Serve is a club that scares me to death, which is why I love books that incorporate it into the storyline. I don't possess the intestinal fortitude for that kind of lifestyle, but I sure like reading about it. Garrett and Ridley's story starts way back in high school, and I like the past connection. While it can help pave the way in some respects, it can also put up some mighty big roadblocks. Garrett's family was abandoned by their mother and it left huge emotional scars on Garrett, his twin Will and their sister Sara. Not to mention their father. This, of course, plays heavily in the way Garrett reacts to deep emotion. But doesn't excuse it.
I liked Ridley -she is a woman ready to move on and build a life without the one she wanted. I didn't approve of her choosing Will though; that was kind of creepy since he's Garrett's twin. And we find out later that just because they share physical features and a proclivity for BDSM, that's where it ends. The story starts off with a bang (pardon the pun) and bounces along nicely. I had problems with how Garrett jerked Ridley around emotionally; that wasn't cool. He has problems, but she shouldn't be punished for another woman's actions. The sex was risky, dominant and daring. The romance tremulous - Garrett has NO experience in that arena. I found that endearing and redeeming of his previous coldness.
What it all boils down to is are they better off together or apart?
The man she should want, or the man she craves…
Fashion designer Ridley Ethridge thinks she's found the perfect, stable sort of guy in her childhood friend Will Reaver. With seduction in her sights, she arranges to rock Will's world at an exclusive club that caters to those with adventurous and erotic appetites. What happens next is both intense and satisfying—until Ridley's blindfold comes off to reveal Will's twin brother. The same twin who broke her heart eight years ago.
Former soldier Garrett Reaver hasn't ever gotten Ridley out of his system. And now that she's before him in all her submissive glory? He'll be damned before he lets someone else have her, especially his brother. Because Garrett and Ridley have some seriously unfinished business to take care of, and it starts now. And this time, he'll show Ridley how exquisite a relationship with him could be…if their past doesn't catch up to them first.
Stands Alone: yes