Review: Temptation's Edge by Eve Berlin

Tuesday, August 21

Title:  Temptation’s Edge*
Author: Eve Berlin
Series: Edge #3
Genre: BDSM Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Format: print (trade paperback)
Date/Year: 8/7/2012
Reviewed by: Michele
*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

What happens when you let yourself fall over the edge…and into temptation?
Mischa Kennon isn’t one to take it lying down, at least not until she meets sexy Connor Galloway, a green-eyed Irishman with an air of authority she finds hard to resist. While performing duties as maid of honor to her best friend, Mischa indulges in a casual relationship with Connor. She’s surprised by the thrill of his dominance, and lusts for more feisty battles before surrender.

It’s all fun and games in the BDSM Pleasure Dome Club, until Mischa realizes Connor could master her heart. If she gives in to desire, will it be too much to handle, or will it open her to a kind of love she never thought possible?

My Musings:

“Temptation’s Edge” is the first book I’ve read by Eve Berlin. I’m already a big fan of the author’s Eden Bradley books, so I was looking forward to discovering how this series of books differed from her BDSM erotica books written under her other pen name.

What I found was a genuine romance between two well-defined, all too human characters who also happened to enjoy a higher level of kink in their sexual relationship. Both Connor and Mischa were people with genuine feelings and frailties, with the same worries that any regular couple just starting to fall in love would have. I found that refreshing in a genre where we so often only get to see that level of vulnerability in the submissive heroine and the dominant hero only comes around to finally recognizing his feelings when he’s convinced he’s lost the heroine for good.

Connor and Mischa meet for the first time at the engagement party of their close mutual friends, Alec and Dylan (their story was told in Pleasure’s Edge, the first book in the series). Connor is one of Alec’s groomsmen and a fellow Dominant at the Pleasure Dome club. Mischa is one of Dylan’s maids of honor and her best friend. They experience instant physical attraction to one another almost immediately, and spend several days together learning how they fit together in a Dominant/submissive relationship.

Connor is a hardcore Dom who uses BDSM to control what he worries is a dangerous temper inherited from his father. Mischa is familiar with BDSM more as casual play than serious commitment, and her passion for Connor pushes her to go further into full submission...but only in the bedroom. After a childhood where she had to be responsible for her entire family, the last thing she wants is to trust her sense of self and safety to another person.

What I loved about this book is how it blends BDSM erotica and classic romance tropes so neatly that the sexual dynamics don’t overwhelm the joy of seeing two people fall in love. It was also great to be able to start in the middle of a series and not feel like I wasn’t getting the full enjoyment of the story by not having read anything that had come before. It’s always a tricky balance for a writer to make each book fit in a series but still be open enough to stand alone for a new reader. Eve Berlin did it in a way that made me want to go read the other books but not regret that I hadn’t done so already. I thoroughly enjoyed Connor and Mischa’s story and I’m looking forward to reading the stories of the other couples we met in “Temptation’s Edge” as well as all the other stories yet to come.


Overall: 4.5
Sensuality level: 4
(light BDSM, including anal play)
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lorimeehan August 21, 2012 at 8:32 PM  

Thanks for the review I liked her book The Dark Garden very good.

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