In this tale of sensuality and suspense, Sidney Bristol proves that desire can be the most dangerous drug of all.
DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.
Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.
Wow this book starts off with a bang! A private play party in a luxurious castle like mansion. Our heroine Poppy, a switch, was looking for a change or even just something different. Not finding anything to entice her to play, she changes from her party clothes and retreats to the library. Seeking the solace of quiet in the room and a book.
Damien is a DEA agent, he keeps his work and personal preferences separate. He didn’t want anyone misconstruing his lifestyle for anything other than it was. When he spotted Poppy he was intrigued by her. Her long golden hair led him to think of her as Rapunzel. When she vanished before he could approach her, he went looking for her.
This is a favorite scene when he finds her in the library.
Damien cleared his throat and let his boots thud on the tile floor as he stopped in front of her.
The woman sat up suddenly, blinking as if she had been dozing and was just waking up. Her gaze landed on him and she froze. In the dim light, wearing all black, he was probably a bit difficult to see.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to startle you.” No, he’d just wanted her awake. He added a smile to further put her at ease. “May I join you?”
“Depends if you make a habit of hovering about watching people.” Color rose in her cheeks, giving them a pink hue. Damn if it didn’t entice him more.
Damien grinned. “Got me there. It’s not a habit, I promise.”
“Have a seat if you like.” She swung her feet off the chaise, lifting a book from her lap. She covered her mouth while she yawned, and even that gesture was cute.
“What are you reading?” he asked as he sank into an uncomfortable leather chair.
Her lips curled into a smile and she flashed the book’s cover at him. A shirtless man graced the front. “A trashy romance novel. Want to read a page?”
“He looks like he’s constipated.” Damien held out his hand, now more curious than ever about her. “What’s it about?”
She handed the book over and her smile widened. “A wolf-shifter alpha has to take a vampire queen as his mate to save his pack, but what he doesn’t know is that the vampire coven has organized the marriage— mating— to get rid of her and the pack, because they want to suck the blood of everyone in this town on one special night so they’ll become uber-powerful.” She curled her legs under her and propped her chin on her fist. “I’m at the part where the vampire and the wolf are realizing the plot against them, but they’ve already fallen for each other.”
“I … see.” He shook his head. The stuff in books made everyday life seem normal. Damien started where she’d left off, at the top of the left-hand page, and began reading. “He dug his hand into her hair and pulled, exposing the long column of her neck. His bite, the mark of a mate, stood out on her pale flesh. Adam slapped the round curve of her bottom. She moaned. His little vamp liked pain with her pleasure. He delivered several blows to her bottom until her skin turned a rosy red and her head tossed back and forth in pleasure. ‘I’m going to tie you to this wall, bite you until not an inch is left unmarked. Then I’ll fuck you until you scream,’ he said.” Damien stopped there and studied his new companion. “If this is trashy, I’ll take a copy.”
She sputtered and laughed, none of the unease he’d glimpsed earlier evident in the comfortable way she reclined across from him.
“I’m serious. Does he really tie her up?” He slipped the bookmark back between the pages and laid the book on his lap.
“I don’t know. Someone interrupted me.” She bit her lower lip and her eyes seemed to sparkle. Rapunzel was an accurate name for her. There was an air of mischief and wonder about her. The blond hair only added to the picture.
Bristol, Sidney. Committed: A Drug of Desire Novel (Kindle Locations 94-96). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Being any kind of police has it’s difficulties, but especially with the alphabet agencies. These are the men and women who can be called away at any time, regardless of what they are doing.
The take-down for the case he was working couldn’t have come at a worse time. He needed to be doing after-care and instead had to pass it to someone else. His job wouldn’t wait.
I really loved this book, it kept me on my toes through the whole thing. Between Damien apologizing, and extremely hot scenes, there is the turmoil of a blossoming relationship. To the suspense of tracking the bad guy that got away. This is a book that doesn’t let you put it down.
5 Contented Purrs for Sidney!