EVERY PART OF YOU TEMPTS ME: Emotional Paralysis

Every Part of You: Tempts Me (#1)

 

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Every Part of You Tempts Me by Megan Hart

Every Part of You (Volume 1 of 5)
by Megan Hart
St. Martin’s/Griffin/Macmillan
February 4, 2014
eBook Original 45 pages
Part 1 of a 5 part serial.  Will release entire book in July
Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinion presented herein is my own except as noted. I also bought this.

 

She likes to watch. He likes to keep hidden. Total opposites on a collision course to a relationship neither can deny.

Simone Cooper’s been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for.

Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong. MeganHart.com

 

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My Take!

 

Like everything else I’ve read by Megan Hart this is unusual, edgy, replete with strange, wonderful and terrible characters and surgically dissecting of those characters.  I forgot this was a serial, so when I hit the end I was incredibly confused. Whew! I am glad to see this weird story will continue.

At first Simone feels sexually denied, and it seems Elliot is the one with the hot sex life. After all, he is screwing women in his office with some, it seems, regularity. But as the story continues Megan skillfully turns things around.  Elliot, well he may be the strangest man Megan’s ever written.  She wrote a man in Broken who was physically paralyzed.  Elliot is emotionally paralyzed. Simone is tenacious as hell; I would have said “what a dick!” Then I would have fumed about his dickishness, probably forever.

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The world in which this series is happening, a large city, skyscrapers, wealthy socialites, movers and shakers having parties where there are girls to be had, easily. This is not a world I like. It feels cold and, even for those in it, it feels cold and unwelcoming.

I have a feeling Simone’s dark world of Tops, bottoms, pain and pleasure may be much warmer and welcoming. But how is it a smart guy, a millionaire wouldn’t have at least heard that his “predilections” aren’t satisfiable there? He seems to be afraid his nanny is going to box his ears.

The turnarounds here, the assumptions torn out of my head about who was what – now those are worth reading for.

I have not taken on the additional books in the serial.  But, eventually I will read them. Everything Megan writes is expertly crafted with a kinky bent.  Her writing is uninhibited, she doesn’t mind having her characters be rude in speech or action; she is unconventional, fresh, unusual.