Review: Slow Satisfaction by Cecilia Tan

Slow Satisfaction by Cecilia Tan
Series: Struck by Lightning (# 3)
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 240
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



James has finally pushed Karina beyond her limit–not her limit for kinky sex play, but for his extreme secrecy. She has had enough and breaks things off. But James won’t give up on Karina and will do whatever it takes to get her back. He’s ready to share his deepest, darkest secrets, but is Karina ready to hear them?

James offers Karina not only the truth but a place at his side… onstage. He wants Karina to star in his final musical production and enter his life and his world fully and completely. As the two work together, they rekindle the trust and love they’d lost. But James’s world is full of deceit. When he is blackmailed by an unscrupulous music industry executive, James must give in to unreasonable demands or risk exposure of his and Karina’s secret sex life.

Will Karina and James’s love be strong enough to withstand the many obstacles being thrown their way?


Review:  It took less than five pages for me to realize that not only did Cecilia Tan earn a spot on my keeper shelf with Slow Satisfaction, but there was absolutely no way I could continue with this book — until I read the first two in the series.

The Struck by Lightning series consists of Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction and Slow Satisfaction. While some books in a series can be read as standalones, I would highly recommend following the reading order to fully enjoy the story.

Tan’s sophisticated writing style makes this story stand head and shoulders above other titles. She puts a fresh spin on a storyline that had me engaged as soon as the characters were introduced. Karina meets James while filling in as a waitress. From that first encounter, they enter a world of no limits. And it is a world that is oh so very naughty.

James happens to be rich, kinky and full of secrets. Slow Satisfaction picks up the story as Karina is trying to process all of the information she has learned about James. There’s drama, hot bedroom action, angst, more bedroom action and even some humor wrapped up with yet more bedroom action.

Of the three parts, the first installment is definitely my favorite, but it’s partially because of the shock value. By the time I started Slow Satisfaction, I was prepared for the incredibly erotic scenes that were tasteful yet provocative at the same time.

As the storyline progresses, the characters continue to evolve. Karina blossoms into a dynamic character who proves she is more than capable of handling anything that James dishes out.

Because there is such a good balance between the actual plot and the steamy scenes, readers will enjoy the roller coaster ride courtesy of the emotional turmoil. Cecilia Tan has raised the bar on my expectations for erotic fiction. It’s a flawless piece of work from start to finish.