Romantic suspense
Dates read: 16th June 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Novella
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Year: 2012
5th sentence, 74th page: When he rubbed his fingertips along the bottom, the disturbance of the smooth surface made him frown.

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FBI Agent Jon Bocelli never stopped wanting beautiful professor Lucia DiStefano. She’s interested in taking her first lover, and he intends to be that man. When her past puts her life in danger, Jon risks everything to save her and prove this fling is forever.


The more romance books that fill my shelves, the more stories I seem to encounter that are a little bit more about Doms and Subs. And although it’s interesting, it is DEFINITELY not to my own tastes… I most certainly prefer stories that are a little sweeter and less intense in the sexuality department. Yet, for some reason, I still love these kinds of stories. They are turning into a pretty major guilty pleasure. One that I feel weirdly uncomfortable reading, but also seriously enjoy. And this novella really drove home that feeling.

I really like the feeling of a back story in this novella. That, alongside with Lucia and Jon as a couple made this story really work for me. I thought that they were just such a nice couple and I kind of hope that earlier books in this series will have them in the background… I want to know more about the very beginning of their acquaintance and lives together. Sure, they have slightly different interests than I do, but overall, such a sweet little couple.

I think that one of the things I loved most about this story, and what makes me want to buy the rest of this series, even if this level of BDSM isn’t really my thing… is the Mafia / FBI spin. It’s not something I’ve had the pleasure of coming across as much as I’d like, but it’s definitely a great interaction that I would definitely be happy seeing more of….

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Image source: Sylvia Day


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