Three Stages of Love: Lust by T.C. Anthony

I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Book description via NetGalley:

Evangeline Chase is standing at the edge of a crossroad. After choosing to be blissfully ignorant for far too long and willfully ignoring what her life has been lacking, fate is about to intervene. When Alexander Mason, a striking and powerful venture capitalist, is introduced as her new boss, Eva is overwhelmed by an intoxicating cocktail of hormones and lust that leaves her struggling to maintain her composure and more importantly, control of her life. 

With an undeniable urge to dominate her new boss, her own lust-filled fantasies lead to a transformation that shakes her to her core. But when Alexander challenges Eva to satisfy her carnal urges, she is forced to choose between her career, her desires, and an unconventional and lustful relationship. Consumed by fear and forced to maintain control at all costs, Eva must decide if having it all is worth risking her career, her world, and possibly, love.

Three Stages of Love: Lust is the first book in a suspenseful new erotic romance series that explores the questions that young women have while embarking on their journey through life and love. Eva’s transformation from prim and proper to fun and dominating proves to be one of the most erotically intriguing personal makeovers around. Her passion for her career and life goals ultimately gives way to uninhibited encounters that leave her intoxicated and yearning for more. Eva’s emotional battle between her heart and mind leave her juggling with a desire to have it all and a profound fear of losing everything.

Written to illustrate the average, driven woman’s point of view, Three Stages of Love: Lust tackles the everyday fears and desires that young women have in an intoxicatingly erotic way. A gripping, palpitation-inducing romance full of underlying themes that are extraordinarily relevant to modern women, this enthralling erotic novel by T. C. Anthony is a must-read for women of all backgrounds.

I totally loved the concept of this book! BUT first off, I want to get a few pieces of constructive criticism out of the way because I think this author has AMAZING potential and I believe this to be her first piece of work. The word ‘giggling’ was a little overused, I was relieved to see ‘chuckled’ as a substitute toward the end of the book, and I don’t think males giggle too often. Also, everything happened REALLY fast. Within days actually and I think I would have preferred everything to unfold with a wider timeline (maybe weeks?) so that I get a chance to connect with the relationship.

ANYWAY, I really do love the idea of this story. It is a romance and erotica and the author definitely knows her romance and erotica! This series will definitely be equal competition to the Fifty Shades of Grey series and Bared To You series. This book was a great introduction into the world of bdsm novels. I’m not a big fan of the bdsm stuff, but this never went overboard; it featured light bondage and some use of toys so it wasn’t overwhelming and I was never thinking what the hell is happening?! The sexual chemistry was hot and the sex scenes were steamy and plentiful. I loved the main characters, Eva and Alexander. Alexander is the typical hot, rich, alpha male, but he isn’t too overbearing or over controlling, and we are introduced to his sweet side early on. He wants what he wants and he doesn’t play games. Though stubborn as hell, I really loved Eva. She isn’t the typical woe-is-me virgin plain jane. Alexander definitely meets his match in Eva. She likes sex, she doesn’t mind experimenting or trying new things, and she too wants to be in control. FINALLY AN ALPHA FEMALE!!! Definitely one of my favorite female book characters!

Like I said before, this author has lots of potential. I think this series will only get better and better! I can’t wait to read more from this author, especially more about Eva and Alexander!

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