Power and Possession (Reckless #1) by C.C. Gibbs
Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotic
Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.
Nicole isn't interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession . . .
Book 1 in Rafe & Nicole's story.
Nicole Parrish is enjoying a rather lavish vacation with her bestie when BAM she encounters none other than Rafe Contini, the filthy rich playboy who happened to own the yacht that they’re kicking back on. The two share what can only be described as an instantaneous mind-snap, both becoming completely entranced by the other to the point of distraction. Rafe, never one to let a great opportunity pass him by, grabs up the chance to have Nicole all to himself even if it’s against his usual behavior. He just didn’t know what he was getting into with the woman who was not about to let a man take charge.
I will say, the instant uncontrollable lust these two shared was a bit hard to swallow for me, but it’s also hard to deny that they had great chemistry. Rafe was the ultimate alpha sex god, but Nicole handed it right back so there was a lot of passion even from the start. I loved that she was so strong-willed and stood her ground, but their banter was so equally matched and borderline knee-jerk that it got frustrating at times. I wanted Nicole to just take a breath and stop reacting time Rafe showed his dom-like tendencies! But it was amusing to see how they played off each other and both seemed to be completely baffled being with someone so much like themselves.
Once we got past the little control squabbles, Nicole and Rafe were crazy hot together and even started to connect beyond their intense need to have physical contact. Rafe’s success has left him in a position where some people want to see him suffer, and it puts Nicole's safety in question. As he’s dealing with this newfound desire to actually care for and be with one woman, he struggles to keep her safe from his world. And it didn’t help that her powerful, rich, and very-much-like-Rafe uncle Dominic didn’t approve of Nicole being with this man that he probably saw too much of himself in. And yeah, I haven’t read C.C. Gibbs’ All or Nothing series yet, but after meeting Dominic in this series, I’ve added it to my list so I can see more of him!
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, especially the second half because we were past all of the initial power struggles and able to just enjoy the thrills and heart-racing romance between Nicole and Rafe. In a genre where the alpha-male rich playboy meets naïve waif is so overdone, it was nice to see a female lead who could stand on her own against someone so domineering as Rafe. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for them next, especially after a sneak peek at book two that leaves us hanging!
“If I believed in the idea that a mysterious stranger could enter my life and change it in a split second I’d say it was when you walked in the door.” His mouth twitched slightly in amusement. “Since I don’t, I’m going with instant lust.” ~Loc 128
--“this thing we’ve got going on—you and me—us…karma—whatever the fuck it is, I’d like to take it slow and easy if you don’t mind.”
“You mean stamp the date and time on our psyches, tattoo it on our hearts, send word balloons out into the ether?”
His sudden smile was dazzling. “I’m obviously more sober than you, but yeah—something like that.” ~Loc 211
“So to change the subject, what’s first on the agenda? Although I warn you, my G-spot requires a whole lot of loving.”
He grinned. “G-spot? What’s that?”
“I’m leaving.” She playfully pulled away.
He pulled her back. “No worries, pussycat. I’ll make sure your precious little G-spot is petted all night long.” ~Loc 988
She is using different Publishers for North American and international distribution, hence different covers and titles.
Nicole & Rafe in the Reckless Series:
BOOK 1 available in ebook February 2015
Pushing the Limits (International)/ Power and Possession (North America)
Dominic and Kate in the Knight Trilogy / All or Nothing Trilogy
Books must be read in order:
Knight’s Mistress (International) / All He Wants (North America)
Knight’s Game (International) / All He Needs (North America)
Knight Takes Queen (International) / All He Desires (North America)