Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Rules of Seduction (a Serve novel, #7)
by: Joya Ryan
Series: Serve
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Entangled Brazen

He'll be the dream and the dirty fantasy...

Through with both her controlling ex and relationships, Ava Webber is determined to explore the spicy and sometimes forbidden appetites of the exclusive BDSM nightclub, Serve. Here, she'll get exactly what she needs...as long as it's from a man she doesn't know.

Nolan Hart ensures that Serve's clients get what they want, how they want it. But with one look at the curvy brunette, Nolan knows he’s the man to fulfill her desires. As the anonymous lover, he's Ava’s dirtiest fantasy. Outside of Serve, he's her charming, smartass friend.

But Nolan wants more. More than Ava is willing to give. And as long as the blindfold stays on, she'll never discover that the two men she's falling for are one and the same...

Rules of Seduction is the seventh book in the Serve series, although it can easily be read as a standalone as there is little character crossover.  I must admit I had high expectations going into this as Joya Ryan's existing Brazen imprint series, Chasing Love, has been excellent.

No feelings.  No emotion.  No commitment.

When Ava Webber joins Serve, determined to forget her controlling ex-husband, she's grilled as to her preferences by Nolan Hart, the man who ensures a happy clientele. And ensure her happiness he does when she requests the man chosen to pleasure her, remains anonymous.

One was her friend.  One was her lover.  It was that very boundary that kept her safe.

Whilst I did like Ava and Nolan together, it was lacking in basic areas.  I struggled to picture our couple as character description was low and the reasons behind Ava being 'broken' - the entire point of her joining Serve - seemed neglected.  It also lacked that BDSM feel its predecessors have brought and for me it failed to reflect this aspect; Nolan, as lovely as he was, was more sweetheart than dominant.  A blindfold, bound wrists, a bit of spanking and anal play can be found in any sexy read and in this instance actions very much needed to speak louder than words.

Sweet and sexy isn't really what I was expecting from this series, nor particularly what I wanted from a BDSM led romance.  Nevertheless Rules of Seduction was an easy, enjoyable and fairly heated read.

**Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 3

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Nicola’s review of Owned by Fate
Nicola’s review of Exposed by Fate
Nicola’s review of Mistaken by Fate
Nicola’s review of Betting on Fate
Nicola’s review of Driven by Fate
Nicola’s review of Protecting Fate

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