Tuesday, January 14, 2014

REVIEW ~The Invitation by Erika Wilde~

Title: The Invitation
Author: Erika Wilde
Series: The Marriage Diaries #5
Release Date: January 10, 2014

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
After months of indulging in some of the hottest sex of his married life, Dean Noble intends to give Jillian a very special gift for their twentieth anniversary . . . an invitation that will take them beyond their wildest, most erotic fantasies.

Jillian is more than willing to accept her husband's invitation, and together they enter a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit, pleasure is the ultimate goal, and Dean is able to embrace those darker desires he's kept a tight rein on all these years. But when Dean's alpha tendencies extend outside of the bedroom, a battle of wills ensues, and it's up to Jillian to show her husband that she's all for submission games in the playroom, but when it comes to her needs outside the bedroom he'll have to learn to compromise
This series just keeps getting hotter and more amazing with each book. When we left Jillian and Dean in Volume #4 the ending was a little ominous. Not cliffhanger material, but a definite foreshadowing as to how Dean was going to push Jillian. And he pushed the limits almost too much. To celebrate their 20th Anniversary Dean gets Jillian and himself invited to an exclusive sex club. A sex club that has no restraints on the amount pleasure one can receive within its walls. Of course, in their recent adventurous state Dean and Jillian are eager to see what The Player's Club has to offer. But they may end up hitting Jillian's hard limits. 

I guess in a way, Jillian and Dean push the boundaries in this installment. Their marriage is tested but, not just from their sexual explorations. Jillian has become more independent since her horizons have broadened and Dean may not take too kindly to having his alpha toes stepped on. The Invitation offers more meat to Dean and Jillian's relationship than the previous books. I felt I got to know them more than just their sexual preferences or long-ago history. They face more obstacles than just trusting one another in the bedroom. 

With Jillian and Dean both being so incredibly stubborn, I thought The Invitation was going to end in a stalemate. After 20 years of marriage, it's hard for changes to be accepted at the drop of a hat. But, leave it to Jillian and Dean to end up taking their differences and coming out a stronger couple on the other side. Besides the fact that The Invitation has some incredibly hot sex and thigh-clenching moments it also builds upon the characters and sets the stage for an all-new spin-off series, aptly named, The Player's Club. Can I express how excited I got when I found that out? I was SUPER excited :) But, I still want/need more Jillian and Dean. I want to seem them finagle some hot trysts when their kids come home for the holidays, or some other daring escapades. I feel like their story is just beginning and I hope to get my hands on another installment!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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