I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Descended by Rose Devereux
Series: The Red Blindfold, #1
Published by Devereux Books on February 1st 2016
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, iBooks
"For me, dominance means feeling in control and out of it at the same time. I avoided that dilemma for eight years. Until I met her."
It's Sophie Quinn's chance to make a name for herself. Her assignment: interview investor Marc Brayden, descendant of the most notorious sadist in history. Her mistake: falling hopelessly, obsessively in love.
Marc is mind-blowingly sexy, but determined to stay away from Sophie. She brings out powerful dominant urges that are dangerous to them both. But when he loses control, the pleasure is more than either of them can resist.
Sophie shut down her heart after too much betrayal and loss. Now she's thousands of miles from home and under Marc's spell. What is he hiding? Why do his desires torment him? Torn between love and the truth, she resolves to learn everything she can about Marc's cryptic past, even if she risks losing him forever.
The first book in Rose Devereux’s Red Blindfold series, Descended, Book 1, is highly addictive. Once I started it, I found myself reading it in the middle of the night until I finished it. Both Sophie and Marc are very complex characters, and their relationship attracted me more than the erotica within. Sophie Quinn is an American journalist in France to interview the heirs of the Marquis de Sade. Apparently the family has uncovered some of his journals and early writings, and plan to sell them at auction. Sophie works for a travel magazine, and finally has a shot at a feature article. Sophie is career oriented, independent, and trying to overcome the break-up of a two-year relationship. What she didn’t count on was her white-hot attraction to investor Marc Brayden.
Like most men in romance novels, Marc is depicted as one of the sexiest men on the planet, but comes across as a bit aloof. Instead of being the usual bad boy who woos women with snarky banter and a devil-may-care attitude, Marc’s attitude has to do with a secret desire. A desire he’s trying to protect Sophie from. Of course you know these two will wind up doing the nasty, but Devereux does a great job of developing their relationship, and revealing the characters’ motivations.
What I loved most about this book, aside from the character development, was how Devereux connected the story to history. The Marquis de Sade has always been a fascinating historical character, and making Marc one of his descendants added a sense of danger and intrigue to the story. Being set in France also helped set the mood. While the sex scenes were plentiful and hot, it was easy to care about Marc and Sophie, as the sex was more of an addition to the story than a reason for reading it.
If there was anything I didn’t particularly care for, it would be the been there/done that plot. Most of the story made me feel like I was reading a better written version of Fifty Shades of Grey. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the feeling of deja vu kept me from feeling surprised by anything that happened. However, the story was original enough that I found myself brushing aside the many similarities, and enjoying the book.