18/06/2012 by Basia Rose
I did something stupid and read the books one and two of Bianca Sommerland’s Dartmouth Cobras BDSM-Ménage series out of order.
Now, I know nothing at all about ice hockey (and yes, it’s ice hockey!) – not a lot of it going on here in Australia! In fact, apart from catching a couple of seconds here or there on an Olympic update every four years, I’ve never seen the sport. But I found I didn’t need to. Sommerland wrote in a way that had you caught up in the action.
Why did I read the second one first? Mainly because in the last few weeks there’s been so much hype about it that I didn’t want to wait!
Though I read both books, the one I want to talk about is the second one: Defensive Zone.
Book #2 can basically hold up on its own. The other good thing is that it is one of my best reads in recent times, and I’m adding it to my (imaginary) list of favourite BDSM books and favourite ménage books.
While the first book has the kind of heroine who usually appeals to me more: a bit insecure, a bit quiet, for some reason it was book #2 heroine Silver who I really connected with. I’m no fan of pushy loudmouths, but for some reason former drug-addicted, former Hollywood starlet, pampered princess Silver worked so, so well for me.
This is an author who takes BDSM and ménage relationships and makes them seem perfectly normal. I loved that. I loved the use of BDSM in the second book in particular. I also loved the dynamic between the three characters in the second book. Ménages work best for me when we have enough time to know the various men as separate people. Silver’s Dean and Landon were not the same person by any stretch of the imagination. Their approaches to BDSM were different. Their relationships with Silver were different.
I loved that the characters were so flawed, and that they didn’t just fall into a perfect relationship. The thing I hate most when it comes to ménages is when all the men start speaking for each other. “We want this.” “We feel this.” “We like this.”
Or when they start participating in perfectly choreographed sex scenes without any discussion beforehand! They didn’t do that either.
So, if you’re looking for a good BDSM romance, this is one you might want to consider.
Silver Delgado has gained control of The Dartmouth Cobras—and lost control of her life.
Hockey might be the family business, but it’s never interested Silver. Until her father’s health decline thrusts responsibility for the team he owns straight into her hands. Now she has to find a way to get the team more fans, and establish herself as the new owner. Which means standing up to Dean Richter, the general manager and the advisor her father has forced on her. The fact that their ‘business relationship’ started with her over his lap at his BDSM club shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Their hot one night stand meant nothing! But how can she earn his respect when he sees her as submissive? Can they separate work and the lifestyle she’s curious to explore?
Balancing her new life away from Hollywood, living among people who see her as the selfish Delgado princess, has her feeling lost and alone until Landon Bower, the Cobras new Goalie slips into her life and becomes her best—and only—friend. The time they spend together makes everything else bearable, but before long his eyes meet hers with more than friendship, reflecting what she feels. Which could ruin everything.
Two Dominant men who see past her pretty mask and the shallow image she portrayed to the flashing cameras. A gentle attack from both sides that she can’t hope to block unless she learns how to play.
But she’s getting the hang of the game.