Love, Passion and Power Part One – Whitley Cox
Genres: Romance, Dark Romance, Erotica, (F/F/M situations)
Published: January 29, 2017
Read: March 15, 2017
My Rating: 4
POV: Told in first-person single perspective (heroine)
HFN ending but can be read as a standalone
Series: Love, Passion and Power: The Dark and Damaged Hearts Parts #1 and 2.
*This review is based on part one*
When personal trainer Kendra Black saw millionaire Justin Williams walk through her door all she saw was money and a practiced swagger. A man who’s used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But Kendra is startled to realize that there is more to Justin than meets the eye, he’s kind and funny and brilliant, and she wants him, desperately. Unable to resist Kendra or her fiery spirit and zest for life, right from the start, Justin pursues her, only her troubled childhood holds her back. She’s been running from love for so long, she doesn’t know how to stop and let it catch up.
Elated when Kendra finally gives into their attraction, Justin jumps in with both feet, only his hectic and demanding life continues to interfere, and Kendra’s past comes creeping back and the two are tested. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionate and physical adventure, Justin discovers Kendra’s secrets and fears while exploring and uncovering his own wild and dark desires.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Justin Williams and Kendra Black…….
The fist thing I want to say is that the first half of the book was a little slow while building the story. My rating was at 3 stars at at first. Truthfully, had a strong disconnect with both H/h. For Kendra, she was dealing with emotional issues. I completely understood why she was hesitant and skittish while learning to trust Justin. That wasn’t my issue with her. What I could not connect with (and I tried) was her sexual proclivities. Kendra was bi-sexual, but that wasn’t my issue with her character either. What bothered me was the fact she couldn’t be with a man unless a woman was present. Not just a physical presence but Kendra needed to touch and be touched, please and be pleased, by both a man and a woman. And even after her relationship was established with Justin, Kendra stilled longed for the triad. That just made it very difficult for me to take her relationship with Justin seriously.
One of my issues with Justin was that he was happy to share her with a woman if that was what she wanted. (and of course be pleasured by another woman) For me, this was a total disconnect. Their relationship was too unconventional for me to enjoy. Don’t misunderstand me, please. I enjoy menage romances. However I need for all three to be devoted to each other in a committed relationship. That is just my preference. I felt the future for Kendra and Justin was suspect. Especially given the fact that Justin constantly left town for work situations. He ALWAYS chose other priorities before Kendra. Justin claimed he was devoted to her; loved her more than anything but I didn’t feel it. That said, this review is based on part one of their story. I haven’t read part two so I can only hope his priorities change.
Something else that I missed was having Justin’s POV. We received a tease of his thoughts from the prologue so I was very disappointed that I couldn’t be inside his head, intimate with his thoughts. I honestly believe I would have enjoyed this book more with Justin’s POV as well.
Ok…so you must be thinking by my ranting that I hated this book. I did not hate it. In fact, by the second half I was engaged in the added aspects to the story. The author gave us many different emotions to deal with. There was a moment or two in which I couldn’t control my tears.
Whitley Cox is talented at putting words to paper. She is skillful and not afraid to cross boundaries. The pace of the second half was steady and further developed with characters and premise. There was more going on than you’d expect, and I found myself enjoying it. Hence, the reason I ended with a four star rating.
As the drama/secrets unravel, you will begin to see things a little differently. Situations happened that I honestly didn’t see coming.
So if you are a fan of dark romance, books that can make you cry, and f/f/m sexual situations, you’ll devour this book.
*I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this novel. My opinions are honest and unbiased.*
A West Coast baby born and raised, and married to her high school sweetheart, with a spirited toddler and a fluffy dog, Whitley spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes.
A lover of all things decadent; wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of everyday life into her stories. With mommy wars, body issues, threesomes, bondage and role playing, these books have everything we need to satisfy the curious kink in all