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He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her long ago brush with submission He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again…


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He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her long ago brush with submission He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again…

30 review for Sweet Addiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    SO. ANGRY. OH. MY. GOD. It's been a while since I've been this emotionally distraught over a book, but oh my god. This book made me so angry, I have no words. Banks introduced us to Cole in earlier books, and I immediately fell in love with his character. HEAR THAT? IN LOVE. What she made him go through in this book... *pulls out hair* The situation: She re-introduces us to droolworthy, (my future husband *sighs happily*) character, Cole. She introduces us to ANOTHER awesome SO. ANGRY. OH. MY. GOD. It's been a while since I've been this emotionally distraught over a book, but oh my god. This book made me so angry, I have no words. Banks introduced us to Cole in earlier books, and I immediately fell in love with his character. HEAR THAT? IN LOVE. What she made him go through in this book... *pulls out hair* The situation: She re-introduces us to droolworthy, (my future husband *sighs happily*) character, Cole. She introduces us to ANOTHER awesome (i'd-totally-eat-you-up-so-hot) character, Lucas. She introduces us to a stupid, indecisive heroine. The whole book goes to shambles. I literally had to wait an HOUR before reading the epilogue. I was THAT angry. Then the epilogue was so unrealistic, I just sat at my desk, stupefied. I'm going to go eat lunch now, because this review got me angry all over again. 1 star for the men. That is all. EDIT: I took away a star. Apparently, according to Goodreads, 2 stars = "It was ok" (which, by the way, the book was not)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Extremely disappointing to me after anticipating Cole's story for so long. Readers who have not followed the series may enjoy it, however, those like myself who have a knowledge of Cole's character from the prior books will be greatly disappointed in how his character changes, the lifestyle he chooses and the woman he ends up loving. I don't know when I've been this angry over a character's story. I'm thankful the series is over. Unbelievable!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Auntee

    Well, I was expecting the worst...but thank God it wasn't the worst of the series (that honor goes to Sweet Persuasion). I knew going in that I wouldn't like the D/s relationship and all that ordering around that it entails, and god help me if the bondage elements got too extreme...but I started this series and stubborn fool that I am I'm determined to see it through! So..the D/s relationship? Wasn't too bad. Yes, there was ordering around of the "get on your knees" and "take off your clothes" Well, I was expecting the worst...but thank God it wasn't the worst of the series (that honor goes to Sweet Persuasion). I knew going in that I wouldn't like the D/s relationship and all that ordering around that it entails, and god help me if the bondage elements got too extreme...but I started this series and stubborn fool that I am I'm determined to see it through! So..the D/s relationship? Wasn't too bad. Yes, there was ordering around of the "get on your knees" and "take off your clothes" type, but thank god nothing humiliating like in Sweet Persuasion. And the heroine liked it rough and with a bit of pain... And of course the hero had to do the clothes shopping for the heroine, picking out what she would wear and such (and naturally the getting-it-on-in-the-dressing-room scene). I guess this is part of how the Dominant shows his dominance, which I guess sometimes could be okay...but jeez, I just couldn't relate to not having a say in things like that. But what do I know? Our heroine, Ren, sure did seem to enjoy it. There was one kinky, wrap the heroine up in rope scene that was just hard to fathom...and the usual spanking with hand, belt and small oar (yes, I said "oar") that left a flaming red behind and some welts (no breaking of the skin, of course!) Yeah, either I'm getting immune to this stuff...or maybe it just wasn't that extreme? So the bedroom stuff really didn't do much for me. However, there was one exception that involved "Captain Mike" and his steward, C.J. which I found strangely titillating (lol) Okay, enough about that, you'll just have to read it. My other problem with the book (besides the D/s stuff) was the heroine herself. Petite, beautiful Korean Ren..torn between two lovers...who will she choose? I just couldn't see her appeal! Why would these two, successful, hunky guys seem so besotted with her? Well maybe Cole's obsession I could understand, since he was her (nearly) childhood sweetheart, and he felt guilt over their breakup ten years ago...but Lucas? This gazillionaire could have anyone--why Ren? Was it her neediness? Was it her fear of abandonment? Was it her willingness to give up complete control to the men in her life? She didn't seem to have much of a life without her men. I mean, besides her having a fledgling career as a children's book author, what else did she have? No girlfriends to hang with, no family that she got along with, no outside interests besides liking to dance and to have kinky sex and to serve her man...yes, I just didn't find her all that relatable. I know it wasn't part of the D/s relationship, but I wanted her to have a say in things, to speak up, disagree or fight for what she wanted. But I guess when you're a submissive, you don't do that. Hmm, now I see the problem... Why do I keep reading this series if I'm so bothered by it? Well, it's not all bad. I do enjoy Maya Banks's writing, even if I'm not on board with the subject matter or how the characters act. And every now and then she hits it out of the park in this series (Sweet Possession: Sweet Series, Book 5). I guess I don't mind if the character is a submissive in the bedroom, but when she's also one outside the bedroom, that's when I have a problem. So fans of this series, or those who don't mind the D/s relationship, enjoy. The writing is fine, it's not over-the-top kinky, there are a few hot sex scenes. So what if the heroine is sometimes irksome--you'll probably love every dominating inch of Cole, and maybe even like Lucas too. This was far from my favorite of the series, but it wasn't the worst, either. 3 1/2 stars Warning: This book contains graphic sex (oral and anal), and language. Ménage scenes; binding with rope in a mind-boggling way; spanking till your butt is on fire; and being served up to a couple of strangers. Not for the faint of heart!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cami

    I really liked Cole in the other books so I was ready for his story. I did enjoy the story but it is not for everyone. I don’t want to give it away but there is a sorta love triangle. This is different and again not for everyone. It maybe isn’t my personal “cup of tea” BUT that being said it wasn’t a turn off either. I very much felt the push & pull of Ren’s emotions which is what kept me interested the entire time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I didn't like it. I think I need to give this book another chance. I am going to give it another try to see if I change my mind...I think I might. Sweet Persuasion (Sweet #2) Sweet Temptation (Sweet #4)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

    Posted on Under the Covers Cole Madison has been a character we’ve seen throughout the Sweet series. So I was interested to see what Maya Banks had in store for him. However, I never would have anticipated the events that happened in this book. Banks brings readers another exciting, evocative story that will sure to raise your pulse rate and make your toes curl! SWEET ADDICTION is written in three parts – Lucas, Cole and then Ren. In each respective section, Banks focuses more on one hero and Ren Posted on Under the Covers Cole Madison has been a character we’ve seen throughout the Sweet series. So I was interested to see what Maya Banks had in store for him. However, I never would have anticipated the events that happened in this book. Banks brings readers another exciting, evocative story that will sure to raise your pulse rate and make your toes curl! SWEET ADDICTION is written in three parts – Lucas, Cole and then Ren. In each respective section, Banks focuses more on one hero and Ren’s relationship with that person. So for example, the first 100 pages of the book covers Ren’s time with Lucas, the man who she is presently seeing and his happy with. However, when Cole Madison walks back into her life after leaving her for what he believes was for her own good, Ren can’t help but wonder what her life would be like if she was with Cole. Lucas sees this spark in Ren’s eyes when she sees Cole and proposes to hand Ren over to Cole for the duration of two weeks where she becomes Cole’s sole possession. In this time, Ren belongs to Cole and at the end of the two weeks, Ren must decide who she wants to spend her future with. Already the premise of this book is intriguing, but let me tell you, there is so much more in this book that I could ever hope to share with you all. You really need to read it in order to grasp the emotional depth that Banks has poured into this book. After reading the first 100 pages of this book (Lucas’s part), I thought, “Wow, Lucas really cares for Ren. They truly belong to each other.” The book could have ended there and I would have given it a 5 star rating. But there was more... I worried that Cole wouldn’t be able to live up to what Lucas had accomplished already. Lucas was firm, but fair. And in those first 100 pages, I really believed that Ren was happy with Lucas. However, in the next few pages or so, Banks lays out the backstory between Cole and Ren and their time together as young adults so helplessly in love. Cole loves her and he shows her how much in those two weeks by her side. By the end of Cole’s part, I again felt overwhelmed, thinking, “Ren and Cole really do love each other. They truly belong to each other.” Hold on. Wait, wait. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Two men. Two incredibly written men. And she has to choose... My heart is already breaking. Caught between two men, belonging to both and yet, not really wholly belonging to either one. Ren is placed in an unbearable spot and as I read this book, I found it so difficult to choose between the two because both men are such great people. They both love her and understand her. I am so happy with how the book ended. It was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. In addition to the amazingly written men and the emotional depth, Banks creates a very strong, self-confident heroine in Ren. She is half-Korean and both men adore her Asian attributes. I loved how honest she was and how willing she was to give up control. These men only have control in the bedroom because it was given freely by Ren so seeing her strength throughout this book really made me admire her. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but it won’t mean much unless you pick up SWEET ADDICTION and see for yourself. This book is already on my favorites of 2012 list and I’m sure that there will be some rereads in the near future. It was simply addicting. *ARC provided by publisher courtesy of Maya Banks

