Fool’s Desire (Club Risque #1) by Poppy Flynn
Wow did I seriously underestimate how much I would enjoy this book!
I’ve followed this author for a while on Facebook mainly because she’s from Wales, which is one of my favourite holiday destinations in the UK. But until yesterday I hadn’t actually gotten around to reading any of her work. There are so many authors churning out bland “BDSM romances”, as part of the FSoG bandwagon, that I no longer hold expect too much when I pick up a kinky book. So colour me both surprised and immensely pleased when this one grabbed my throat, pushed me against the wall and fired up my nerve endings with its wonderful mix of great story and hot sex.
Personally I could have stood another hot kink scene BUT that would have only happened by artificially forcing one into the story. Because this is a second-chance, we don’t actually get to see all that much of our H and h alone together. However I fully bought into their emotions and connection, the author did a fantastic job of showing us, rather than telling.
The book starts with a couple of events from ten or eleven years ago. Despite barely having met the characters, Daisy’s heartbreak really tore me up, I was devastated for her and wanted to hit Joel, not to mention Eric. What I really liked, when we finally know the full story of that night, was that Desi wasn’t considered equally to blame. Yes she made a hugely rash decisions, but an understandable one based on her age, experience in life and utter devastation. However Joel ignoring a friend’s rude behaviour, was tantamount to his condoning it, especially when his loyalties should have been with Daisy/Desi.
His actions in the ‘present’ were not always much better, but somehow the author kept me from disliking him. I still wanted to shake him, but at least I didn’t want to shoot him! What really impressed me was the huge personal growth that Desi underwent. Her mature acceptance of situations and how she moved on in a better way this time. Joel’s epiphany seemed a lot quicker, though not as easily gained. He did have Jake, Connor and Logan to frequently point out his idiocy too. Whilst some might argue that Joel didn’t grovel enough, didn’t do enough to earn Desi back, my take was that she loved him, had always loved him, why would she turn down what she had always wanted? That doesn’t make her weak, in my book, it makes her mature, willing to forgive past mistakes and not willing to cut her nose of to spite her face.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…”Theodore Roosevelt
This story certainly echoed old Teddy’s thoughts above. It was a long, hard struggle to reach that HEA, but not once did it feel contrived, repetitive or unnecessary. I was caught up from the first few lines of this book and didn’t want to put it down until I’d got to the end. Without a shadow of a doubt I will be reading the rest of this series.
As a bubbly art student, Daisy Kidde embarked on a passionate relationship that ended in tears.
Eleven years later, she has reinvented herself as the aloof finance director, Desirae Harper, but the past threatens to catch up with her and turn her quiet, reserved world upside down when her company is threatened with a takeover bid and the dominant Joel Blackwood walks back into her life.
Can she resist him or will the old Daisy return, threatening her new, quiet life?