Monday, November 26, 2012

Assumed Calling REVIEW, Author Lila Munro

Assumed Calling
Book Five, Identity Crisis Series
Author: Lila Munro
Publisher: Rebel Ink Press
Genre: Erotic/BDSM Romance Novel Length

Like the beat of a primal drum whispering the rhythm of an ancient dance, the lifestyle calls…

At the seasoned age of fifty-six, Allen Bourke has resigned himself to the fact he’ll probably never find someone to top he can also love. While he’s had wives and lovers, none of them endured and he’s come to the conclusion the clock’s ticking and age is working against him. Then a very intriguing Nicki Cartwright pings on his radar at what Allen determines will be his last house party. He can’t help but notice while he and his friends are getting older, the players emerging on the scene are forever getting younger. Nicki's no exception. Determined to resist the vibes humming between them, he only agrees to service her after his old friend, Kyle Montgomery, convinces him it's entirely feasible. Then it’s brought to Allen’s attention who Nicki really is. Knowing their pasts are forever intertwined, as hard as he tries to ignore his heart, he finds himself yielding to the tides of fate.

Born to senatorial royalty, Nicki Cartwright has spent her entire life trying to shield her mother from her father’s wrath while drifting further and further into a world where panic is normal and anxiety is always on the edge of her reality. Tired of burning the candle at both ends and forever trying to live up to the picture of All-American perfection her father James Cartwright touts as his ace in the hole during election cycles, Nicki finds herself on the path of self-discovery in search of relief from the stressors continually swamping her mind. What she doesn’t expect is to find who she thought she was is truly just a shadow of the person she really is. And what scares her most is the fact Allen, the only person she thought she could trust, has been holding a secret since before she was born which could destroy her entire family.

Assumed Calling was a bit bittersweet for me to read since I knew it meant the series was coming to an end but... thank you, Ms. Munro... a spin-off with some of the deliciously dark characters from this book begins soon! And knowing that helped this story make a bit more sense. there's a lot going on in this story. In fact, for a large portion, the hero and heroine aren't even in communication and much of the action happens with them apart. Ms. Munro infuses a sense of mystery, intrigue and conflict into the book. Readers get a lot of information on those delicious alpha males I mentioned earlier.

Nicki and Allen are quite the unlikely couple. Yet magically with the stroke of her pen, Ms. Munro makes it all feel real and possible. Allan is the traditional alpha male with that overconfident air of a man in charge. He provides Nicki with the sense of security she seems desperate for after she ignites passion in him that he hasn't felt in years. These two find peace in one another despite having to navigate their pasts to become the people they want to be together. Their relationship is tender though admittedly there are the erotic BDSM scenes I love. There are plenty throughout the book without being too much so even if it's not your thing, the scenes are written to propel the couple's relationship.

Readers will hang on until the very end to learn how these two lovers find their HEA. Ms. Munro is known for her realistic stories -and she has in the past been known to deal a killing blow- so there are moments in the book when you might wonder... well, I won't ruin the ending for you. Just know that this book takes you for a ride. And, like me, you will then happily get in line for your next turn.

5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, an ULTIMATE UNDULGENCE
& definitely better than a lollipop, Nicki!
This book was given to us by author. Many thanks.

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Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series.She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012-2013 and has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13.

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