Driven by Fate (a Serve novel, #5)
by: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Brazen
The first rule is obey... and she already broke it.
Francesca "Frankie" De Luca always pays her debts. Even when it means stepping inside Serve, the sensuous Manhattan club that caters to particular adult desires. For Frankie, it's a taste of something she's always wanted—and never received. Until a sharply dressed Brit orders her into his room, and instructs her to undress before delivering the carnal punishment she so desperately needs...
She wasn't the woman Porter Evans was expecting. Not this wild thing with the pale, silvery eyes. And such cheek. But she violates Porter's strict rules of control. Temptation is a dangerous thing indeed. Yet everything about Frankie cries out for schooling about the tantalizing interplay of pleasure and pain. So Porter offers Frankie a deal she can't refuse—and the only thing she owes him is submission...
I make no secret I am a huge fan of Tessa Bailey's, but I have to be completely honest and say that Driven by Fate is my least favourite of all she has written and I struggled to connect with the couple.
"There will be begging and screaming and marks left behind. I'm not an easy man."
Now don't get me wrong, Porter Evans has the dirty mouth, and a sexy dominance about him, but he just didn't press my buttons. A Brit, he has a stand-offish nature about him, but verbally there were niggles because his speech didn't read very British at times and he felt undeveloped as he had traits and a past I was hoping would be elaborated on. Frankie De Luca, whilst stubborn and determined, lacked the flight and sass Tessa's ladies usually bring, came across as ungrateful and I struggled with her. That's not to say they weren't good together; in many respects they were, they certainly had the kink and they do bring out the better parts of one another, they just felt a little forced, with a chemistry that lacked the pizazz Tessa always brings us and when they did endear themselves to me, it was heading towards the finish line.
I enjoyed it, I just didn't love it as I have Tessa's previous offerings. As they say, you can't love 'em all, but it's certainly worth reading for yourself.
**Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.**
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Nicola’s review of Exposed by Fate
Nicola’s review of Mistaken by Fate
Nicola’s review of Betting on Fate
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