Review: Training Amber by Desiree Holt

Training Amber by Desiree Holt
Series: Sequel to Teaching Molly
Release Date: September 5, 2012
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
Pages: 65
Source:  Publisher

Amber McCloud is taking a two-week timeout with her friend Molly to heal the wounds from a bitter divorce. The last thing she expects is to meet a sexy man like Cesario “Rio” Negron. But the attraction is instant and hot. Not only does he teach her how good sex can really be, he also introduces her to the world of BDSM, a world she takes to like a kid with candy. It helps when she learns Molly and her husband are also advocates of the lifestyle. But when the two weeks are up Amber has to decide if what’s developed between her and Rio is real or if she will turn her back on it, afraid to risk her heart again.


Review: I felt an immediate connection to Amber McCloud. She was a woman who just had her ego take quite a beating. She was ready to get her confidence back but once she meets Rio however, the fact that he is much younger than her just intensifies all of her doubts about herself. I was very impressed that she recognizes very quickly that his desire is genuine and she allows Rio to help her discover the love and passion she has searched for.

Rio was a fun character, but I had a hard time connecting too deeply to him because I felt the story focuses more on Amber. I would have loved to have had the chance to know more about him. My feeling was that I just had a few hints of his past. I do have to say that once they get started, Rio and Amber burn up the pages. Rio shows Amber that although she enjoyed reading erotica in the past, he lives the D/s lifestyle and now she will experience all she has imagined and more.

I have to say the way the story ended felt alright with the personalities of the characters but it was a little abrupt for me. Training Amber was a captivating book even though I didn’t read the previous title Teaching Molly. These books are not listed as a series but they are related because Amber comes to visit Molly and her husband Nick. Nick and Rio are also longtime friends. I am not sure if reading them in order would have enhanced this story. They seemed to be written as stand-alone titles.



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