Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Paradise

Title:  Paradise
Author:  Jillian Verne
Publisher:  Loose Id
Publisher URL:  www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-68252-040-6
Genre: {M/F}, BDSM, Contemporary, Series
Rating:  4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Isabella grew up in a sheltered Catholic household, but knows she has fantasies that don’t quite gel with her upbringing.  After receiving some bad news, her roommate decides Isabella is going to have some fun.  Jacques sees Isabella at the gallery and is very intrigued by her, as she seems to have no fear of saying ‘no’ to him.

Paradise is the second book in the Masters of the Order series.  This story is about Jacques, Nico’s cousin, and Isabella enters his life at a time he starts to feel like there is nothing in his future.  Familiar characters sprinkle this story with a few new ones, such as Isabella’s family, her brothers in particular.

Isabella works at a cancer center and is familiar with Jacques’ name, but she refuses to let him run roughshod over her.  Jacques knows he should leave her alone as she has never been involved with BDSM.  As they spend time together, he realizes she is a natural submissive.  Their relationship has some very big bumps along the way, but they work things out.  I also loved Jacques’ nickname for Isabella as it showed exactly what he thought of her.

I had to laugh at Jacques’ friends in the Order, as well as Isabella’s oldest brother.  Some of the antics were so typical of brothers toward each other and an older brother’s protectiveness of a baby sister.  Readers should be aware that several incidents in the book are also tear-jerkers so keep tissues on hand.

I have to say I am really enjoying the Masters of the Order series.  The relationships between the Masters and the people they bring into their circle are interesting and very real.  Ms. Verne’s grasp of how BDSM lifestyles are and some of the consequences of losing control are very realistic.  This is a series to be read again and should be on every BDSM lover’s bookshelf.

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