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Unforgettable passion . . .Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man wUnforgettable passion . . .Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.Unexpected pleasure . . .Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been "trained" to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?...

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Slow Seduction Reviews

  • Amy
    2019-06-07 07:44

    Join me, will you, in emitting a heavy sigh for yet another erotica trilogy.Is there a law somewhere - a regulation - that all erotica must come in threes? Is it not possible for a writer to just tell a story and end it on the last page of ONE BOOK?Apparently not.Oh, what E. L. James hath wrought. And, no, Cecilia Tan, that is not a compliment.So here we have the second book of the threesome. I didn't read the first one, and while having done so would have helped understand one of the major plot points, I have a feeling that said major plot point would still be a mystery.Following the predictable course of erotica, we have Karina, in the last year of her graduate studies (yes, she's another young one), getting over the broken heart left her by James (yes, he's another older, richer one), who apparently did not like that Karina "broke through his walls" and "saw the real him" and "forced him to realize that he can love."Does this sound like other erotica we've read? Yes, it absolutely does.So Karina heads to London to work at an art gallery, but more importantly to try and track down James. It turns out that, in addition to his BDSM lifestyle, James is also an international rock star. And apparently also an artist.To find him, she accepts an invitation to The Crimson Glove, a BDSM playground. Damon George, another purveyor of spanky panky, wants to take Karina under his black leather belt, so to speak, and help her understand the Mind of the Dominant in hopes that she can get James back.One thing leads to a spanking leads to another thing, and Karina's plan works. Sort of. I mean, it can't work too well, because a third book must be written.We know nothing about James, and that's what I wonder about the first book. Is he in it more? Do we know him? Or is he still a mystery? I suspect the latter, and I suspect I would end reading Book One much like I did Book Two: asking what in the world is so great about Karina.Yet again, we have the dull heroine. Oh, she's supposed to be high spirited, but she isn't. She's a sniveling, whiney, woe-is-me-I-miss-James-I-love-James-my-heart-cannot-go-on-without-James kind of character.Now, Damon is a bit more interesting, but even then, we've read him before. Nothing about him or Karina, or James, for that matter, stands out.Which brings us to the sex scenes.Again, nothing new here. They're hot, but since Karina has a "no penetration allowed" clause, you might suffer from blue, er, ovaries for most of the book. I don't think you will need to strap on your vibrator for this one.Give it a pass and read Blindfolded Innocence instead, which at least has an interesting heroine AND super hot headboard rockin'.Thanks to NetGalley (I guess) for the previewPublished on cupcake's book cupboard@VivaAmaRisata

  • Alexis Sky
    2019-06-02 02:56

    I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.I am so disappointed. I really enjoyed the first book and thought Karina and James were great characters. I didn't like either one of them in this book, at all. The elusive James is gone and Karina would do anything to find him and get him back, including turning her self over to Damon, a dom in need of an attitude adjustment. Nothing about the plot drew me in, save the appearance of James. I liked him in the first book, but in this one- wow, I wasn't expecting it, but I just ... I can't say too much because it'll give away the end. It was disappointing to say the least and I'll only be reading the third book to find out how it's resolved.

  • The CurvyJones
    2019-05-25 03:57

    I'm not even rating this book. SLOW is right. The only reason I finished it is because I need to do a review. I had zero interest in the MC's kinks and foray into submissive-Ville. I wanted her to find James and by the time she did, I was thoroughly bored. James is no longer compelling to me. I'm really not reading the next book. Just tell me what happens.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-29 02:58

