Blog Tour ~ Besotted (The Billionaire Banker #3) by Georgia Le Carre ~ Excerpt, Double Review and Giveaway
‘What about BDSM? Are you going to teach me something about that?’
He looks at me over the rim of his glass. ‘Why? Are you interested in being a submissive?’
‘I don’t know. I could be. What is it?’
‘It’s a game.’
‘I like games. Start me off and I’ll tell you if I like it.’
He stops smiling, his eyes change, darken. Very deliberately he pushes his glass of orange juice to the middle of the table, reaches for the carton of milk and holding it right in front of him, slowly tips it sideways until the milk in it pours onto the table. I watch the puddle grow on the table. At some point well before the carton is empty he stops pouring. I lift my eyes from the spill and look at him. His eyes are expressionless, watchful. The silence stretches. I break it. ‘Well?’
‘Clean it up,’ he says.
‘I don’t need to repeat myself, do I? It is a punishable offence.’
For a moment I feel confused. Was this the thing that has everybody hot up the collar? Do I want to be his little slave? The answer is obvious and immediate. I don’t. Definitely not. But I’ll let it play a little more and see where this little game goes. I turn towards the paper towels.
‘Not with the paper towel.’ His voice cracks like a whip.
I turn towards him slowly. Our eyes clash, a look of impatience about his. What does he want me to do? Clean the table with my tongue? The thought is unsexy, off-putting. ‘With what, then?’
He leans back and folds his arms across his chest. ‘With your sex.’
And suddenly I am wet. The idea is shocking but incredibly, unbelievably erotic. I hook my thumbs into the scrap of white lace around my hips, push it all the way down and step out of it.
‘Give them to me.’
I bend down to retrieve them and walk towards him. I look into his eyes as I drop my bunched up knickers into his outstretched hand. He puts them into his trouser pocket.
I hop onto the table with my legs apart so he can see what I am doing, I bend forward and flattening my thighs, slowly drag my sex across the liquid. Something flashes in his eyes. The milk is cold on my warm skin. When I have swept myself across the spill I stop and look to him.
He nods slowly. ‘You,’ he says, and there is a touch of admiration in his voice, ‘are an excellent pupil. You never do more than what you are instructed to do.’
I say nothing. Just hold myself in that position.
‘Now spread your legs,’ he orders.
“All I know is when he first kissed me a lifetime ago, he didn’t kiss my lips, he kissed my soul.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Besotted is the third book in the Billionaire Banker series, it picks up immediately Forty Two days. Admittedly, there were still some elements of the storyline I didn’t understand such as the sacrifice Lana was talking about and the history with Blake’s father but I got enough information to follow the storyline.
I did worry this book was going to be a ‘filler’ or stopgap as such and in one sense that was true, the plot didn’t move along greatly for Blake and Lana but on the other hand, I really enjoyed reading about their relationship and it was great to see them grow closer as a couple.
In terms of writing style, this was my favourite so far by Georgia, I found myself highlighting several passages and I truly believed in the declarations between Blake and Lana. At times, their dialogue did seem stilted an unnatural but I felt this lessened as the story progressed.
“His mouth moves in closer and closer until his lips meet mine. I open my mouth to taste him. Ah...He enters my soul. In the shadows of our bedroom, time stills.”
“There is no one else but you, Lana. You’ve got me so I can’t even think straight.” His eyes move hungrily over my face. “I crave your mouth, your skin, your hair. Every morning I wake up ravenous for you, then I pace around during the day starving for you, and at night just after I’ve had you I start to crave your hot, sweet body all over again.”
Both Blake and Lana’s characters continue to grow, Lana is more confident within herself (the love of a good man will do that to you) and with the truth about Sorab out in the open, Lana could truly be herself.
Blake’s Alpha side was out in full force and this side I liked very much, coupled with his caring manner and vulnerability when it came to Lana and Sorab, I was a goner.
“You can never run away from me, Lana. I would journey into the underworld to find you. You are mine.”
“Until I met you I had never wanted a woman’s tears, but I want yours. I want your sighs, I want your laughter, I want your joy, your smell, your smile. I want it all.”
Blake’s brother Marcus tries to cause bother between the couple, as does Victoria-Blake’s scorned ex. Surprisingly Victoria’s POV was included, this did give an insight into just how crazy she really was.
I must admit, going into the fourth book and knowing it’s from a character we met so very briefly in book one, it feels out of place. I do worry the momentum the series has gained so far may dwindle but with that being said, I shall start it with an open mind and see what surprises lay in store.
Although Besotted is the shortest book in the series so far, I enjoyed it and feel we are getting into a rhythm with Blake and Lana. I do hope they get to live in peace very shortly.
“I stare at him. So close to me, still so foreign and yet, my whole life. This is the man I had not intended to love. And now I cannot imagine my life without him.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Besotted is the third book in the Billionaire Banker series, picks up where Forty-two days ended, and after staying up all night to read the last one "Forty Two Days," I was excited to read this one, as I was left with a few questions that I was desperate to get answers from. I wanted to know how Lana, and especially Blake were going deal with the aftermath of what had happened.
“I cannot lie to you, Lana. If I have to I will sacrifice myself for you, over and over”
“He will never again have to pretend to be anything he is not. Or wear his make with me”
Lana has always been open with her feeling so I liked that I there was more emotion from Blake, and also that there was a bit more about Blake’s family. It’s apparent, and I guess understandable, with a family like his that he still has some secrets/ demons haunting him about his past. But that being said I was frustrated as I was expecting more angst, drama, and more of my question to be answered. I just wanted to know more. I felt that if the book been slightly longer maybe this could have happened.
“I am mesmerized by his gaze. Here is the man who has a hold on me, on my soul. And the has the keys to secret rooms I have yet to open”
I did love was the bonus materials at the end of the book. Georgia La Carre added at the end of the book. I have to say was a little, well ok! I was very excited when I saw that it was Blake’s POV for some key scene from the last book. Which I loved as I had said in my review for Forty-Two Days, that I felt was missing. I needed to know what Blake was thinking.
“I cannot stop. I cannot control my emotions. I cannot resist her. Cannot live without her. I don’t allow myself to feel”
Lana and Blake have great chemistry, and their love for each other is undeniable. Blake is so protective of Lana and his son. I love how Blake is still and maybe more Alpha! (Swoon) I love their sexy scene together there wasn’t as many was I would have liked, but what there was still hot.
“I crave you mouth, your skin, your hair. Every morning I wake up ravenous for you, then I pace around during the day starving for you”
Overall I did like Besotted, and being back in the lives of Lana and Blake, and seeing the changes in them, but like I said before I would have liked it if it had been longer with more angst. I am looking forward to reading Seduce Me the final book in the series, although if I’m honest I don’t really know what to expect, as its from a different characters POV, and not from Lana or Blake’s POV which I would have loved. I need more Blake and more of his POV!!! I do hope that even though Marcus, Victoria (that is one crazy lady) and let's not forget Blake’s mother, could still cause problems for Lana and Blake they get the ending they deserved.
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you….I could walk through my garden forever”. ~Alfred Tennyson.
Series order. . .
Georgia Le Carre writes contemporary and adult romance.
She lives in a little old 19th century romantic cottage, surrounded by the most magical garden, filled with fruit and walnut trees and teeming with wildlife.
Her diet includes all things chocolate and a voracious appetite for Romance reads, particularly new authors with a fresh voice.
When she is not feeding words into Amy, her precious laptop, she can be found lost in a long walk in the woods, particularly on moonlit nights; and often with the man of her dreams.