Willing Victim by Cara McKenna
August 6, 2010
E-Book, Short Novel
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: “And you’re really quite attractive when you bust my balls, sub shop girl. Why don’t we get down to business and see how this goes?”
After witnessing a man, a very tall sexy man, break up a fight between an arguing couple, Laurel can’t help but approach this stranger. She offers to buy him lunch at a sub shop (later Flynn repeatedly calls Laurel “Sub Shop Girl – which I adored!!!), and Laurel finds herself so intrigued by this rough and gruff man she wants to get to know him better. Michael Flynn, a construction worker, won’t commit to a date with her, but he gives her the name of a bar to meet him in a few days later.
When Laurel shows up to the bar, she is directed to the basement, and soon realizes she is in the middle of an amateur fight area and Flynn is the main attraction. After watching him go a couple of rounds, Flynn and his friend Pam invite Laurel back to his place to watch them in action. What Laurel discovers is that Flynn and Pam are into playing out rape fantasies. Kind of shocked, but definitely turned on, Laurel likes what she sees. Flynn invites her back, without Pam, and Laurel decides she definitely wants to be there.
Why did this book work for me? In casual conversation if someone said – hey go read a book about rape fantasies, I would have rolled my eyes and moved on. But it is all about trust. Sophia from Fiction Vixen and K.C. from Smokin’ Hot Books said – go read this book! And I trust those girls. It is about trusting my friends and this book is all about trust too. When I use the words “rape fantasy” I am meaning – Flynn likes to be rough and in control. He likes it if his partner tries to get away as he holds her down. Fear gets Laurel off. It gets her heart pumping. But let me say these are absolutely 100% consenting adults. They have a safe word that they practice using and they both really enjoy this scenario in bed.
But this book is so much more than the role play. Cara McKenna gives us a very unusual romantic hero. He is so anti-romance at the beginning. He never comes across as an ass, he is just very straight forward. Basically – Do you want to have sex or not? As he says:
“And I’ll tell you now, I won’t be calling you tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, so don’t get in a stink when I don’t. None of the normal dating rules apply to this. I know what goes on here is twisted as fuck as far as most people are concerned, and I don’t want to be the creepy fucker calling up some girl he accidentally freaked out. If you decide you want to do this again, you call me. You decide I’m a jerk, don’t. My feelings won’t be hurt.”
But he never is a jerk. He is never mushy, and never tries to act like something he is not. That right there really attracted me to him. There are no pretenses. He is really gruff but it is very sexy. Eventually he turns into this hero that I adored. He does come around to care about Laurel, but it is done in a very Flynn way.
“I like when you do that.”
“You know…” His words faded to a mumble. “Fuss over me.”
“Take care of you?”
He nodded, just the briefest dip of his chin. Laurel wasn’t sure what to do with this information. It was tough to write things off with Flynn as he so rarely made sentimental proclamations, and the ones he did couldn’t be blamed on alcohol. She finished swabbing the scrape, blotted his skin until none of the tiny lines offered any fresh blood.
“You’re a strange man Michael Flynn.”
“Can I call you Nurse White? That’s such a good porno name.”
Laurel is not quite sure what she wants, but Flynn really attracts her. She wants to mess around and is not shy about telling him. It makes her a little nervous, but that is part of the excitement. What I really loved about her is that she is not perfect. Yay! She went to college but hates her engineering degree. She would much rather be a waitress and live below her means. She doesn’t have the perfect job, and the perfect house and the perfect attitude. She has bad days and has to hold her tears in. She feels a little uncertain about her growing attraction to Flynn. Sometimes she blurts out the wrong thing. She has issues and I really liked her.
For a short novel, and a beginning where I had no idea where this relationship was going, it comes to a very satisfying end. I think it is important going into this book knowing that there are issues and scenes that some may not be comfortable with. But Cara McKenna does a nice job with execution and I really recommend this erotic book.