Every Part of You: Tempts Me
St. Martin's Griffin / February 4, 2014 / $1.99 digital
Simone Kahan's been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for.
Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong.
Megan Hart writes ethereal erotica. Her prose is both real and completely accessible, yet seems almost a kind of fantasy when you read it. As a result, I decided to give the first part of this serial a chance despite my love for a more complete story. The setting is simple; Simone is a voyeur who works in the same building as Elliot. Simone likes it rough, Elliot likes to give it rough. After viewing a disappointing date on Elliot’s part, Simone makes herself available for a night with Elliot.
What I liked about the serial was that it’s a simple plot and easy to read. There is some quasi-angst in terms of the rough nature of Simone’s and Elliot’s sexual preferences as well as Simone’s ex-lover Aiden. The serial's length is too short to develop a ton of backstory. Instead, the reader is given perspective from both Simone and Elliot’s points of view in the third person. Previously, my exposure to Hart has been through her first person erotica novels such as Naked. Unlike her previous works, which go into psychological depth, Every Part of You: Tempts Me focuses more on a slice of life encounter between two individuals who then are at the beginning stages of a sexual relationship. The deeper backstory comes towards the end of the first part of the serial. So far Every Part of You includes the following titles: Every Part of You: Tempts Me, Resists Me, Taunts Me, Denies Me and Takes Me.
Interestingly enough, Simone rejects the typical notions of domination-submission in a “standard” BDSM format where the sub might address the dom by a formal title, etc. Instead, the domination-submission relationship isn’t fully developed yet, but I speculate that this is where the serial might be going. I could also be completely wrong. So far, no one has taken the lead in the Simone-Elliot pairing, yet from the get-go and the synopsis, the reader knows the hero and heroine's inclinations in the bedroom. How this will be handled in the bedroom is yet to be seen. In addition, Elliot is a lawyer and there are some twisty politically machinations he’s involved with that may also play a part in the Simone-Elliot relationship.
As a heroine, Simone is a breathe of fresh air. She is not a closet submissive or even a closet voyeur who hides from the hero. Nor is Simone a shirking violet who needs to be reawakened to passion through some sexploration. Instead, Simone is brash and quick mentally as well as emotionally. When the hero appears to act like an ass, she does not get huffy and make a big deal about it, but she doesn’t sassily give back a witty retort either. Instead, she continues on as though nothing happened. She physically and mentally works with what she has to ensnare the elusive Elliot.
As far as Elliot’s concerned, the jury’s still out. The first impression of Elliot is seen through the eyes of Simone so there is something to find attractive, but, aside from his sexual appeal, Elliot isn’t yet resonating with me as a reader. I am interested to see what Hart will do with Elliot. Will he be a man with a brooding past or something more? The answer to that question requires patience and in the nature of the serial novel, for the reader to keep reading.
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Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.