    This is a review of all three books, so there is info in here about the other two, if you haven't read them be careful.As a whole work I'm very unsure how to rate these books. I feel like the first book was maybe a 3.5 star read, but it lacked an ending which certainly knocked it back a star. Then there is the fact that the first book feels like almost a completely different story than the next two, though one does not work without the other two which makes it confusing. The second two books are very, very short, more like novellas which was aggravating since they are the same price. Slow Surrender is more like novel length, but it feels like the author just didn't feel like giving the reader the ending because she wanted it to be a trilogy. The trouble then is that the ending isn't provided for the reader until Slow Seduction, but there is a lot that really isn't needed in those last two books and so I feel like the whole thing could just be condensed into one volume and share the reader a lot of trouble and reduce the amount of skimming.Slow Surrender grabbed my attention because of the very mysterious James who is introduced right away as he asks Karina a question when she waitressing. They immediately begin playing a "game" of seduction. Karina doesn't know the rules, and neither does the reader. That works well and draws the reader into the story. The reader remains in the dark about who James is and his intentions with Karina throughout the entire book. That mystery provides thrilling aspect that makes you want to keep reading. There are definitely obvious clues as to James' true identity, but it is still fun to read about Karina and James' encounters because for the whole first volume it feels like they are virtual strangers becoming more and more intimate without their relationship progressing in any "normal" way.However, James' true identity was a bit of a deal-breaker, really a jump-the-shark moment for me because it just seemed utterly ridiculous. (view spoiler)[It turns out that not only is James a rich, reclusive, dominant, and a billionaire (so I'm totally fine with him up to this point), he is also--- wait for it--- a international rocker star of MYSTERY. I mean that literally, he is this ridiculously well-known rock star (known for his rock operas, of course! you know, like all those rock stars that are known for such things) who has always kept his real identity a secret from his fans by using masks during performances and hiding literally from the press. Now, I don't have any problem with the idea of hidden identities or rock stars. In fact, I like both tropes in my romance, but this whole scenario seemed a bit over the top. And I'll tell you why: James is initially presented to the reader as a sort of refined business man type. He's constantly in and out of meetings, and going various places with his driver in his limo, talking on his phone and he's always very, very busy. Classic, billionaire romance hero stuff, you know. THEN we find out that James is also a gifted artist not just a rich guy who asks random waitresses to stick marbles in their panties. In fact, it turns out that his glassworks are re-known in the art community and he has displayed his work at various art shows, also keeping his true artist identity a secret. THEN we find out that James is also very involved in the BDSM scene and is a member of an exclusive and secretive BDSM club where he attends and is a well-known and much coveted dominant. Finally, we also find out that he is a gifted modern dancer, and performs on stage when in his rock-star persona with other dancers. **Just a quick insert here-- he practices and performs for his "rock operas" wearing spandex pants and a mid-drift top. Karina of course thinks this is so HAWT. I do not. I think that might actual have been the exact moment that this character was lost to me. I cannot in good conscious believe that a man who has been described as urbane and sophisticated, driving around in a limo in NYC wearing three piece suits would then don a pair of spandex leggings and a belly shirt and prance about on a stage doing modern dance.I don't know about you but for me James has WAY TOO MANY THINGS GOING ON FOR ONE CHARACTER. Like WAY too many. He loses all credibility by book three because there is just too much going on. He cannot be amazing at everything and it doesn't even make sense for all of these interests to be combined in one character. In the first book the reader doesn't really know or understand the many facets of James the Amazing Spandex Prancer, but by book three you are blown away by the sheer amount of things happening with him, and not in a good way.So that whole angle really didn't work for me, and it basically made the books not work for me.(hide spoiler)]However, what did work for me is the very good writing and excellent portrayal of the BDSM culture. The D/s scenes that James and Karina play out with each other I felt were well-done and pretty stand out for the genre as a whole. I wish actually that this book had focused only on D/s element between the two characters because there is a lot to explore there as Karina experiences being a submissive with James for the very first time. The reader gets to see her go through that as she realizes that she really enjoys it and she is sort of flummoxed abut her feelings. Also, the latter two books briefly, but in my opinion much too superficially, explore Karina's mental state as she wonders if she enjoys being a submissive in general, or if it is just James that gets her going. That would have made a better, more emotionally potent book for me.The whole thing should be condensed in to one volume and all the other nonsense in James character should be taken out. Tan should also get rid of the whole bit with Karina going to London and almost becoming a submissive at the secret BDSM club, but then doing actually doing it, and go straight to the reconciliation between her and James. If I was editing this book that is what I'd do.

  • Ilana
    2019-05-22 05:56

    Title: Slow SeductionAuthor: Cecilia TanPublisher/Year: Grand Central Publishing 1/28/14Length: 272 pagesSeries: Struck by Lightning #2OverviewUnforgettable passion . . .Two months have passed since Karina’s painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she’ll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.Unexpected pleasure . . .Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been “trained” to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?My ThoughtsI had to re-read Slow Surrender so that I could refresh myself on this exciting and erotic game that James was playing with Karina, and boy was I happy that i did. Where we left off with this couple is upon James flight from Karina after the first ‘society’ party that they had attended together, where they not only ‘consummated’ their relationship but Karina ‘forced’ James to reveal his full name and therefore his identity that he has been working SO hard to hide all this time. Once that’s done, he up and leaves her at the party and she doesn’t hear from him again.Where Slow Seduction picks up is a few months in the future where Karina has just taken a summer job at the Tate Britain through the connection that she made via James with Martindale who is the curator there. Karina has the opportunity to be a guide through the pre-Raphaelite exhibit so that’s something to do until she finds out if she’ll be allowed to graduate (once the nonsense with Renault settles hopefully). The other reason that she’s taken this job too is that she’s heard through the grapevine that James is in England and she’s trying to locate him and see what went wrong.The path that this 2nd installment takes us is the journey of Karina searching for her love since she won’t give up hope that they can be together, and the people that cross her path in that journey are quite interesting.Through her roommate Becky, she meets Paulina and Michel who put her up in their home in exchange for help in renovating and opening their own gallery. There are interesting connections of this couple to others in the story as we learn throughout.We also meet Damon George who in his own way is very much like James and is even a member of the London branch of the same society that James is, and Karina some how hopes that through the club she can find him, so she builds that relationship with Damon as a means to find him. Of course though, we know that things aren’t quite that simple, and Damon has plans of his own, and intentions of his own, and plans to make Karina his if he can manage it.So, we’re taking on a search and rescue excursion here that’s a great plot line, and peppered in with steamy sceneing between Karina and Damon and he works to train her. It’s yet another introduction into the world of BDSM for her, which we saw in book 1, but certainly in more depth in this 2nd book.I’m really pleased with this bridge in the series. I think that we get everything that we were expecting and a little bit more with the way that it ended up. There were a few unexpecteds that showed up towards the end, and that’s the lead in to what i hope will be an even better 3rd and final installment. Now if only i didn’t have to wait so long for it! I hope you guys enjoy!

