Passion's Triumph

Julie Shelton
Passion's Triumph
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Publisher
Self
Release Date
November 2015
Series
Book 4 of The Doms of Passion Lake
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Eight years ago Jesse Colter fled his small town, leaving behind eighteen-year-old Sarah Marshall, broken-hearted and devastated. Now a retired Navy SEAL, he's back and he wants only one thing—Sarah Marshall—preferably bound, naked, and on her knees before him.

She has never forgotten Jesse. He's been the object of all her sexual fantasies since she was fifteen, as well as the star of nightly dreams that have become increasingly erotic over the years. So when he suddenly reappears in her life, she is torn. Can she trust him not to hurt her, or will he once again break her heart?  Warily, she agrees to let him introduce her to his world—the world of bondage, Domination, and erotic slavery. When he also introduces her to his best friend, Adam Sinclair, Sarah faces a daunting future of sexual submission to two powerful alpha males.

But Sarah faces an even bigger challenge. Someone is stalking her. Is it the old enemy who's just been released from prison? Or is it someone else from her past who is determined to destroy any chance she has at happiness? Can Adam's and Jesse's love protect her?  Or will her world explode in a cataclysm of betrayal and violence that will destroy them all?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jan 06, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
107 people found the following review helpful
By day Lily Prescott is settling into her new job as Passion Lake's new librarian. Little did she know that her alter ego, Sophia Vierra, is about to get some real-life experiences to write about.

In PASSION'S TRIUMPH, author Julie Shelton takes a main character who is a published writer of BDSM romances and thrusts her into the heart of a community that not only supports the lifestyle, but actively encourages it.

With only her dreams to serve as a basis for her stories, Lily soon encounters not one, but two, Doms who are ready to rock her world.

From the beginning there's more than enough chemistry to go around. Couple that with plenty of sexual innuendos and fireworks start exploding.

The relationship between the two brothers adds an interesting dynamic to the already complicated Dom/sub arrangement. From what I can tell, the Doms of Passion's Lake series is full of surprises. Although this story worked well as a standalone read even though it's the fourth in the series, I'm planning to catch up with the other books.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Feb 09, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
76 people found the following review helpful
Glitterkink lovers, this is the book for you. In PASSION's TRIUMPH, a wonderful lifestyle community located in the private Passion Lake area. Those who love romantic erotica with a kinky bent, this is so good. The BDSM in this is pure fantasy. For those who haven't read the previous books, it is fine. This book can be read as a standalone. Reading the prior books would probably help with some backstory and learn more about the sexy male dominants in this neighborhood.

I liked the world Ms. Shelton creates. It is a placed filled with not only kinky people, but men who are physically fit and dominant. This is the kind of book I recommend to romance lovers who enjoy ménage and a bit of kink. It is erotic and for those who like the concept of BDSM instead of the realities of it. This is the kind of book I desperately sought over a decade ago. While I love the concept and it is a sweet daydream, personally though, this kind of book no longer appeals to me.

There are several reasons why. First, the BDSM is too romanticized for me to believe. The BDSM in here is fluffy in the sense that it is not grounded in reality. This is based on how both Alex and Lucas come across as dominants. There is nothing wrong with it, it is just sweet and fun. If the author wants to keep this tone and add a little more authenticity, my recommendation is she try a few scenes or observe them in clubs. Or talk to those in the lifestyles to gauge how people in the lifestyle behave, respond and speak. Yes, I do see the irony.

Second, the characters are a little too over the top for me. I am fine with a super hawt man. I totally fantasize about that too. I am also fine with men who are not physically super fit. What bothers me and is a pet peeve of mine, is the dichotomy between the male and female characters. Why are the men super rich, physically a ten and have awesome jobs? And yet the women are lacking in funds and have body image issues. Their bodies are not perfect tens. Let's be honest here. Lily does not come across as curvy and desirable. She comes across as dumpy and whiny. As a bisexual woman, it isn't her looks that are detracting, it's her personality. Whilst I realize this is a fictional book, there are very few men who have physiques describe in this book who want a relationship with women who are physically unfit like Lily. They don't go after stick figures, but they certainly are not impressed with those who don't have toned bodies. These men will fuck any woman in the dark but as for being seen in public with them as a lover? Not very likely. The majority of men I have encountered over the years who appreciate women for who they are and don't care about the body shape are ones who are not perfect tens. Why do I harp on this point? Because the book made such a big deal about real men loving "curvy" women with meat. If it was mentioned once, I would let it go. Since it was mentioned multiple times, it became tedious and pulled me out of the story. Still, for readers who are insecure about their bodies and want this fantasy, this book will meet those desires.

Third, the dialogue between the characters at times were wince-worthy. It comes across a bit campy and b-flick. After a bit, it is clear this is the writing style of Ms. Shelton and it is kind of cute. My recommendation, find a male reading partner and read the dialogues out loud to each other. If the dialogue makes either partner wince, maybe change the wording a bit for a more natural flow.

Lastly, the conflicts between Lucas and Lily feel forced and contrived. It would have been fine to take out that subplot and stick with the other two suspense ones. Beefing up Alex's situation as well as Lily's would have made the plot stronger. With the multiple subplots trying to tie together into one, it tended to fizzle out a bit. This is not to say it cannot work. One of the authors who does this best is Catherine Coulter in her FBI series.

Overall, this story is a pleasant erotic journey for those who are just starting to explore kink. Recommended for ménage lovers who enjoy a bit of angst with a dash of kink.
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