  7. 4 out of 5

    I ♥ Bookie Nookie (bookienookiereviews.blogspot.com)

    Boooooooooo! That was a major disappointment. The main issue I had with it was the believability of it...or lack of. I did not believe that these 2 super dominant men would behave in this manner...never...ever... Especially with how it wrapped up. Not a fan...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks *le sigh* You know when you have been ‘following’ a character for books and books and books and finally his book comes up and you have a certain expectation of what you would like that character’s HEA to be like…then it doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it to? Yeah… *le sigh* Honestly, I am going to have to do one of my ‘breakdown’ reviews for this book because I am so…*le sigh* about it I’m worried I’ll just vent. And that’s not nice and that’s Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks *le sigh* You know when you have been ‘following’ a character for books and books and books and finally his book comes up and you have a certain expectation of what you would like that character’s HEA to be like…then it doesn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it to? Yeah… *le sigh* Honestly, I am going to have to do one of my ‘breakdown’ reviews for this book because I am so…*le sigh* about it I’m worried I’ll just vent. And that’s not nice and that’s not how I write my reviews. But first, I’ll give you a little back-story on the book I am going to chat about today. I apologize if this is a bit spoilery. I am going to try my best but I know it’s going to be quite tricky to write this review without seriously hinting at things. But I am not going to come out and straight up give spoilers though. Sweet Addiction is the sixth and final book in Maya Bank’s Sweet series. Really, this book was not supposed to be but so many people asked her to write a book for Cole, a side character that appears throughout the series, that she gave in and wrote his story. To me Cole has always been a kind hearted but hurt man. You can tell in the way that he acts in the previous books that he has been hurt before but he cherishes and treasures women and he is a very loyal friend. He is damaged and, of course since we are avid readers of romance books, we know that the love of the perfect-for-him woman will heal him right up and make everything better for him. In Sweet Addiction we find out that his ‘pain’ comes from love lost. Not recent though – it’s love he walked away from…ten years ago! Cole is a Dom. A real hardcore one. Therefore he needs and craves an absolute submissive. He found her in Ren but accidentally hurt her with a whip during one of their sessions and was unable to cope with that. So he left. Ten years ago. Now he sees her again but she is with Lucas. She collared and everything so things there are pretty serious. But when she sees him again, she starts feeling confused. So seeing how torn Ren seems to be, Lucas ‘gives’ her to Cole for two weeks thinking that once she gets him and his sudden appearance out of her system that she will be the happy super sub she always was and they can live HEA. Well, as you can imagine, things don’t quite work out as easily as that. Okay…what I liked about this book. This book is hot. If you are into reading pretty heavy BDSM, this book has plenty. In fact, I feel it had a bit too much but we’ll talk about that in the next portion of the review. I liked how Ren was comfortable with herself and her wants and needs. She knows she requires a Dom to be happy and she accepts nothing less. It’s nice to read a woman who is strong enough to not doubt her sexuality. We get to see Damon again and how he’s doing with a pregnant Serena. I love Damon. Would I ever be able to tolerate him as ‘my man’? Not even a little. But he is one of my favorite characters and I loved that I got to see him in this book. Cole never really was part of the ‘inner circle’ that the Sweet series focuses on but he did ‘play’ a lot at Damon’s club so really it makes sense that he’s in this book. Seeing that this is the last book in the series, it was nice to have a super quick rundown of what the other characters from the previous books were all up to in the epilogue. They all mentioned there. It made me smile. The cover is pretty. *g* And now…what I didn’t like about this book. Yes, I am aware that this is a piece of fiction, but it is a contemporary story so there should be some bit of realism in it to make it work well and click with readers. Unfortunately, how this whole story ended up, I didn’t feel it could work. Ever. It obviously does sometimes, somewhere in the world because why else would the author have done it, but I just can’t see the characters involved openly agreeing to the way this book went down. (*giggle* “went down”) Often it’s mentioned in the series how Cole would like what the others have (as in a relationship) and he ends up with something so…other, it’s not even in the same ball park. He totally deserves a real HEA and I feel he totally got jipped. I didn’t feel any real connection to Ren at all. Her character was barely developed which left it hard for me to care about her. As I mentioned above, I like how she is secure in her sexuality and knows what she wants and needs but other than that, there really isn’t much to her. I don’t see why Lucas and Cole would go so ga-ga over her. Lucas…I didn’t mind him but I didn’t love him. I get that he is not really a focus in the book but he still plays an important enough role that a little more character development where he is concerned would have worked well. As you can see, there is a theme building here. There just wasn’t enough character development this time around. And… I think there may have been too much sex! I feel it got in the way of us getting to know the characters other than, you know, ‘that’ way. I don’t understand why, if Ren and Cole were so madly deeply in love with each other, that one didn’t look for the other, you know, in the ten years they were apart. Seriously, if you are that hung up on someone that you can’t get yourself to enter another relationship in ten years, go find the chick that is still in your heart. Really. I just didn’t get it. Overall, I was disappointed in this book. I love Cole and always felt he had such a great story to tell! I would have loved to see him with a woman who worshiped the ground he walks while still fitting into his life by being what he wanted and needed as opposed to one who just sits there like a lump, confused all the time. He deserves that. But if he’s truly happy at the end of this book, I guess I didn’t know Cole as well as I thought I did. *shrugs* 2.5 stars p.s. After reading this book, I went back and read Sweet Persuasion (for the 6thtime). That book not only holds one of my most favorite characters (Damon) but it’s also one of my most favorite books ever. It is a flawless example of hot sex, beautiful characters and a great story. The perfect erotic romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    First off, I have to say that this the first review I've done even though I've read hundreds of books. I'm just that motivated to express how utterly displeased I am with this book. The rest of this review does contain spoilers so if you don't want to know more, don't continue reading. According to the description, you were made to believe that the story would be about Cole and Ren. However, it turns out to be yet another story with a love triangle and worse yet the girl cannot seem to choose First off, I have to say that this the first review I've done even though I've read hundreds of books. I'm just that motivated to express how utterly displeased I am with this book. The rest of this review does contain spoilers so if you don't want to know more, don't continue reading. According to the description, you were made to believe that the story would be about Cole and Ren. However, it turns out to be yet another story with a love triangle and worse yet the girl cannot seem to choose whom she loves more. Yes, I know you can be in love with two people at the same time but in the real world, you have to choose between the two. You always have to choose. Nevertheless, in the end, Ren got what she wanted. She had the "perfect ending" by keeping both the two men she loved but I have to say that I completely and absolutely despised how the entire story turned out. It's unrealistic and I wasn't expecting it based on the description. There is also the fact that these two men are what people call "dominant", so how is it that two "dominant" men can share ONE submissive woman? I understand maybe two submissive people sharing one dominant man, but not the other. This is the first book I've read of Maya Banks and it definitely will also be the last and only book of hers I will ever waste my time and money on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

