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Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review: Venetian Love Knots by Normandie Alleman

Venetian Love Knots
By Normandie Alleman


In Venice, Allison Fox will find love in the arms of two men. Her past collides with her future in a battle for her heart. Which one will win?

Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her. A violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?

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Viviana's Review: 
The author provides this warning: Reader Advisory: This novella contains bondage, spanking, M/F/M menage, and light humiliation play. 

I was okay with it all, though wondered about the "light humiliation play". Did the warning stand true? I'm glad when authors provide such advisory since I believe its important to let readers know what they are purchasing. Was there bondage? Yes, Allison was tied up. Was there spanking? Yes, Allison was spanked. There were two men so the M/F/M menage is true. And as far as the light humiliation play... oh yeah. More than slight actually. The worst part - Allison does it to herself! Are there women like that in real life? Meek, weak, with self doubt, naive, etc.? Yes! Do I want to read them or rather about them? No! 

Allison's thoughts, emotions and behavior were too erratic. She hates Cole, She loves Cole. She hates Cole, Oh Hi Nico. She Loves Cole, Sorry Nico, Cole's an asshole, oh yeah I want to have sex with you Cole... well you all get the idea. If she would have put up a slight fight against Cole's "charm" I would have enjoyed this novella more. 

I kept waiting for Cole to "redeem" himself. He was an asshole from the beginning of the story (so obviously, that you truly had to wonder why the hell Allison thought he was worthy of her emotions for him) and he was an asshole throughout the entire story. I'm not going to say "love" because it was more about LUST then love. Don't get me wrong - I have no problem with reading about lust but not when its masked as love. 

Nico was sweet and extremely naive. Or perhaps he is the knight in shining armor! I hope so for Allison's sake! 

The sex -  it was steamy! 

I wish the author would have had her heroine be stronger and have had some self worth. The story would have been significantly better if Allison would have resisted Cole's advances and stood up for herself. The M/F/M wasn't necessary for the story. In fact, if it would have been more of a "love triangle" where the heroine had to choose between her past (Cole), what she knows and may believe it to be "true love" and a future with someone who would treat her with tenderness, affection and have a mutual respect with a love that could blossom, then this would have been a much better read. 

Over all, an easy read. 

Note: Author provided novella in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 2 Stars - It was okay

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