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This story was full of so many emotions. Steel really understood Althea and what she needed. He was always building her up and encouraging her to be the person he could see under the fancy clothes and appearances she put up. He believes and tries to convince her that she can be brilliant.
Steel can be a very intense guy and at one point lost of a little of his control, which was a pivotal point in the book because you got to see how much he loved her and wasn't sure what to do with all those emotions. There were some really awesome "aww" moments in this story. I loved the scene where Steel gave Althea the opportunity to paint what she really wanted and not just what was "safe. The sweetest part of the story for me was when they were headed out to a formal fundraising event and Steel bought Althea a bold dress she normally wouldn't buy herself and actually applied Althea's make-up for her giving her a little more color.
This was the real Althea. Jeffe Kennedy did a fantastic job with this book. If you are looking to venture out and read something in the erotic category that includes a little bondage, I recommend you try this one. Her writing is wonderful and you can always count on a story from her that is meaningful, hard to put down, and still has you thinking about it weeks after you finish it. Feb 22, Gina rated it really liked it. The economy is bad and she is having a tough time meeting her financial obligations for the gallery and trying to avoid bringing in her family for help and in walks a temporary life raft in the last guise she expected - Steel.
Yes — it is a nick name and the entendres are limitless for a bad boy artist with a nick name like that! They form an unlikely business arrangement where he will rent her basement under the gallery and her home so that he can weld some of his art projects in exchange for the cash she so badly needs. As Althea is albino — she has an overall look that Steel is fascinated with and her pushes her to model for him and …Ohhhh wow……when Althea takes him up on it, the read shifts into a high octane sexual relationship that sorta roasts the pages —er- Kindle!!
The ending came about too fast and I did feel like there was so much story left to be told. The parts I loved — Althea is very much a product of her parents and the whole albino angle — had her parents micro managing her life and pushing her into a mold that was all wrong for her - not to mention the boyfriend was also crippling her as well..
I found her to be such a likeable lost character and she grows so much in this story. Steel is an Alpha that I really had to appreciate and not just for the smoking hot sex passages!!
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For the first time in a long time — he is an Alpha bad boy that was not afraid of what he wanted or fighting against it. He just deals with his feelings head on and says it like he feels! Overall I really enjoyed the ride despite the weak beginning and think it is a good add to the TBR! Jan 02, L. Olteano rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley , reviewed , arc , blog-review , received-for-review.
Yummy, yummy, yummy! I expect her stories to be stellar yummy material, and they always deliver.
This is another one of those deliciously intense power-play stories, BDSM flavored you might call it. It's not heavy on the BDSM theme in my opinion , and there's that smoldering romance bubbling that I always fall for. But let's take it one step at a time. S Yummy, yummy, yummy! Since this is a contemporary story, I'll admit I was somewhat surprised by the setting. I mean, art gallery wasn't a setting I might have expected or imagined I'd read some yummy about, and yet here it is.
The world of higher versus lower class let's say gave an extra hue of tension to the story and I am, as you guys know, a big fan of tension. The characters were, as they tend to be with this author, awesome. Solid, realistic and intense, just the brand I love. Althea was charming, this delicate sort of flower just waiting for the right kind of light to bloom into, I loved following her as she evolved from the uptight and half-comatose sort of lifestyle to the real kind of feeling and living.
As it often happens, this was a journey of getting to know and accept herself, her real self in all its glory. I loved her passion and the courage she showed in embracing what she discovered as she discovered it. Steel was, well The rebel artist, intense, focused, irresistible. I mean, come on, these guys need to be sold in stores somewhere.
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Everyone should be able to go out and get themselves some Steel, I say. He had just that perfect blend of rebel bad-boi vibe, dangerous yet thoughtful and caring, all around charming. Real charismatic, and I loved his effect on Althea. They had awesome chemistry as soon as they met, this is one of those things I can count on for this author to deliver: awesome and instant chemistry, that then evolves into real romance, the intense, soul-altering-ly intense kind. The one on one scenes were intense and emotional as well, without going too much into the BDSM specter, I'd say it's light power-play and very dynamic.
I won't elaborate on that so I won't ruin your read, but this again is something this author is really good at. The power dynamics are subtle, sometimes changing, always delicious. The writing was superb, as always. The scenes come alive for you because the characters are so gripping and realistic, and you experience their feelings, yearnings and fears with them in a beautiful symphony of hot romance.
The curb appeal is off the chart for me, just the author's name would make it an instant buy, but I mean just look at that cover and the blurb. You know you want to read this real bad, admit it :D Do and enjoy it, I'm pretty sure you will. All in all, this was yet another delicious read from an author I'm already counting on to deliver delight. If you're into power dynamics and intense characters that develop intense relationships, you want to read this and pretty much everything Jeffe Kennedy writes.
