Title: Initiate Me
Author: Elle Raven
Series: Barossa Series, Book 2
Release Date: December 27, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance
One dominant alpha male.
One innocent bewitching woman.
Equals one explosive attraction.
Mia Brunetti is far too busy with her studies to worry about having a man in her life. Growing up with three unruly and overprotective brothers has made her wary of men in general. That goes double if he's your brother’s best friend.
For years, Mia has worshipped Zane Mitchell and has avoided him and hidden her heart behind a wall. She has waited her entire life for Zane to see her as more than her brother's little sister. Now that she’s old enough to stake her claim on him, she’s pulling out all the sexual stops.
Zane has sworn off all women…until innocent Mia catches his attention. He is a devastatingly, masculine male who makes Mia's imagination go wild, but Zane has desires that would send innocent Mia running. The recently injured ex-cop is now working for the Brunetti family empire. As part of Mia's internship, Mia's brothers have placed her under Zane's wing. He is more than willing to take Mia up on her offer. The fun and games tie them both up in knots. Mia isn’t willing to settle for less than the whole package. But dominant Zane, even though the sexy country girl sets his blood ablaze, is determined to resist her efforts to protect his battered heart and her from his needs.
First, I need to thank Hot Tree Promotions and the author, Elle Raven for providing with an ARC of Initiate Me in return for an honest review. And honestly… I loved it!
Initiate Me starts off with Mia and Zane at Jada and Max’s wedding reception/ Our little Mia has got her big girl panties on and is going after the man -the only man- she wants. Zane Mitchell. A few drinks of wine, Milan whispering -well yelling- in her ear to go get what she wants and his reactions to her flirting and teasing is enough for Mia to stumble over herself when she asks Zane to teach her about sex. The whole conversation send his head spinning. The girl he has had a hard on -literally- for since she was 16 wants him. Is it just the wine or is it what she really wants?
Zane takes it to a new level when he shows Mia just a small taste of what he can do to -for- her in the gardens outside of the after party. His hands and mouth on her send her into a tail spin so hard they both get dizzy. But Zane being a man -an idiot- refuses her after her gets her off. (-grumbles- Men are stupid.) But it backfires on him, and he can’t sleep that night for thinking of Mia. His Mia. The fact that the next morning he will have to see her at Jada and Max’s farewell brunch only makes it worse. Marco -one of Mia’s older brothers- even jokes with Zane about his not touching his sister; but only because Zane confessed he wanted her at the reception possibly thanks to the alcohol he was tossing back like water. What can he do now?
When they meet again things are.. tense but in a ‘you’re driving me crazy’ way. They both want each other -everyone can see it- but they are fighting it. Eventually Zane decides to step up his game. Mia -not being able to handle it- goes to Max and complains that she can’t work with the insufferable neanderthal. (LOL) Max has a chat with Zane, Mia gets more advice from Milan and as things start to settle down between them -since Zane is being a gentleman- Mia calls Jada for advice. Her advice was to tease him. make him crazy. (snorts) And brother man that is what she does. She is a brazen little spitfire. needless to say their first night together.. is mind blowing in so many ways. Its almost addictive. No scratch that. It is addictive.
Mia can’t get Zane off her mind and Zane can’t -as usual- get her off of his mind. When they fly to Queensland for a conference things really heat up. To the point Zane introduces Mia to a whole new ball game of bondage. Though it is nothing explicit. Just something small and oh so pleasurable for her. But there is still doubt on Mia’s part that Zane won't get tired of her and run, breaking her heart into pieces. No matter how she fights it she is falling for him.
The more teaches Mia about sex, the more she wants it. She is surprised that some of the kinky shit he likes to do she enjoys very much. (Who knew?) As their relationship grows it gets harder and harder to hide it. So, Mia tells her father. There is out in the open. That confession goes well. If it had been anyone else her dad would have gotten his shotgun after them. (That is such a daddy thing to do!!) During this time their family -The Brunetti’s- are dealing with a hardship. The other brother -Micah- is missing in action after an ambush on his caravan. Everyone seems to be coping as best as they can. The family decides to go to the Pub -Barossa Barrels- for dinner. Let them all congregate as they wait for word of Micah. Zane in the mean time calls in a few contacts to see if there is a word of Micah that way.
Good news is Zane’s contacts find Micah.. bad news is he was hurt badly when an IED blew up. He is in the hospital and will return to a hospital in Adelaide -if he makes it- once he is stable. As the family has their lunch, they try to relax after they learn Micah is alive. You know, be thankful for small miracles. Once the parentals are gone the ‘kids’ were left to play and relax. But that didn’t last long for Mia. As she and Brandon went to the wine cellar to get a bottle of wine things went from bad to worst in a matter of minutes. Zane’s cry ass ex shows up. In the dark with a gun. Mia doesn’t let her over take her -at first- but when its you versus a gun things get dicey. Thanks to Brandon Mia is saved. But there is sadness all around.
Crazy people are unpredictable. Nothing new there but Zane blames himself for not seeing the psycho for what she was. A total nutjob. But hopefully after this she will be buried under the jail where she belongs.
