Warning: Not suitable for children under 18
Author: Audrey Carlan
Genre(s): Romance; Contemporary
An erotic adventure with an admirable relationship and fantastic supporting characters
From the very first chapter of Body I could tell I was going to enjoy it. Gillian and Chase had an instantaneous chemistry that set the tone for the rest of the book. They meet at a board meeting for a non-profit charity organization that Gillian works for and Chase has a large influence over. During this time, Audrey created a humorous entry of their relationship that made it feel relatable and endearing.
Gillian's character is incredibly dynamic and I had a great time witnessing her journey. She has a dark past that creates a lot of obstacles for her and her intimate relationships, but she works incredibly hard to overcome it. Her independence shines through as she is dedicated to her work and maintains a solid relationship with her "soul sisters" throughout the development of her relationship with Chase. She also has moments of incredible vulnerability that make me like her even more. Gillian, despite her incredibly difficult past, is open to finding a loving relationship. Additionally, she is fiercely protective over her girlfriends and her long-time friend, Phillip. Although there were moments when Chase became jealous of Phillip, Gillian stood strong and worked hard to keep that relationship active.
Oh Chase. What is it about super wealthy young men who are awesomely handsome and know exactly how to please a woman? Do these men actually exist? I don't know the answer to that, but I do know they are fun to read about! Any fan of the 50 Shades of Grey saga will enjoy Chase's over-protective, domineering, and control freak side. However, in my opinion, Chase is a more evolved version in so many ways. He is very supportive of Gillian's friendships with her soul sisters and does not get in the way of her maintaining those relationships. Instead, he is almost as protective over them as she is because they mean so much to her. Chase also has a haunting past and it has certainly impacted his development. However, he does not have the same level of difficulty as some other male characters in the erotica genre. He has little to no desire to punish Gillian, instead he takes his time worshipping her body and appreciates the effects it has on him. Now, he definitely has the possessive qualities that make his persona and love making steamy, but Audrey developed his character in a much more well-rounded manner than I am used to seeing!
I have to point out that a lot of the erotica I have read seriously lacks in supporting characters. Body was not lacking in this department at all! All of Gillian's friends added a lot to the plot and to her and Chase's relationship. They each have a distinct personality and place in the storyline. On several occasions their interactions with Gillian and Chase made me laugh out loud. Audrey did such an amazing job at integrating Gillian's entire life into the story instead of just focusing on her and Chase.
As for what I did not like about this book...there were several situations that were repetitive as she was explaining what things meant. For example, Gillian and her girlfriends have the Trinity symbol tattooed on various parts of their bodies and Audrey explained what the Trinity symbol means several times. It felt more like a history lesson on repeat than an integration into Gillian's story. Additionally, she put Chase in several situations that made him look like he was not truly invested in Gillian, which was fine. However, they never really talked about it and cleared the air. Chase just tells Gillian how much she mean to him and Gillian never accurately conveys what she witnessed and how it made her feel. So those incidents felt disingenuous and off.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys steamy erotica with heartfelt characters and a solid plot.
Men ruin women.
Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.
I didn’t want to want him.
I didn’t want to need him.
I didn’t want to fall for him.
He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.
When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth...
Men don’t ruin women. They devour them in every way that counts.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.
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