In #1 CRUSH Bennett does not ease her readers into the erotic nature of this story, she throws you in feet first in chapter one. That isn't a bad thing because the tone of the story is established quickly. Right away there is no question whatsoever what the heat level will be and that is five burning out of control flames!
Gabriel is fresh from a breakup with a woman who wanted to bend his natural inclinations to what she wants in a man. Gabriel is at a crossroads in his life; a failed relationship, an unfulfilling job, and a music career that is in the beginning stages are all weighing on him. Nicole is young, impulsive, curious to a fault, and uninhibited in ways that will see her getting more than she ever expected out of Gabriel. It's Nicole's curiosity that triggers an encounter that changes the dynamics of their relationship permanently.
Catching Nicole in a a compromising situation dissolves the boundary that Gabriel has placed between them. Treating Nicole as simply the baby sister of one of his best friends is no longer an option after what he witnesses. The veil of innocence surrounding Nicole has been lifted. Where once Gabriel saw Nicole as naive and innocent now he sees Nicole more as a Lolita type figure whose outward appearance of innocence is seductive and alluring. Nicole is now the provocative siren that he can't resist. Gabriel can't resist exploring his sexual proclivities with Nicole any longer.
For her part, Nicole is not dragged down the path of debauchery by Gabriel. Nicole happily and enthusiastically joins Gabriel all but skipping and snapping her fingers down that road. She wants to experience all that she can with him in their very limited time together. What develops between Gabriel and Nicole is very fast paced as they gorge on each other as much as possible.
There's no over done angst, mystery, or huge plot twists in #1 CRUSH. What you get with this one is a well written erotic story with enough background and informational filler to make it a full story. It does lead into book 2, CLOSER but is not a true cliffhanger in my opinion. Gabriel and Nicole's relationship is definitely not over but the story ends in a perfectly acceptable place and since CLOSER is already out you don't even have to wait to continue the story.
**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.**
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