CRASH INTO YOU by Roni Loren Do You Believe Class Issues Affect Relationships ?

Crash Into You

(Loving On the Edge, Book 1)
by Roni Loren
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Berkley Heat/Penguin
Trade Paperback and Ebook
Book received anonymously at BEA.
No remuneration was received and, except as noted, all opinions herein are my own.

Book Description:

Sometimes the past can bring you to your knees.
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat—a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one Master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.

Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate—and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.

Some days I wonder whether the point of erotic literature is to use the erotic relationship as a backdrop for or part of a story or if the trappings of a story are just there as a convenient bed upon which to lay erotic encounters.  Many agree with me that sex is an important component of erotica but that it is the combination of variables important to all forms of story that make it something other than just sex.

In this case there is a three pronged story involving lovers thwarted by class, crime and misunderstanding. Add in their serious kink and you get a sexy book with compelling characters.
I must confess that I have not heard of the type of therapy Brynn prescribes for herself. But, at the root is need to locate her sister.  Add murder, class differences, and a host of other issues and it was hard to put down.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Class issues really come into play.  Reid is sort of from the right side of the tracks with the uncle who is is adopted father running for senate, but Brynn’s mother is a prostitute. Maybe Brynn starts out with the ability to be a submissive because of her mother’s profession, but I don’t know. The misplaced loyalties and occurrences highlight how “breeding” and wealth don’t mean anything if people aren’t innately decent.  That decency has little to do with who you have sex with or how.  Even now, ten years after they broke up, class plays an issue.  But, so does kink.  It all ties together with murder, loyalty and makes a suspenseful story.

It does have some believability issues, Brynn’s openness to different experiences as a young woman, for example. She’s kind of a super straight arrow everywhere else.  But the characters are complex and conflicted. It makes for dark, twisty  and hot reading.

My question is, How does class, wealth or status affect relationships? Have you had any issues with it?