Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Not Until You Dare by Roni Loren

Synopsis: On the night of her graduation, innocent veterinary student Cela decides to play a game of Never Have I Ever with the two hot neighbors she’s been quietly crushing on for the last year. Always the prim and proper student, Cela thinks she’s earned a wild night before she has to move back home under the watchful gaze of her family. But what starts out as a simple game is about to take a very sensual turn...

Ian Foster is tired of playing games. With his membership to The Ranch, an exclusive BDSM resort, and a musician roommate named Pike who brings home groupies with a taste for ménage, Foster has a life most guys would kill for. But lately, his need for dominance is no longer satisfied via one-night stands. He craves the full surrender of one woman—a submissive of his own.

But when his quiet, sweet-as-sugar neighbor shows up at their door with a bottle of tequila and an invitation, Foster decides he and Pike may have time for one more fling…

Review: Not Until You Dare by Roni Loren is the first part in an eight part e-serial. It's a very quick read and although we don't necessarily get into the "action" that happens in the story, Loren does give us a great set up to this highly anticipated e-serial. In the beginning, we are introduced to Cela, a hard working veterinarian graduate, who's just spent a large portion of her life studying and not really enjoying her life. Armed with a little bit of liquid courage Cela decides that she's finally ready to let loose and have a little fun. And who better to have fun with than the two hotties next door? Ian and Pike create the perfect balance. Ian Foster is really the "Christian Grey" of the story. He's cool, calm and in control except when it comes to Cela. She tends to make him loose his control. Then there's Pike who's fun, laid back and charming, for lack of a better word. Pike is a sexy drummer who's down to just have some fun.

What I liked:  I loved that Cela showed some culture in her character. We get to see glimpses of her background, her heritage and her strict family. Cela was easy to like and fun to get to know. I really liked Ian and Pike and just how they're really like a balance beam for one another. Right off the bat you can definitely tell what type of characters they are. I love the build up in this story and I couldn't help but like Foster the most. That said, the story is told in two POVs. In Cela's point-of-view and in Foster's. Part of me wondered why Pike's POV wasn't included, but I'm getting the feeling that this story is really going to end up being about Cela and Ian (Foster).

What I didn't like: I think my one complaint is I do wish Loren would've made part 1 a little longer, but that's just because I became a little greedy with the story. I didn't want it to end. I also hope to see more character development with Pike in the following parts. I love Foster, but I don't want Pike to get neglected. 

Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Vanessa