Thursday, 4 August 2016

Review: A Little Band of Red (The Red Series #1) by Lily Freeman

*****5 Stars*****

PJ's life has imploded within the course of a week. She discovers her fiance is having an affair with her best friend, she hates her boss and is going to be sent on a work trip she wants no part of. On a whim she purchases a lottery ticket and wins! Having nothing to keep her in New Zealand, she takes her winnings, picks up stakes and heads to London where she will hopefully reinvent her life and herself.
She quickly befriends India and thanks to her convincing does something very out of character and winds up at a BDSM club. It does not go the way she hoped it would, but while she is there she catches the eye of Luke. Luke is a Sadist and he has been discontent with his life as of late. When he sees PJ kneeling in front of another Dom he instantly wants her. He bides his time and when PJ returns to the cub a second time he makes his move. She doesn't consider herself a submissive, but Luke sees something in her that convinces him she needs help bringing out her inner submissive and that he is the perfect Master for the job.
I really enjoyed A Little Band of Red. This is the first book written by Lily Freeman and it is the start of a new series (this does end on a cliffhanger and the second book is due out in the fall). It deals with heavy BDSM, in particular Sadism, so if you can't stomach rougher sex with doses of pain this is probably not the book for you. What I especially liked was the fact that PJ was not/did not consider herself a Masochist and Luke was decidedly a Sadist. Watching them work through these differences made for very interesting reading! The BDSM scenes were written well and decidedly hot. I also loved all of the characters. PJ and Luke were imperfect with issues they needed to work through and I was quickly invested in them. India was such a fun larger than life character with lots of opinions (that she rarely kept to herself). I'm also very much in love with Elliot and Mika. Based on the blurb for book two, it sounds like they will have lots of page time and I look forward to getting to know them better and continue PJ and Luke's story.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

Polly Jayne Lester’s life was falling apart. Between her cheating fiancé and her narcissistic boss, she could see no way out. That was until an unexpected lottery win changed everything. With millions in her bank account, PJ abandons her old life to start a new one in London. It’s there she finds her dream home on the banks of the Thames, and also her dream man—in a bondage club. But it’s the other man, watching from the shadows, who will ultimately claim her heart.

Luke Monroe is tired of playing a role that has left him emotionally void and completely alone. For the past fourteen years, all he has known is sadism and control. But on the night he decides to walk away from everything, he sees her, in the club—the one woman that could change everything. The only problem is, she’s on her knees submitting to another man.
Refusing to give up his last chance at finding happiness, Luke bides his time: waiting, plotting.

Filled with trepidation and excitement, PJ returns to Bond Street, only to find herself at the mercy of a stranger. Master Luke is a fantasy, dominant and sexy, charismatic and passionate. Yet the illusion he so effortlessly created for her is shattered when she discovers he’s a sadist, known for his cold-hearted brutality. PJ flees.

But when a phone call has her returning to the club, he’s waiting—her beautiful, blue-eyed nightmare. Luke is relentless as he charms his way back into her life. But why? PJ is not a masochist. She can see no future for them. Yet despite their irreconcilable differences, neither of them can deny the attraction that first brought them together.

The question is, how much should love hurt?

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