Monday, March 2, 2015

ARC Review ~ INTIMATE GEOGRAPHY by Tamsen Parker

Intimate Geography (The Compass, #2)
by: Tamsen Parker
Series: The Compass
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2015
Source: NetGalley

Fiercely protective of her heart, India Burke let down her defenses when Cris Ardmore went from another notch on her D/s playdate belt to everything she could never admit she wanted.

But being disowned by your family and betrayed by your lover aren’t easy to get over, and India’s old fears of intimacy creep in against a backdrop of professional drama that forces her return to a place that never really felt like home.

Though she proved her loyalty when it mattered most, love is about more than grand gestures and Cris wants all of her—which may be more than India is able to give. Can Cris and India navigate to a shared future or will they forever be off course?

** Please Note: Intimate Geography is Book 2 of The Compass Series and CANNOT be read as a stand-alone. Personal Geography, the beginning of Cris and India’s story, released on December 1st 2014.**

So, having being left dangling over the cliff edge at the way Tamsen Parker ended Personal Geography, I have been somewhat eager to get my little hands on Intimate Geography.  And on the whole, I've been left a happy reader.

"What shall we do with you, pet?  It's been a while since I've been able to play with you.  Did you miss me?"

Continuing straight on from where Personal Geography ended, this time round there is a slight shift from the BDSM and D/s aspect and it focuses on India and Cris' relationship.  Yes there is sex, granted less kinky, heated and with a lesser D/s feel, but it's still hot and sexy.  Cris has much more devoted to him; something I felt was neglected a little the first time round and I can only repeat what I said in my previous review; older, wiser, respectful and patient, he reads like a Dom and not some wealthy, arrogant douche on a power trip.  Precisely why I liked him.  And India, I may have found her a little unlikeable in book 1, but she blossoms and as her heart opens, she became much more likeable, but without losing her strong-willed edge or principles.  Together they maintain a great chemistry and you can't not want them to find their HEA.

"...I'd like for you to trust me with more than your body.  I want to feel worthy of all of you."

I had a couple of little quibbles after reading the first book, for example the timespan left me unsure what period was covered, but this wasn't the case this time around and the story flowed better for it.  But, I still felt opportunities were missed, scenes were set up, such as India meeting Cris's friends, but they weren't taken any further and I also felt that India's relationship with her Dad deserved more.  Nevertheless it was a good conclusion and Tamsen Parker is definitely an author I'll be watching; I can't help but hope that she will revisit some of the secondary characters from her Compass series and bring us their stories.

Note: Intimate Geography is the concluding part to a 2 book series and as such isn't a standalone read.

Rating: 3.5

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