4 STARS: " AWAKENING HER RACY PASSION is all about relationships--how they fall apart, how they can be mended, how some are worth the sacrifice, and how some are worth nothing at all. Ria is not in good standing with the Racy BDSM community after she outed her brother and best friend's ménage relationship last summer. She wants to fix the relationships she has damaged--two of her brothers, her best friend, and other friends--but she is worried no one will accept her apology. She also wants desperately to work on reducing the amount of time she spends gossiping because she knows that is a quality others do not like about her. When twins Trent and Wyatt Rohan both start paying her a little bit of attention she is thrilled, but fearful of the fact that they are both rooted in Racy's BDSM community. Ria is afraid that Trent and Wyatt's opinion of her will be tarnished by what they hear about her from others. She is also worried that she won't be accepted into their world with their friends. But Trent and Wyatt both think a relationship with Ria is something worth fighting for and they both want to increase her confidence by helping her achieve her goals. Trent and Wyatt work with Ria to help her set goals and begin introducing her to the BDSM lifestyle by offering her consequences for not achieving her goals. The attention and support of the Rohan twins makes Ria want to challenge herself and be successful--for them and for her. I am very glad Ria got a story and a chance to redeem herself. Her story is sad and encouraging and sweet. The dynamics of the Rodriguez family are so emotional to read about. It is heartbreaking that in an effort to mend relationships with her brothers, Ria increases the ever growing divide in the family. Ria has to do some serious soul searching and prioritize the people and relationships that matter most to her. Once she figures out what is important and who she really wants to be, she works hard to achieve her goals. Her journey was not an easy one, but once she chose the more difficult path, she was rewarded with better outcomes. I appreciated the fact that Ria had already set goals for herself before Trent and Wyatt entered the picture; it made her more deserving of the forgiveness she was asking for. The author did a great job of highlighting that insecurity in Ria as well--she was very worried people wouldn't think she was changing on her own but because her new Doms were making her. Trent and Wyatt were perfect--they recognized Ria's insecurities and needs and helped her, step-by-step, to become a more confident person and a sub that could please both of them. And of course Ria, sometimes without even knowing it, was helping Trent and Wyatt heal from past hurts and grow into men who could commit to their new relationship. I was thrilled when I saw Ms. Rose was writing more Racy stories. I plan to continue with each of them. It's nice to get new stories while also getting quick updates on other Racy couples." -- Lynn, The Romance Reviews
4.5 COCKTAILS: "Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for Tara Rose and her novels. They make me feel warm and fuzzy, and sometimes, a bit lusty as well. “Awakening Her Racy Passion” wasn’t any different. I was so excited to read this one because her descriptions and teasers on Facebook were so hot! Ria is somewhat of a pariah in Racy. She’s quite the gossip, and that has caused a rift between her, her best friend, her family, and other residents of the town. She wants to change, though, and twins Wyatt and Trent are just the Doms to help her do just that. What follows is a wonderful journey toward redemption for Ria and trust and love for all three of them. As always with Tara’s books, there is an underlying mystery. It’s very believable and something that you can find straight from newspaper headlines (Do people still read newspapers?). It’s exciting and made my heart pound because of the tension. The sex scenes are EXTREMELY hot…nuclear even. Both men are experienced Doms and know their way around a flogger and paddle (and a spatula, hehe). Of course, this is a menage story, so the three of them are together, but there is no touching or anything sexual between the brothers. I suppose that “Awakening Her Racy Passion” could be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend that you read the series as a whole, in order. All of the characters are recurring and cross through the stories. Also, as I said, there are always mysteries, and they’re mentioned often. I loved this book, and I think everyone should hop a plane to Racy, Indiana. It’s a vacation that you’ll never forget! " -- Kenna, Cocktails and Books
5 STARS: "What Worked For Me: In Awakening Her Racy Passion, we return to the town of Racy and all of it’s residents. And what a return it is!!! Quite Simply, this book was breathtaking and one of my absolute favorite in the Racy Nights Series. Ria returns and we see the fallout of her betrayal of her brothers and best friend, Marisol, and see how much she wants to change and make things better and right. Ria is a very real, very broken souled woman who wants to redeem herself for the harm she has caused. I loved her because she’s not perfect and she admits her faults and the harm she has caused. She is sweet and charming and has a vulnerability that made me cheer for her the entire time. Helping her along in her path to self-redemption are local paramedic Trent and his twin brother Wyatt. Both men are attracted to Ria and decide that they