Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: The Club: Ethan (Book 1 of The Club Series)

Title: The Club: Ethan (The Club # 1)
Author: Jenna Elliot
Type: Novella
Length: 178 pages (Kindle)
Publisher: ImaJinn Books, Inc.
Publication Date: January 31, 2015
Genres: New Adult Romance

Her name was Mia. Rich girl, law school drop-out, smart, crazy sexy, and in over her head with me from the moment I rescued her on the side of a South Florida road.

She’s going to require some delicate handling on my part. Maybe that’s what challenges me about her. Her innocence.

She’ll play my games. They all do. I train them, and they love what I give back. I need them, too, but only the sex; it keeps the nightmares away. I’m addicted to the game, to the action, to the control.

I’m good at what I do. I own a piece of Command Performance, one of South Beach’s hottest sex clubs.

But no one owns a piece of me.

Not even Mia. Not yet.

Jenna Elliot has been writing since she was a baby gator at the University of Florida. What started as sweet romances soon turned into steamy new adult novels. When she's not writing—or researching (wink!)—Jenna enjoys spending time with her adopted Basset Hound and cat, Sherlock and Watson, cooking new recipes from Pinterest, and binge watching Netflix. Her life goals include being a contestant on a game show, writing a book (check!), and conquering her resting bitch face. Jenna is a lover, not a fighter.

In Deep Like!
Quite. Simply. WOW. One of the most smoking hot books I've read. It's 1:30 am, just finished and now have Prince's ''Sexy MF' playing in my head. Ethan is one of the most lust worthy male leads I've read this year and it's all due to the excellent writing of the author. 

Ethan takes hold of the reader's attention from the very beginning. His character is the typical tall, dark and handsome but this is where the typical ends. His character is tortured, broken but not brooding, dominating yet sensitive, cocky and arrogant. He is chalked full of all the characteristics I love in a leading male character.

Mia is sweet and naive. Her plight? Well, she rich with trust fund intact, a bit sheltered, two unloving parents (controlling father who use the purse strings to control her and a spineless mother) and a parent approved ex fiancee. After one wild romp on the side of the highway with Ethan, Mia begins to discover who she is as a person. Also, for the first time she is finding her voice ... her ability to stand up for herself. With Ethan beautiful Mia is finding out what it feels like to be wanted, desired and cared for. 

The chemistry between the two main characters was excellent and it was very easy to get into their story. As the reader, I didn't get any of the ‘in love’ vibe from Ethan (got plenty of in lust, in control, in deep like and most definitely willing to try this possibility of love) but Mia was definitely in deep after one road side romp. Then again, who better to pair up with an emotionally detached leading male than the girl who has grown up with emotionally detached parents.

What the story lacked was sufficient background information about both characters or didn't include that much interaction with other characters in the leading characters lives. Would have loved for Ethan to meet Mia’s folks, her ex or any interaction with ‘high society’ folks. Would have loved for Mia to have direct interactions with some of Ethan’s previous ‘pets’, fellow soldiers, or business partners.

The Club: Ethan is a good introduction to the series and I hope that the readers will see more of Mia and Ethan in future installments.

~~ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.~~

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