Sweet Possession

Maya Banks
Sweet Possession
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Release Date
April 2011
Book 5 of Sweet Series
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

From the USA Today bestselling author of Sweet Temptation, a new novel of opposites attracting-and igniting.

There is nothing Connor Malone wants to do less than babysit the outrageous and out-of-control pop star Lyric Jones. But part of him relishes taming the celebratty songstress and showing her what it's like to be possessed-body and soul-by one man. And though Lyric's crazy antics nearly drive Connor to the edge, his quiet intensity penetrates her defenses, leaving them both vulnerable to the secrets that could topple Lyric from the stage.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Apr 13, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
152 people found the following review helpful
I've been waiting to see Connor Malone fall in love since the beginning of this series, but I have to admit, SWEET POSSESSION exceeded all of my expectations and was definitely worth the wait. Maya Banks has held me spellbound during this entire series, I was so happy that Connor and Lyric's story was no exception.

Connor Malone is the straight-laced guy of Malone and Sons Security. So, there's no way he'd be willing to be the bodyguard/babysitter for a spoiled pop star, like Lyric Jones. But when he meets her, he can't deny the attraction. And when he gets his hands on her, he wants more, he wants it all--total possession.

Lyric Jones never trusts anyone. She's learned the hard way from her horrible past, and she certainly doesn't want some guy being in charge of her safety when it's obvious he can't stand her. But there's something about Connor...when attraction becomes lust and lust becomes something more, she may find something that she never knew she needed.

Connor, Connor, Connor. He has been hilarious throughout this whole series. He's teased and tormented every one of the men in the previous books mercilessly because they fell head-over-heels in love with their not-so-easy-to-tame women, so it was poetic justice to see him fall in love with a pop diva. Lyric was a perfect match for him. She mussed up his hair so to speak. It was wonderful to see him lose that rigid exterior he's always had. And when he did fall, he went full force. He's not going to give up until he had everything Lyric had to give.

Lyric was damaged but so much stronger than she gave herself credit for. She didn't feel like she deserved to be loved, and it was wonderful watching her come into her own and blossom under the security of her newfound friends. The vulnerability that she showed at times, while in stark contrast to the facade that she put up most times, made my heart ache more than once.

This is the fifth book in the Sweet Series by Maya Banks, and while I loved reading about Connor and Lyric, I really enjoyed catching up with the previous couples. I think that although this book is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone. However, you would miss out on some of the jokes and possibly not be able to appreciate some of the follow up that's given on the couples in the previous books.

The plot was great. It moved seamlessly, was appropriately paced, and was very well-developed. We could actually see the growth of both Connor and Lyric as they discovered their love for each other. And getting to the bottom of Lyric's past was not the focal point of the book, so it was more focused on their relationship instead of the angst of the past. The dialogue was funny, and Lyric fit right in with Faith, Serena, Julie, and Angelina (the heroines from the previous four books), especially when they get into trouble together.

The chemistry between Connor and Lyric was explosive. She would spew hateful things to Connor, and he would get aroused. Ha, who knew Connor would be a glutton for punishment? And when they finally came together, they were sensual and erotic together. I can say that I think I'll blush every time I see a cupcake now--just remembering that scene...YUM!

So, another phenomenal read in the fantastic Sweet series by Maya Banks. From start to finish, SWEET POSSESSION held me captivated. The engaging dialogue, amazing characters, endearing romance, and passionate sensuality all melded to make this book absolutely compelling and riveting.
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