Danielle Sosna has no problem denying herself in order to achieve her goals—after all, that attitude landed her a dream job at Vogue Paris. But in New Orleans for one last assignment before heading overseas, she’s faced with the most decadent of temptations. Seductive Cajun chef Bobby Prejean takes Dani’s strength of will as a challenge, and offers her a night of wild indulgence—if she will agree to obey his every command.
Dani can’t resist Prejean’s invitation to join him in a world of carnal desire, complete with fetish costumes and masks. Determined to keep her emotional distance, she gives Prejean everything but her name. A night becomes a week, as she spends Mardi Gras suspended in the delicious space where pleasure meets pain.
Too late, she realizes the cloak of anonymity has not protected her—and that chasing her dream might come at the expense of her heart.
Jeffe Kennedy writes really good BDSM books that have a great story and a lot of respect between the characters. I never feel it is one sided with her hero and heroine. I was curious how Jeffe could write another book and make it different than the two others in the Facets of Passion series. I naturally assumed there would be some of the same stuff with just different characters. I was so happy to be proven wrong.
Danielle “Dani” Sosna is in New Orleans for work. She meets Bobby Prejean at his restaurant in quite the meet cute. He actually yells at her and throws her out of his restaurant, but she does put up quite a fight before she leaves. That interaction alone had me wondering how the two of them are ever going to make things work between them. That is the beauty of a story, though! Anything can happen.
Dani is a very independent woman who does not allow people to push her around. She prefers to call the shots and have the upper hand. She is also a fun “whatever goes” type of gal which is refreshing. She has her own issues to overcome, but they don’t really get in the way of having fun. Prejean can be a little intense with his obsessive compulsive issues (like washing every dish as soon as he is done using it) but is also pretty easy going at times. He too, has some issues he needs to work through, but if he didn’t, the story would be a little dull. Once Dani and Prejean meet again after the display at Prejean’s restaurant, they decide to have a little fun while Dani is in town. Let the games begin.
The word “sophisticated” kept coming to mind when I tried to come up with a term to describe Ruby. The characters, the city, the jobs of the characters, and the way they interact with one another. It was all done on a more sophisticated scale. Jeffe does a fantastic job describing the setting and I felt like I had been to New Orleans after reading this book. I enjoyed the dialogue between Dani and Prejean. She had a way of making him laugh without meaning to, and it was great to see that from a man like him. She was worming her way into his heart and she had no idea. Of course, he was doing the same thing with her. I love it when characters don’t realize when they are falling in love.
The ending to the story came fast, and by that I mean I wanted the book to continue because I could not get enough of Dani and Prejean and not necessarily in the bedroom. I wanted to witness them exploring their new found feelings for one another especially since Dani’s life is turned a little upside down. But, all good books must come to an end sometime. If you are looking for a well written BDSM book that has a great plot, well developed characters, and an awesome setting, I highly recommend Ruby by Jeffe Kennedy!
Reviewed by: Amy R.