Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hostile Takeover

Title:  Hostile Takeover
Author:  Joey W. Hill
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave
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ISBN:  9781419936449
Genre:  {M/F} BDSM, Series
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Ben is feeling like the odd man out because his fellow K&A team members have found their perfect submissive.  Marcie knows she is the one for Ben, but she will have to work to make him see it. 

The fifth and last book of the Knight of the Boardroom series is very emotional and, in some ways, disturbing.  Hostile Takeover is about a hardcore Dominant that prefers to take things to the extreme, though Ben makes sure that the submissive he is mastering is the kind that can take what he dishes out.  That being said, those that have not been around the BDSM lifestyle will find this book emotionally disturbing because some scenes seem very harsh. 

The emotional turmoil that Ben goes through after one particular incident makes Ben very human and you really want things to turn out right; you get the impression it may not.  Ms. Hill definitely did a lot of research to make sure the scenes and lifestyle issues were correct.  I have to give her kudos for this entire series.  All the couples show up in this book and of course, there is the trademark scene at the end with all the partners.  There is also one scene with all the female characters that is beautifully written. 

Marcie is a very strong woman that knows what she wants, though she does show a vulnerability that I found endearing.  The author shows the emotional turmoil that someone might expect of a woman just coming into her own as she tries to win her man.  Be aware that some scenes in this book can trigger very strong emotions, especially for those that might have been abused, but they are realistic in their creation within this type of lifestyle. 

I will be reading this series again and think that the Knights of the Boardroom series should be on every BDSM lovers bookshelf. Yes, this series must be read in order, though readers should be aware that a couple of the stories are only in print.

Reader Advisory: Marcie's sexual journey contains a group scene of female/female sexual exploration as well as being shared by all the Masters in a brief group scene.


Joey W. Hill said...

Amazon Nymph, thank you so much for that well-written and thoughtful review! I'm delighted you enjoyed Marcie and Ben's story, and appreciate the time and care you took to share your view of it with others. I'm so pleased to hear you've enjoyed all the Knights of the Board Room books.

Only one very quick correction - all of the books in the series are available in print AND digital; the mixup on two of the books comes because they are available digitally only as part of complete anthologies (Unlaced and Laced with Desire), not individual novellas (Controlled Response/Honor Bound, respectively). This also causes the anthology ebooks not to be available in some countries because of contract restrictions. Yes, the confusing world of publishing - my apologies for the fuzziness on that! :>

Thanks again!

CelticAmazon said...

Thank you for the correction. I based that statement on the fact that I could not find the stories I had in print digitally.
Thank you for clarifying the availability of those two stories in a digital format.

Amazon Nymph

Joey W. Hill said...

You're very welcome! As I said, it's confusing, so I understand why folks aren't sure where to find them. :> Thanks again!