Ty Ransome. Reigning king of Hollywood, producer, actor, Look Magazine’s Hottest Man Alive. He has it all—until he reads a book of short stories that touches him in places kept carefully hidden from the tabloid gossip mill. There’s only one way to meet the introverted writer—invite her to Tinseltown to work on a script. The moment he sees her, he realizes why her work haunts him. There’s something missing in his life, and it’s her.My Thoughts: I really liked this story. Yes, it dips into bondage and submission, but it's not overly graphic in my opinion. In fact, I think I'd term it "bondage light". Seeing as how I like my main men Alpha, this didn't bother me so much.
Gwen steps off the plane with reservations. For one thing, her darkly sexual stories are hardly movie material. Then there’s Ty’s reputation as a ladies’ man. Yet she’s won over by his charm and agrees to stay on for a week to get to know him before making her decision. And as the days go by, she discovers there’s far more to Ty than a handsome face.
They eat, drink and breathe the characters in their screenplay, re-enacting scenes that delve into the BDSM realm, setting Ty free to unleash his powerful cravings and exposing Gwen’s deepest needs. Needs she set free on paper…but is not sure she’s ready to make a reality.
Gwen has a need to be dominated and she likes a touch of pain during sex, two things that she has brutally repressed in herself. Ty's acceptance of this side of her and his willingness to draw her out makes what could have been a cookie cutter story sweet. The fact that Ty represses the dominant side of his personality so as not to give the tabloids fodder make the two of them pretty much perfect for one another.
To make a long review short, it's a short story with plenty of sex. It's well written and was steamy enough to make me happy.
More books by Mari Carr
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge (IMM 1/2/11)
Rough Cut was a free Kindle download that I picked up on January 1, 2011.