Antonello Brothers 1: At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

This story was hot, fun, and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for what happens next. However, I just need to say something: "More information please!"

Action packed romance with a bit of life threatening danger thrown in and steamy bedtime games when there's some downtime -- hey, what's not to like. But it's not all fun and games. 

Although this story can, with great difficulty, be read on its own and can be enjoyed as a standalone book -- I found myself wanting a lot more background than I got. What was frustrating was that Senth and NarrAy's story seemed to be part of a larger story arc, one in which their relationship played fourth or fifth fiddle to the massive amounts of intrigue and triple-crossing that was going on. This would have been fine, except I had no clue who was playing on which side, and for that matter, who was supposed to be the good guys. I'm sure that some people enjoy that kind of suspense, but when there's only conflicting messages to this extent, I'm not sure I like being led on that way. 

For example, Saint-Cyr's actions alternately made him flip between being someone who seemed halfway decent to someone who you just want to see burn in the flames of Hell. For that matter, the Empress seemed to be the bad guy throughout the entire story, and does act that way all until the end, but the ending somehow managed to cast some doubt on the entire debacle. Then there's the people that NarrAy supposedly were affiliated with, who in the end seemed to be doing something that wasn't entirely right. 

 I'd be interested in reading Khyff's story to see if there's more backstory given that actually makes all this make sense, but if not, then I'm out of here.


Book Blurb for Antonello Brothers 1: At the Mercy of Her Pleasure

At eighteen, Senth Antonello already holds a lofty position in the elite Thieves' Guild. Drugged since puberty to suppress his feral half-feline side, nothing suppresses his other half, a daredevil who lives for risk. Before his master hires him out to a Better, an enhanced woman with addictive, pleasure-laced pheromones, the man offers him a deal too good to pass up. Finish the job successfully and he will buy Senth's older brother and free him. The job? Grab-and-go. The downside? Senth must remain a virgin, no matter how beautiful or tempting the woman.
 
Captain NarrAy Jorlan is twenty-five, a career officer, and determined to regain the technology stolen from her murdered parents. She hires a pro to steal it back. Unlike most Betters, NarrAy masters her powerful sex pheromones that addict her partners to her. Yet every moment with this sexually inexperienced young thief makes her wetter, hungrier, and more eager to taste and touch every part of his body. Surely she can steal a kiss or two from a thief without losing control. Can't she give in just a little, without risking him being at the mercy of her pleasure?
 
Publisher's Note: This book is a substantially re-edited, revised edition previously released by another publisher, and contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play, dubious consent, ménage (m/f/m), reference to rape offscreen.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2010 3.50