Apr 15, 2011

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Review: Sweet Possession by Maya Banks (Sweet #5)

Erotic Contemporary Romance
April 5 2011
Trade Paperback
310 pages
Berkley
Received from publisher

Yummy Man -Connor Malone
Kick Ass Chick – Lyric Jones

From Goodreads
There is nothing Connor Malone wants to do less than babysit the outrageous and out-of-control pop star Lyric Jones. But part of him relishes taming the celebratty songstress and showing her what it’s like to be possessed-body and soul-by one man. And though Lyric’s crazy antics nearly drive Connor to the edge, his quiet intensity penetrates her defenses, leaving them both vulnerable to the secrets that could topple Lyric from the stage.

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*Sigh* I love this series.  It’s filled with characters you want to hang out with.  And of course, it has Damon in it…even though this isn’t a book about Damon, he’s still in it and that’s enough for me.  But enough about Damon *swoon*.  Let’s get talking about Connor and Lyric.

Connor has appeared in every book in this series and yet has remained ‘the mystery character’ that whole time.  What do we know?  He is Faith’s brother and Pop’s son.  He works as a security consultant for his dad’s firm.  He is an ex-army dude.  He’s clean cut and hard working.  He thinks his friends are a little nuts because of all the kinky sex they take part in.  That’s pretty much all we know.  After reading Sweet Possession, the fifth book in Maya Banks’ Sweet series, we know that he is even more loyal than we thought, he is true to his word even if he wants to run away screaming and he is all heart.  Oh, and he really isn’t into anything overtly kinky at all when it comes to sex.  At all.  He is a one woman guy…and that one woman is Lyric.

Lyric Jones is a pop-superstar.  Her security entourage is…well they’re just dumb and Connor is asked to help out while she’s in Houston.

Let me just say that, while I understand that Connor and Pop’s firm were asked to help out with Lyric’s security as a favour, I don’t understand why they were approached in the first place.  I mean, they are security consultants!  Connor was in the army but he has no experience as a bodyguard!  Why would someone entrust a mega-star’s welfare to people who have never done this sort of thing before?!  It’s not a huge deal, but I did find myself scratching my head over that little tid-bit.  Okay, now back to Lyric.

Lyric is your stereo-typical pop superstar.  She gets into trouble, is always in the press and sees herself as the center of everyone’s universe.  When she first meets Connor, she is really confused.  You see, he won’t kiss her ass…and she finds that she likes this.  Actually, she finds herself looking for his approval.  This scares her…and who is to blame her.  When you are used to people bending over backwards for you and you don’t give two craps what people think of you, it will unrattle you when you suddenly find yourself caring about the opinion of a practical stranger.  Through the book though, you witness Lyric coming into herself and you learn of what she went through in her childhood.  Let me tell you…whoa.  I ended up really liking her and it was wonderful to see her blossom through the book.

Just a quick note, this is a series, but each book can stand alone.  But, you will miss out on some super character development if you skip out on the other books…and these other characters are wonderful.  From reading the other books in this ‘series’, you can’t help but fall for these people.  Serena, Damon *swoon*, Faith, Grey, Micah, Angelina, Nathan and Julie.  They are a group of close knit friends who are a hoot to read when they are all together.  I especially love it when either just the guys hang out or just the ladies.  There were two such instances in Sweet Possession where it’s just the gals.  These scenes were among the funniest in the book.  Why do they always have to involve booze?…I’m not really sure, but it did make the scenes that much funnier.

The blurb for this book and the way it’s set up in the first few chapters makes us believe that there is going to be a suspense sub-plot in this book.  Well, even with the ‘hype’, there really wasn’t much of a suspense story.  It was all kind of anti-clamactic.  Therefore, go into this book expecting a nice romance story with some saucy bits, a yummy alpha hero and a pretty complex heroine.  Don’t go into it expecting a suspenseful book.  And another way this book is quite different from the other books in this series is the sex.  It’s actually quite tame in comparison!  There is no tying up, no whipping, no extra lube and butt plugs and no D/s play.  It was actually kind of…nice.  I enjoy reading that kind of stuff in the other books, but I’m glad Maya didn’t go there with Connor and Lyric.  It just would have felt forced after what we know about these two.

Even though this book wasn’t as strong as some of the others in the series, I still really enjoyed it.  While reading it, I found it was well, sweet.  I enjoyed the characters and the romance was nice.  I’m not going to hold the ‘suspense but not really a suspense’ thing against it and I’m rating it the way I’m rating it because I am sure that someday, I’ll be re-reading it again. This series is my “feel-good” series.  The one I go to when I need a happy pick-me-up.

Up next is Cole’s book.  We didn’t see him at all in this book (since he works at The House and Connor doesn’t ‘go there’) but I for one didn’t forget about him.  His character is even more mysterious than Connor and I can’t wait to read all about him!  His book, Sweet Addiction, is due to hit stores April 2012.

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“She glanced sideways and appraised him with a seeking stare.  ‘I think I like that you’re not kissing my ass.’
‘It’s not your ass I want to kiss.’
The statement stunned both of them.  Holy fuck, had he just said that?’”
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“Weren’t women supposed to be the emotional creatures who couldn’t separate sex from love?
He was fucked.  So fucked.”
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“’If you’re asking me to explain how or why people fall in love, you’re barking up the wrong tree.  I watched all my friends fall hard for the women in their lives.  I secretly thought they were all morons.  They completely lost their shit.’”

Books in the Sweet series –
Sweet Surrender
Sweet Persuasion
Sweet Seduction
Sweet Temptation
Sweet Possession
Sweet Addiction (2012)

  1. You turned me on to this author and ‘sweet’ is not how I would describe the book i read… RAWR or SINFUL maybe 😉

    Need more in this series. Great review

  2. I only ever read my first Maya Banks book last year and it was one of her romantic suspense books. I just may have to go back and revisit her backlist. Sounds very “sweet” lol!

  3. Jessica – You have to try the first book. 🙂

    Judi – Her Sweet books are much much dirtier. Much more. lol

  4. I have spent way too much time away from hot books, I felt like The Chase was just uberhot and filled with sex..and it was but still, lol

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