Apr 23, Caitlin rated it liked it Shelves: bad-boy-alpha-male , steamy. Platinum was a good read, not great, not anything special, but it was real and dirty and so so fun to read. Althea and Steel had such a primal and visceral connection to each other and you could feel it whenever they were together. Althea starts off as the cold, seemingly uncaring woman, but Steel brings out this whole other side to her. She slowly finds she wants things, dark things she never thought she would.
Steel is still kind of a mystery even after reading this book. He also rides around on a motorcycle in his leather jacket and chaps. Beneath this is such a sweet, caring person. He truly wants to help Althea find herself and fulfill her dreams. But yeah, I felt that we never really got to know him that well. And it kind of just ended. There was no real buildup or anticipation. It was just over. Jan 20, Anna rated it it was ok Shelves: contemporary , for-review , romance , adult , erotica , shouldn-t-have-bothered , read , sex-no-plot.
To be completely honest, I don't even know how to rate Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy and it's my second erotica title in a row that I face the very same problem. And that is none other, than the whole story being focused on the sex and nothing else apart from that. Should I rate Platinum based on how hot a book it is or how well described the sex scenes are, my rating would probably be a 4. But a good book, erotica or no, isn't the one that is hot. That's still an important factor, especially if the To be completely honest, I don't even know how to rate Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy and it's my second erotica title in a row that I face the very same problem.
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That's still an important factor, especially if the title is within the erotica genre, but come on authors, there are so many other things for you to explore other than that. Like a plot, or character development and easy flowing dialogues. The hot sex is good but what of all the other things that make your story solid? Platinum I'm afraid falls into that category of books where there's nothing else to it other than the sex parts.
There's no plot, no character development, the characters have a minimum background, the dialogues are cheesy as hell and stiff and to sum it up, there's nothing going on in this book other than the two protagonists having hot sex every other page. I mean, the whole story starts with a brief introduction of Althea and Steel yeah the guy goes under that name and not his real one, had me laughing hysterically over that name quite a few times, because do you get the metaphor here, or is only my mind THAT dirty?
After that point, all we get is sex, sex and oh, some more sex. All we really know about Althea is the fact that she once wanted to be an artist but never had the talent, how prim and proper she is, but underneath that facade, she craves for something spicier in her life that manages to unlock her ability to paint as well. While on the other hand, all we know about Steel is that he had a troubled past, he's a good artist and likes to have his sex a little bit rougher in the edges.
That's all. As far as the plot of Platinum is concerned, well, there's not one to be honest. All the story is about is how some rough sex can make an uptight woman feel better and increase her self esteem and because we do want our happily ever after, she finds the man of her dreams in the process of having rough sex that is. And speaking of the man of her dreams, that ending was so quickly wrapped up, so unrealistic that it just managed to make me roll my eyes one more time before I reached the last word of this book.
All in all, Platinum is a hot story and if you're searching for just well written sex, then this is just the book for you. If like me, you care about other things of little consequence such as good characters and a plot, then stay away from Platinum. You will feel disappointed. Mar 25, RoloPoloBookBlog rated it it was amazing Shelves: naughty , adult , erotica , and-over , novella.click here
She wears prim and proper clothing, her hair in a flawless chignon, she has a proper southern boyfriend her parents can be proud of and, she owns an art gallery that sells nothing which could possibly be deemed anything other than proper. Until the day Steel walks into her gallery, Althea Grant is certain she is living the life she is meant to live.
Steel is not prim and proper. Steel is big, built and beautiful; he rides a motorcycle and wears his leathers like a second skin; he is a bit brutish but totally honest about his desires and; he is an up-and-coming sculptor whose work is superb and exudes sex and sensuality just as he does. From the moment Steel and Althea meet there is an undeniable chemistry Steel is more than willing to investigate and Althea is more than willing to ignore. Once the clarity sets in, Althea begins to make some major changes in her life. The Bottom Line: Kennedy does a fantastic job of managing her time and space and though this is a novella, both the plot and the characters are fully developed.
Steel, though ravenous for Althea knows he must push her only so far with each of their encounters. Kennedy writes a mean sex scene and varies each encounter enough to avoid redundancy and keep the reader fired up and flipping pages furiously. While the sex is all kinds of great, the true growth and development of each character is my favorite part. At the risk of being spoilery, I like both Steel and Althea and am quite pleased with how their story turned out. One final note: this is the second installment in the Facets of Passion series though it can be read as a stand-alone.
