Book InfoRestraining Reeba by Nicolina Martin
Series: West Coast Doms #4
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published: 14 September 2021
Purchase at: Amazon | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Amazon AU
“Reeba Mitchell will be mine, even if I have to tie her to my bed.”
Former marine Ryder Daniels battles traumas too heavy to bear. When he realizes the young dancer he meets at a club one night—a girl with the sweetest voice and a smile that makes him melt—is in trouble, the warrior in him awakens once more.
“The guy has a savior complex and won’t take no for an answer.”
With a show to run, there’s no room for a love interest in Reeba’s life, but a brief flirt with a cute guy with smoldering brown eyes can't hurt, right? Wrong. She soon finds herself tied up in ways she’d never have imagined.
To save his girl, Ryder needs to pull the darkness to the surface one last time, but will it cost him everything?
Publisher's note: The West Coast Doms series contains heavy elements of power exchange. Each book can be read as a standalone.
When a book’s blurb tells me that although it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, I consider that a challenge. Despite having the West Coast Doms’ first book (Commanding Casey) waiting on my Kindle, I figured I’d test the theory and jump straight in with Restraining Reeba (book 4).
Challenge fulfilled. Yes, characters from the previous books play supporting roles, but never once did I feel like I needed to know more about them than Restraining Reeba told me. Well done, Ms Martin.
A hand on my thigh, scorching, leaves me with a forever memory of this moment. Something sad – a hint of longing that sucks me to him as if I’m a rudderless ship on the rim of a vortex – crosses his face.
Now, let’s talk kink. There were three elements that originally drew me to want to read Restraining Reeba; the first is right there in the title. Second is the series name, West Coast Doms. The third was Nicolina Martin’s note that the “series contains heavy elements of power exchange”. Sounds good, right?
Not so much. While I can’t speak for the rest of the series, I didn’t find Restraining Reeba to contain heavy elements of power exchange. Yes, there were a few rope scenes and Ryder and Reeba definitely fall into some sort of D/s dynamic but it’s never explicitly discussed as such and the non-kinky in the library may not even pick up on a lot of the elements written into the story. I would say that while there are kinky parts, this isn’t a kinky book (not like books from the likes of Cherise Sinclair and Sierra Cartwright). It’s a regular romance with kinky elements.
I want to hold her, comfort her and ravage her all in one breath.
Amazon put Restraining Reeba into the multicultural romance category. It’s a tag I find interesting in relation to this book as, although Reeba is a black woman, very little is said about this aspect of her character beyond comments about her hair and how it behaves. If I’m honest I think this is either a mistake on Amazon’s part or a selling tact on the part of the author. Reeba could very easily be turned into Rebecca, Renata or Rafaella and it wouldn’t make a difference to the storyline.
Sweatpants – the lingerie of men – the bane of many women’s resolve.
None of these comments, however, tell you what I really thought of Restraining Reeba. In all honesty, I found it didn’t captivate me. It was an interesting storyline but slow-paced and the crafting of the characters didn’t make me feel invested enough in the outcome. It did pick up a little around the 75% mark but not enough to dramatically change my opinion.
There’s no god here. Only us, me, our need for each other raw, hedonistic, dirty and beautiful. There is no god here, and still our meeting is fucking divine.
Why you should read Restraining Reeba
- Interesting storyline
- Light introduction to kinky books