  • Chelsea
    2019-05-30 07:58

    This book grew on me as I read it - and I started by reading it out of order because by the time I picked it up to read (having had it on my review shelf for a couple weeks at the time, I believe), the language in the blurb description had become a little irritating. Training made me think unwilling or being treated like less than a person, for whatever reason, and that made me reluctant to read.So I read some of the start, a chapter in the middle and then the end, and kind of read backwards - first the last chapter , then the last few, then another, and then I went deeper into the middle and read from there, and then I skimmed back to the beginning and worked forwards for a while.I never did read the whole book in order, but the more of it that I *did* read in order, the more I liked it.I haven't read the first book in the Struck by Lightning series so I didn't have a pre-existing love for the pairing of Karina and James. This book is about Karina's search for James, to reunite with the Dom after he left her alone in the middle of a sex party (? what a jerk!). She chases after him to England (from New York), getting work at an art gallery, and joining a secret BDSM club in hopes that it'll put her in contact with him. Along the way, she picks up a new Dom - Damon - who teaches her more of the lifestyle, and learns more about her own sexual preferences.I liked Karina quite a bit. She's strong willed, she's adventurous and curious, she's going after what she wants, even if that's some guy. I think if she hadn't been such a good character, the rest of the book might not have been as enjoyable. There's quite a bit of sex in here, a lot of variety, a lot of kink. Because Karina's heart isn't really in the sex so much as in getting through all the hoops she has to in order to reunite with James, I found the sex less satisfying than it might have been. If she'd been engaged in it for pleasure's sake, I think that might have won me over, but... yeah.Now, the way things were left at the end of the book did make me want to read the third - so kudos for that. It's one of the reasons I bumped this up from 3.5 stars to 4 stars.See this and other reviews at To Each Their Own ReviewsI received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Merri-Todd Webster
    2019-06-17 09:59

    Good things come to those who wait! I've waited a year for this book, and now I'm eagerly awaiting the appearance of the third and final novel in six months.At the end of Slow Surrender, James disappeared from Karina's life like Prince Charming fleeing Cinderella at midnight. Now, armed with only a job offer from theTate in London and a mysterious sculpture of a glass slipper, Karina goes in quest of her missing beloved. In London she is soon drawn into two different but slightly overlapping worlds which James inhabits, one a world of dominants and submissives, discipline and service, the other a world of artists and artisans, creatives and free spirits. Tan introduces a raft of new characters, all of whom are connected with James in one way or another; I particularly liked oddball couple Paulina and Michel (and I don't consider quirkiness a character flaw). The crucial question Karina faces is whether it's really James she wants, or simply the type of sex to which he introduced her. Could she be happy with another dom?While Karina and James are separated for much of the novel, he is never out of her thoughts, and he makes one affecting appearance before the climax of the story, which is intense both emotionally and sexually. Tan also sets up a crisis in Karina's relationship with her mother that will need to be resolved. I honestly don't think that this book suffers too much from "middle book sag"--it's mostly set-up and not much pay-off, but I trust the pay-off in book three will be worth the wait. If you liked the first book, I say don't hesitate to get this one!

  • Meleka Taylor
    2019-06-08 10:43

    This was a filler book for me and I hate filler books. But I did give this one a 3 star rating, 2.5 stars for the plot and 0.5 star for it being an easy read. This books starts off 2 months after "James" has just up and left Karina with no explanation. She is following leads to find him.During this book the main thing that stuck out to me was that Karina started to question was it "James" that she missed and loved or was it the adventure she was addicted to. She put herself through a lot to figure that out. As I stated before, the story was ok. It brought nothing to the table development wise. It brought forth more questions than answers since "James" has another secret at the end of this. I felt that this was not needed and could have went in a different direction. I thought Damon was a good foil for James. He was a sexy man that knew how to please a woman (that should be a given since he is in a secret society that deals with sex). I liked reading how he tried to seduce Karina and try to persuade her to forget about "James". The main reason I am excited about the next book was that since "James" cannot be honest with Karina she is now requiring him to chase her. She chased him halfway around the world for lies and he pushed her away. Now, if he wants her then he needs to chase her with the same fervor that she chased him. I want to see how much she will make him keep that commitment.

  • ♡B♡
    2019-06-04 07:46

    3.5 - 4The first book in this series had me. I was instantly drawn in. I wanted more of James. I couldn't get enough! I couldn't wait to start this one and see where things would go. For me this one was good but not great. It didn't pull me in the way I hoped it would. It just felt drawn out. We get to meet Damon and he was okay but he wasn't James. I wanted James! And I will say that yes she meets Damon and yes she goes with him so that he can train her to be a good submissive. He is alright I guess but to be honest he really isn't a great Dom. They don't really spend a lot of time together "training". Or maybe that's just me and I didn't think they did. I just wasn't really feeling their 'togetherness'. And like the synopsis says she finds him...She finds James! I was so excited! I wanted to get answers I wanted to know what the hell happened! There are a few things that come out and a few twists and turns. So that was interesting! I can say that I didn't see it coming! I was left yet again having more questions than answers. I know that is what a series is supposed to do, a good one will leave you waiting for the next one in the series! So Well Played!! ;)

  • Karinosa
    2019-05-20 03:53

    Well well well!!! OMG!! I can see that some reviewers didn't get the whole plot and understand this one. This is a second book of the series. This first book has to be read in order to understand this one. I enjoyed this book very much! I could not put it down. I felt the nervousness of these characters down to my toes!! Damon and James and the Heroine of the story are a good match. They allow you to see certain things of each character that you would not normally see otherwise. Damon seems cocky and arrogant. I did not know how far that went, but some of the things that come out is crazy wicked!! I had a feeling that some things were going on, but not to the extent that they did!!! That is also a little frustrating as well. I am usually really good at figuring things sucks that I did not get the whole extent of it. I am going to patiently wait for the next and hopefully last in this series. There should be a hot, sexy, arrogant, alpha male doing lots of groveling and ass kissing in the next book!! I can't wait!!! Uughh!! Not sure about patiently waiting!!!

