Author: Juliet Braddock
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 3/13/2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 442
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
January Gallimore has arrived at a crossroad in life.
A short-lived scandal that had made her the darling of the BDSM community did little to damage her status as America’s sweetheart. However, her career starring in romantic comedies hasn’t given her any insights into figuring out her own love life.
For five years, January shared a long-distance love affair with French rock legend, Etienne Marceaux. Their relationship is passionate but comfortable. Caught in the whirlwind between New York and Paris, they indulge in stolen moments in between their chaotic celebrity lives.
Although Etienne certainly knows how to entertain her with his Dominance, January realizes that something is missing. Now a thirty-something actress, she wonders how long her career will endure, and she questions some of the decisions she’s made.
On a spontaneous trip with her best friend to Provence, January encounters a chance meeting with a younger Englishman, Nigel Hereford-Smyth. With his naivete and somewhat awkward aristocratic ways, Nigel, nevertheless, sweeps January off her Louboutin pumps.
As they romp about the French countryside, January tutors her young suitor on the finer points of BDSM, and Nigel unwittingly leads January on a deep exploration of what really matters in her life. While she allows herself to revel in the bliss of a possible new man in her life, she also realizes that Nigel carries his own set of baggage.
Forced to leave Nigel by her filming schedule, January returns to the hustle of Hollywood, only to find her confusion mounting.
Will she choose Etienne, who makes her body sizzle…or Nigel, whose charm and manners leave her SMITTEN?
Smitten was a great 5 star read.
January discovers early on in life that she likes to be a submissive. When some personal images are released to the tabloids she finds herself being ridiculed by some and adored by others.
When she meets Etienne she finds that they have the lifestyle in common and they give each other what they both need. After five years January wants more but just isn’t getting it from Etienne. She has been questioning their relationship and Etienne seems to be avoiding certain discussions causing more heartache for her.
January’s best friend Xavier talks her into going on a road trip. While on the trip she meets Nigel. There was something refreshing about Nigel that pulled January in. She could also sense there was more to his story. January starts to teach Nigel scenes, and I have to say I had a LOL moment during one scene. These two decide to take a trip together. As they get closer we find out about Nigel’s past, I felt so bad for him.
When her career pulls her back to the states she continues to struggle with her feelings. Once filming wraps who will she choose, Nigel or Etienne?
I really liked January’s story. Both Etienne and Nigel were great in their own ways, however I have to say I’m more in Nigel’s corner. He was perfect and seemed to be less cold as Etienne. Etienne was a very hot dom and knew how to give January what she wanted but seemed cold in the areas that meant the most. I loved January’s best friend Xavier, he was classic and gave me some LOL moments. Juliet Braddock has once again pulled me right in with her writing. Love it!