Jan 16, Crazy for Books Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: netgalley-books , series-sequels. Althea runs a safe little gallery in the historic part of town. She follows the rules and doesn't rock the boat, even when others cause the problems. Like her assistant Cheri not coming into work when she doesn't feel like it, or her boyfriend, Brandon, using work as an excuse not to spend time with her.
Their relationship is boring and blandly boring. When Steel walks into her Gallery, Althea knows right away that his art isn't the type of art for her gallery.
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It wouldn't fit in with they type of art she believes she should show or the neighborhood. But when he offers her ten thousand dollars for the use of her basement for a commissioned piece he's working on, the money is too good to pass up. See, her gallery is failing. Like everything else in her life, it's safe and not turning a profit. Steel is fascinated by Althea right away.
He can tell she's different because of the color of her hair. She tells him she's albino. He tells Althea that he's interested in her and wants to show her a different side to herself, but she has to give up the boring boyfriend. Once she does, her education begins. Starting with sex, how she dresses and even her own artistic endeavors. Although she's first content to leave their relationship behind closed doors in the basement, Althea soon realizes that Steel is just the type of man she's been looking for, not only in her personal life, but also i her professional world.
The only reason it's not four is because the story was short, ending a little anticlimactic for me, and I wanted more. But it was good. I liked that Steel pulled Althea out of her shell. Taught her what she was missing not only in her life, but in her art. I was a little angry that she didn't take him seriously emotionally as a potential partner, until almost then end. She kinda hurt his feelings a bit. Only realizing later that he was opening her up to the person she really wanted to be. I also would have liked for Cheri, the assistant who never really showed for work but secretly wanted Steel, to have more of an issue with Althea dating him.
I think this could have made the story a bit longer with a bit more drama happening. I liked that Althea's mother instantly liked Steel and didn't seem to care that he was with her daughter and, with Steel there, Althea was able to stand up to her father. It was good, but could have been better. Mar 29, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley-catalog , erotic , jeff-kennedy.
After Althea's artistic aspirations having gone down the drain she turned to something that would be connected with her greatest passion, she opened the Althea Grant's Charleston Gallery. Even though the business is not going well she tries to look optimistic. When bad-boy sculptor Steel walks in her life and rents her basement, everything starts to change for Althea. His raw art is a fresh breeze into her soft, pastel world, and he is more than welcome to show her that life can be painted in stro After Althea's artistic aspirations having gone down the drain she turned to something that would be connected with her greatest passion, she opened the Althea Grant's Charleston Gallery.
His raw art is a fresh breeze into her soft, pastel world, and he is more than welcome to show her that life can be painted in strong, bold colors. Peeling out her layers they will discover together that soft and hard can be a winning equation to happiness. Boy, did I love this short story. It starts out with an insecure Althea and finishes with strong, secure, and confident Althea. I love it when it goes down like this. Althea starts out to be an insecure lady, always hearing in her mind "failure" but all she needed was a little push towards jumping the cliff and assuming her life and her desires.
With the bonus of knowing she is Albino, a fact that goes along with her softness, and the taste for coolness and in her ways, we get to know a lady that needs some action in her life. But for that we have Steel. Steel is a work of art. With a dominating character, he enters in Althea's life and revolutionizes everything by pushing her further and further into the fire. Should I say "burn, baby burn", How I love this guys, he could rent my basement anytime Their relationship starts out to be a loose thing of the moment but as the story moves forward, it becomes serious and the connection created by their sexual adventures turns into something more serious.
When Steel reaches the point of no return, he sexes up the moment and invades for good Althea's heart. This was the first read for M. Kennedy's books but I'll be looking forward to reading more from her. She has a particular way with writing the main characters, enthralling them in the story, and giving us some good, hot moments, and in the end we want more. Jeffe Kennedy is also the author of "Sapphire", book one in the series Facets of Passion.
Feb 19, Jessy Jessy's Book Club rated it liked it. Althea is a trust fund, charity balls kind of girl and Steel is…just Steel. Bad for you, illegal and packs a powerful punch. Think biker guy, tattoo, nipple piercing.. And that is what attracts her to him. Steel is so incredibly sexy! Imagine my excitement at that… I loved the scenes between these two. Its BDSM but nothing too heavy.
And BDSM or not this book was hot! But again because of their backgrounds Althea feels the need to hide her relationship with Steel. I love it when a strong Alpha Male type is also vulnerable. I have to say there was a hint of a good story line which basically got lost in all the sex. Also Althea is albino but what of it? I understand Steel was fascinated but it had nothing to do with art in my opinion. I just swooned and sighed. Jan 28, Kayla rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this quick, hot read. Okay - yea so Steel is totally my hot biker fantasy but not my billionaire CEO fantasy type.
