Heat By Jamie K. Schmidt
Series: Club Inferno # 1
Expected Publication: June 3, 2014
Source: eARC from publisher @ Netgalley
Genre: Erotic Adult Romance
Style and seduction collide in Jamie K. Schmidt’s Heat—sure to please fans of Fifty Shades of Grey—as the world’s best-dressed men and women shed their clothing . . . and their inhibitions.
On the run from her abusive fiancé, ER doctor Mallory Bryant arrives at her sister’s Connecticut resort desperate for a place to restore balance to her life. But Couture is more than a haven for the rich and fashionable. Beneath its elegant facade is an erotic playground where dominants and submissives play out their fantasies. At first, Mallory is wary of Max Spencer, the martial arts trainer acting as her bodyguard—until he introduces her to passion so intense she wants nothing more than to surrender to his touch.
As one of Couture’s most skilled doms, Max enjoys taking Mallory to the limits of pleasure. It’s a dangerous proposition, and as their sensual games draw them into a relationship beyond the boundaries of pupil and master, Max starts spiraling out of control. But when Mallory’s violent past catches up with her, Max knows what he must do: draw her closer than ever before, even if it means risking a surrender of his own.
Jamie K. Schmidt has over thirty short stories in publication. Book One of her contemporary erotic romance series, HEAT, will be published by Random House's Loveswept line in June 2014
THE QUEEN’S WINGS, book one of the Emerging Queens series, a paranormal dragon romance will be published by Entangled's Edge line this fall.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English. She’s also held various jobs as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major corporation. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the President for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA). You can reach her on Facebook and Twitter as Jamiekswriter or visit her webpage at www.jkschmidt.com
"If the sexy part is so private, why do you have penis bushes on your front lawn?" -Mallory
"That's a dolphin, you pervert." - Colleen
"Up yours, Freud. I know a penis when I see one." -Mallory
"Apparently not, because that's a dolphin."
"I'm a Miami Dolphins fan." -Colleen
"Don't worry - I'm going to treat you like a princess." -Max
"I'm not used to being special." -Mallory
"That's a crime, because you are special. I knew the moment we met." -Max
Mallory was running away from her fiance because he was abusive, selfish, and a drug addict. She was pretty much terrified of him the whole book, thinking that he was going to find her. With no other option, she stayed with her sister who inherited her late husband's fortune and with that she built a business. To the general public it was a spa but to specific members it was a sex club and they taught naughty classes. In one part of the book, Mallory sees her sister-in-law in the spa part of the building, so she runs not knowing where she's going and ends up going to the sexy part and falls into a sex education class. One the funniest things I have ever read! I swear! Mallory then has to explain why she picked that class since she was late, but she wasn't late, she just stumbled into that class. So she says that she wants to learn the fine art of... I can't say cause it's too naughty and the most hilarious thing ever. OMG so funny.
Anyway, Mallory gets to have a bodyguard/babysitter because she's not into the naughty side of the house so Max is there to show her the sights and to keep her entertained. I love the way that he is there for her emotionally and he won't let anyone hurt her. At first it was just a job to him to look out for her, but then he started to get curious about her. He liked the fact that Mallory wasn't part of his world, he wanted to teach her. Couture was the name that people saw on the outside, fashion, models, and beautiful clothes. Now Club Inferno was only for the VIP guests, (the naughty part) Max was a dom and he was also an instructor of a few classes, among them was kickboxing and the only class Mallory actually wanted to take. I really enjoyed seeing Mallory and Max's relationship flourish,he wanted to take it slow with her and was careful not to push her. I also liked that he was a dom that didn't participate, just watched. There were many explicit scenes, nothing too crazy. I loved taking the journey with Mallory as Max did different things to her and seeing her reactions to them.
The banter between Mallory and her sister Colleen was hilarious. They teased each other to no end, nothing hurtful just fun. And the story behind the dolphin bushes was so funny, obviously there's more to that story that Mallory later figured out. Even though the sisters weren't close Colleen would do anything to keep Mallory safe, it was very endearing, reading between the lines of their jokes. They became close and learned new things about each other.
The ending I thought was so sweet, Max was so thoughtful and creative. He led Mallory into his world and to her surprise she liked it and wanted more, when Max already couldn't get enough of her.
He wanted Mallory and he didn't care that she came with drama, to him she was special, to be treasured. And he did just that.
I enjoyed the dual POVs, I wanted to know what Max did in his spare time and I wanted to know his secrets which I found out, and let me tell you, he has a big heart, not only for Mallory. He had compassion when it wasn't deserved, but that was his personality. I couldn't help but love him.