New York Times bestselling author Marie Force writing as M.S. Force…He’s a sexual dominant. She’s sworn off sex. There’s no way they can make a relationship work—or can they? After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world. He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher…
Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her?
Join Flynn and Natalie as their story unfolds in three full-length books released three weeks in a row: VIRTUOUS, VALOROUS and VICTORIOUS. From New York to Los Angeles, from Hollywood to Las Vegas, Flynn and Natalie’s whirlwind love affair has it all—romance, passion, steamy hot sex, relentless paparazzi and a murder that could be their undoing.
If you hate dirty-talking heroes who put it all on the line for the women they love, who leave no desire unfulfilled, who will do anything it takes to protect what’s theirs…If elements of BDSM make you queasy, if smoking hot sex isn’t your thing, if cliffhangers make you rage, if you hate first-person points of view from the heroine AND the hero… this trilogy is NOT for you! You’ve been warned…
Virtuous is my first Marie Force book and what a way to start off. I was not familiar with her writing or her stories prior to this series, but I will tell you this…I am now a forever fan. Everything about Virtuous drew me in; her writing style, her story and her characters.
This book went from 0 to 60 in 10 seconds easy! There was no waiting for their story to begin because chapter 1 grabbed me right off the bat.
These are my FAVORITE kinds of stories. I sooooo enjoy reading about celebrities, and movie actors, and their struggles to keep their lives privates, and the lengths they go to achieve a life for themselves.
Let me just talk about the main characters for a moment. We have Flynn Godfrey. “The” Flynn Godfrey, as in the hottest movie star on the planet. And of course Natalie meets him in the most unconventional way. Totally loving it!! Flynn Godfrey is one interesting man. He’s not only one of the most famous actors, but he’s very much into the BDSM scene. Right up my alley!!! But he’s very discreet. Handsome as all hell, very good at his craft, and very involved with his family. He’s my kinda man!!
Natalie, unfortunately, is quite a different character; far removed from all that is relationships and sex because of her dark past. I loved Natalie; she’s smart, sweet and kind, beautiful and a school teacher who really cares for her students. She has a very feisty and funny best friend Leah. And an adorable, very jealous dog Fluffy.
This story starts off with a bang, as Flynn and Natalie start off a fast relationship. It may be insta-love but I will tell you this, I did not feel like it was rushed one bit. There was so much dialog that makes up for it…and I LOVE dialog. But they had smart conversations; conversations that made it all believable for me. Because Flynn is so high-profile they need to take many precautions to avoid the paparazzi, which means, they are out of the public eye…and alone….something Natalie is NOT comfortable with. (for reasons I will NOT spoiler, so you need to read to find out!) She’s just so sad.
What surprised me was the many different emotions I felt in just a couple of chapters. I went from smiling as I read dialog between Flynn and Natalie (because they make me so f’n happy I wanted to cry) to feeling sad and hurt…like my heart was aching kind of her.
Natalie’s story is deep; heart crushing deep. I wasn’t expecting to feel all of this so early on. She’s so reluctant to let Flynn into her heart and her bed, and reading about her struggles just broke me. She’s strong first and foremost.
Considering the circumstances, Flynn is very unexpected. And that’s in a good way…and a naughty way. This man is attentive to Natalie’s every needs. Every step of the way he’s whispering loving and encouraging words in her ear. My god, he’s breathtaking. I honestly fell in love with Flynn. Talk about a book boyfriend. Ladies you don’t know what you’re missing. But he has his own struggles and I have no idea what will happen once he is forced to face those…
When this story was all said and done, I was crushed all over again. I closed my book and just felt….empty and sad…and SHOCKED…God, what a freakin great story. I laid down in bed, and thought to myself, okay tomorrow is a new day and you will start Valorous (Book 2) because thankfully, Marie Force was kind enough to publish all three a week apart! (*Bowing in thanks). But I could NOT wait. I jumped out of bed, and read well into Valorous!
Ladies, this is one series you NEED to read!!! 5 HOLLAS with out a doubt!
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With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have seven mass-market print releases—the first four Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.