  • Daphna
    2019-06-17 04:48

    I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review.I want to shout and tell everyone about this series. I have not seen great reviews for this book or this series but something about Karina and James has completely caught my attention and I want more. It is hard to talk about this book with out giving away the book itself. But one thing I want to know is...what the hell is up with James. I mean seriously. A neurotic protagonist is new for me and I am loving it. I am ready to pre order the third one. Grab Slow Surrender and then this one Slow Seduction so you can meet Karina and James. Different twist on erotica.

  • Katya
    2019-06-11 06:07

    1.85 Stars!!!UGH.....I don't know why most of this novel exists....a few good parts in the beginning and end with alot of "filler" in between. I think it is the publishers looking to make more money by stretching a one novel story into three. I hate to be mean, the writing is good, the twists and turns are fabulous but half way though this book I was begging the heroine to stop being stupid and dump the dude! Yawn, sex...even kinky sex is boring when you don't care about the characters. I pushed through this middle section of this ONE NOVEL and will read book 3 when it comes see it to the end.

  • Ann Sutphin
    2019-05-21 06:02

    Can't wait to read the next in the series!

  • Emily Hobson
    2019-06-18 02:45

    **2.5 STARS ---- I read this not knowing that its the second book in a trilogy (waahhh) but it read just fine... very slow thought and I wasn't very engaged in the story... Again, this may be due to the fact that I haven't read the second but still an okay read.

  • Amanda Nicole
    2019-06-07 02:47


  • Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
    2019-06-16 10:50

    When I started reading this trilogy, I had to force myself to put images of Christian Grey out of my mind. There was a lot of similarities in the first book, but what I loved about the second book is that it was such a drastic turn from what I was expecting to happen next. That for me was a big win for this book. No, James isn't really a main character in the second book of this series, but he is always at the front of mind. Always. This book was the drive and passion of Karina to see out the man that she loves and she was willing to do what it took to find him.Karina finds herself a couple months later traveling across the ocean, not only to work in an art gallery but to find the elusive James that left her after she forced his brick walls to fall in Slow Surrender. But nothing is as it seems once she gets to London. On one of the first tours she gives, she meets Damon. Damon is clearly a Dom from the first mention of his name. But there is more to it than that. He prances in with two sub trainees and what happens in front of that famous art is not very artful at all. In fact, it was kind of a turn off on the book for me. But what came from that experience is what captured me.Karina is desperate to find James and to find out if her love for him is only on her side or if indeed, he could possibly have those same feelings. In her search of James, Karina takes a chance on Damon's invitation to become a member of the club. Karina is not a typical sub and she knows that there is only one man that she wants out of the situation. But in order to find him, she needs Damon's help. What intrigued me was why Damon was so willing to help. I questioned it and questioned it throughout the book and by the end, I knew exactly why he was willing to help, but there was more to the story, as there always is.On her journey to find James, Karina meets some very unique and fun loving people. From the couple she moved in with and helped begin their journey with their gallery to the glass makers. Slow Seduction was more about a journey than a destination. Yes, there was a few times I was questioning why I was reading it and there were a few times I was wondering why the author was taking us such a long journey to get to James, but in the end as things are revealed, we find some of the answers. Because this is a trilogy, there is still a lot of the story left to be told. But I loved that this book takes a different turn and is about the search for love that Karina is looking for. Of course, the ending left me with more questions which is why I am desperate for the third book in the series.Karina pushed even more limits for herself in this book and took quite a few very risky chances, but it was only going to be worth it if in the end she would have a chance to talk to James and decipher what happened when he left her alone those few months earlier. Was I intrigued? Yes. Did I get all of the answers I wanted? No. But that is the beauty of it. I know there is another book coming and I cannot wait to see what happens. I have more questions now than I did when I started this book. So why not five stars? Well... as much I love the twists and turns and the journey that Karina took in this book, I was left with even more questions than after the first book and I really wanted to see more of James in this book. It is no secret, I am not a big fan of the cliffhanger. I like to have an ending. It doesn't have to be a good one or a happily ever after ending, but I like reading books that indeed end. Even though I knew going into this it was a trilogy, part of me wanted at least a little bit of resolve. I really did enjoy it and it and I cannot wait for the third book because I want to know how things end for Karina and James. *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

