Series: Wind Dancer, 1
Author: Jianne Carlo
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
Page Count: 253 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Rolan Paxton, the Boston Buffalos’ celebrated wide receiver, dominates the football world for twelve years. Fame, fortune falls into his lap. He rides the rainbow, collecting championship game wins and women. Disillusioned, unable to pinpoint exactly what’s missing, he runs into Sarita Khan, the nose-in-a-book classmate whose virginity he claimed on prom night twelve years earlier.
Sarita never thought she’d see Rolan again. Notre Dame recruited him two days after prom, two days after he took her virginity. What were the odds of her son’s father chartering the luxury yacht she’s crewing for twelve years later? And that he still makes her burn like he did on prom night? Sarita wants Rolan, but she wants her independence. Rolan’s a control freak bent on domination. Determined to master Sarita, Rolan slaps on the manacles—and turns this trip to Monaco into a pleasure cruise.
Rolan’s past has reared its head in a most uncomfortable manner even as it brings about changes he is ready for. But can he convince Sarita to look beyond his playboy reputation and allow him back into her life? In Manhandled by Jianne Carlo we find out just how persuasive Rolan can be.
I found myself surprised that liking Sarita was a struggle for me. With their backstory you would have thought it would have been Rolan but for me it was the opposite. Sarita was apt to bury her head in the sand and unwilling to accept that her life must change once Rolan returns. Ms. Carlo had her work cut out for her in getting me to like Sarita but by stories end I can honestly say that not only did Sarita grow up she grew a backbone. I loved that she refused to allow Rolan to walk all over her even as he made her uncomfortable within her skin. The emotions he brought out in her were unfamiliar and she fought both them and him tooth and nail. If nothing else, Ms. Carlo hammered home the importance of communication. Both Rolan and Sarita needed to learn not only to trust in each other but in themselves. They needed to communicate not only their desires but their secrets. This story was well written and full of emotional growth and depth. I enjoyed seeing Rolan and Sarita rekindle their romance and look forward to who Ms. Carlo will focus on next in this series.
Four Twinkling Stars