Monday, 27 February 2012

Go Deep by Juniper Bell


Beth is the shy, dreamy type. No one guesses at the wild sexual thoughts she hides behind that quiet façade. She doesn’t even share her secret longings with her husband.

Gavin loves his wife, but he’s tired of living in a marriage in which neither he nor Beth reveal their true desires. When Gavin sees Beth’s response to an erotic bondage photo in her framing shop, he jumps at the opportunity to break through her barriers.

He accepts an invitation to a showcase match for the amateur hockey team he coaches during Wild Nights, an infamous winter festival during which “anything goes, nothing counts”. But he’s opened a sensual Pandora’s box—Beth has some surprises of her own. When she meets Eagle, a free-spirited Wild resident, she knows he’s the perfect man to help enact her erotic fantasies. And once they go deep, there’s no going back.

Go Deep is a steaming hot novel. In fact, something this hot could only come from somewhere so cold! I’m talking about the location, Alaska. Or to be more precise, Wild, a place where ‘anything goes, nothing counts’. In other words, you can set your fantasies, your desires, your darkest dreams free and no one will judge you or breathe a word of it to anyone, ever.

Where do I get my ticket??

Beth is a shy, insular character, mousey and day-dreamy, and she is married to a big, ex-hockey-playing hunk of gorgeousness called Gavin. (Yes, I’m swooning as I think of him). But Beth spends a lot of time in her head, torn between the strict upbringing her mother subjected her to and deliciously dark thoughts of submission and allowing her sexual side to be set free.

So it is no wonder Gavin is at the end of his tether. He loves his wife with all of his heart, and it was her demure character that attracted him to her in the first place. But enough is enough, he can’t go on not feeling like he really possesses her and trying to hold back the carnal cravings he keeps locked inside. He needs to see into her soul, really connect with her on every level. Be together in every sense of the word.

It is a combination of things that spurs both characters into action and I adored the way Ms Bell used the erotic photograph as a catalyst to spark the story. It stayed a central part of the plot and I have to say I can visualise it in my head very clearly.

The way in which Beth and Gavin reached out to one another tugged my heart strings. At times they were tentative and shy, even though married, at other times, daring, and laying their hearts on the line for one another. I liked that they did that, because as a reader I got to see them stepping out of their comfort zones and the effect it had on them. Sometimes it surpassed their expectations, other times there had to be a ‘hang on a minute’ moment. It was all so real, so erotic and ultimately so wonderfully entertaining.

The secondary characters were just delicious. Shall I say that again? Delicious with a capital D. I am talking about more hockey hunks, naked, aroused, salivating. And of course, then there is Eagle, a mysterious skater who, by the way, I would happily be his ‘cabin slave girl’ for a long weekend – oh yummy times would be had!

Best Bits:

With her, he was always meticulously restrained, although sometimes she caught a flash in his dark eyes or a ruthless curve of his mouth that reminded her what a physical creature lurked inside. Not like her. She was locked away in her own head. At some point she’d thrown away the key.
“I’m a man. I’m always in the mood for meat.”
“So are you going to play the Nasties?”
A wild urge to do something—submit, surrender, splay herself open, turn herself inside out.
“Don’t know why, but everyone always wants to be on top.”
Everyone looked up and froze. One of the Renegades players dropped his hand of cards. The piano went silent. The room went electrically still.
She couldn’t be scared of pink fur, could she?
Every player in the locker room gaped at her. He was surprised drool wasn’t puddling on the floor.
His eyes met Gavin’s. He’s a wild thing, thought Gavin. Free. A creature of the wilderness.

Verdict:

I love this author’s voice and I can’t think of a better setting for steaming up the windows and stripping naked in front of a roaring log fire. If strong central characters, a unique plot and burn-your-fingertips-on-your-E-reader sex scenes are your thing then Go Grab a copy of Go Deep today and enjoy!!

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