Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Review - Schooled by Lorelei James

My Thoughts

Amery is on her way to Japan with Ronin while he trains with his sensei. The first week they spend together there is a dream filled with passion and romance. Then Ronin begins training and Avery feels the distance between them growing. She feels so alone in a place where she doesn't understand the language and the customs, but is trying very hard to be supportive of him. After a call to her best friend, she shares her heart with him and all is right in their world together. This trip is their honeymoon, but also a time of revelation for them both.

I loved both Avery and Ronin's moments with the man who taught him the ropes. Avery needed to hear from a husband what it was like for his wife to be the woman bound by him in public and private. She also really needed that seal of approval when he told her how good she was for Ronin. I have to admit the scene between him and Ronin choked me up quite a bit as they talked about his Master and their training. 

Lorelei beautifully shows the growth these two have gone through both as individuals and as soul mates bound together by love and those delicious ropes. I loved this part of their story and can't wait for Shiori's story.

I give Schooled 5 hearts!

About the Book

From the author of Bound and Unwound—an all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling Mastered series.

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn't ready for the level of his sensual artistry, or his need for extreme control. Nor was she prepared for the primal urges it released in her. Amery and Ronin were made for each other.

When they married they were certain their future would be a fulfilling journey of love and passion. But happily ever after is never so simple. Six months later, while in Japan, Ronin is training with his sensei, while Amery is consumed by her own burgeoning career, and a culture shock with which she is struggling to adapt.

Now, from the heady pleasures of Tokyo bondage houses to the unyielding family traditions pulsing with every beat of Ronin's heart, Amery and Ronin find the limits of their relationship tested once again, and shocked to discover what they're willing to do in order to save it.

Includes a preview of Unraveled, the upcoming novel in the Mastered series.

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Amery loved watching Ronin get dressed as much as she loved watching him get undressed.

Maybe it was a power thing; he wasn’t comfortable showing skin in public. The only time he let down his hair, so to speak, was around her. Only she knew what a powerful, muscular, hot body was hidden beneath his gi or his clothing.

He emitted a growl and she glanced up at him. “What?”

“You know what. Stop looking at me and licking your chops or we won’t get off this plane for another hour.”

She kept her gaze fastened to Ronin as she buttoned the bottom half of her pale pink sweater, leaving the gray lace of her silk camisole peeking through the top. “Might I remind you we’ve joined the mile-high club twice in the past however many hours?”

“That’s the only way to fly, baby.”

About the Author

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I'm a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I'm not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.

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