ARC Review: Rules of Seduction by Joya Ryan

9 Jun 2015

Book Title: Rules of Seduction
Author: Joya Ryan
Series: Serve #7
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Genres: Erotica, BDSM
He'll be the dream and the dirty fantasy...

Through with both her controlling ex and relationships, Ava Webber is determined to explore the spicy and sometimes forbidden appetites of the exclusive BDSM nightclub, Serve. Here, she'll get exactly what she long as it's from a man she doesn't know.

Nolan Hart ensures that Serve's clients get what they want, how they want it. But with one look at the curvy brunette, Nolan knows he’s the man to fulfill her desires. As the anonymous lover, he's Ava’s dirtiest fantasy. Outside of Serve, he's her charming, smartass friend.

But Nolan wants more. More than Ava is willing to give. And as long as the blindfold stays on, she'll never discover that the two men she's falling for are one and the same...


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 Rules of Seduction (Serve #7) is an erotic love story about fulfilling fantasies amidst anonymity. Ava is a woman scarred by a very controlling ex-husband. He was a man that took every ounce of her sense of self, leaving her with nothing but a shell of her inner person. Two years divorced, she craves the intimacy of sex, the no-holds-barred passion she can only get from a powerful man. Yet, Ava refuses to give away her power, her sense of self. So she decides to join Serve, a high end sex club in NYC. Her one hard limit...anonymity. 

 Nolan is taken back by the woman who enters his office at Serve, applying for anything the club, or the man he chooses to pair her with, wants to give her. Anything... Surely this is wrong. Anything? All she asks is that she doesn't see the man and is blindfolded. He shall step into the scene. He sets her world on fire. He walks out. She goes on with her life...the life she's finally taken control of and refuses to relinquish to a man. 

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 What I liked most about Rules of Seduction was it's sensuality. It's held within a BDSM sex club but the sensual nature of their encounters struck me most. It was smoking hot, the mysterious man that caters to Ava's every need, discreetly leaving before the blindfold is removed.


 Having not read the other books in the series, I didn't feel lost at all. Sure, there's past characters from other books, but they didn't distract me from this story. I'm a bit curious as to the early development of Nolan's character in the previous books. He's got reasons he wants to be the man to make Ava's sexual dreams come true and the biggest is her safety. Did the events of the one scene in the past that went bad occur in other books? I guess I need to read them and find out! I found Nolan's character endearing and his prowess swoontastically hot! He was so in-tuned with her needs, the reader couldn't help but wish she was in Ava's place!

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 Ava, on the other hand, irritated me a bit. I completely understand her issues for why she wants the physical connection without the potential for the same issues to arise again with a controlling man. I get that, but I was a bit put-off by her treatment of Nolan when his identity was brought to light. My only other issue was the quickness of throwing out the "I love you's." I didn't connect with the couple quite as emotionally as I did sexually and I felt their ability to say how inequivecably in love they were with one another was a bit far-fetched and premature. It's not insta-love per se, but not quite developed enough for my heart to be invested to that depth. I was MORE than happy with the lust side of their relationship and the budding feelings... 

  Rules of Seduction was my first read by this author and overall, I really enjoyed it. It's quick. It's ultra steamy and can be read as a standalone. I look forward to more from Joya Ryan in the near future!

  Advanced copy received by Entangled Brazen Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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