Rule's Obsession by Lynda Chance
Series: The House of Rule #1
Published by Lynda Chance Books on April 25, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
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An alpha-male like no other: Damian Rule is an ultra-staid businessman who likes his life just so. He wears his hair cut short; he demands his business affairs be organized, and he insists that his women be impeccably groomed and conservative in both speech and appearance. When he meets Angie Ross for the first time, he sees a hot, beautiful, gothic mess. With her fishnet stockings and spiked leather cuffs, she's wildly inappropriate for his long term needs. But for the short term? She'll do just fine.
From the author of USA Today's 'Sarah's Surrender', Lynda Chance brings you: Rule's Obsession. With a style reminiscent of 'Pursuit' and 'Marco's Redemption', 'Rule's Obsession' is a steamy, stand-alone book with no cliffhangers.
I’ve read a pretty decent amount of Lynda Chance. She writes some of the most obsessive alphole heroes around. Most (All?) of the work I’ve read by Lynda Chance were short stories so when I saw this full length book was being offered for free, I decided to grab a copy.
I like reading Lynda Chance because I love the emotion of the obsessive/possessive hero. I love the fact that he’s chasing the heroine and that the heroine doesn’t have to play the “does he, does he not” guessing game that often happens in Romance. I also like possessive heroes so typically Lynda Chance should be right up my alley… But there’s just something about the way her heroes talk to her heroines that bothers me a lot. It’s not so noticeable in the shorts since there so little space/word count to work with but the asshole behavior sticks out like a sore thumb in this full length.
From the very beginning of Rule’s Obsession Damian, the hero, was a total ass to the heroine, Angie. He’s rude and nasty and kept telling her that he just wanted to fuck her/that she was fuckable but unsuitable. It bothered me a lot – especially since if a man spoke to me that way he’d never get a chance to taste the pussy. Unfortunately, like all Lynda Chance heroines, Angie is a very easy pushover. She’s small and delicate and stammers a lot when faced with Damian and his aggressive nature. I didn’t really understand why she kept dealing with him because the way he spoke to her was atrocious and it made me upset that she let it pass time and again.
“Who the hell would want you for a sweetheart? I’m sure nobody could ever trust you enough to fall asleep around you. You’d probably drive a stake through their damn heart.”
“You look like the devil’s daughter and yet you’re sexy as fuck. Absolutely inappropriate for a man like me.”
“I don’t give a shit about being the boss of you. I don’t want to tell you how to act. All. I . Want. Is. To. Fuck. You.”
My other issue was the sex. Lynda Chance’s sex scenes aren’t necessarily hot…they’re usually more sweet than anything else. This is Chance’s norm but I felt that Rule’s Obsession gave the impression that some super hot dirty sexing was going to go down. And I was excited!
“Doesn’t the fact that I have a hunger for you that makes me want to restrain you to a flat surface and do obscene and salacious things to your body scare you?”
“Has anyone ever owned your body? because that’s how it would be between us.” he bit her earlobe and sucked it into his mouth, savoring her taste, her scent, before continuing, “If you were mine, it would appear to the world as if you had a normal life, you might even feel as if your days were your own. But that would be an illusion; it wouldn’t be just fucking with you and me. If you ever made the mistake of sleeping with me, it wouldn’t be just sex. So, I’m warning you now. I’d own you. I’d own your body; I’d own your orgasms. I’d strip you naked, spread you wide and play with your body to my satisfaction before I’d ever let you experience release. Don’t get me wrong, you wouldn’t ever want to get away from me, be sweetheart, your life as you know it would be over. So before you ever let me sweet talk you into bed, understand that I’m just a little bit insane when it comes to you. It’s the reason I’ve never put a move on you before, and its the reason I’m going to let you slip away untouched tonight. I’m going to try my fucking best to stay away from you, but I don’t know how long I’ll be able to manage it. So if I come at you sometime in the future lying through my teeth and telling you it’ll only be for fun, don’t you fucking believe me. So, consider this the only warning you’re going to get.”
I mean, after reading that, I was primed to see something incredibly hot going down.
What I got was doggie style. WTF? Doggie style?? There was no hot and dirty sex going down. There were no restraints. There was no orgasm control…instead I got the hero being excited because he was going to hit it from the back.
I was done, lol. DONE. And disappointed.
Rule’s Obsession gave me a bit more that Chance’s shorts have but the extended assholish behavior of the hero sorta warns me away from more of her longer works. I read the sample for the most recent book in this series, Rule’s Seduction (The House of Rule #4) and things (heroes) don’t change.
All in all, this is a solid and typical entry to Lynda Chance’s body of work. I prefer the lack of characterization that Ms Chance gives in the short story format more than I do the characterization found in her longer work. People who enjoy (pretty close to) doormat heroines with pushy alphahole heroes should read everything that Lynda Chance writes.