LoL You have Althea - owner of her own art gallery that's doing quite poorly, family who obviously has money but raised her to be a "proper young lady" who follo I enjoyed this quick, hot read. LoL You have Althea - owner of her own art gallery that's doing quite poorly, family who obviously has money but raised her to be a "proper young lady" who follows all of society's rules.
She never steps out of line. She holds herself as a completely poised, elegant woman who appears smooth as glass on the outside. She's obviously has no idea who she really is deep down - she's who she was raised to be. Enter Steel - hot, rough around the edges biker, sexy, tattoos, nipple ring, and did I mention he is a completely brilliant artist. And a total Dom.
The way that Steel owns his life choices and is completely comfortable with himself is very appealing. He obviously had a not-so-great life when he was younger but with help from social workers, etc. He helps her understand that it's perfectly acceptable to NOT be who everyone expects you to be. Live the way you want to live. Think the way you want to think. Throw "Society's rules" to the wind I guess I should say. He opens her eyes to primal, sexual urges in human nature. Althea has a hard time accepting it because it goes against everything that she's ever been told was proper. I really enjoyed it.
It only took a few hours to read but I didn't really feel like it was too short. This story is focused on Althea's self-exploration so it doesn't delve into the other character's reasons for why they are who they are. You only get a few glimpses but it works. You're constantly drawn back to Althea. Jan 02, Lissette rated it it was amazing. From the moment Althea Grant set her eyes on Steel, she knew he was going to be more than she bargained for. He'd appeared unexpectedly upon her art gallery's doorstep, intent on making her see the light when it came to his work. To his surprise, her cool demeanor and quick rebuttal was something he never expected.
The fact that she couldn't quite shake the man's defenses in hopes of turning him away was also an eye opener for her. Steel's determination to show her exactly what he's made of has u From the moment Althea Grant set her eyes on Steel, she knew he was going to be more than she bargained for. Steel's determination to show her exactly what he's made of has unsettled her deeply, something she won't openly admit to.
Nor will she admit to the fact that he'd stirred her blood from the moment they'd met. Althea knows that Steel has what it takes to make things happen, though she's afraid to give him the benefit of a doubt, and surrender to his subtle demands. Her heart and her mind know that Steel is definitely playing for keeps. His brazen nature piques her interest, inciting her desires, and making her want things she knows she shouldn't want. He's very much aware of the effect he has on her, and wants so very badly to show her what she's missing in life.
To Althea, that's a line she's not sure she wants to cross. Still, curiosity does get the best of her, and soon, she's wanting things she knows she has no right to want. Steel knows exactly what she needs, and he's more than willing to accommodate Althea's silent demands, even if she doesn't realize she's demanding something in return. For her losing control is something she doesn't want to risk.
Yet she knows that when matters of the heart are at the forefront, there's no denying where love will take you in the long run.
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This was definitely another nice addition to the Facets of Passion series. Granted, it's very different from the first book, but the passionate and very erotic nature that makes the series unique is there. Taking readers for a hot, steamy ride, Platinum will definitely leave you wanting more by the time you get to the very end of the book.
I look forward to what comes next for this enticing series. Feb 12, Ginny rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Some. Shelves: up-for-review. Yet another book I loved! I'm really loving Jeffe Kennedy's stuff. Honestly, there's not much I can say that the description doesn't, other than step three of Steel's plan isn't only getting Althea to model for him.
This is another in a series of books by Kennedy where the safe word is also the book's title. This time, Platinum, as Althea is albino and her hair is like silver. Althea tried to be an artist, doing those small watercolors, but was told continuously by all her teachers and even her pa Yet another book I loved! Althea tried to be an artist, doing those small watercolors, but was told continuously by all her teachers and even her parents that she just didn't have what it took. So she let go of that dream and decided to sell other's works instead.
But even that is in a decline and she's facing yet another failure. She's in the process of trying to figure out what the next step is when Steel comes by with a wad of cash from his last huge sale of artwork, offering to rent the space out beneath her gallery -- which is also beneath her apartment hint, hint. Steel is fascinated by Althea and her prim and proper ways, goading her into showing the sparks of passion and fire beneath her Sunday best.
And when she gives in, sparks fly -- literally, as he's a metal worker.
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For more, visit platinumeye. Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her—and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body? When bad-boy sculptor Steel rides up on his motorcycle looking to rent studio space, his infusion of cash is more than welcome. But his art is raw, visceral, sexual—and completely inappropriate for her pastel world of watercolor landscapes. Moving into her gallery basement is the first step; seducing the cool Southern belle into modeling for him is the second.
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