  • Valérie Carreau
    2019-05-23 05:43

    Mon avis: J'avais lu il y a quelques jours le premier tome de cette trilogie et j'avais adoré, c'est donc avec une réelle impatience que j'attendais la sortie de ce second opus pour continuer les aventures de Karina et James qui m'avaient je l'avoue vraiment intrigués lors de ma lecture de ce premier tome. Sitôt acheté sitôt dévoré, je me suis plongée dans la suite et rien ne m'aurais fait lâcher le livre avant la fin.Du coté de l'histoire: Nous retrouvons Karina deux mois après sa rupture avec James. Après avoir dénoncé son professeur d’histoire de l’art pour harcèlement sexuel, elle désire passer à autre chose, alors quand Réginald Martindale, un conservateur anglais lui propose un poste lors d’une exposition dans sa galerie de Londres, elle accepte volontiers. Ce n’est qu’un travail de quelques semaines mais la jeune femme voit en cette opportunité une bonne raison pour quitter New York et ainsi espérer retrouver James . Afin de se donner toutes les chances de retrouver son amant perdu, Karina va approcher de plus près, la société écarlate, un lieu de libertinage que fréquente fréquemment James, et grâce à la rencontre avec Damon George, un artiste riche et dominateur qui va la prendre sous son aile en tant qu'esclave sexuelle dans cette Société secrète dont James est un des membres. Karina espère ainsi réussir à capter l'attention de son ex-amant, mais est-ce vraiment la meilleure des manières pour regagner ses faveurs ? Comment cet homme torturé va-t-il réagir face à cette situation ? Du coté de l'écriture: La plume de Cécilia Tan est toujours aussi agréable et addictive, cette fois-ci elle nous transporte dans les rues de Londres et nous fait découvrir encore plus le coté BDSM de cette saga. Dès les premières pages, j'ai été littéralement transportée dans cet univers et dans l'histoire que nous conte l'auteure avec finesse et subtilité, alors, c'est vrai que ce coté BDSM, vous allez me dire que c'est pas vraiment fin mais j'ai trouvé que Cécilia Tan avait la faculté de nous décrire les scènes avec une belle sensualité et en aucun cas de vulgarité et c'est vraiment ce que j'ai apprécié dans ce livre et dans le premier opus d'ailleurs. Les personnages ne sont pas spécialement attachants de part leur coté rempli de mystère qui plane à chaque instant au dessus de leur tête mais la plume de l'auteure fait qu'on arrive tout de même à les apprécier vraiment. Même si James est très peu présent dans ce second tome voir même absent et j'en suis un peu désolée, il plane toujours sur l’histoire son " aura si sensuelle" qu'on a découvert dans le 1er tome. Les nouveaux personnages et notamment Damon, sont eux aussi très mystérieux et j'ai beaucoup aimé les jeunes soumises que nous rencontrons dans ce tome. La fin est égal au premier tome, tout en suspens et rebondissements ce qui promet je pense un troisième tome encore excellent .En conclusion: Dans ce tome, nous entrons plus profondément encore dans l'univers du BDSM mais la belle plume de Cécilia Tan nous apporte cette note de légèreté dans le récit qui fait que l'ambiance est agréable et pas glauque du tout . Les scènes explicites, je les ai trouvées vraiment belles malgré le coté noir de cette société et les mystères qui planent autour. L'auteure a réussi à nous écrire son roman tout en finesse et subtilité et ce mystère autour des personnages, qui c'est vrai, ne les rendent pas spécialement attachants mais nous les fait appréciés et rend cette lecture addictive. J'attends avec impatience le tome 3 qui sortira normalement en mai prochain . Ce ne sera pas un coup de cœur comme le premier tome mais cela a été un très bon moment de lecturePour public averti

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2019-06-07 08:39

    Slow Seduction. Cecilia TanReview from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.So we pick up the story with Karina determined to trace James, but with little to go on she's clutching at straws. The LL grapevine says he's in England ,so she jumps at the chance of a summer job in the art world in London. There she meets Damon, member of the English branch of the club in US that James took Karina to – and the one he abandoned her at. Not a happy memory for her, but she's willing to re renter that world if it helps her find James. Damon clearly wants her for himself though – openly says so, and isn't put off that she's told him about James, and her mission to find him, without revealing anything other than his club name. He agrees to help her, convinced that he can change her mind about him in the she enters a world of Submission, Service and Secrets. Karina didn't seem quite as sparky in this book, maybe its just that the magic is between her and James, and though she showed her mettle to Damon and clearly intrigued him, it wasn't as fun as when she was with James. Damon- on the surface helping, but we know he only wants her to find James convinced he will leave her again, leaving the way open for him. He's an odd man, very arrogant in ways, very in love with himself, and yet when it comes to Karina, like James he's fallen for her magic, the spark that makes her so different form the obedient, placid ladies he's used to. Then there's Vannette who has a senior position in club management. She seemed very cold at first I thought, and yet when Karina needed help and advice she was there and spot on. Through her search Karina meets lots of other characters too, some funny and quirky, some from James past, and more of the LL fans. They crop up in a number of different, minor plots that end up joining and being connected. Its like that six degrees of separation thing again :) I thought it was really clever the way Cecilia has taken what seem like disparate events and characters, and yet woven them into a thread that winds round the journey, and brings it full circle. Once again there's lots of erotic sensuality without actual sex, and after all the books where its sex every other page, its such a treat to get an author who's clearly put a lot of thought into how to portray sensuality and passion, without just giving us constant, in your face, boring after a while sex. That's what happens when we get the same thing, page after page after page, it gets dull, the reader switches off and it loses its edge. I really enjoyed that Cecilia has taken a different direction with this book. When she does do sex, then it becomes something to be treasured, something special and revered, a magic moment between two lovers, more than just another quick shag, and fits the novel perfectly. The ending – wow, what a lot of surprises and revelations, and once again I’ve a truckload of questions I need answering. Of course, as has become almost obligatory in contemporary erotica, there's a semi cliffhanger ending. Semi because thankfully Cecilia gives us a glimpse of what's to come at the end, and its positive so it left me wanting more, wanting it now but at least feeling positive, and not that awful empty feeling so many cliffhanger endings give me. Part three should be out this autumn :) Stars: four and a half again. Fabulous read. ARC supplied by Netgalley

