Title: Let Me In by Callie Croix
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM
Length: 37,000 words
Book Rating: B
Review Copy Obtained from Publisher Through NetGalley
On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.
A former marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her–body and heart.
What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
Callie Croix’s Let Me In is a complex but highly sensual romance. Talia Barnett is surprised to discover her friends Angie and Liam waiting at the airport when she comes home on leave from her tour in Afghanistan. With a complicated relationship with her mother and a fear of losing the Brodie family, Talia refuses to act on her attraction to the gorgeous and oh so sexy Liam.
There is a surprising amount of depth and substance to Let Me In. Ms. Croix delicately broaches a sensitive subject and handles it with ease. Talia’s reactions to her mother’s situation are realistic and her emotions are complicated and believable. Her reasons for keeping her family secret are understandable. Her fears of losing the Brody family’s friendship, while unfounded, are quite reasonable considering her relationship with her mother.
The sex scenes between Talia and Liam are quite steamy and erotic. Talia is strong and firmly in control out of bed, but she does have submissive desires in the bedroom. Liam is definitely an Alpha male, and he is the dominate sexual partner. While there are some BDSM elements to Let Me In, it is not by any means a hardcore BDSM novella.
Let Me In is a wonderfully entertaining and sexy romance. The sexual chemistry between Liam and Talia is absolutely sizzling. Callie Croix beautifully wraps up this fast-paced and engaging novella with a charming epilogue that is sure to delight readers.
Fans of No Holds Barred are sure to enjoy Liam’s story. Although Let Me In can be read as a standalone, readers won’t want to miss this fascinating and intriguing introduction to Liam Brodie.
Read my review of No Holds Barred HERE .