are going to pursue her together (after, of course, a very slight, awkward but HOT make-out session with the brother she doesn’t have a planned date with, of course). These men are amazing. Kind, supportive, encouraging, and gorgeous, the care and discipline they show Ria while introducing her to BDSM is amazingly erotic and blows the mind. Just reading this book made me want to become a gossip queen myself, just to see if these two men could come to life and discipline the behavior out of me. I love how Tara addressed Ria and making things right with Marisol. And, while I was apprehensive starting to read this book, simply because I can’t stand gossip, Tara made Ria’s fall from grace seem like a beautiful, moving path towards healing and it brought me to tears a few times. We also get to see Racy on it’s path to healing from a devastating tornado and how it is recovering almost a year later. The plot was fantastic and kept me up well into the night. All-in-all, this was a highly erotic, fast paced book that will find itself not only a keeper in my e-book library, but me finding a print copy and stashing it on my forever-my-favorites shelves as well. Would I Recommend This Book? Absolutely, Yes!" -- Christina, Nice Ladies, Naughty Books
Ria had to understand where their heads were before anything else happened with either man. She wasn’t going to jump into this without making sure they both really wanted to, because she was going to lose her heart to these two. She was certain of it. And if she was going to do that, she wanted to make sure there was at least a chance that one or both of them were going to stick around for longer than a few precious weeks.
Trent squeezed her hand. “I know it sounds crazy. Believe me. I know it does. But it’s not the same thing. Wyatt and I have agreed to this. I’ve agreed to it. We’re discussing it.” He sighed, but it wasn’t a sigh of frustration. It was more like he was choosing his words.
“You fascinate me. You’re pretty and sexy, but you don’t act like you know that. And you’re much stronger and braver than you let on. You kept your cool at Gino’s when Zach came over and made that comment about Rafe. I was very impressed. And you finally told your parents how you feel. That had to have been difficult to do, especially after all this time.”
“I’m committed to changing things. I want to make things right.”
“I know. That’s what I mean. You know, most people don’t. They never change. I should have seen what Deanna was before I left Racy with her. All the signs were there. Maddox and Sean both told me about things she’d done at the club, but I chose to ignore them because I thought she was the answer to my boredom and craving for something different. What I didn’t realize is that a person can’t give you that. You have to find that inside yourself.”
She shifted her weight, so many emotions bubbling up inside that she could hardly contain even one of them. “I know. That’s what I mean. That’s what I’ve finally figured out. I have to change this. No one else can. I’ve spent months blaming everyone for what happened, but I’m the one who did this. What I want has been right here, all along. And now that I’ve figured that out, I want it all, right now. I don’t want to wait for the changes. I think I expected to wake up one day and they would have already happened.”
Wyatt chuckled. “Slow down, hon. They will happen.”
“I know…I know…but that’s how I feel.” Had he really just called her ‘hon’? “I’m excited and scared at the same time, but I don’t want to lose this feeling. And I go from that high to a low, like when we walked into the restaurant and I got the nasty looks. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind.”
Trent frowned and glanced at Wyatt. “She got nasty looks from them?”
“Let’s just say they weren’t charitable looks.” Wyatt moved closer and took her other hand. “Now it’s my turn. No one is more surprised than me that I’m willing to give this a shot. And I admit to wondering whether or not Trent was ready for it, but obviously he is. We both are. I think you’re very pretty and sexy, too, but that’s not all that attracts me to you. I like the strength of conviction you’ve shown. And I love that you’re willing to embrace this totally and commit to it. But you have to understand something.”
He glanced at Trent, and now Ria was used to the nonverbal communication between them. It didn’t freak her out any less, but she knew the look, and she merely waited this time until Wyatt spoke again.
“We aren’t only asking to go out to dinner with you, or take long walks in the park, or go shopping. We’re interested in helping you explore your fantasies. You know we’re both Doms. We don’t have to play at the club until if and when you’re ready for that. We can keep that private right here.”
She could barely take a breath as the images danced through her head. This was really going to happen.
“But we need to talk about a few things first, and we need to find out if your expectations for this include sex.”
There it was. The question had been asked. She stared into those dark blue eyes and imagined a crystal clear pool of water, cold and deep. If she dived in, there was no resurfacing. She’d just become one with the water and begin a new life, in a new form. She wasn’t afraid. Not anymore. Not sitting here with them both, holding their hands and listening to the sound of a clock ticking somewhere in the condo. This was right. It was what she wanted. It was what she’d waited her entire adult life for.
