I've read the DeMarco series by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed it. So, when given a chance to win FORCEFUL NEGOTIATIONS as a prize in a contest over on goodreads, I snapped up the chance.
Reading the description of the book, really got me interested. The warning is very clear that the book is based on a rape fantasy. I repeat, this is centered around a rape fantasy. So, if that's a trigger for you, you may want to stay away from it. But, I digress.
Anyway, I was quite the fan of Cara McKenna's WILLING VICTIM which features a rape fantasy and extremely intense sexual situations, and I LOVED it. It's actually a re-read for me. it's my standard for rape fantasy books.
Because of this, I had that book in mind when I read FORCEFUL NEGOTIATIONS. That may have been my downfall for this book. Because while, it was good, it wasn't great. I felt like there could have been more done with the story between Teague and Cam. Their story line which was supposed to be the main story line. This was a short book, and with all of the things the author was trying accomplish, I feel like Teague and Cam suffered.
The rape fantasy in itself gave me issues because the hero judged the heroine for it at first. That felt wrong to me. I didn't feel as though he should have been a part of it from the beginning since he felt that way, but I guess that would have made it a whole different story.
So, what did I like? I liked the basis for the series--the Carmine Club. The club's set up is really intriguing. I liked Teague's and Cam's characters even though I wished their story line was more fleshed out. And I really liked the secondary characters that were introduced and can't wait to see how their books pan out.