ALLURE by Sansa Rayne
Inara has never felt the ethereal pleasure of a man’s allure, a manifestation of will that rewards submission. Casting aside the collar of her youth, she attends her long-awaited blossoming ceremony longing to partake in her overdue rite of womanhood. But when she experiences allure for the first time, the celebration spirals into a waking nightmare.
Sensing a need to end his string of flings and take a wife, Sir Cassian sets his sights on the kind and beautiful Inara. A knight reputed for his skills in combat as much as his charm, he will do whatever he must to ensure Inara picks him as her suitor. When she flees her blossoming, inexplicably terrified, he seizes the opportunity to help her – and claim her.
Unable to avoid the sinister effect allure has on her, Inara agrees to pose as Cassian’s new beau. At first hesitant to reveal the whole truth, she submits to his discipline, unleashing the bliss she’s always craved. However, divulging her dark discovery thrusts them into a conflict that will test their commitment to each other and their entire world.
When Inara learns there may be a way for her not to suffer from allure, Cassian vows to find the answer. Yet their search draws the attention of those intent on stifling the truth, no matter who they have to kill. Pursued by zealous assassins, Inara must choose: hide who she is to protect her love, or fight to expose the secret of allure…
MY REVIEW of: ALLURE by Sansa Rayne
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
First of all, let me say that I loved that this story was so unique. I haven’t read any other fantasy quite like it.
It’s a world where woman are more or less emotionally controlled by a man’s ALLURE – the ability to influence a woman’s emotions and free will, to a point. A mental kind of control that calms and soothes a woman but also manipulates her into feeling a certain way. Keeping her happy and obedient.
It’s a world I would very much enjoy jumping into and fucking things up in.
Let a man control how I feel and react to something? I don’t fucking think so!
Walk around with fetters on until I showed many years of obedience? I really don’t fucking think so!
Fetters definition: restrain with chains or manacles, typically around the ankles.
It’s her coming of age party, so to speak. She goes to the town centre and pretty much chooses who she wants to go home with…the catch? The men that have paid to be there all compete with each other by seeing who can influence her the most with their ALLURE.
However, Inara is different. Instead of being soothed by the ALLURE she can hear the men’s thoughts instead.
Things like “You want to suck my cock” and “Choose me, whore”. As you can imagine it scares the shit out of her and she freaks out and runs off.
When Cassian comes to her with an offer that she choose him and he won’t pressure her into anything with his allure, she jumps at the chance because (a) he’s hot AF and (b) she can’t hear his thoughts. Score!
But pretty soon she has to admit to him that *gasp* – SHE CAN DISOBEY A MAN! and that is a no-no for women in this world.
Instead of shunning her, he vows to help her figure out why she’s different.
Cassian is a hot (according to the women) AF player, lol. He pretty much steals all of the women on their blossomings and then moves on to the next. Leaving both him and her satisfied. As you can imagine, this pisses off the other men in the village.
He thinks he ready to settle down now though and wants to do that with Inara. She seems a little different and he likes that. But he didn’t realise how different she was until he realises that she can go against a man’s will and allure.
Knowing that she could be in danger if anyone else finds out he offers to help her figure it out by travelling with her to the big library thingy in the city which is a few days travel away.
I liked Inara because she was all about the “fuck you!” to the man, ye ken? The way women are treated in this world is enough to piss me off good and proper, lol, so kudos to the author for that! My blood was boiling alright! And I was firmly cheering her on every time she did something “wrong”.
While I loved the world-building and the story was so unique, I didn’t feel any attraction to Cassian though. I mean he sounded hot but I didn’t feel the pull.
Sorry guys but I just didn’t connect with him.
There were some juicy scenes throughout the book with some BDSM and rope work but I just couldn’t get into them. You, of course, might disagree.
“Please, sir! I’m going…to come!”.“You’ve earned it…Inara. You have…permission.”“Oh, thank you!”I shout, letting my head fall backward. Carnal pleasure erupts with a force that robs my body of its strength. My arms and legs go limp, supported only by Cassian and the rope. Euphoria lifts me into a trance. I groan, helpless to resist. I can’t tell if my perception of time is changing or Cassian’s working his tongue faster, but every motion feels more and more intense. Hot blood pumps through me, amplifying every sensation until my orgasm reaches its peak. My wailing ceases, though my jaw still hangs open. Mind barely cognizant of reality, I don’t understand at first why Cassian isn’t lowering me to the ground. He adds more rope around my ankles, spreading my legs and pulling them up high until I’m hanging by all four limbs. “Ready for more, dove?” he asks, running his hand up my thigh. “Ancients…this is…insane!”Strained from holding my weight, my limbs immediately ache. “Then I guess you better make me come quickly,” says Cassian. He undresses slowly, allowing me to stare at his immaculate body, rather than think about my predicament. “Don’t look at me like that,” he says, stroking his mammoth cock. “You’re the amazing one. I could watch you hang there for hours.”
FINAL THOUGHTS on ALLURE by Sansa Rayne
So it’s like this. I enjoyed the story and the world that she created and I like how strong Inara was and the fight she had in her but I didn’t find it sexy. I couldn’t quite connect with Cassian and felt the sex scenes were missing something. If the book were just fantasy without the romance I think it would have been better.
So I’m going to give it 3.5 stars.
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