    2 stars ***spoiler warning*** Well, what can i say other than "Uhg"! I was very disappointed with this story. As the story says, Ren and Cole used to be in a serious relationship when they were younger. They experimented with BDSM and Cole ended up going too far and hurting her. He started pulling away and ended up leaving her, convinced she wouldn't want to stay with him or submit to his dominant needs. 10 years later, Cole sees Ren in a restaurant with Lucas and he finds out that she's a 2 stars ***spoiler warning*** Well, what can i say other than "Uhg"! I was very disappointed with this story. As the story says, Ren and Cole used to be in a serious relationship when they were younger. They experimented with BDSM and Cole ended up going too far and hurting her. He started pulling away and ended up leaving her, convinced she wouldn't want to stay with him or submit to his dominant needs. 10 years later, Cole sees Ren in a restaurant with Lucas and he finds out that she's a submissive and is "owned" by Lucas. Cole has never been able to get over Ren and never found a woman that could take her place so when he sees she's into BDSM, he has to see her again. When he does, their meeting shows Lucas that there's something major between them. In Lucas' effort to figure things out, the whole situation gets turned into a huge clusterfuck. Basically, Lucas decides that Ren should have the chance to figure out who she truly wants to be with...not taking into account that he would just be causing Ren stress with this idea. We get to see Lucas and Ren together for about the first 25% of the book until he decides to give Ren to Cole for 2 weeks. The problem is, he doesn't bother to tell Ren about the situation before leaving her with Cole so Ren thinks Lucas is ending their relationship. So Ren is hurt and confused by Lucas but decides to take advantage of the time with Cole. Thing go well for them and I actually got to a point where I was happy with the way things were going. I wasn't too hot with Cole sharing Ren with a couple of virtual strangers but as it being part of the whole BDSM experience I could have dealt with it. But then the 2 weeks end and Lucas shows back up. Ren is happy and relieved to see him and in her happiness, she convinces Cole that she really wants Lucas so he leaves her free to be with Lucas, thinking it would make her happy. Of course it doesn't...she can't be happy without either man now that she's had them both. As if Cole and Lucas hadn't already messed up things with Ren badly enough, Lucas decides to approach Cole and suggests that they do a m/f/m relationship so they can both have Ren. Now it's bad enough that we have 2 men that barely know (or like) each other deciding that they can just put aside their jealousy and issues with each other to share Ren and that it would be fine. What's even worse is the fact that once again they messed up on their approach to Ren and end up messing things up even more before finally smoothing things out. I mean these guys were just total IDIOTS!!!! And I'm sorry, I know there was a short epilogue that indicated everything was going perfectly for the trio, but I just can't see this as a HEA. TBH, the whole story was just messed up. The men passed Ren around like a piece of meat and didn't ask for any input from her on how she felt about the whole thing. They even did it again after realizing just how badly they messed up in the first place! And they did it again!!! Seriously!?!? I mean these 2 men barely knew each other and yet they thought they could move from an uneasy truce to sharing the woman they loved with each other? Really? I just don't see it and this whole plot is just lame and an insult to women. I don't care if Ren's a submissive...even a submissive should have some input into her emotional welfare and shouldn't have her feelings hurt and bashed around like that. :P I made the mistake of buying all 6 books in the series while they were on sale on Audible.com and now I'm regretting it. The middle part was alright and that's the only reason it got 2 stars...if not for that it would have been a 1 star (or maybe a DNF...I came close on this one). I'd call this one a disappointment at best... * note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did a very good job.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    A disappointment all around. One dimensional characters, an old stale storyline, and an unbelievable ending left me wondering if I was reading an erotic romance or a script for a porn film. Ren, our submissive heroine, had all the personality of a blow up doll which is readily apparent when she allows herself to be passed around like a blow up doll, crying pitiful tears as to why no one "loves her". I also didn't like the feeling Ren gave me that everything that was done to her was okay as long A disappointment all around. One dimensional characters, an old stale storyline, and an unbelievable ending left me wondering if I was reading an erotic romance or a script for a porn film. Ren, our submissive heroine, had all the personality of a blow up doll which is readily apparent when she allows herself to be passed around like a blow up doll, crying pitiful tears as to why no one "loves her". I also didn't like the feeling Ren gave me that everything that was done to her was okay as long as her men were spoiling her with gifts and such. Both heroes left me cold as I never once felt they were doing anything that befitted the heroine. It was all about them and and what they needed to solidify their ownership. The sex was hot but at certain points it went beyond hot to ick. Not for me at all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Cole has been in the background of the previous Sweet series books since the beginning. He’s a presence at The House, but rarely does he do anything other than help prepare the women for their dominant partners. He played a larger role in Micah and Angeline’s story when he finally let himself get more emotionally involved, being a part of Micah and Angelina’s relationship. All of that was a substitute for the huge hole that’s been in his life since he Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads Cole has been in the background of the previous Sweet series books since the beginning. He’s a presence at The House, but rarely does he do anything other than help prepare the women for their dominant partners. He played a larger role in Micah and Angeline’s story when he finally let himself get more emotionally involved, being a part of Micah and Angelina’s relationship. All of that was a substitute for the huge hole that’s been in his life since he walked away from the woman he loves, Ren. They were young and just starting to test their dominant/submissive relationship. They were both learning together what worked for them, what didn’t and defining what their relationship was together. Cole, fairly inexperienced at the time, didn’t take the whip to her correctly and ended up scarring her back. He was mortified that he harmed the woman he swore to always protect and love and he fled. Ten years later Cole sees Ren for the first time since leaving her and vows to do anything to get her back. She’s wearing another man’s collar and is in a happy, fulfilling relationship with Lucas. She’s been with him for the past year and he helped her recover from a previous relationship that damaged her emotionally and ruined her self-confidence. Lucas is her rock and he gets her, like only Cole was able to in the past. We get a good bit of story in the beginning laying the foundation of what Ren and Lucas currently have going, and it’s pretty damn good. I’ve always been a big fan of Cole and thought for sure he’d be my guy throughout this book, but Lucas is such a good man. He gets Ren, he knows what she needs and he loves her. I was fully on board with Lucas as a co-leading man early on. Lucas notices Ren’s reaction when she sees Cole and knows that her feelings were never resolved. He only wants what’s best for her and decides to give her to Cole for two weeks. It’ll either be two weeks of closure for these two, or it’ll throw a huge wrench in all their lives if the love Ren and Cole once shared never diminished. Of course it’s not all smooth sailing, we need that angst! Lucas also doesn’t do a good job of explaining why he’s given her to Cole for two weeks, and her confidence takes a little dip when she things that now Lucas has tired of her and won’t want her back. The bed dipped and her eyes flew open. She’d been lost in her thoughts and hadn’t even realized Cole had returned. Such inattention would only gain his censure. But he didn’t call her on it. He merely slid his arms around her body and pulled her until her back was flush against his chest. “You can talk to me, Ren.” She went still for a moment as his words washed over her. It was as if the last years melted away and they were young again. Inseparable. Set to conquer the world, hand in hand. Ren and Cole. Oh God, she couldn’t handle this without breaking down. She turned in his arms and clutched at him as she buried her face in his chest. Hot tears spilled down her cheeks and onto his bare skin. He locked her to him, holding her tightly, one leg thrown possessively over her as if shielding her from the world. It was a clear statement. Nothing can hurt you here. It was such a familiar gesture that it sent a fresh wave of pain through her heart. Cole and Ren have two weeks together. Cole is DOMINANT from the start and there are scenes that push the limits a bit, and one on a yacht that had me doing a combination of wide eyes and an eye roll; it was a bit over the top for me, but all his dominant, controlling scenes just drove home the point that he gave Ren exactly what she needed and wanted. He got her, no matter how intense the scene was (intense in the sense of multiple men pleasuring Ren) and after the two weeks were up, Ren has an impossible choice to make. She loves both men completely and is now expected to pick one. With any erotic, BDSM book, the sex scenes play an obviously huge role and sex is usually happening after every 3-4 pages. On that aspect alone, this was probably a 3-star read for me. What pushed the rating up was the emotion. I wasn’t expecting to like Lucas as much as I did and as the end was getting near, I didn’t want her to pick just one guy and leave the other man devastated. I liked how Cole and Lucas had honest conversations about their situation and I was happy with how it was all ultimately resolved. Part of the fun of the Sweet series is the Sweet women and all the fun they have when they get together. That was disappointment, not having a crazy scene with all the girls. Yes, it wouldn’t have made sense in this story to include that, Cole and Ren aren’t a big part of that group, but I still missed it. Damon, Serena, Micah and Angelina have a few scenes and it’s always nice to catch up with past characters, but I did miss the charm of having all the women showing up and driving their men crazy with their plans and adventures. This was an overall nice read. Some of the sex scenes, especially when strangers were brought in by either Lucas or Cole was a little “eh” for me, but when it got down to the relationship between Cole, Ren and Lucas, it was emotional and well done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tia

