Friday, June 12, 2015

ARC Review: Just Business (Takeover 2) by Anna Zabo


Blurb:
Justin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli—and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom….

Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control—and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away—or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?


Dani's rating:





This book is a total WIN.

I loved everything about it: the dual third-person POV, the vulnerability of the MCs, the intensity of the play scenes, the tenderness, Eli's demanding cat, the enemies-to-lovers trope, the SEX, dear god, the SEX ... hell, even the angst.

This book is raw and it's real, and it's so very, very good.

Eli walks with a limp and carries his cane like armor. He's been accused of being cold and distant. But Eli heaves the weight of the world on his shoulders. A car accident killed the first boy he loved and left Eli ... crippled, but not in the way he thinks.

And Justin, he of the spikey hair, dark eye liner, and chipped black nail polish ... Justin is fiercely independent and swears he'll never be owned again.

The dance between Justin and Eli is ever so sensual. They both have so much to offer, but they slink around the edges, fearful, trepidatious.

Because what if it doesn't work?

And what if it DOES?




Justin's cruelty toward Eli took my breath away. Justin lashes out. His anger isn't aimed at Eli, not really, but it was painful to watch nonetheless.

I loved both of these men. They are damaged but smart, scared but WILLING, and strong, so strong. The connection and chemistry between them are palpable.

Just Business features some of the best BDSM scenes I've ever read: rough and harsh, laced with pain, but also LOVE and so much devotion.

"Is this what you wanted?"

Justin's mouth opened in wordless pleasure, his fingers indenting the leather padding of the sawhorse. So beautiful. This moment was theirs. He'd not do this to another.

That first scene at the party where Eli whips Justin in front of everyone and then carries him, limping, nearly falling, but still HOLDING him, protecting him? It made me gasp.

I liked Sam and Michael too, even though I didn't read their story (but I will and soon!).

And the ending? Had me crying like a fool. Because. Hard-earned PERFECTION wrapped in a bow and sprinkled with fairy dust.

GAH.

Also, Eli is Jewish. And that is just the cherry on top of this sexy, delicious sundae.

This——this was the opposite of what heartache felt like. So much joy, Eli thought he might crack apart from the lightness and fullness of it, or burst into flames, or ... live.



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