  • ReadingDiva Book Reviews
    2019-06-08 08:59

    **Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog**REVIEW: If you have followed this blog for some time, you have realized by now that I am a big fan of independent, strong-minded and smart mouthy heroines. Cecilia Tan does not disappoint, she first introduced us to Karina in Slow Surrender. Now in Slow Seduction Karina has traveled to London in search of James, the man who has awaken her desire and need for submission.I give it to Mrs. Tan, she has given us a more secure and mature Karina, one that isn’t afraid to explore and experience. She has kept Karina’s spunky personality, but has made her a more mature woman who is able to express and say things exactly as she feels them. However, we have met a more elusive and secretive James, a lot more than before, his running has only sparked questions that I am sure will be left unanswered and though we have a vague idea of his reasons for running, I can’t help but wonder if there is a bigger and darker reality to his unexpected departure.Slow Seduction is pretty much dedicated to Karina’s exploration and seduction into a world of pleasure, submission and hard-core sexual experiences. We are also introduced to sexy, dark and sinful characters such as Damon George a rich and egotistical man who promise unimaginable pleasures. I think overall Slow Seduction has delivered a good follow-up story, and it has given us another taste of the world Karina has wanted to experience, though it is not necessarily what she wants, it has however allowed her to question her feelings and desires. Is it James she loves or the raw sensuality she experiences with him, is it what she feels for him or what he has accomplished to make her feel, is it love or what he has awaken inside her.I am looking forward to the next installment and I am hopeful we get to see a more involved and giving James, because let’s be honest, he is secretive, sensual, kinky and that is the perfect combination to make him in all counts a hot character. I would like to see a lot more action between Karina & James, I want to be transported to the world where Slow Surrender took us, passion, sex, submission & pain.Their chemistry is key and their romance is hot, if Cecilia Tan keeps the spark I think the trilogy would be a hit. Karina & James are likeable characters, and though there seem to be a lack of character development, I think if we are given a more emotional, raw and transcendental love story I think one can look past that small detail. Overall, Slow Seduction is a good read, it kept me looking for the next experience and the possibility of Karina & James reunion.

  • Kendra
    2019-06-14 10:52

    Unforgettable passion . . .Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.Unexpected pleasure . . .Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been "trained" to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?*3 stars* Apparently this one loosed my interest.DONT READ IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE FIRST OF THE SERIES (SLOW SURRENDER)So he's rock star, posing as an artist, posing as what??? I just don't get it. So Karina is destroyed by the fact that James just left her. After an intense love making session, and her demand to tell her his name, he flees. Shes heartbroken, and probably more realistically feels used up. I mean, who wouldn't after having to have a glass dildo up your hoo-haaa for over 10 hours! So she goes on the look out for him. She takes up an internship in London with this art gallery (whom has connections to the infamous James). Here she meets Damon. A guy who likes to hire 'sex slaves' well they aren't technically slaves, I mean they actually willingly follow him around and have sex with him at his disposal. Anyways, Damon is part of this secret sex society. The same one that James is. Karina, jumps on this opportunity to begin her training and start this sex slave secret society business, all with the hopes that James comes to one of theses parties. He does. Big surprise there... that's not a spoiler, everyone could see it coming.And well then... there's love and making up, and then big surprise here, another cliffhanger....I know at the beginning when I first read theese, I was like, yup will read the third one. But now after a month or so, I have a feeling that I really won't go looking for it.

  • Shirley Frances
    2019-05-18 06:39

    3.5 starsThis installment picks up a couple of months after Slow Surrender left off with Karina moving to London not only to start a new job in a museum but also in search of James, who left her after Karina forced him to reveal his name.This book was not what I expected at all, but still a great follow-up book nonetheless.This story centers around Karina's journey in finding James, the man who captured her heart and encouraged her to explore her sensual side. After all the experiences she shared with James, she can't keep him out of her mind. She's determined to find him and not even meeting Damon and his sexy ways detracts her from her mission. This story is all about her development as a characters where she explores her new-found kinks and lets herself accept herself for who she is.She meets a lot of people along the way that enrich her experience one way or another and who get her closer to her goal of finding James.I enjoyed how the story unfolded, the characters that were introduced and the growth Karina underwent in the process. There were some new discoveries and some interesting twists to the story that added to my interest in seeing this trilogy through to the end.Of course, I can't deny that I wished I could have experienced some more of James in this installment. I think that Karina and James are great together and they complement each other. Although he did make and appearance and some of the issues were dealt with, there were to many what-ifs and a whole new revelation was brought into play. I missed experiencing their connection on the page and seeing them unleash the passion they held for one another. That one scene was great, but it wasn't enough for me after I had invested myself in their relationship in the previous installment.However, I still believe that this was a great addition to the Struck by Lightning series. I'm looking forward to next installment to see if the author brings the range in emotions she brought forth in Slow Surrender and I'm expecting that the degree of anticipation and excitement that she left me with with Slow Seduction is worth the wait.

