Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Greatest Risk (Honey #3) by Kristen Ashley: ARC Review



Blurb:

A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together? In this next passionate novel in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley delivers a stunningly romantic and intensely sexy novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.


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About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Yvette's Review:

After reading and loving the first two books in Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, I was eager to see where she’d go next with the series, especially when I discovered that she would be pairing Sixx and Stellan together. While Stellan was a familiar character, introduced as a possible love interest for Amelie in The Deep End, Sixx was more of a mystery, making the infamous Domme a refreshing, if unexpected match for Master Stellan. With The Greatest Risk, Kristen Ashley delves into the backstories of Sixx and Stellan, and, in doing so, creates a narrative that’s heartbreakingly beautiful, emotionally compelling, jaw-droppingly erotic, and hopelessly romantic. And I loved every minute of it.

After having witnessed Stellan pine after Amelie even while she built a relationship with Olly, it was unexpected and a bit gut-wrenching to discover that he himself was had captured the undivided attention of Sixx, a Domme who kept her long-held feelings close to heart. While Stellan might not have immediately acknowledged the attraction between him and the stubborn, guarded Domme, once he’s decided who and what he wants, he pursues her with a single-minded determination. What follows is a test of both faith and patience in which two dominants engage in a battle of wills, giving and taking control, while pushing their emotional and sexual boundaries. Sixx and Stellan set out to break down each other’s barriers, each attempting to burrow far enough under the other’s skin so as to leave a lasting imprint.

Being a Kristen Ashley book, my emotions were prepared to be put through the wringer even before getting started on The Greatest Risk. It’s a BDSM romance, which meant that it would undoubtedly be as steamy as it was boundary-pushing. Spoiler alert (not really): this book is STEAMY with a capital everything. The full effect of Stellan in no-holds-barred Dom mode? And Sixx submitting to said Dom mode? Prepare yourself for major swooning and some definite blushing. Make no mistake that this book is unapologetically depraved and downright filthy, but it’s also a mentally intense foray into the lives of two characters with a number of demons in their respective pasts. What makes the story that much more impactful is the rapid yet profound connection that develops between Sixx and Stellan, which only grows deeper with every chapter.

If you’re in the mood for a romance that’s both relentlessly erotic and heart-meltingly romantic that’s sure to tug on your heartstrings (who wouldn’t be?), The Greatest Risk is a guaranteed 5 Star read. Not only is it my new favorite book in the series, but the introduction of several new faces has made me excited for the future of the Honey Series.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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