Longing ⭐⭐⭐💫 3.5 out of 5 stars.                                       Control  ⭐⭐⭐⭐4 out of 5 stars

In December I participated in a Facebook event with the Indie Writers’ Cooperative where I was lucky enough to win a handful of free reads. Longing and Control were two of them. What a treat!

I read Longing (a Prequel Novella) first. It’s a great background story and character study of Leroy, a supporting character in the latter book. It was a super quick read and gave me, as a reader, more of an investment in & understanding of Leroy in the main work. 

After reading Longing I jumped feet first into Control (The Mystery of Landon Miller Book 1). Holy crap! Told first person from the point of view of Lexi, we are allowed to witness Lexi’s intro into the BDSM realm. Her best friend, Hailey, has participated in the lifestyle for some time, but kept it secret from Lexi until the fateful day when Lexi laments the lack of excitement in her life. That night Hailey takes her to an exclusive club, except Lexi knows absolutely nothing about the type of club she’s in. That’d be something of a shocker, right?

As a newcomer to the lifestyle, Lexi is understandably taken aback. While exploring the club she encounters Landon, the club’s mysterious, wealthy owner. Now, as I was reading the first handful of chapters I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Fifty Shades… especially when Lexi and Landon begin to discuss their contract. Landon: the damaged, reclusive millionaire. Lexi: the self-doubting innocent. But I assure you, that’s where the similarities end. 

Lexi is a married woman in a boring, thankless relationship. She’s questioning her life, her accomplishments, and her future. She’s infatuated with Landon, drawn to him magnetically, and her willingness to consider a contractual relationship with him is based solely on her desire to be near him. She’s willing to do anything to be in his orbit. 

Control has the bones of a great book! And the ending!?! WTF? I didn’t see it coming. AT ALL! I seriously hope there’s a second installment in the works. There is no HEA in this story and the ending is quite the shocker. 

The only issue I had with this book, and what kept me from giving Control a full five stars, was the over use and/or misuse of certain punctuation. There were lots of sentences with random semicolons in them. Comas placed in abundance where there needn’t be any. Another editing pass at this book to remove extraneous punctuation marks would give Control (and Longing) a facelift. Even with the punctuation issues, I still thoroughly enjoyed the read. 

All told, these two books are an awesome duo. The erotica element is mild, so readers worried about the BDSM content needn’t be. It’s more like a supporting character in the book than a gratuitous ploy to draw in readers. I recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a dark romance.

Are you curious? Check out R.M. Gauthier’s author page on Amazon here. Control is available on Kindle Unlimited, so subscribers can read it free. 

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