Read-to-Review: Something Borrowed by Eve Dangerfield

33905444Going to an eight-day tropical wedding sounds great, right?
Elle Sahlstrom hates weddings, but she promised her best friend Tory she’d attend her destination ceremony. That is, despite having to endure obnoxious cousins, bad wine, and a phallus-laden bachelorette party. But that’s not the worst part.
The worst part just happened to be sitting next to her on the plane, on his way to the same wedding, guaranteed to be the same insufferable jerk he was years ago.
Jackson Proveaux knows Elle hates him with a passion, but it’s that same passion that has him convinced she’s perfect for him. Unfortunately, he made mistakes in the past, mistakes that involved cocktails, out of control minivans, and a giant misunderstanding that cost him his one and only shot with Elle. The French expat sees the wedding as a chance to atone for his sins. He offers to spend a week at Elle’s mercy, and if she still hates him at the end, he’ll leave her alone forever.
Unable to resist a win-win deal, or Jackson, Elle agrees. Their arrangement quickly becomes more complicated than either of them could have anticipated. The grumpy environmentalist never thought Jackson would be able to make her laugh, and he didn’t count on the hot-headed beauty dominating him in the bedroom…or the fact that he’d like it.
A fiery temper, two sets of handcuffs and copious amounts of tequila are guaranteed to make this situation complicated. As the lovers become more entwined in each other’s lives and hearts, one question remains—will their truce survive the wedding, or are they living on borrowed time?
(From: Goodreads)

***Actual rating: 4.5/5 Proveaux Stars***

Something Borrowed is one of my few 5-star NA novels and I’m so glad this ARC doesn’t disappoint me. 🙂
The story revolves around a girl with anger management who miraculously finds her cure through a series of dominatrix behaviors and on top of that, she also finds a boyfriend who’s willing to suffer enjoy her cruel treatments in bed.

For someone who seldom reads this genre of books, the idea of dominatrix, a woman who takes the dominant role in BDSM activities, is quite new to me. Not that I feel totally comfortable with those tricks, props or a smarting guy chained down in bed, surrendering to his fu*k buddy girlfriend, it’s just that I can better stand these scenarios when the author did a fabulous job describing the entire “stuff.”

Besides, as twisted as it may sound, I personally think this book is an eye opener for people who don’t read erotic stories often because the author even depicts the innermost feeling from the character(s). For example, our female protagonist, aka Elle, who always feels ashamed of her sexual preference so she keeps it a secret all the time. However, I can hardly imagine that sort of impulse when it comes to Elle’s definition of sex; therefore, here’s a short description from her viewpoint:

The unpleasant discovery didn’t stop Elle from wanting kinky experiences, but it took a lot of the shine off. Still, she told herself wanting to tie someone up must be something you had to explain to a proper boyfriend. One you really cared about.

What’s more, caring about someone is also a big deal for Elle since she tends to do whatever she sees fit and doesn’t give a damn for others’ feelings. Hence, I’m truly happy for her when she eventually finds that Prince Charming whom she really gives her heart to.

All in all, these are what you need to know about Something Borrowed:
*It’s basically a different (and better) version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Compared to 50 Shades, I personally think Something Borrowed makes me less uncomfortable.
*If you’ve read the author’s previous book, Taunt, you’ll find the sex scenes in Something Borrowed are less explicit and hardcore. Thus, I actually enjoy reading this more than Taunt.
*Even though Something Borrowed isn’t something I’d normally go for, it’s a fun, quick and light read to me. So I highly recommend it to anyone who wants some kinky stories with a satisfying ending.

PS. That ENDING is the best part in the book! I mean, who doesn’t love happy endings? ❤

***Thanks to the author for kindly offering me a chance to read and review this book.***


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