Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Power & Possession by C.C. Gibbs [Review + Giveaway]

The ultimate pleasure lies in sweet surrender . . .
 Brash. Brilliant. Devastatingly handsome. Billionaire playboy Rafe Contini can have any woman he wants-no strings, no commitments, no promises. But when American graduate student Nicole Parrish crashes his private party in Monte Carlo, he wants more than a casual one-night stand. He wants to possess this beautiful stranger-body, mind, and soul.

Nicole isn't interested in being possessed by any man-especially one as powerful as Rafe. But with a seductive smile and enigmatic charm, he lures her into his private world of erotic discovery and pushes her to the brink of ecstasy. In the summer days-and nights-that follow, they explore every forbidden fantasy, every willful desire, every wild, dizzying sensation. And come dangerously close to crossing the line-between love and lust, pleasure and pain, power and possession…

POWER AND POSSESSION by C.C. Gibbs (September 1, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback; Reckless #1)
4 Billionaire Play boy stars
Power and Possession is a standalone, but it is also part of the Reckless series. You will be satisfied when you are done, but you can continue to read the series if you choose (Seduction and Surrender, book 2, is scheduled to be release).  This is a spin-off from the All or Nothing series.

This is my first C.C. Gibbs book. My friend loved this book, so I HAD to read it. Here are some Power and Possession elements that stood out to me.

Rich handsome player Hero? CHECK

Sassy, independent-ish Heroine? CHECK

Insta-Lust? Check


Rafe is handsome, rich and arrogant. He plays very hard and loves women. Nicole is rich, strong and loves men. When she runs into Rafe, she is instantly drawn to him.

When Rafe and Nicole first meet, I was kind of taken aback. She walked in on him when he was about to do the deed with another girl. Rafe gets so distracted by Nicole, he dismisses the girl he was about to you know boom with in order to get to know Nicole. Isn’t that an interesting meeting? You got to love a player Hero. 

I thought Nicole would be disgusted, but she can’t help but take the opportunity to get to know Rafe. She met him years ago (when she was younger) and has had a crush on him ever since. Power to her! Nicole’s personality is very strong. She isn’t the typical Heroine I am use to reading in these billionaire books. I found her bantering with Rafe A LOT. She can be a bit pushy and fights a bit with Rafe.  Let’s just say she knows what she wants and she isn’t afraid to voice it. 

In fact, I would say it was Nicole trying to pursue Rafe. Yes, very different. This is no hearts and flowers kind of book. It’s raw, kinky and pure lust. Rafe and Nicole both want one thing: to have dirty times with each other. Since Nicole is on vacation, she puts a time stamp of one month for their fling.

As they spend more time with each other, Rafe pushes Nicole to try new things. And come on, this is the stuff we love right?

I love my rich billionaire books. Power and Possession kind of reminds me of Beth Kery books and I love her. It’s a no fuss and no muss kind of read that hits all the right spots when you are in that mood.

An ARC was provided

“Where are you staying?”
“At my uncle’s apartment.”
“Come to my place.” He folded his hands on the table, leaned forward a little, his gaze focused, her appeal powerful as a riptide, ignoring the fact that what he was about to say was messing with his head. “I’ll kick out everyone else.”
“Everyone else? Meaning?” She didn’t lack confidence, and he was notorious for his casual sexual encounters.
For some reason he didn’t mind her impertinence. “Only male friends. I never allow women to stay with me.” He smiled. “Until now. So how about it?”
“Sure, I’d like that.” And suddenly the summer takes an interesting turn. So far the boys of summer had been only mildly interesting. “But not for long.” She wrinkled her nose. “I have to go back to school in a couple of weeks.”
Rafe suddenly went still; her little nose twitch reminded him of a child. “Just for the record,” he murmured, “how old are you?” People graduated college at any age; he had at nineteen.
“Worried?” Nicole flashed him a grin. “How much does it matter?”
He scowled. “It matters.”
“Or you’re gone.”
“Now neither of us wants that,” she said, amusement in the blue of her eyes. “Do we?”
He didn’t move a muscle, even his breathing quieted. “Don’t,” he said, very softly. “No games.”
Nicole’s voice was lush with provocation. “Really? I’ve heard you like games.”
“You heard wrong.” He held her gaze for a moment, then sighed. “Tell me your age or get the fuck out.” Hand of fate or not, he didn’t do stupid.
“Twenty-two.” Her brows rose in perfect arcs.
“So, are we seeing blue skies and rainbows once again?” Honeyed sarcasm dripped from each word. “Or do I find someone else at this party to entertain me?”
Rafe’s smile slowly unfurled and his eyes took on a predatory glow. “You could try, I suppose. But you wouldn’t get out the door.”
“Oh dear, oh my, I do declare,” she lamented in playful parody. “Am I your captive?”
“You are.” Smoothly rising from his chair, he strode toward the door. “Now I’m going to lock the door, then fuck you till morning.”
“And then what?”
Whoa. The unmistakable note of demand in her voice brought him to a stop. He turned. “I’m sorry, did you say something?”
She met his insolent gaze and smiled. “I said—and then what?… As in afterward.”
Audacious or foolhardy? Fascinating certainly. He winked. “Afterward, you can tell me your name. How’s that?”
She winked back. “I’ll think about it.”
He went very still. “Is this a contest?”
“I hope not,” she murmured, gazing at him from under her long, dark lashes. “I hope I get what I want.”
“Which is?”
“Do you need a list?”
“Do you know what you’re doing?” Unsure whether it was anger or lust igniting his senses, his voice took on a raspy edge and his golden gaze turned cold.
“I can’t answer that definitively, but right now it looks like your dick knows what it’s doing,” she noted, with a languid lift of her hand.
He looked at her for a moment. A woman had never taunted him before and he wanted to pick her up and shove his dick so far up her pussy he’d need a road map to get out.
“Don’t,” she said, very, very softly. “This could be really good… mind-blowing in fact. You have to know that.”
“Fuck you,” he whispered, shifting his stance enough to ease the pressure on his erection.
“Anytime… Just not that way, okay?”
He dragged in a ragged breath. “Don’t tell me what to do.”
She held his gaze, unflinching. “Nor you me.”
A smile slowly overcame his discontent as he held her contentious stare. “Why don’t we see?” he said very gently. “You might like it after all.” Then he reached back, turned the key in the lock, slid it into his pocket, and moved toward her.”

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C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of New York Times bestselling author Susan Johnson. She divides her time between the Midwest and Northern California, and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein and researching books is great fun!

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