  • Lexi
    2019-06-01 03:52

    ** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**Review: 3 starsGeneral: This book is the second in a trilogy and I did not know that. For me, this book suffered as a stand alone so I am unsure if reading the first would have fixed some of the plot issues I struggled with. However, the book was a good read overall. It was well written and despite it taking a theme that is slowly becoming over done, Karina lends something new with her rules and it helped keep it fresh. For me personally this is a book that need not be a trilogy and felt like it was only doing so to either keep this book shorter or create momentum by using more than one title.The plot in the book is very overdone at this stage in the game. Karina is chasing down a lost love and falls into the dark, dangerous and hot as hell world that is BDSM. She brings something interesting to the table that I won't spoil though. I felt the writing in the book was quality, although it felt a little on the nose for most of the book. I enjoyed the character tension between Karina but I am not certian why James is even of mention other than it keeps readers in a loop with the books that feel like they may have been doable in one book.Characters: Karina- Karina is intriguing in aspects just as she is boring in others. She's a very needy and clingy female when the book starts. Then she mets Damon and grows a tremendous amount. I loved that there was no love between her and Damon, the main male in the books. It added a level that was wonderful.Damon- Damon is a dom - although I question how good of one. Karina brings a rule to the table that from what I have learned of the BDSM would most likely not appeal to a dominant as strong as himself. That being said he was hot, commanding and utterly drool worthy. I loved having him there and can't wait to see how he plays out in the final book - if he's present.James- James didn't seem worth the fuss from what I read in this installment. He was around Damon's age and intelligence and wealth. But next to Damon he seemed like such a dud.

  • The Lusty Literate
    2019-06-11 03:04

    3 Stars | Ultra SteamyI was thoroughly intrigued by this second installment of the Struck By Lightening series. Slow Seduction successfully showcases a wiser, more sympathetic Karina whose devastating heartbreak has shaped and sharpened her senses. This newly evolved Karina is a thoughtful, introspective and pragmatic heroine- focused and determined to re-connect with her elusive ex-lover James.James- whose worth is highly debatable- is thankfully missing for most of this story. In his absence, Karina finds her pleasure with Damon. Be warned, this is no love match. Damon is a top Dom eager to “train” Karina to be all the submissive she can be. And it’s OK. In fact it’s quite riveting reading. Karina’s perfunctory consent to be trained may have been a means to an end- getting James back- but she soon discovers the perils and pleasures of submitting to another. I enjoyed reading their complicated, layered and intense encounters. Damon is a decidedly skilled and enthusiastic lover- desperate to claim Karina fully. I especially appreciated Damon’s honest approach and tenacity as a refreshing change to James’s evasive heart.Much like Slow Surrender, there is very little actual penetration sex. However, the near sex between Damon and Karina is great. There are no marbles or odd objects- it’s traditional, delicious kink that needs no silly props to be hot. And, the true penetration sex that does transpire- much farther into the novel- while minimal, is satisfyingly supercharged and sizzling.I liked Slow Seduction and am eager to know what will happen next. Can people change? Karina proved that she can. Question is, can James? If so, I might just like him yet.ARC courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Virginie
    2019-06-11 07:06

    J'attends avec impatience ce tome depuis que j'ai fini le tome précédent (vous pouvez retrouver mon avis ici), aussi je peux vous dire qu'il n'a pas attendu très longtemps avant d'être lu à peine une journée. Et il a été lu aussi vite ! Nous avons le plaisir de retrouver Karina alors qu'elle se pose sur le sol anglais après avoir traverser l'Atlantique en avion. Elle a été engagée pour l'été au Tate Museum par Martindale pour être guide à l'exposition sur les pré-raphaélites. Mais ce qui la fait traverser tout l'océan c'est surtout qu'elle a découvert que James se trouve en Angleterre. Depuis qu'il l'a abandonné seule au milieu d'une soirée libertine, elle est prête à tout pour le reconquérir.Lors d'une visite guidée au Tate, elle fera la connaissance de Damon George, qui la conviera dans une société secrète dans laquelle il est membre, Karina verra le point commun entre cette société et celle d'Amérique à laquelle elle s'était rendue avec James. Elle pense qu'à partir de là, elle pourra retrouver plus facilement James et sera donc prête mettre toutes les chances de son côté en acceptant la proposition de Damon.Dès lors c'est un voyage étonnant que nous offre Karina. J'ai beaucoup aimé les découvertes qu'elle a pu faire sur les secrets de James, tout en appréciant l'initiation à la soumission qu'elle fera en entrant dans la société. Encore une fois le personnage de Karina, m'a totalement déconcertée, quand j'ai vu la facilité avec laquelle elle se soumettait à un simple ordre de Damon, tout en étant complètement dévolue à James. Quant au personnage de James, il est toujours aussi mystérieux que dans le tome précédent, même si on apprend certaines choses de son passé. C'est toujours le même homme énigmatique ! Je ne vais pas en dire plus juste qu'encore une fois l'auteur a réussi à me conquérir à sa cause.

