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With all she has to offer, she’s his to command…
Aria DeWitt is a runaway bride. Only months away from her wedding, she panicked, returning her engagement ring and donating her gorgeous gown to charity.
She’s less than pleased when she’s reassigned to a new work project and sent to work with Grant Kingston in the middle of nowhere. She knows of his reputation as a recluse and genius, but she isn’t prepared for how handsome, powerful and deliciously Dominant he is or how he ignites something inside her that no man ever has.
Grant isn’t happy when his cherished solitude and creativity are shattered by Aria’s unwanted and unwelcome arrival. That is until he glimpses her carefully concealed vulnerability. Aria’s confidence and responsiveness intrigue him, ensnaring him in a way he’d never believed possible, chipping away the ice that shrouds his heart.
As he interacts with her, he realizes why she ran from marriage. She’s never met someone strong and complex enough to hold her interest. And suddenly, he’s determined to be that man.
Mature, honest, humorous dialogues, and lovable characters. A must read series for BDSM Rom fans
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
*Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
Grant had been mentioned throughout the series, but he never really stood out to me. However, I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read the series in its entirety. This couple was probably my favorite one. From the cheeky, flirtatious banter to the verbal seduction, their attraction was always palpable. I didn't have a problem with two consenting adults and co-workers moving into sexual territory after a mere twelve hours. They moved fast, but nothing about it felt...skeevy.
Grant was a recluse; despite the close friendship to Julien, Reece and Kennedy, he preferred to live in solitude. On some level, he realized he was lonely, but his work for Bonds kept him functioning. In essence, he was hiding from the disappointment of his past, his failed engagement in particular. Aria was a strong woman, successful, stubborn, and a workaholic. Her own failed engagement has left her adrift in her personal life, much like Grant.
Even though the story was 80% sexual and 20% of them doing work or simply talking, it wasn't like those books that are just crammed full of sex to get a rise out of the reader. And no offense to such books; they have their time and their place. There was a lot of sex, however each encounter ended with them expressing themselves or opening up honestly. The beauty of Grant and Aria lay in their self discovery, i.e. being workaholics, they'd forgotten how to enjoy life's simple pleasures, preferring to escape disappointing pasts by losing themselves in their work, noticing their lack of companionship, thinking about a different future than the ones they'd laid out for themselves. Their great sense of humor, witty banter and open honesty about everything in their lives, and her eager acquiescence to BDSM was the flirtation, the wooing and ultimately built the romance.
My heart broke for them a little towards the end. They seemed to have no problem communicating about everything, except love. And I was proud of Aria for taking the first step, even though she was obviously out of her element and uncomfortable with putting her heart on the line. The ending was emotional, but it was perfect for these two.
I have nothing but love for this series! If I could have all three books in one volume, I'd buy it in a heartbeat so I could have hours of uninterrupted reading pleasure and fully immerse myself in this world. I wouldn't mind living in the world surrounding (more like orbiting) around Julien Bonds and his friends. If you're a fan of BDSM romances, then I would highly recommend this series. Command was a Top Pick for me.