    This was perhaps the most profound and beautifully written book I have ever had the pleasure to read. As a woman who is in the BDSM lifestyle herself, I applauded every single word and sentence which made the paragraphs enticing and gripping. I felt the words become emotions and come to life as a beautiful and wondrous picture was painting in my mind. Maya Banks was dead on with feeling I've felt myself, how the pain and pleasure blend, how much trust you place in your Dom being a submissive. This was perhaps the most profound and beautifully written book I have ever had the pleasure to read. As a woman who is in the BDSM lifestyle herself, I applauded every single word and sentence which made the paragraphs enticing and gripping. I felt the words become emotions and come to life as a beautiful and wondrous picture was painting in my mind. Maya Banks was dead on with feeling I've felt myself, how the pain and pleasure blend, how much trust you place in your Dom being a submissive. You can tell that the author either researched this well or she was and is very much involved in the lifestyle. The novel was filled with passion, fear, courage, understanding and sometimes confusion. It weaved such a beautiful tale that imprints on your mind and gives all of us who are in the lifestyle hope. Hope for understanding and acceptance. I loved this novel to no end and I would recommend it for everyone, whether they be in the lifestyle or not. Maya Banks has some major talent and it gets better every single time. 5 stars, if I could I'd rate it 10 stars. I am so impressed and delighted by the novel. What talent!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaetrin

    Why I read it: I've read all the other books in the series and I wanted to read Cole's story. Isn't the cover pretty? What it's about: (blurb from Goodreads) He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her Why I read it: I've read all the other books in the series and I wanted to read Cole's story. Isn't the cover pretty? What it's about: (blurb from Goodreads) He awakened a need within her… Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about. His childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them—or the pain he brought upon her… But now she belongs to another… Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She’s become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another. Ren’s current master agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again… Before I start: I follow Maya Banks on Twitter and Facebook and she seems, from her interactions there, to be a very nice lady. A number of my Twitter friends (or, as my 9 year old calls them "Tweet Pals") appear to actually be pretty good friends with her. It makes it harder then, to write a review which is mostly negative. A while ago, I decided to challenge myself to review everything I read - that way, I couldn't, to use an Australian phrase, "pike out" (a reference to backing out due to cowardice) and only review books I liked. As a reader myself, I appreciate reading reviews from places that have both positive and negative reviews - that way I feel I can better trust the reviewer to give me his/her honest opinion (especially important with the sock puppetry which goes on occasionally and Fiverr selling Amazon reviews). I thought, if my goal is to be credible to my audience (however small it may be), I needed to show what I liked and what I didn't and why. So, this is a (mostly) negative review. I'm sad about that because I wanted to like the book. I could still have skated on by and written a very brief review in my monthly reads post, but I found I actually had a lot to say about this one, so I'm sucking it up and telling it how I see it. What worked for me (and what didn't): There is a certain level of suspension of disbelief one willingly entertains when reading any work of fiction. I knew going in that there would be a 24/7 D/s relationship and there would likely be at least some kind of menage scene and there would be the elite sex club (do they exist outside of fiction?). I was prepared for that; on board even. But, a story has to be internally consistent for me to be successful in that suspension of disbelief. I need to understand the motivation of the character - particularly when there is something outside the norm about a character or situation. What I found in this story is that there was a certain dissonance to the characterisation which made it difficult for me to immerse myself into the fantasy of the book. For example, Lucas likes to watch his women with someone else but he has never done so with Ren in the year they have been together. While he is not averse to "sharing his woman" he prefers privacy and dislikes public exhibitionism. Ren and he discuss it and she says she's not into it either. But then, they go to his nightclub (normal nightclub, not a sex club) and he allows/instructs her to dance with 3 men (he knows the men but to Ren they are almost strangers). Lucas joins them on the very public dance floor and proceeds to redefine the term "dirty dancing". Then, while Lucas is behind her, one of the men lifts her top and fondles and licks her breasts (on instructions from Lucas) while Lucas fingers her and then the other man does that too. Oh boy. That seems pretty public to me. I've read (and enjoyed) exhibitionist erotic romances before. But this seemed inconsistent with what I'd understood of both characters beforehand. Cole apparently, doesn't like to share (although, he seemed happy enough sharing Angelina with Micah in Sweet Temptation). But, that doesn't stop him from doing just that on the boat. Again, Ren is having sex with men who are strangers to her. In fact, Cole himself only knew the Captain by way of referral from the friend who owned the boat. Those confronting scenes, while erotic, were not romantic. And, they made me question what I knew of Cole. Then there's Ren. We're told she's strong, self-confident and secure in herself. But it seemed that she was only strong, self-confident and secure if she was being given direction and discipline from her Dominant. Now, this might be on me. I know very little about the BDSM scene but this, I didn't get. I had a bit of trouble understanding her needs and motivations. She's only strong when someone else is telling her what to do? While others may get this, for me, this aspect was insufficiently explained. I was told she was strong, but to me, she very often looked weak and scared and needy. As to the BDSM itself, toward the beginning of the book there's this: She moaned softly. With another man, that might have gotten her into trouble. But Lucas loved to hear her sounds of passion. He liked to know he pleased her even though her purpose was to please him. but then later, "... Even if he respects nothing else in the world, he must respect the woman in his care. It's his sworn duty to protect, honor and cherish his submissive. To take care of her and provide a safe haven. Someone who would put his own needs above his woman's is no man." (my emphasis) Even though other D/s books I've read agree generally with the latter sentiment, I felt that there was a lack of clarity about it in this book. And, um, sworn duty? Really? In print, this is a trade paperback book. I could have bought the paper version from the Book Depository for about $16AUD (as for what it may have cost me to buy it in Australia - if I could even do so, let's not even go there). As it was, I bought the kindle version from Amazon for $9.69. So, it's not a cheap book. In any event, expected it to be of high quality, particularly as regards to editing. Alas. By about page 50, I was noting what I felt were clunky sentence structure and odd word choices. Some of the conversations felt like they were there more to give the reader information rather than being more organic from the characters. Some of the characters said things that I found it difficult to accept people would actually say. It didn't seem realistic or consistent to me in the context of the book and I found it jarring. Here are some examples (from various parts of the book) of what I mean: Lucas chose the meeting to happen at Cole's offices. (why not "Lucas decided to meet at Cole's office"?) "I would be lying if I said I had any confidence of knowing how she'll choose either way." "You're giving me a primer to seducing the woman you care about away from you. You're bitingly possessive one minute and lazily accepting the next." (my emphasis) It's not all about you as a lot of people would assume a relationship where dominance is a factor would be about your needs and wants above all else. I read this sentence 3 or 4 times before I mentally added a full stop after the first "you" to make it make sense to me. At one point Cole says "If I have my way, you'll have her no longer." Which would have been fine if he usually spoke that way. But he didn't. So when he started with the formal speech, it was jarring. The phrasing may have fit well in the narrative but not so much in dialogue. Then I started wondering if I was just being picky. Probably by then I was, but, while I was reading it, I was noticing it. Which tells me, at the very least that I was not engaged in the story. If I'm mentally re-writing sentences, that's not a good sign. But then, I am a details person (Chris often tells me I'm too harsh!) Also, there were some strange words in odd places which I think were mistakes. Like this: He kissed her with savagery that seemed pint up to now and was suddenly released in a violent storm. and this It was a hell of a note when a man's life changed in the space of a few moments over a chance meeting. It was a hell of a note and two days ago he'd have said that nothing on earth would keep him and Ren apart. Because it appeared twice in the book in the same context, I actually asked on Twitter whether this was a US turn of phrase that I was just not familiar with. It seems not. And then there was this He could see right into the heart of her, which was why he was treating her with kids' gloves. It's kid gloves. Made of kidskin (baby goat), not belonging to children. I'm sure Ms. Banks knows this but it was just one too many editing errors for me. There was a scene later in the book where Ren was tied by both hands and both feet to four portable poles (we were told they were heavy but they were moved two at a time by Lucas). It struck me as inherently unsafe - what if she flinched or jerked and pulled one of the poles down on top of her? Partly because I don't know much about BDSM or 24/7 D/s relationships, I let it pass that Lucas made the decision unilaterally to "give" Ren to Cole for 2 weeks. Ordinarily I would have thought he was a bit of a tool, but hey, maybe that's how those relationships are supposed to work (clearly I would be very bad at such a relationship!). Later in the book though, both Cole and Lucas are having a conversation where they basically say that they're both assholes because both of them made unilateral decisions for Ren and that the "final" decision had to be hers. But then, they totally ignored their resolve and went ahead and sprung something on her again!! I appreciated when Ren went off the deep end at them - I still think she let them off too easy. Essentially this is a love triangle. I don't think it's difficult to intuit what solution is arrived at, but I won't give it away here. Because of that, this bit might sound vague. The resolution between Cole/Ren and Lucas/Ren had significant pitfalls. The story acknowledged that but unfortunately I didn't see the relevant parties (being mysterious here) working on those issues. I was told it was hard but it had been accomplished. To be honest, that part of the story probably held the greater interest for me. I was very interested in knowing exactly how it worked out. Even though I was told it had, I found it difficult to picture and so I'm not sure I totally bought the "happy ending" (being mysterious again). What else? It wasn't all bad. The story was split into 3 parts, Lucas, Cole and Ren. I felt the Lucas part was the "clunkiest" but things picked up a bit by the middle third of the book. By the end of the book, while I was noticing some strange word placement (see above) I was actually thinking more about the characters and how things were going to work out and Ren's safety and well being. I guess that tells me that for the first part, I wasn't really engaged, but by the middle third that had changed. I did find some of the sex scenes fairly confronting. (I did in Micah's book too.) I don't think it's romantic (it may be erotic, but not romantic, at least not to me) for a Dom to let strangers have sex with his submissive. In Sweet Surrender (which remains my favourite of the series), Faith had specifically said to Grey that she had had a fantasy about a threesome and he gave it to her; with Micah - someone she knew and trusted. The other thing about that book was that Faith and Grey had a clear discussion early on about to what level Faith wanted to be dominated in a relationship (it was more that she wanted to be "taken care of" and cossetted rather than dominated 24/7, although there was some D/s in their sex play). That all made sense to me. It was explained in the story and I understood it, in context. I can't say the same here. I felt off balance when it came to the relationship dynamic between Ren/Cole and Ren/Lucas and that hindered my enjoyment of the book. Again, that could be on me. YMMV. It was also nice to have a half-Korean heroine, although not very much was made of her ethnicity. The sex scenes, particularly where no strangers were involved, were smokin' - although there was one where Ren was basically on her head which was, um, different. Then, there were also lines like this, which I loved: "I can't be the better man here because I'm only better if I'm with you." *sigh* One thing I didn't mind was that there wasn't a lot of the "sweet girls" in the book. They didn't need to be there to tell this story. I hear that there have been some complaints from people who thought that because it was a "sweet" book it would have a reunion of all the previous MC's. I don't mind when a previous character appears in the story, but they have to have something to do for it to make sense to me. And, by the way: what happened to Ren's collar? Grade: C- (and edging perilously close to D territory)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aղցela W.

