Only (Holton Woods #2) by HelenKay Dimon-Review and Giveaway
Holton Woods #2
by HelenKay Dimon
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic romance,
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 7, 2014
He’s a man who fixes difficult situations. She’s the one thing he can’t handle—and the one thing he can’t resist…
Sebastian Jameson negotiates for high-end clients who need problems taken care of quickly and discreetly. Accustomed to being in control, he’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s decision to write a tell-all about their private life, one that highlighted their bedroom activities. The fallout left Bast’s love life in chaos, making him a magnet for women who thrive on risky fantasies, and a pariah to all others.
Kyra Royer knows all about Bast’s reputation—and is intrigued enough to try to change him into a one-woman guy. But getting him into her bed will be a challenge. He’s known her brother for years, and her brother, with his rough past and sniper abilities, is not a man you cross. Kyra knows Bast thinks she’s off-limits, so she’ll have to get creative to make him hers.
As Kyra turns up the heat, Bast struggles to resist the sexy young woman’s considerable charms. But when Bast’s job turns from tricky to deadly, keeping Kyra nearby might be the only way to keep her alive—even if it means getting closer than he ever intended…
REVIEW: ONLY is the second instalment in HelenKay Dimon’s contemporary, adult Holton Woods erotic romance series. This is lawyer Sebastian (Bast) Jameson and twenty three year old Kyra Royer’s storyline. Bast is best friends with Jarrett Holt, owner of Holton Woods – an exclusive, member’s only nightclub and the subject of book one in the series – MERCY. Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Any important information from the first instalment is revealed where necessary to the storyline. ONLY begins shortly after the events of MERCY.
Told from several close third person POV, the storyline focuses on the building relationship between Bast and Kyra-a relationship in which Kyra is the first to make a move. Bast is several years older than Kyra, with one disastrous marriage to his credit, and he isn’t looking for anything more than a one night stand. But something about Kyra pulls at Bast and has for a very long time. Working at Holton Woods, Kyra is hoping to earn enough money to go back to school, but both Bast and Kyra’s brother Wade become over protective when ever anyone gets too close. Bast continues to harbor emotional turmoil about his relationship with Kyra. Keeping their affair a secret is putting strain on Bast’s bond with Kyra. The sex scenes are seductive and intimate.
There is a secondary storyline, between Elijah and Wade, that continues throughout book one and two. Wade is Jarrett’s right hand man, and Kyra’s brother; Eli is the former CIA agent who had targeted Jarrett’s girlfriend and former CIA agent Becca (Mercy) in a secret government takedown months before. Eli and Wade’s relationship is tempestuous due to a misunderstanding and words spoken in anger. When Eli is hired to protect both Bast and Kyra, Wade knows it is time to put all of his cards on the table with Eli.
The premise follows another CIA operative who believes her time with the agency has come to a close. Hoping for protection and a way to avoid her possible death, Bast is called in to make ‘arrangements’ with the CIA but in doing so has placed everyone he knows and loves, including Kyra, in harm’s way. Hoping to protect Kyra, Bast begins to push Kyra away only to realize he may be pushing away the woman that he loves.
The world building continues with the familiarity of the Holton Woods nightclub and the CIA secret ops that have yet to be completely resolved. The secondary characters include all of the previous storyline players as well as the introduction of some unwelcome extended family members whose presence leads to some heartbreaking moments and potential drama for an upcoming storyline.
ONLY is a storyline of romance and love; betrayal and heartbreak; action and suspense. There is the pain of family disintegration and control when a opportunity for power and money takes center stage in a life of illegalities and running from the law. HelenKay Dimon writes a compelling and provocative story that is intelligent, spirited and will capture your imagination.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy
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