Venetian Love Knots : Hot, sexy, and an unexpected encounter


Venetian Love Knots started out for me like a typical romance where our main girl, Allison Fox, is recalling sexy times with her former everything Cole as well as the awful, violent incident that ended their time together. Allison travels to Venice, a romantic city on its own, to celebrate the marriage of her good friend and participate in all of her ‘maid of honor’ duties. Allison knows that Cole is also going to be at the wedding and the first part of the story is mostly convincing her inner self that she is over him and that he has no pull over her anymore.

Enter Nico, a smoking hot Italian stranger who sweeps Allison off in a gondola and treats her like an absolute princess. Despite Allison hangups and caution she relaxes around Nico and genuinely enjoys herself. Allison has a lot of self dialogue going on but this new pair has a ton of potential.

They are so sweet on each other, and to each other, and *sigh* I was swooning right along.

Then this bad ass cowboy, i.e. former everything Cole struts right into the picture. My first thought was, ‘No! Don’t look at him!’ but alas Ms. Fox is swept up in those dazzling eyes and charming smile and she is, as the author notes, ‘falling down the rabbit hole.’ I can see through his charm, and I can see how controlling Cole, who supposedly has been thinking of our girl since they split, is when he grabs Allison. Despite this I found myself getting manipulated by his smooth words and handsome features. I wanted to believe, just like Allison that he was different and longed for only her.

Cole is dominating in every sense of the word and Allison gets weak in the knees just by the mere thought of his touch. I get it, he’s that rebel with a heart of gold that I love so much, isn’t he? I won’t give away the ending but Allison and I were both deceived!

I also have to say that I was completely and utterly thrown by the steamy BDSM undertones and the unexpected menage that occurs. I will not name those involved but one minute you are wrapped up in knots with Allison and suddenly a naughty proposal slides off Cole’s lips that literally makes you go back and read it again. Did he really just say invite a stranger up here???? I was all a buzz with that idea and let me tell you, this author does NOT disappoint in the sexual scenes. Too much more will again spoil, so be sure you are alone in a locked room before reading!

As tied up as I was with the scene, I also started to realize that Cole was not what he appeared. It started as a little seed of doubt and by the end of the story it was a full bloom deception. I am happy to report that the author gives us a very happy ending and I will look for future titles. I would have liked just a little bit more insight to the way that Cole acted and a little more fight to Allison as she seemed a lot stronger. Overall, I really enjoyed Normandie Alleman and award Venetian Love Knots four stars!


Title: Venetian Love Knots
Author: Normandie Alleman
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Length: Novella 68 pages
Genre: Erotic Romance
Format: ebook

Blurb: Traveling to Venice to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her after a violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy who has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?

Reader Advisory: This novella contains bondage, spanking, MFM ménage, and light humiliation play.

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<3 ~* Reviewed by Adaline Raine ~*<3




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