    I loved this book. This book was hot it has some very good sex scene it also made me question my relationship Well I finally got to read Cole's story.Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about: his childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them. A brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She I loved this book. This book was hot it has some very good sex scene it also made me question my relationship Well I finally got to read Cole's story.Cole is successful beyond his dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there’s only one he can’t stop thinking about: his childhood sweetheart, Renita. He’s never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them. A brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She has become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man. When Cole finds her again, he’s gutted that she belongs to another man. Ren’s current master Lucas agrees to give her to Cole for a short time, but then she must return to his keeping. And though Cole agrees to this bargain, he knows he will never be able to let Ren go again. This book was hot as hell Ren was up for anything she knows that she loves Lucas and that he wants to marry her, but she knows that she also loves Cole and as always loved him and she also knows that she is unwilling to give him up. So what happens they become a poly couple although I wished that Lucas and Cole were into each other. This was a really good book it was well written like the others in this series and all the other couples in this series welcomed Ren and Lucas into the family.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natália Rivero

    Sweet series was my favorite series of Maya until this book. The second and third book were extraordinary.Although Angelina and Lyric books was ok and terrible,respectively...but Sweet Addiction was the worst! I was very excited to read Cole's book,because he was amazing in the previous books. I've read a great "trio" books,but this one is far far away from this. Cole looks like a third in his own book! Yeah,because Ren just thought in Lucas the most part of the book. Even when she was with Cole,she Sweet series was my favorite series of Maya until this book. The second and third book were extraordinary.Although Angelina and Lyric books was ok and terrible,respectively...but Sweet Addiction was the worst! I was very excited to read Cole's book,because he was amazing in the previous books. I've read a great "trio" books,but this one is far far away from this. Cole looks like a third in his own book! Yeah,because Ren just thought in Lucas the most part of the book. Even when she was with Cole,she was thinking and crying for Lucas. Lucas is a gorgeous and powerful man,I can't deny but Cole is perfect. I am totally team Cole.He should have left Ren for Lucas and find a woman who really deserves him.It would be so much better!!! Because it's obvious even she denying in the book,Cole was a substitute for Lucas and she loves more Lucas than him. I am truly disappointed and angry with Sweet Addiction,I really hope that Maya doesn't end a good series with an awful book like this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alycia

    I'm abandoning this one. It's such a shame because I like this series, especially books 1-4 and Maya Banks is one of my favorite contemporary erotic romance authors. I made it almost half way through so my rating is based on what I have read. The biggest reason for abandoning this book is because of my connection, or lack there of to the characters. I never connected to Ren and didn't care what was happening in regards to her. I liked Lucas,but he went all cave man in a way that didn't work for I'm abandoning this one. It's such a shame because I like this series, especially books 1-4 and Maya Banks is one of my favorite contemporary erotic romance authors. I made it almost half way through so my rating is based on what I have read. The biggest reason for abandoning this book is because of my connection, or lack there of to the characters. I never connected to Ren and didn't care what was happening in regards to her. I liked Lucas,but he went all cave man in a way that didn't work for me. I am used to Doms written as super protective of their subs, but in this scenario it just didn't work. I felt like Cole was an after thought even though this was supposed to be his book. I was so excited that he was getting a book, I just wanted more for him. That being said, I'm sad that this is the end to the Sweet Series but am looking forward to the spin off series and I hope that the next book is the caliber that we have all come to love and expect. If you are a fan of this series I recommend that you skip this one and only try this one if you were curious like I was.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I have to start by saying that I loved this series so much which is why I think my disappointment in the story that Cole finally received was so great!! I believe anyone that is a fan and has read the entire Sweet Series expected far greater and totally different things for Cole. This is a Super Dominant Alpha male and you want me to actually swallow the fact that he would share the one true love of his life?? Come on, really? This didn't even really feel like Cole's story to me, since Ren and I have to start by saying that I loved this series so much which is why I think my disappointment in the story that Cole finally received was so great!! I believe anyone that is a fan and has read the entire Sweet Series expected far greater and totally different things for Cole. This is a Super Dominant Alpha male and you want me to actually swallow the fact that he would share the one true love of his life?? Come on, really? This didn't even really feel like Cole's story to me, since Ren and Lucas were such a huge part and as much as I have loved Cole in the previous books I found that I really, really like Lucas too. All of this made it really hard for me to be real cut an dry with the whole 'Cole and Ren should be together thing' - all in all I have to say that this story confused and frustrated me and I am simply giving it three stars because the story was well told and the sex was smokin' hot!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Avid

    Wow. I enjoy Maya Banks novels, have read every one and bought this one the moment it came out. BDSM and menage do not offend me and the way it is usually handled by Banks has made me a fan. This novel for the first 100 pages had me thinking Fifty Shades, but rapidly devolved into sick and twisted and finally ended up with the most forced and cheesy ending I have ever read. Civil ceremony for polyamorous relationship is one thing but to throw a priest and to insinuate God's blessing into the Wow. I enjoy Maya Banks novels, have read every one and bought this one the moment it came out.  BDSM and menage do not offend me and the way it is usually handled by Banks has made me a fan.  This novel for the first 100 pages had me thinking Fifty Shades, but rapidly devolved into sick and twisted and finally ended up with the most forced and cheesy ending I have ever read.  Civil ceremony for polyamorous relationship is one thing but to throw a priest and to insinuate God's blessing into the last 2 pages of this joke was a true sacrilege. Stick with your secular humanist, hedonistic handling of the trend in our culture.  It rings true and is a great escape.  To mention God in the same space as this book and the relationship within is a desperate reach for validation and simply incongruous. 

