Author: Roni Loren
Series: Loving on the Edge #4
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Cela knows how to be good. She’s had a lifetime of practice. But on the night of her college graduation, she decides she’s earned one wild night before she has to move back home to her overprotective family. So when the hot neighbor she’s been quietly fantasizing about for a year suggests a game of Never Have I Ever, she’s ready. But what starts out as a simple game takes an unexpected turn. Because Ian Foster doesn’t play games he can’t win.
Foster knows his desires aren’t for the faint of heart, especially not for someone as sweet and innocent as his pretty neighbor. But when Cela shows up at his door with an invitation that surprises him, he can’t resist indulging. Cela has no idea what she’s in for. The secret dark side of this man’s need will both intrigue and terrify her. But Cela has a secret of her own—and a new game to see just how far they’re both willing to go, and how much they’re willing to risk by crossing every boundary of desire.
Not Until You is the first Roni Loren book I’ve read. I’ve heard plenty of great things about her writing, so I was happy to finally take the plunge. And great news! I liked this book a lot.
When it comes to erotic romance, especially when there is BDSM, it can so very easily go wrong for me. Out of the ones I’ve read, the number of those I disliked is greater than those I liked. I’m just picky. Not Until You is really good, though. There is actually a nice storyline that’s sweet, sexy, and funny. Can’t go wrong with humor!
At first, I wasn’t feeling Cela. I don’t care for characters that “go stupid” just from being in the presence of a sexy guy. Shy and naïve isn’t my thing. However, Cela did a lot of growing and came out of her shell. Once she got more comfortable with herself and Foster, it was all good. I also like that she could be a bit of a smartass.
The guys in this genre tend to get on my nerves fairly easily, but Foster didn’t. Even though he’s a dom and likes control, he’s a great guy with a big heart. I liked that he’s in his early 30s and is actually looking for a committed relationship, someone to love.
Cela had to deal with her overbearing family, mostly dad. She wanted to live a life she chooses, not the one that is chosen for her. I really enjoyed the transition she went through with her family, found it touching. The tragic event that Foster endured when he was younger is heartbreaking. It was interesting how it shaped his life, and heartwarming how it had such an impact on others.
There are a couple of secondary characters that I liked, but none compare to Pike, Foster’s best friend/roommate. He’s a drummer in a popular band, but his humor and laid back personality is what I love. I can’t wait to read his own book.
The BDSM aspect was done really well. It didn’t feel overdone or like it took over the story; there’s a lot more to them and it’s nicely balance. It did get pretty hot, though.
There’s also a bonus story in the back called So Into You that I absolutely loved! I instantly connected with Bret when she made an appearance in Not Until You. She’s dominant and has a thing for her business partner, Malone. Their dynamic is exactly the kind I love. He’s a strong guy, dominate in his own way, and they’re just so much fun. So it was definitely a great way to end the book.
Side note: When I got this book, I thought it was a standalone. Even though it isn’t, it can easily be read as one. Not Until You was originally an eight part serial, but now they’re together in this complete novel.