Riding the Waves by Jennifer LaRose

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Riding the Waves by Jennifer LaRose
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (166 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Sex, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Annalee Parschen is devastated when she discovers her soon-to-be ex-fiancé has been having a secret BDSM tryst with her best friend. Crushed, she wonders how anyone could find a sexual thrill in punishment or submission. Then she’s reunited with Brent Delaney, a former coworker who still ignites her flame. Though they’ve never had sex, she’s taken him home in her fantasies countless times. Turns out he’s been wanting to take her home too. And he has a thing or two to teach her about finding pleasure in submission.

Brent is now a private sea fighter who guards his employer’s ships from piracy in the China Sea. Returning to the States after a daring ocean rescue, he’s thrilled to be reunited with Annalee, even more so when he gets to introduce her to his dominant side. Unfortunately the murderous pirate he put behind bars has escaped and he’s seeking revenge—against Brent and anyone he loves.

This was a fun, sexy read.

Riding the Waves is heavy on the smexy, but it could’ve used a little more character development. It was the blurb that caught my interest. I can’t resist the whole woman who’s been wronged angle. New author for me, so I downloaded a sample of the book to check it out. I liked what I found, so I snatched this one up . My instincts were right on the money, and Riding the Waves was as entertaining as it was hot and sexy.

Annalee finds out that her fiance has been fooling around with her best friend. Turns out Willow has been whipping his ass for a while. It was knowing that Annalee’s best friend was screwing her ( and her man ) that prompted me to choose this book. I wanted to see what Annalee would do, how she handled it. I liked Annalee. She did the same thing I would have, only she let Willow keep her hair on her head. Me… I would have snatched it right out. But our heroine is a classy lady, she kicks both their asses to the curb. And she won’t forgive them no matter how hard they beg. Now that’s my kind of heroine. She only wallows in self pity for a while . Until she crosses paths with Brent, the man who starred in all her sexual fantasies.

Brent always wanted Annalee. But he thought she was too fragile to meet his needs. So he left town and took a security job protecting ships from high seas pirates. Things went bad at sea and Brent got a little wake up call. Now, he’s come back to town to reconnect with the woman he left behind. Annalee’s first look at Brent has her drooling at how much he’s buffed up. They hook up at an office party and the good times get to rolling. Lots and lots of hot loving. Brent and her no good ex thought that girl was fragile, but she seemed more like a sex starved nympho to me.

It’s not all sexy times. Brent’s job comes back to bite him in the butt. Things get pretty hairy for a while, with a sadistic pirate out for revenge. Annalee has trouble accepting the danger that surrounds Brents job. As it happens, she’s right to be afraid, as Brent’s enemy targets her.

I took a chance on this author, and I’m so glad that I did. The plot was unique and the characters engaging and likable. I could have easily given it five stars had LaRose developed the back story a bit more, had the heroine smack her two timing ex and her man poaching ex-bestie around a little bit, and had Brent and Annalee spend some time out of the bedroom. Not that I’m against lots of smexy with my story. I love it that way. Riding the Waves featured some of the hottest love scenes I’ve read. For the record: I’ve read a lot. This story was not lacking in that department. We’re treated to some anal play, some light bondage and even flirted with some BDSM, and toys. More than enough to satisfy even my tastes. I can’t really put my finger on what was missing. Just felt that there should’ve been more. Maybe LaRose should have explored that sandwich that Annalee was interested in. That might’ve done it for me. I could definitely go for some more of Brody. Maybe he’ll meet someone interesting on his next trip to sea, and the writer will tell us his story then. (hint…hint)

I enjoyed every minute of this story, and am looking forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book to any reader who likes a story overflowing with hot sexy loving and a hero to save the day.

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