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Ten years after Cole Madison left the woman he loved, Ren, he never thought he'd see her again and have the chance to be with her again. His guilt over hurting her as they explored their needs and desires as young adults in a Dominant/submissive relationship has stayed with him, though he's long since acquired the skill and experience to be a true Dominant. So when he hears her laugh in a restaurant, it's the shock of his life. But nothing can compare to the agony of seeing her as the submissive Ten years after Cole Madison left the woman he loved, Ren, he never thought he'd see her again and have the chance to be with her again. His guilt over hurting her as they explored their needs and desires as young adults in a Dominant/submissive relationship has stayed with him, though he's long since acquired the skill and experience to be a true Dominant. So when he hears her laugh in a restaurant, it's the shock of his life. But nothing can compare to the agony of seeing her as the submissive to another man, Lucas Holt. Things have changed for both Cole and Ren since their passionate relationship all those years ago, but their love for each other hasn't diminished. Ren has moved on and, after a series of failed submissive relationships with dominant men - or men who liked to play at the role - she has finally found the peace and balance she's been looking for, in Lucas. They understand each other, she trusts him as she's never trusted any other man - except Cole. But seeing Cole again has unsettled her, and in an attempt to help her Lucas makes an arrangement with Cole, his rival: Cole can have Ren for two weeks, after which time Ren will have to choose between them. It's a cruel bargain, and Ren feels the betrayal keenly. Spending intimate time with Cole as his submissive only makes her more confused as to what she should do, who she should be with. And having two alpha males pulling her in different directions doesn't help in the slightest. Neither man is willing to let her go, but surely one of them must. I'm normally very generous towards the books in this series - only one of them have I completely and genuinely enjoyed. The others I tend to go easy on because there are some things I like about them and I am still reading them, after all. This sixth book in the series was one I was very much looking forward to: every second book is about a BDSM relationship, and readers of the series were all anticipating Cole's story. When he took an active role in a previous book, everything pointed to him being a much more reserved, colder master than he appeared here: I thought I knew him but he turned into one big mushy marshmallow. There's a lot of talk about Ren needing a "hard" master - "don't go easy on her, she won't thank you for it," Lucas keeps telling Cole - but little evidence of it. Cole was not the man I thought he was going to be, and yes that did disappoint me. Not that I didn't like him, as he is. But this particular volume, unlike the other two BDSM novels in the series, skated not so much to the edge but to the carpark farther back, dallied a bit and then went home. What I mean is that, it promised big but didn't even try to deliver the intensity and strong BDSM that Banks is quite capable of. Instead, Sweet Addiction spends a great deal of time mentally ruminating. There's a lot of introspective thought and reflection, rehashing past events, analysing emotions, and being generally self-indulgent to the point where there's little else going on. And these are short books that read fast, so there's not much room to spare. (Just to show how different all readers are, other reviewers noted the opposite: too much sex and not enough time getting to know the characters and exploring their feelings!) Our level of enjoyment often comes down to expectations, and because I was expecting something as hard-core as Sweet Persuasion (my favourite) and Sweet Temptation , and because I expected to find Cole much less "sweet" and more hard-edged, the book as a whole fell short. In truth, it's more like a nice blend of the sweeter books in the series, and those two hard-core ones. But like Ren, I didn't want "sweet". In regards to Lucas, I was confused at first as to why so much attention was being focused on him, but not for long - it was a bit of a big fat hint as to how the book would end, so there was very minimal tension in regards to the story's conflict - another disappointment. Lucas was a tricky character: at first he is the Other Man, the one we feel Cole has to triumph over, and so we're looking for signs of neglect, cruelty, disregard etc. And at first it seems like we get all that - but it's an illusion, if it's there at all. I did come to like him a great deal, especially once he admitted his mistake in making the decision for Ren to send her to Cole for two weeks. I can like him for it because I could understand what he was trying to do, and believe that he only did it because he genuinely thought it would help Ren. And Lucas was a distinct character, even if his style of sex was a lot similar to Cole's. Though, speaking of the sex, is it just me or is it totally distracting to have sex scenes in, for example, a women's upscale clothing shop - even if it has been closed and the saleswoman paid to look the other way, those shops always have cameras. Details like this always intrude for me and "spoil the moment" - yeah I'm the classic over-thinker. The sex has to be "real" though, it has to be possible, and too often romance books discard the hidden logistics simply for effect. As for Ren, she was a bit of a nonentity. A woman to admire, yes - sexually confident, but demure rather than loud and brash, and artistic - but the trouble with meeting a character during a rough time is that they come with a lot of second-guessing, and it gets tiresome. She was a woman who knew exactly what she wanted in a relationship, and what she needed, and never beat herself up over it or felt ashamed. I loved that about her - she's a strong female lead in that way. But as a person she was a bit little-girl-cutesy, or at least, that's how she came across (maybe that's just how the men see her, but actually it was strongest when we're inside her head). So she was a bit flat and two-dimensional. Having read two other books by Banks that feature three men and a woman, I wasn't surprised in the least as to the direction this novel took - out of six Sweet books, one of them was bound to go there (and like I said above, spending so much time on Lucas and his inner thoughts and feelings, was a big fat arrow pointing in that direction, so I don't think I could "spoil" it if I tried). I'm not entirely sold on it working, but it was the solution that worked for these characters. Overall, I'm glad Banks wrote this and gave us the chance to find out Cole's story, because we've long been wondering. But it wasn't the intense, OOMPH-full novel to end the series that I had hoped for and expected, and that's largely my own fault. Maybe it should have come earlier on, maybe not. It's got plenty of spice, lots of chemistry and two sexy male leads who know how to satisfy a woman; in that regard, it was a successful romance novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    jenjn79

    I rather liked this book. I think it's probably my favorite of the series so far. It mostly hit all the right notes. Series Note: Sixth book in Banks's "Sweet" series, which tends to focus on BDSM relationships. I think this book is independent enough to be read as a stand alone. Summary: Years ago, Cole Madison and Ren Michael's turned their youthful relationship into one of dominance, submission, pain/pleasure, and experimentation. But one tragic event caused Cole to leave Ren. A decision he's I rather liked this book. I think it's probably my favorite of the series so far. It mostly hit all the right notes. Series Note: Sixth book in Banks's "Sweet" series, which tends to focus on BDSM relationships. I think this book is independent enough to be read as a stand alone. Summary: Years ago, Cole Madison and Ren Michael's turned their youthful relationship into one of dominance, submission, pain/pleasure, and experimentation. But one tragic event caused Cole to leave Ren. A decision he's regretted ever since. He's shocked when he sees Ren again for the first time in ten years and realizes she's still into the lifestyle. He's even more shocked to realize he never stopped loving her and wants her back. Unfortunately, Ren now belongs to another. Lucas Holt. But once Ren and Cole meet again, it becomes obvious there are still feelings between them. So Lucas gives Ren to Cole for a period of two weeks, hoping she'll be able to put her past behind her and come back to him. Because he's just realized he loves her. Everything gets complicated, though, when no one wants to give Ren up and Ren finds she can't choose between them. Review: I recently read Insatiable by Opal Carew, which is a book that focuses on the fact that a woman realizes she is in love with two men and that she can't choose between them so both men decide to share her. It was a book that fell extremely flat for me because of the lack of character and emotional development. This book doesn't. Excepting the BDSM theme, both deal with similar relationship issues only Maya Banks does a much better job dealing with the emotional and character issues. You can feel the characters's pain over trying to resolve all their conflicting feelings. Ren is completely torn over who she wants and Cole and Lucas have to deal with realizing they'll have to share Ren if neither of them is to give her up. Compared to the Opal Carew book, this aspect is done so much better. It's not the best I've read where a menage relationship is the end result, but it's by far not the worst. What could have made it better was more focus on the compromise in relationship that is brought up at the end, where Cole and Lucas resolve to share Ren so that neither will lose her and she won't have to make a hard choice between two men she loves. That part, where they decide to share her, came off a bit rushed and underdeveloped. It's something that will bring a major major change in their relationships and you really get very little of what happens between them. They offer themselves to Ren and then it jumps forward to an epilogue where they are all happy. It just left the story feeling a bit incomplete because you don't get to read the process where they mesh their lives together. It's a pretty critical time and I really thought it needed more attention. It's what kept this book from being a 4.5-5 star read for me. Of course, I also have to mention the BDSM alternative relationship aspect of the book. It's definitely something to be forewarned about since it's a subject matter that is not for everyone. The relationships in the book deal heavily with dominance/submission, pain/pleasure. Ren is a pure submissive to Cole and Lucas. It's a detailed aspect of the story. There's also spanking, paddling, some rough sex, etc. So beware before reading. I don't think the BDSM aspect is as uncomfortable in this book as it is in some of the others. I wasn't really bothered by any of it. And there are some damn hot scenes in the book. The past characters don't play quite as big a role in this one as they do in the others. Which was a slight disappointment. I missed getting to read about them. And I missed that there wasn't a funny girl-gathering scene with all the females getting hammered and acting silly. But I can see how that part didn't quite fit this story as much. It was an enjoyable story overall, though. Lots of emotional, lots of hot sex. Good story development (for the most part). I zipped right through it and wished there had been more to the story to make it feel more complete. If you've been reading the "Sweet" series and enjoying it then I think you'll like this one. WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex, explicit language, oral sex, anal sex, Dominance/submission relationship, bondage, paddling/spanking/etc, m/f/m sex (hetero), some m/m/m/f scene involving supporting characters, rough sex, toys...etc etc etc etc, k?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I'm not going to go into details - lots of other reviewers have covered that much better than I could, so I'll stick with my own personal feelings - It was a 2-sitting read, what more can I say ... Maya Banks did it again! *grin* I've loved the Sweet series, had a soft spot for Cole since I first read him, and am a sucker for (view spoiler)[ menages and polyamourous romances (hide spoiler)] , along with D/s relationships, so this book ticked all the boxes ... plus, as always with this author, it I'm not going to go into details - lots of other reviewers have covered that much better than I could, so I'll stick with my own personal feelings - It was a 2-sitting read, what more can I say ... Maya Banks did it again! *grin* I've loved the Sweet series, had a soft spot for Cole since I first read him, and am a sucker for (view spoiler)[ menages and polyamourous romances (hide spoiler)] , along with D/s relationships, so this book ticked all the boxes ... plus, as always with this author, it was hot! I know there have been reviews slating it because it didn't fit with the series, but it wasn't supposed to, it was a 'spin-off' for the sake of a better description, written because of fan requests. Read it/treat it as a stand-alone, and I'll bet you'll enjoy it, you don't need to have read the series to 'get' the story here. And there have been complaints about some of the acts performed ... it's a D/s & BDSM based book, with a heroine who needs a bite of pain and total domination, so what did you expect? Trust me, they were mild compared to some authors, but very well written and, to my mind, fitted the characters and story. And as for the ending - this is fiction, where's the fun in believable-ever-afters where they trudge through the next 40+ years paying bills, changing nappies and working their fingers to the bone? We all read books of this genre for a bit of escapism, for some fairytale fantasy. But who's to say that, somewhere out there, some lucky girl isn't living just this one ... we can but hope.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Holy Toledo! This book is HAWT with a capital H-A-W-T. I might need a cold shower after this. For serious. For the record, while I have read other books by Maya Banks this is my first foray into this particular series. Coming in at book 6 could have left me wallowing in confusion but I never - not once - was lost with who was who and how they all related to one another. I know I've said before that I'm not a crier and then I've promptly gone off and read a book that proved me wrong. This book, Holy Toledo! This book is HAWT with a capital H-A-W-T. I might need a cold shower after this. For serious. For the record, while I have read other books by Maya Banks this is my first foray into this particular series. Coming in at book 6 could have left me wallowing in confusion but I never - not once - was lost with who was who and how they all related to one another. I know I've said before that I'm not a crier and then I've promptly gone off and read a book that proved me wrong. This book, though, pulled weepy Kelly out of the closet and poked her mercilessly. Ren's confusion and pain are so clear and sharp. Her heartache over the idea that she would have to give up one of the men she loved and trusted was gut wrenching. It made it even harder that both of her men were good men. They truly had only her well-being and comfort in mind. They cherished her and treated her with respect and love. There was never more than a fleeting moment or two where I thought "Ooh. He's not good for her! Step back and let X have her!" and all of those moments were explained satisfactorily by the end. I'm honestly in awe of the amount of emotion Maya Banks can pack into her books. Her characters shine, she writes sex scenes that sizzle, and just when you think nothing is going to turn out right, things begin to come together. Beautiful. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lanyahm

