Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 stars

September 8, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2013, Sent 3

Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 starsForbidden Obsessions Published by Carina Press on September 9, 2013
Format: eBook
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Book four of Bondage & Breakfast

Bondage & Breakfast was a safe place for couples to explore BDSM—until an arsonist almost destroyed it. While the inn is closed for repairs, owner Gabe McConnell allows injured firefighter Olivia Watterson to stay and recover as a favor to a mutual friend. His attraction to her is unexpected and intense—but there's no way she's strong enough for the type of play he demands from a sub.

When she arrives at the inn, Liv is shocked—and intrigued. Her unanticipated obsession with the sexy, skilled Dom makes her all the more impatient with her slow recuperation. Even more frustrating is the way Gabe handles her like fragile glass, and she's determined to prove she's anything but by pushing her body to the limit.

Holding back should be easy for Gabe, but the more Liv challenges his limits, the more he craves her, body, mind and heart…

Welcome to the first of a few giveaways in honor of my birthday later this week.  I’ve also decided to make this a week where we celebrate the existence of my blog that is just over a year old but ya know I’m a bit busy with school and work so I decided let’s make it easy…  Celebrate both the same week!  WOOOHOOOO!!!  So enjoy the posts this week and be sure to enter the giveaways.  This one will run for only a few days as I’d like to get it in your hands on release day so…


My Thoughts:

I have to say I have enjoyed every book in this series and like most people have been waiting on Gabe’s story.  He’s been a wonderful presence in all the other stories so you can’t help but want him to find his own lady love.

Liv decides to take an offer of a place to stay and rest/recuperate from a friend of a friend.  She knows the place was a sort of BDSM getaway for those in the lifestyle who wanted somewhere they could play in safety and learn from a man with a great reputation for teaching/nurturing healthy relationships in the lifestyle.  She’s still coming to terms with her accident and trying to figure out where she goes from here but also is terrified because she is dealing with some lingering issues that could cause everything she ever worked for to be permanently wiped away.  I liked her strength and the fact that she never made things easy for Gabe but instead stood up for herself as she wanted to be treated as if she never had the accident.  This does lead to some stupidity on her part of pushing her body harder than it needed to be and not asking for help from a man she’s drawn to in spite of her inner reservations.  She’s smart, strong and a perfect match for a man who needs someone that submits to him but also is a true equal to him outside of the bedroom.

Gabe has intrigued me from book one as we’ve seen this intense Dom guide our other couples to a happy place in their relationships.  He’s a bit disconcerted by the fire and incidents that happened in the last book which has left him wondering what exactly he wants to do with his life.  He’s wrongly blaming himself for the events in the last title and to see this strong man wondering if his instincts are wrong about everything around him was a bit hard at times to stomach.  I loved how he wanted to push her but at the same time needed to make sure that she properly recovered from her accident.  This of course leads to some major conflict between the two of them which results in a good grovel scene late in the book.  Gabe is to me the prime example of what a Dom should be – caring, controlled, passionate and growly.  He’s always been the one with the answers and seeing him realize he doesn’t have to be but can share his fears and joys with a true partner was a lot of fun.

These two are perfect together and I cannot thank Jodie enough for letting me get my greedy hands on it early.  Now for the good stuff…

So…  this releases on September 9th, 2013 and in honor of its release I’ve decided to give 5 lucky commentors a Kindle or Nook version of this book.  

My question for you is – What do you think makes a good Dom or Alpha hero in romance stories?

Contest entries must be in by 1 PM US Central on September 9, 2013 in order to be counted.  Please leave me your preferred format in your comment so I can send them out as soon as possible once the winners are determined.  🙂

Good luck!!


3 Responses to “Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 stars”

  1. Timitra

    A good Dom/Alpha male puts the his sub/heroine’s needs above his own.

  2. Susan

    Ok, just discovered Jodie Griffin so ready for more! Alpha/Dom must be confidant always and put needs of heroine as a top priority.

  3. Amy R

    I agree with previous comments that a good Alpha/Dom must make the needs of his sub a priority.