  • Mary
    2019-05-26 06:46

    I was eagerly awaiting this book after reading Slow Surrender and read and finished it pretty quickly after publication. I very much enjoyed it; Karina's determination to find put herself through the "training program" as a means to locating him. Karina's adventures at the Crimson Glove Society with Damon and Vanette and her efforts with her artist roommates, preparing for the showing were great reading for me. I really enjoyed how all the pieces came together at the end of the book at the showing and Karina is finally reunited explosively with James.I will confess to some disappointment (thus the 4 vs the 5 rating) that James' and Karina's time together was so brief, and somewhat unfulfilling to me, the reader, as I panted my way through Slow Seduction, with the prize being their reunion.I knew, going into this series, that it was, in fact, a series. I have already pre-ordered Slow Satisfaction, as I absolutely want to read the conclusion of their story. I am definitely invested in what happens with James and Karina. However, I am a little put out that it won't be available until August. I do find, as an avid reader, and now being involved in so many trilogies that when the subsequent book finally comes out, I have to refresh my memory as to what is going on in the story. I am hoping that the wait for this book won't be so prolonged and that it will be available much sooner than August.

  • Amy
    2019-06-11 07:07

    When I picked this book up from the "bargain bin" section of my local book store, I had no idea it was the sequel to a book called "Slow Surrender" and that this is part of a trilogy. The third book is "Slow Satisfaction." It's not your typical romance book. The object of desire and affection of Karina is physically absent for the majority of the story. She is being pursued by another man, Damon George, and we read a lot about her relationship with him. Karina's thoughts and motivations, however, are constantly about James, even though Damon is frequently trying to coax her into having a relationship with himself.I began reading this book only a couple days after I had just visited London, where much of the story takes place, and I'm a little regretful that I didn't visit the Tate Britain museum while we were there because the Tate Britain and some its paintings play as much as a character in the story as Karina and Damon. I had to "google" the paintings to which she refers in the story, so that I had a better understanding of the story itself. It would have been helpful if the author had actually included photos of these paintings in the book.

  • Becky Carter Nichols
    2019-06-14 05:53

    In true, honest fashion (because I know no other way lol) I rate Slow Surrender at 3.5 There were a few things missing that held me back from rating higher. I loved book 1 and the whitty banter between the H/h sets this book apart from any normal Dominant/Sub relationship. In Slow Seduction however there was a huge lack of the whittiness that I loved in book 1. Actually there was a huge lack of James.. All the way through the book I kept asking myself "Where's James?" He finally shows up towards the end of the book. I felt like this book was rushed a tad making it miss alot of the storyline I was hoping for. We do get to meet another Dom named Damon but the chemistry I felt in book 1 just wasnt there in Book 2. I feel like Damon was kinda forced into the story. Slow Seduction did have a few twists and turns and with a cliffhanger ending I was left with way more questions than answers. I will read Book 3 because I am the type of reader that just has to know how it ends for everyone.. Lol I'm nosey like that...Reviewed for Stories&Swag

  • Jennifer Hajdics
    2019-06-03 02:42

    Awesome Read!I've waited months for this book and it did not disappoint! Unable to graduate pending the fallout for finally turning in that douche professor who propositioned her in exchange for passing grades, Karina flees to the UK to work for Martindale as well and chase after James. She meets Damon, a member of The Crimson Glove Society who offers her an interview as a trainee. She accepts, seeing this as a way to find James. The Society decides to accept her after a weekend test with Damon (who's frustrated as hell since Karina picked no sex as her dictum (the one thing she will not allow, like a hard limit) since he's taken a liking to her) and she begins her training. After finding out the truth about her search for James Damon makes her an offer: He'll help her find James, but if he does and he rejects her, Karina must gives herself to him for one night, anything goes. She agrees and the fun begins. Hot scenes, great characters and did I mention the twist at the end? The only thing I hate is that I have to wait until August to find out what happens next!

  • Tracy
    2019-05-22 09:49

    It was okay. I got suckered into reading it because someone said - SPOILER ALERT!Okay...someone said "Hey, it's like 50 shades, but as if the main dude was David Bowie) so I thought "Hey, glam rock kicks ass, this might be pretty good!"It really wasn't bad. Just...I dunno, it felt forced, like she was going through a check list of things she had to add to make the publisher happy. I'm not into romance really, hated 50 Shades (read it so I could figure out what everyone was so excited for), but this had its moments where it was interesting.Because I hate to not finish things, I read the whole damn trilogy to see how it ended. Damnit. I almost felt like it could have just been one longer book. Because of that, this review is going to get copy and pasted into the next two books, too.For book two - the London art stuff was interesting. Again, I feel like she's a wonderful author (books were easy and interesting to read), but the formula bullshit kept interfering with the plot to me.

  • Kate
    2019-05-23 04:53

    "Unforgettable passion . . .Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.Unexpected pleasure . . .Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been "trained" to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever? "Again, a plot that takes a leap of imagination to believe. And all too clearly, Damon ... well, you will figure that out for yourself. And honestly, I can't encourage you to.