Control

Charlotte Stein
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Publisher
Xcite Books
Release Date
November 2010
ISBN
9781907761294
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
When Madison Morris decides to hire an assistant to help run her naughty bookshop, she gets a lot more than she bargained for.

Aggressive Andy doesn't quite make the grade, but continues to push her buttons in other areas, while uptight and utterly repressed Gabriel can't quite take Madison's training techniques. One makes her grasp control, while the other makes her lose it. But the lines are blurring and she's no longer sure who's leading and who's following.

In the midst of kinky threesomes and power plays, can Madison work out what she really wants?

Book Review by Rebecca
Jul 06, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
155 people found the following review helpful
CONTROL is the name of the game with Madison and her men. This story is multi-dimensional, hitting on the emotional levels of sex by creating a depth to the characters. Charlotte Stein's illustrative writing sets a mood for a sensuous read so that the reader feels involved in each sexy encounter on Madison's way to discovery.

When Madison Morris decides to hire an assistant for her erotic bookstore, she meets two completely different but equally appealing men. Andy is aggressive where Gabriel is uptight. Andy is presumptuous where Gabriel is repressed. And while she can hire only one – that would be Gabriel – she certainly can entertain both. The story of their developing relationship is complex, to say the least. Madison finds herself in a ménage where one man causes her to grasp control while the other man makes her lose it.

CONTROL is in the erotica genre so it's no surprise that it contains lots of crazy hot sex (jumping right in on the first chapter) and includes elements of dominance and submissive. Madison explores her sexuality as she plays with her men, never sure who is leading and who's following, and seems to thrive on creating a game of it all. But the story is deeper than most erotica provides readers as the author takes it a step further by giving the reader insight into the psychological aspects of sex.

While I acknowledge that the book is well-written, it lacked the romance that warms me. I didn't particularly like any of the three main characters and couldn't find any way to connect with them. But despite my feelings about the book, I believe readers who enjoy erotica but are seeking a deeper meaning in their story will enjoy it.
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Book Review by Erinne (author)
Sep 30, 2011
132 people found the following review helpful
First of all, the title needs to be changed to "The Ultimate Manual of Kinky Sex, BDSM, and Control for Dummies"! If this is your first time crossing the line into the Dark Side, then I recommend this book as a guide!
I fell hard for the hero, Gabriel, who is as angelic as his namesake. I haven't fallen in love with a written hero since...hmm, has it been so long that I have forgotten? So many heroes are cookie-cutter cutouts bulging with muscles and testosterone lacking real brains or even emotions. Romance novel heroes show their emotions by being jealous, over-protective pricks. As if that's healthy! But Gabriel, that man was special! He had a horrific, stickler, prudish past that made me wince in a terrible way! He was mistreated and abused. Whenever Charlotte Stein would delve into his past, I had to clench my teeth just to make it through! But no matter how hard life has been, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel!
Enter Madison, the cutest, most open heroine I have yet to meet! She is a self-described sidekick to the actual straight-laced heroine! The "best friend" who gets into all kinds of kinky trouble but honestly, Madison is the REAL heroine. She is not afraid to express herself sexually, although, she does have trouble with the "L" word--Love. But with all excellent character arcs, she eventually finds herself and becomes completely fulfilled. You go, girl!
I desperately enjoyed this wild romp through erotica even though the heroine wasn't fighting zombies or falling for werewolves. I will warn you, gentle reader, that this isn't a tale for the faint of heart or those who are especially fond of missionary position--this is intense. Every chapter is raging with sex. But this story is more than just sex--If anything, the sexual progression seems to tell the character arcs like "Ballroom Dancing" does with dance.
There is only one thing I had qualm with--the term "arse". It's a UK thing, I guess. I just really like the word "ass" instead. It's so much more hardy! But obviously, that is pure opinion and does not detract from the story!
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