The first strike across her ass must have been with the paddle, and it hurt like a motherfucker. She yelled, and Wyatt stopped. “Was that a safeword?”
His voice dripped with humor, and she fought the urge to call him a few choice names. She’d brought this on herself, and she’d agreed to it. She could do this. The arousal coursing through her was enough to make her dizzy. “No, Sir.”
“Use it if you have to.”
“I will, Sir.”
She grit her teeth as he struck her five times in a row with the paddle, pausing for only a second or two in between the swats. When one of them caressed her sore ass cheeks and slipped his hand underneath to tease her wet pussy and sensitive clit, she moaned loudly. “Not fair, Sir.”
“Why not?” Wyatt’s voice washed over her, sexy and teasing at the same time. They were going to kill her with this delicious torture, and she was going to love every second of it.
“I have to come.”
Trent reached under her torso to grasp her nipples, rolling them between his thumbs and forefingers. She gasped as fresh jolts of electricity shot straight to her clit. “You are not even close to being allowed to come, so don’t bother asking again. We’ll tell you when you can.”
“You two are insane.”
Trent’s breath was warm in her ear. “Yes, we are insane. Insane with lust over you, my beautiful, sexy Ria. We are going to paint that round, gorgeous ass red, and then we’re going to fuck your pussy and your ass until none of us can walk.”
“Oh God…” Shivers ran up and down her spine as Trent licked her nipples, then moved behind her to lick her pussy and then her asshole. When he straightened up, Wyatt began to paddle her again, this time not stopping until he’d given her ten hard strikes. She was panting and whimpering when he caressed her ass cheeks again.
This was the sexiest, most erotic thing she’d ever done. So many emotions rose to the surface, demanding attention. It was arousing and overwhelming at the same time. Ria needed time to process it all. Should she tell them that?
“Trent’s turn. Get up.”
“No,” she whispered.
Wyatt helped her to her feet and both men turned her to face him. He brushed a finger between her breasts. “Was that a safeword?”
She shook her head.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, Sir.” She didn’t want it to end this soon. She was enjoying this. It hurt like crazy, but the pain was all mixed up with pleasure and she wanted to prove to them that she could take this. She wanted to experience everything these two had to give her. She wanted to please them, and make them proud of her.
“Are you all right?” His voice was so tender that Ria sucked in a shaky breath. She hadn’t expected that.
“I am. Just trying to make sense of it all…Sir.”
“Play can be very intense and overwhelming your first time. But you have your safeword. Don’t hesitate to use it.”
“I won’t. I promise, Sir.”
Wyatt stood, and Trent took his place on the chair. “Time to get over my knee.”
Once she was repositioned, Trent slapped one ass cheek then the other in quick succession with the strap, five times in a row, pausing only a second in between each strike. Sweat poured down Ria’s face and into her eyes, but she was so aroused now that her pussy contracted in tiny spasms. She could feel her juices on her upper thighs. She’d never been this turned-on in her life.
When Trent paused, Wyatt licked her pussy and ass cheeks. She was so close to coming it was ridiculous. She squirmed against Trent’s thigh, but she couldn’t really move anything except her head. Each time Wyatt stopped, Trent gave her a few more serious smacks with that damn strap. The pain became pleasure, and the pleasure became pain, until she was woozy and whimpering almost constantly.
When he stopped for the last time, they stood her up, removed the cuffs and spreader bar, and then one of them picked her up his arms. She was laid on the bed and Trent was on top of her, kissing her like he never would again. She wrapped her arms and legs around him, and next to her Wyatt stroked her hair. “I’m so proud of you. You took a lot.”
Trent released the kiss and crawled off her. Wyatt took his place, capturing her mouth in a kiss so hot she was sure the bed would catch on fire. Trent teased her sides of her breasts with his fingertips. “I’m proud of you, too.”
She couldn’t even answer them. She had no point of reference for this. All she could do was try to hold off the climax as both men took turns kissing her mouth and her neck. They sucked and licked her nipples, and she ran her hands over their tats, tracing the designs in an effort not to think about how close her orgasm was. The pleasure was overwhelming. She didn’t think she could take anymore, but then they each spread one leg and began to lick her pussy and her clit, and she knew she had to say something. “No. Please stop. Please. I mean it. There is no way I can hold off my climax if you do that. Please.”