    Simply put this book doesn't even deserve a review, it's just so messed up and insane. The main characters are all shit crazy. They all need serious help. It was all too much I couldn't wrap my mind around it. I'll just put some parts that I actually liked : “Would our children inherit nothing from you?” “Just my love of you.” “Because I bloody well love you. All right? Happy now that you’ve managed to strip me to the barest of layers? I’m bleeding before you, Ren. I’m as vulnerable as a man can be Simply put this book doesn't even deserve a review, it's just so messed up and insane. The main characters are all shit crazy. They all need serious help. It was all too much I couldn't wrap my mind around it. I'll just put some parts that I actually liked : “Would our children inherit nothing from you?” “Just my love of you.” “Because I bloody well love you. All right? Happy now that you’ve managed to strip me to the barest of layers? I’m bleeding before you, Ren. I’m as vulnerable as a man can be when the woman he loves sits crying over another man” “I saw you smiling and laughing and looking so damn happy that it damn near killed me. And I knew if I looked at you, I’d damn well be on my knees begging you for forgiveness and asking you to come back with me that minute. But I gave my word and you looked happy” I was so confidant in maya banks' books, I'm just not so sure anymore

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    Ren has a very strong submissive side. She knows what she likes, and she is very confident and unapologetic expressing her wants and desires. After being in several D/s relationships, she has found all of her needs taken care with the dominant, Lucas. Although love isn’t necessarily a part of their relationship, he provides security and protection and in return Ren gives him obedience. Ren is happy and content but then an old lover returns. Cole and Ren had a wonderful relationship ten years ago, Ren has a very strong submissive side. She knows what she likes, and she is very confident and unapologetic expressing her wants and desires. After being in several D/s relationships, she has found all of her needs taken care with the dominant, Lucas. Although love isn’t necessarily a part of their relationship, he provides security and protection and in return Ren gives him obedience. Ren is happy and content but then an old lover returns. Cole and Ren had a wonderful relationship ten years ago, until Cole accidentally hurt Ren during a session. Leaving a scar, Cole couldn’t cope with his mistake, eventually pulling away and leaving Ren. But their love for each other has never truly gone away these last ten years. By chance, Cole sees Ren at a restaurant and knows he must somehow arrange a meeting with her. Luckily they have mutual friends, and this friend invites Ren and Lucas to his very exclusive BDSM club, where Cole can be there as well. When Ren sees Cole, all of those emotions come rushing back. Lucas observes this too, and knows Ren has unfinished business with Cole. In a surprising move, he offers Ren to Cole for two weeks. Ren has very mixed feelings about this. She wants to be with Cole, to try to heal what happened all those years ago, but she is also devastated Lucas would just turn her over without a second glance. And as Lucas lets her go, he isn’t so sure he can either. Sweet Addiction is only the second book I have read in this series. I was hesitant with this book because I wasn’t sure if I would like the Lucas/Cole/Ren dynamic. But it worked out pretty well for me. The first part of the book we explore Ren and Lucas. Lucas is a more cold, serious guy, and for some reason I latched right onto him quick. He felt a little more detached emotionally but I still think I saw a flash of his vulnerable side when he let Cole have Ren for those two weeks. Cole wears his heart more on his sleeve, desperate to get Ren back, but still feeling guilt for injuring her all those years ago. He is dominant, but at the same time, more able to connect with Ren on an emotional level. The middle part of the book explores Cole and Ren and their reunion. The last third dives into the ramifications of Cole and Ren being together, and how Ren will move on with her life as she is suppose to give up Cole and go back to Lucas. I won’t tell you what she decides but I was very happy with the ending. This book is very explicit. There are a couple of scenes that stretched my inner smuttiness. Usually when I read books that are this erotic, I end up rolling my eyes and having no connection with the characters. But not in this book. From early on I felt very invested in Ren’s relationship and really wanted to know how this whole thing was going to turn out. If that meant reading many, many sex scenes, well, so be it. *grins* There was a scene or two that was a little much for me (the scene on the boat for those that will read it). But overall, I think the core of the story is a good one. For an erotic, BDSM book, this one fits the bill. Rating: B

