Title: Yours To Take
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Genre: Contemporary BDSM
Length: 194 Pages
Series: The Connagher's, Book 3
Reviewer: Nancy G.
Today, I'm pleased to have guest reviewer, Nancy G. from My Odd Little World with her review of Joely Sue Burkhart's "Yours To Take", the third book in her "Connagher's" series.
Blurb from the Publisher:
All fire and gunpowder need is a stray spark…
The day one of her old clients gunned down a cop, former defense attorney Vicki Connagher lost everything—her passion for justice, and her lover, Detective Elias Reyes. The dead cop’s partner.
Even though she’s following her dream to start her own fashion line, it’s tough with heartache as her only companion. Until she brings Jesse, a wandering street artist, in from a freak Texas snowstorm. His submissive flirting brings out dominant tendencies she never knew she possessed, yet she hesitates to let him take her as far and as hard as she wants to go.
Some homeless junkie in Vicki’s house? Not on Elias’s watch. Pride kept him away, but as long as Jesse is staying in Vicki’s downstairs shop, he’s staying with Vicki. On the couch, but it’s a start.
As the days go by, the three work out an uneasy alliance. But Vicki’s joy at having Elias back in her life is tempered with a growing desire to have it all. Elias in her bed, and Jesse under her command. The only question remaining is if her tough alpha cop is willing to embrace all that she is…
Product Warnings: Explicit sex, BDSM, a tough alpha cop, a reluctant Domme, and a smoldering submissive street artist willing to do anything to belong to her.
Yours to Take is the third book about the Connagher family: a family filled with dominant personalities and desires. This is younger sister Vicki’s story, and it is a delicious and sexy story of discovery and passion. Vicki knows her two brothers are into the BDSM scene; her brother Victor runs the hottest cable network around and lives the lifestyle openly. What Vicki never expected was to be going to her brothers for advice and guidance in her own love life. She knew she liked things a bit rough, but never realized she had the Dom tendencies…until Jesse falls into her carefully order life. All Jesse wants is for Vicki to take control-he’s loved her from afar and just wants a chance to be near her. Her former lover, Elias Reyes, is every bit as dominant as Vicki, but can he accept what she wants; both Jesse and him?
Joely sue Burkhart has a talent for creating worlds that suck you in and make you feel like part of the story. This story is no different, and I felt like I was seeing and feeling everything Vicki was at times. The characters in this are strong and well written and the interaction is fully believable throughout the story. I enjoyed watching as Vicki discovered who she really was and what she wanted, and I liked that both of the men in her life were able to accept her for who she was. Elias was the challenge here, and I was delighted when he proved to be secure enough in his own feelings to give Vicki what she needed and not just walk away from it all.
I enjoyed going back and seeing a bit of what was happening with the rest of the Connaghers as well. I find the family to be a very strong and well developed group, and have enjoyed each story as they’ve come out. I hope that Ms. Burkhart will continue to tell more about this decidedly strong and sensual family, maybe going back to the roots and showing where it all began. Until that day, I’ll just enjoy what has been written, and recommend Yours to Take for all those who like their romance on the biting edge.