Title: Control Freak
Author: Brianna Hale
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2019
Cover Design: Maria @ Steamy Designs
Total control. I need it in every aspect of my life. Some would say that makes me an asshole. A freak. But as long as everything’s exactly how I want it I’m completely flexible.
Okay, I’m not kidding.
Lacey needs someone in her life who’s bigger and scarier than her anxieties, and she wants that man to be me. Her boss. The Viking in a suit.
I hope she understands what she’s getting into. This daddy isn’t going to pat her on the head and tell her she’s a good girl for nothing. Especially not when she’s spinning out of control.
I show her the two silver objects on my palm. Nipple clamps. I apply each one, screwing them firmly into place and giving them a small tug so I know they're secure. I look up and wait a moment, giving her the chance to say orange or red if she needs to. Her expression is slightly pained, but she doesn’t speak. I’m not finished yet. I take out two small metal weights on thin silver chain, and I hook each one to the clamps. The tips of her nipples are an angry pink. ‘Do you want to say anything, Lacey?’ She shakes her head firmly, though her lower lip is caught between her teeth and her gaze is fastened on the other side of the room, as if she’s concentrating hard. ‘That’s wonderful,’ I murmur, tracing her nipples with the tip of a finger. ‘You just stay there.’ I go back to my desk and continue with my work. I don’t look at her, but I’m totally aware of her. She’s breathing more sharply than normally so it must hurt. Good. Her silent fortitude is like a drug for me. It’s brutish, liking sweet girls in pain, but it fucking makes my dick hard.
Control Freak by Brianna Hale
Brittany's rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love Brianna Hale and her "daddy" romances, but I feel she fell a little short with this one. The title of the novel is Control Freak, and it's mentioned early on in the book that Stian has been labelled by others as a control freak, but I really don't see much of that in him. I feel that if Brianna Hale had gone maybe a little over the top with his control freak tendencies, this book would have been a bit better.
There also didn't really seem to be much that the characters were working towards. Yes, Lacey is anorexic, and yes, she finds herself slipping in her recovery, but to be honest, it just wasn't all that exciting. I would have loved more drama, more conflict. It seems almost a bit like your stereotypical romance, (view spoiler)[ they get together, they fall in love, they break up, then they get back together. (hide spoiler)] but without much excitement.
Now I hate saying all these things, because Brianna Hale is amazing and I have loved all her other books, but I was given an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review, and honestly, this one just fell a little flat for me.
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There’s nothing Brianna Hale likes more than a large, stern alpha male with a super-protective and caring streak, and when she’s not writing about them she can usually be found with a book, a cocktail, planning her next trip to a beautiful location or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.