Title: Touch Me by Callie Croix
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Light BDSM
Length: 22,000 words
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
Arriving home on leave from his tour of duty, Army Captain Alex Montoya knows there’s a beautiful woman waiting for him—his best friend’s sister. She’s always been off limits…until now. He fully intends to move them out of being “just friends” and encourage her to release the sexual needs he senses she’s buried deep.
Tianna McIntyre is starting over after her marriage ended. Her ex-husband weakened her self-esteem and caused her to deny her true sexual desires. But being around Alex brings all her dormant fantasies to the surface, and now Tianna feels the stirrings of her secret, submissive wishes.
Determined to help repair the damage Tianna’s ex did to her self-worth, Alex will use whatever means necessary to convince her they’re meant for each other, including tying her down to make sure he has her full attention while he takes her to the heights of pleasure she’s always dreamed of…
Callie Croix’s novella Touch Me is a quick and extremely steamy read. When Alex Montoya returns home for two weeks of leave, his friendship with Tia McIntyre takes an erotic turn when their mutual attraction burns out of control.
Tia McIntyre and Alex Montoya are extremely well-developed characters. Tia is still fighting the emotional wounds and damage to her self-esteem inflicted by her soon-to-be ex-husband when Alex returns home. Tia undergoes a great deal of growth as she struggles to overcome her self-image issues and accept her submissive desires.
Alex is definitely an Alpha male, but there is a gentleness to him that is very appealing. His concern for Tia is touching, and even though he is a Dom, he is never domineering. He does not overpower her; instead he patiently coaxes her into accepting her submissive nature.
There is a great deal of substance and emotional depth to Touch Me. Alex and Tia’s longstanding friendship provides a strong foundation for their newfound romance. Their sex scenes are explosive and quite explicit but filled with emotion. The BDSM aspect of the novella is light and understated.
Touch Me by Callie Croix is a short but incredibly hot and emotionally satisfying read. If you are looking for a story with fabulous characters, a touching romance and deliciously carnal sex, then you will love this delightful novella.