Review: Burned Deep by Calista Fox (Burned Deep #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ari DeMille is ensnared by the mysterious Dane Bax from the moment they meet. He's incomparable when it comes to the other men she's been with, exuding a dominance and self-assurance that when matched with his undeniable gorgeousness, makes him far too appealing. Dane is used to getting what he wants and he's got his sight set on Ari, but while he makes it clear that he wants more than a one-night stand or fling, she's never let her feelings get involved with her sexual encounters. Dane is different and she revels in being with the only man who's made her feel. But being with Dane is proving to be a dangerous thing, and when their relationship makes her a prime target for those who want vengeance, falling in love with someone like billionaire hotelier Dane Bax may end up costing Ari DeMille more than just a broken heart.

Burned Deep is the first novel in the series by the same title from author Calista Fox and is a contemporary erotic romance that plays on themes of the alpha male who shows the female he falls for pleasures that she's never known before. While there's a lot of steam and a fair amount of sweetness in this love story, there's also an element of suspense and intrigue that makes you want to know what the heck is going on with the numerous sabotage attempts on 10,000 Lux, the luxury property owned by Dane, and who could be behind it all. Then you've got secrets that Dane and Ari are keeping from each other and it's clear that this relationship is going to hit many a turbulent waters before it can even hope to enjoy smooth sailing. There's an air of familiarity to the story but has enough originality to be different.

Both Ari and Dane were personable lead characters and their whirlwind romance was one that may have been initially based on lustful feelings but was further solidified by stronger emotions. I did find it strange, though, why she seemed so intent on helping Kyle Jenns, someone she met while organizing a wedding, and why he was so invested in her throughout the story. The fact that he was so in-your-face with Dane a time or two and continued to be employed at 10,000 Lux seemed weird to me, but he does present an area of conflict for the two lovers. Then there's Mikalea Madsen, whose relationship with Dane has me curious as to what role she'll play going into the second book in the series, Flash Burned. This series starter ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, with all major issues still unresolved. Burned Deep gets four stars. ♥

Release Date: 06 October 2015

Date Read: 07 October 2015

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