I really enjoyed this book. As with book 1 it was so in depth. And no I didn’t spill all the beans, gotta leave something for y’all to sort out on your own. LOL But seriously, I couldn’t stop reading. Each page lead to a new discovery. And honestly I loved it. I will be counting down the time until the next book is out.
Other Books in the Series
Barossa Series, Book 1
Published August 1, 2014
I have had this book on my kindle for a couple of months, just waiting for the right time to add it into my reading list. This is a new author for me. As well as a new series. I am so very happy I came across this book on FB… I friggin’ L-O-V-E-D it! Like totes got into it and was glued to each page! Ha. Man I love hot tempered, stubborn, controlling Aussies.
We first meet Jada Sinclair, eldest child and one of the heirs to the Sinclair Winery, Australia’s top model and a spirited girl is in a world all her own. 9 months ago after an awards event was attacked in her dressing room by someone wanting something from her that she wasn't giving up. He left near death. Thankfully her best friend Mia Brunetti finds her and calls for help. When she wakes up Jada makes Mia promise to not say anything. Now her rehab and therapy is done in Sydney so she is going home to the Barossa. Spending time with her family and away from the hustle and bustle of a busy town will help her heal the rest of the way.
When Jada gets home she plans to find a way to talk to Max Brunetti and see f they can work out a way for a loan so she can help her father save their winery. After a few bad investments and Tate’s embezzling, her family's winery is on the brink of being lost.But before Jada can go to Max something happens that makes her world go upside down in a tumble. Topsy turvy in a mess of legs, arms and ecstasy. Her long time crush Max Brunetti, Mia’s very sexy, very rich, playboy of a brother walks into her life with an offer she can’t possibly turn down after a moment of unplanned passion in her family's pool house.
Maxs wants the winery. Jada wants money to save her family's legacy. Her father wants the winery to stay in the family. Its his daughters future. So Max, being the smart, cunning business man he is comes up with a plan. A foolproof plan. He asks Jada to marry him. There is no way to deny the attractions they both have for each other so it would work. He’d get the winery, the stocks for the winery would still be hers and her sister Milan’s and in the family. Can they actually pull this off? They both have this uncanny need to be around one another, its as if they are being drawn into each other. Max being close to her makes her feel safe and Jada being close to him set something off inside him. They are like each others drug.
Their fake relationship starts to blossom into more than just lust, sex and a little business. When he touches Jada she loses all train of thought. When Max isn’t with her she is all he can think about. As their engagement party and then the wedding are planned they still keep up the ‘we are in love’ facade for everyone else but the feelings start to eat at them. Both of them start to realize this is more than a faced. It is real. Maybe they have always loved one another. Could it be so? Jada had a crush on him when she was younger, since they grew up together. As time passes they get closer and closer even if they fight like cats and dogs at times. Jada has a fast, hot temper that his strength and aggression feed off of. They are both ticking time bombs until they learn to stop fighting the feelings. But even then they fight and then make up for it multiple times.
While on a business trip Max notices a scar on Jada’s tummy. When he asks her about it she plays it off and agrees to tell him another day. On their way home Jada decides to tell him. As they sit on the plane she tells Max all about the night that Tate attacked her. And of course she is a hysterical mess and he is trying to stay calm so he can console her. She doesn't get to finish their talk on the plane but when they get back home to the Penthouse Jada lets it all out. That Tate had cause internal injuries and she wasn't able to have kids. (Though they said she may have trouble getting pregnant and going full term she could possibly get pregnant but she doesn't tell him that.) Needless to say he is speechless in rage at the man that hurt the woman before him and Jada takes his silence as a confirmation that he can do better than a broken girl like her. By the time he comes to his senses she is gone.
When he tracks her down the next day he is just in time to keep her from leaving him. He tells her he loves her. And she in turn confirms that she is in love with him. But wouldn’t ya know… things don’t always stay happy for long. Not when the bad guy shows back up. Yes Tate. The bastard manages to corner Jada at her childhood home and if not for Max and his best friend, who is a cop getting to her just in time he would have finished what he started almost a year ago.
This story was action packed. So much happened in these pages. It is a great well built, crazy ass story that I could so see as being something that can or has happened in Real Life. Ya know their are crazy mofo's all around us. And the love story tossed into the mix was absolutely perfect. They started out as fire and ice and ended up squished together like peanut butter and jelly. (laughs) Stupid analogy aside its a fantastic little story!
Elle Raven is a new and upcoming Aussie author who lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband and three young children. Elle can usually be found with her iPad or laptop computer permanently glued to her. She began writing from a very young age. In fact, Elle used to write plays and musicals when she was in high school. Having such a flamboyant personality, she even performed in them herself: always an 'actress' and always the star.
Elle loves reading and writing about an alpha-male hero. If she can't read about one that is alpha enough to suit her, she will take it upon herself to write one.
Elle's books will feature an alpha-male hero, who will come tumbling to his knees in lust and love when he finally meets the heroine of his dreams. Rest assured that in an Elle Raven book, the hero will never cheat.