Tuesday, May 20, 2014

**Review ~ Enthrall ~ Vanessa Fewings**

Enthrall (Enthrall Sessions, #1)
Enthrall by Vanessa Fewings
Enthrall Sessions #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2013
Source: I received an ecopy, via Literati Author Services, in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Mia Lauren is a single, twenty-one-year old working in a West Hollywood art store who dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. When an unexpected offer arises to work at Enthrall, L.A.'s premier fetish club for the wealthy, Mia accepts. It's a salary beyond her wildest imagination.

Mia becomes the secretary to the club's assistant director, blond and broody Richard Booth. Richard is not
only one of L.A.'s most beautiful and wealthiest men, he is also the club's senior dominant. Mia is both drawn and terrified when he reveals flashes of his white-hot passion, threatening an unbound pleasure like no other. She knows her attraction may be her undoing, but the spellbinding feelings render her powerless to resist his advances.

What Mia cannot know is that Enthrall's dashing director, thirty-year-old Cameron Cole, who is also the club's psychiatrist, has lured Mia to save his best friend and patient Richard from his obsession with thrill seeking. Cameron masterfully sets up sexy scenarios to ensure the collision of Richard and Mia, hoping that love will save him.

However, despite Cameron's noble intentions, he also finds himself enticed by Mia's haunting innocence. Passion and pleasure stir, forming a dangerous love triangle.

This is the world of the forbidden. This is the embrace of Enthrall.

"Do you know what enthrall means?" he said.
-Cameron & Mia, Loc 3807

Enthrall was an intriguing read. It took familiar elements - rich broken man, young beautiful virgin, and BDSM - and put its own twist on them. While I did have a few issues with the execution of the story, I was still compelled to read it.

Mia Lauren needs a job making more money than she's currently earning. Not only is she supporting herself, she's also taking care of her step-mom's medical bills. Her best friend's girlfriend sets her up an interview at Enthrall, a BDSM club. Mia is hired - and her life changes in many unexpected ways.

Richard Booth, Mia's new boss, is domineering, handsome, and apparently damaged. He and Mia have this push-pull dynamic and Richard is constantly warning her off him on minute and then coming to her rescue in the next.

Then there's Cameron Cole. (*swoon*) He's the hot resident psychiatrist at Enthrall. His specialty? Profiling people. Watching as he gets in Mia's head and dissects her interactions with Richard was actually kinda fun. He fascinates me despite some of his actions being questionable.

Enthrall is the first in the Enthrall Sessions and as such does the setting up for the rest of the series. We meet characters, are introduced to the lifestyle, and get background on the main characters. It made for compelling reading. However, I did feel it odd that Mia, being so innocent, I mean, she refers to her vagina as 'down there' - would even entertain taking a job at a BDSM club. She didn't know exactly what went on there though, so I suppose I can forgive that. I also felt that there were things missing. For instance, revelations and decisions would be made and I was left feeling as though I hadn't been privy to how the characters had arrived there.This left me frustrated at times.

Despite my few issues though, I still was caught up in the story. I wanted to know all the secrets and see where Mia, Richard, and Cameron would go once everything was out in the open. I was anxious to read Enthrall Her, the second in the series, and I was rewarded. My review of it posts tomorrow.

One thing I'd like to note - I know BDSM might frighten some of you. I wanted to say that although this book is about the lifestyle, set in a club, etc., there's very few actual 'scenes'. It's more talked about and talked around than shown.


  1. Oooh.... awesome review! It's good to see you stuck with this series even though you had issues with this first book. It does sound like a good read, but I understand why you would question some elements. I think i'd like this one!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  2. This sounds like a good read although I do understand where you are coming from with your issues... I too question stuff like that with these kind of books. Other than that though, it does sound like a good read and your teaser made me all swoony haha. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. Good to hear that it was compelling even with a few issues in execution.

  4. Enthrall is such a good name for a BDSM club. I would feel the same way about such an innocent girl taking a job there though. I would think there would have to be some life-changing event to support that. Very glad to hear that you enjoyed the next in the series as well :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

  5. This sound interesting, and I will keep an eye on your future reviews. I'm very picky about books like this, so a series is usually pretty fair along before I'll try it. But DEFINITELY on my radar now ;) Great review, Brandee!


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