  26. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    This review posted on Guilty Pleasures 3.75 Stars I have to admit I was scared to review Sweet Addiction, because I am a HUGE Maya Banks fan. I have loved all the books in the Sweet Series and have been waiting for Cole’s story. I do not read many book with a BDSM theme to them, but this series I just LOVE. I like that there are all degrees of BDSM in the Sweet series. I have been interested in Cole since his first appearance in the series and we are finally getting his story. There were things This review posted on Guilty Pleasures 3.75 Stars I have to admit I was scared to review Sweet Addiction, because I am a HUGE Maya Banks fan. I have loved all the books in the Sweet Series and have been waiting for Cole’s story. I do not read many book with a BDSM theme to them, but this series I just LOVE. I like that there are all degrees of BDSM in the Sweet series. I have been interested in Cole since his first appearance in the series and we are finally getting his story. There were things that loved about the book and things that I did not like. To me Cole was always on the outside looking into the relationships of his friends and wanting the same thing his friends had found. He looked and touched, but had no one of his own. I really wanted Cole to have someone for his own. About half way through the book I figured I knew where Maya was taking Cole and I was not sure I liked it. I think if what happens at end (not going to give it away) happened in the middle of the book I might have been more willing to accept the outcome. The end did not ruin the book for me, but I was dissppointed with the situation. I am still not sure I like Ren. I guess my problem is I am comparing her to the other women in series who are submissive. They are submissive but still strong women in their own right. Ren needed to be dominated to feel complete, loved and wanted. I also feel that women who submit to a man willing are strong and not weak, but Ren seemed a little weak and needy to me. Cole and Ren started out in the lifestyle together. They were learning, but Cole hurt Ren and walked away from her. Now ten years later he still has not found anyone he feels for like he did for Ren. Ren is now with Lucas and finally feels loved, protected and complete since Cole walked out on her. I would have loved more of Lucas in story. He caught my attention, yet I didn't get to learn enough about him. I really missed all the girls. In the other books they have bonded with drinking at Cattlemen’s or some sort of girl’s day and that did not happen in this book. I wish Ren that would have gotten that bonding moment with the girls and that we could've witnessed it. I am excited that Damon and Serena are having their family. It was fun to see Damon scared shitless. I loved that every one was still making fun of Micah for always having the baby in the baby sling on his chest. As usual the sex scenes were HOT and some are very intense. All in all I did enjoy reading Cole’s story. If you are a fan of the series I would love to know what you think after you read it. HAPPY READING!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    This story was so hot my eyebrows were singed. The sex was in your face, one scene after another. And, man, was it so good! Wow, it reminded me of Damon and Serena's relationship (Sweet Persuasion) in that Ren was totally submissive, in and out of the bedroom. But here's the twist: two men were involved; one from her past, the other her current dom whom she's happy with, both vying for her attention and love. Supposedly this is Cole's story, and although he had his opportunity alone with Ren to This story was so hot my eyebrows were singed. The sex was in your face, one scene after another. And, man, was it so good! Wow, it reminded me of Damon and Serena's relationship (Sweet Persuasion) in that Ren was totally submissive, in and out of the bedroom. But here's the twist: two men were involved; one from her past, the other her current dom whom she's happy with, both vying for her attention and love. Supposedly this is Cole's story, and although he had his opportunity alone with Ren to convince her to be with him, the other dom, Lucas, was very much in the plot. I understand where Ms. Banks wanted to take this relationship, but I wanted it to be solely about Cole and Ren, and it just didn't turn out that way. The story was written in three parts: Lucas, Cole, and Ren and each had me enthralled. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, nor could I keep my eyes open long enough into the night. The premise was unique, and I was thoroughly intrigued with each relationship. I just wasn't expecting it to end the way it did. As I approached the last chapters, I felt Cole really wasn't an equal in the threesome; that Lucas had the advantage, and it was enough to lose the spark for me, despite Ren's desire that it be equal between the doms. Instead, it was in the little things: the way she sought comfort from Lucas first, how she snuggled against his chest first or looked to him first, how he was the only man to completely understand her. It bothered me. In the end, the men had, or rather chose, to share. But I ached for Cole. It was supposed to be his story, doggone it! Instead, he felt like the odd man out. I certainly can't complain about the raw sexuality here, though. With the exception of one bondage/suspension scene, which I thought was a little cringe worthy, everything was one huge, hot sexual fantasy. Until the very end, I was convinced this book was the newest addition to my keeper shelf, but I'm still on the fence. I guess I could always revisit Damon and Serena to get my fix. 3.5 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    What Did I Think? I am on the fence about Sweet Addiction. On one hand I loved the individual relationships with each man (and the smokin hot smexin) but something was just missing. What I'm saying is that the book didn't give me that wow factor. One thing I strongly did not like was the boat scene. (view spoiler)[I hated how supposedly possesive these men are but they can share her with random men. In this case sharing was not caring. Also where did Cole ask permission? Random 'friend' #2 was What Did I Think? I am on the fence about Sweet Addiction. On one hand I loved the individual relationships with each man (and the smokin hot smexin) but something was just missing. What I'm saying is that the book didn't give me that wow factor. One thing I strongly did not like was the boat scene. (view spoiler)[I hated how supposedly possesive these men are but they can share her with random men. In this case sharing was not caring. Also where did Cole ask permission? Random 'friend' #2 was in her mouth and then had her anal. Maya you took it too far. eww just no. (hide spoiler)] The book didn't need it. Everything would be going all hunky dory sweet making me say awww, then out of no where you had these scenes that just rubbed me the wrong way. I did however enjoyed the D/s and Bdsm theme because Ren needed it. She wasn't overboard with pain but being dominated made her feel loved, cherished, etc. Each man had her heart in a different way. Luke gave her strength, confidence and obviously adored her. She doesn't just turn off her feelings because her first love is back in the picture. She is very honest and open about her sexuality and feeling. I loved that but everything else about her was "blah". why do two men want her? I dont really see the appeal. I wouldn't call her strong but she wasn't weak either. Maya Banks usually creates one of the other. THE MEN: Lucas was just perfect. He's alpha, possessive, and dominant without being over the top controling. Basically I want him. Everything and I mean everything he does has a reason. I would have preferred to read a lot more about him, he reminds me of Damon. Meanwhile Cole is tender but can be a sexual deviant with the snap of a finger. I wouldn't say he's less dominant than Lucas but he is less formal but I loved him before this book. Now he's just there. The sex was hot, rough, and wild; so if you're not into that then I wouldn't recommend this for you. Not one of my favorites of the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy McDonald

    Maya Banks is a wonderful writer. I read a lot of her books. Her writing style is very fluid and filled with lovely description. That said Sweet Addiction is very well written, and I enjoyed the book and the storyline until I got about mid-way in the book--when Ren is taken on a yacht to get away with Cole. The things that take place on the yacht is beyond a submissive relationship--it is darn right, straight-up abusive. Cole and Lucas are supposedly in love with Ren--they find her perfect in Maya Banks is a wonderful writer. I read a lot of her books. Her writing style is very fluid and filled with lovely description. That said Sweet Addiction is very well written, and I enjoyed the book and the storyline until I got about mid-way in the book--when Ren is taken on a yacht to get away with Cole. The things that take place on the yacht is beyond a submissive relationship--it is darn right, straight-up abusive. Cole and Lucas are supposedly in love with Ren--they find her perfect in every way--her beauty, her intelligence, her obedience. But let's face it, these two guys are creeps. They beat her with belts, a wooden oar, while they make her have oral sex with them, and they give her to other men while they watch. Yep, that's my definition of a real creep. But Banks wants to paint these guys as loving, caring, alpha males who want nothing more than to have Ren as their own to love, protect, and cherish. What??? As the story goes on the plot becomes more and more unbelievable and when I arrived at the climax--I mean the climax of the book--not the character's many many climax's--the storyline just plain became ridiculous. I felt like Banks was trying to out-do E.L. James. Not necessary--not at all. As I said in my above comments, I enjoy Ms. Banks' books. She is a great author, but I wish this plot would've been thought through a little better. Final word: Not for the faint of heart or the vanilla romance reader.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Say

    I'm MAD. I'm HAPPY. So I actually don't know how I would feel. But I guess I did like it more than I hated it 'coz I gave it a 4 star rating. This is Cole's story. Cole who was just voyeur in the past books. Well if I'm not mistaken, the past 3 books except in Micah and Angelina's story wherein he made a big appearance. But other than that we know nothing about Cole's past until the last book. So reading the blurb, well I thought typical story. Boy left girl. Boy wants girl back. Girl is already I'm MAD. I'm HAPPY. So I actually don't know how I would feel. But I guess I did like it more than I hated it 'coz I gave it a 4 star rating. This is Cole's story. Cole who was just voyeur in the past books. Well if I'm not mistaken, the past 3 books except in Micah and Angelina's story wherein he made a big appearance. But other than that we know nothing about Cole's past until the last book. So reading the blurb, well I thought typical story. Boy left girl. Boy wants girl back. Girl is already with someone else. And probably the "new" guy is an asshole, so girl will realize it and then goes back to the boy. End of the story. They live happily ever after. But the thing that bothered me. The other guy (Lucas in this case) is just PERFECT. Yes, perfect. Probably more perfect than Cole (who was supposed to be the main male character) which irritated the hell out of me. Because a few chapters in I know how it would end. Yup. And damn I was right. There is no other solution. (view spoiler)[They would have to share Ren and live together. (hide spoiler)] So basically that's it. I'm mad. I'm happy. I'm both.

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