Buy This Book Kink alert! I was excited to hear that Cara McKenna had regained the publishing rights to some of her older books and would be releasing re-vamped eBooks of each. Willing Victim is the first up so I knew it was time for another read of this novella. I think that this was the first book I ever digitally picked up that came with a warning label.
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Buy This Book Kink alert! I was excited to hear that Cara McKenna had regained the publishing rights to some of her older books and would be releasing re-vamped eBooks of each. Willing Victim is the first up so I knew it was time for another read of this novella. I think that this was the first book I ever digitally picked up that came with a warning label. McKenna makes it clear that the story may prove troublesome for some readers, as it features scenes of consensual rape role-play.
After seeing that, I was actually more surprised by the fact that the first sex scene of the book features the heroine watching the hero with another woman rather than the role-play aspect; but more on that later. Laurel has a chance meeting with a big, brawny guy named Flynn and asks him out. As it turns out, this lady has plans to go home with Flynn for their regular evening of rough sex, and she invites Laurel along to watch.
Laurel is totally out of her element, but agrees to accompany Flynn and the bartender back to his apartment, if only to find out exactly how rough Flynn really is. When I read a review of the first edition of Willing Victim that mentioned the voyeur scene, I expected to be shocked or bothered by it. The way that McKenna handles the scene makes it sexy rather than jarring. Had Flynn started smacking around or choking Laurel, I probably would have been done with the book, but instead, the rape fantasy is mostly Laurel pretending to resist.
What makes this book an DIK is the amount of heart that lies beneath all the sex. Flynn is a real tough guy; he makes it clear to Laurel that he is okay with their arrangement being sex-only, and if she wants to end things he will accept that answer.
However, the reader starts to see that there is more there than he admits. He sees the walls that Laurel puts up and points out that that she is actually the one keeping them from being more than just a hook-up.
The scene where the two finally come to terms with the emotional growth of their relationship gets me every time I read it. McKenna is always a winner for me and I look forward to acquiring the other backlist titles that she puts out.
Review edited March, 29, Sex is only dirty when its done right. He intimidates the mean boyfriend. She is kind of outspoken and expresses an interest in him. There seems to be something about Flynn As it was, Laurel had hit an emotional wall in the last couple of years and being so close to all that sexy male hotness feels very good and magnetic. She craves something different, something new. As a matter of fact, Flynn boxes in informal fights.
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