Cris Ardmore, India’s latest tryst, is a Dominant who calls an isolated Hawaiian paradise home. India’s expecting forty-eight hours of contractually defined sex, but instead of serving as just another BDSM Band-Aid, Cris wants to know the real India Burke. Despite her aversion to anything approaching intimacy, India is hooked by their incredible sexual chemistry.
With tension ratcheting up in her professional life, India needs the release Cris offers more than ever, but her repeated visits come with their own risks. No matter how strong their attraction, India is determined to maintain her boundaries in order to keep her life whole after her first love blew it apart. She must choose between taking a chance and handing Cris the road map to her heart or locking down her borders before he does any more damage.
**Please note: Personal Geography is the first book in The Compass Series and is NOT a stand-alone. Intimate Geography, the second half of Cris and India's story, will release March 2nd 2015**
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What I thought about Personal Geography
I'm not going to rehash the events of this book because I think the synopsis covers it quite well. I really liked India Burke. She's a career-focused, type-A, high-powered consultant and to deal with all of that stress, she engages in submissive activities that allow her to turn her mind off and get away from the job. I loved her explanation of what the lifestyle does for her, and loved her friend Ray, the longtime friend who sets up her lost weekends. The contracts are specific -- India wants her playtime, but not a relationship. Nothing personal. That is until Cris Ardmore signs up to be her Dom for the weekend.
Cris is a bit different in that he is an extremely sensitive Dominant. He treats India in a way that has her considering how far she can let Cris into her life, but that thinking is colored by a past relationship that ruined her. Her scars are deep and letting him in isn't easy for India at all. I liked this aspect of the story very much -- how she struggles with her feelings for him, and in reverse, how Cris works toward understanding India.
The best part of Personal Geography are India and Cris. Even though this story is told in her point of view, we learn things about Cris that make him very appealing. I really want to know more about him and hope we get that in the next book in this series.
I loved the characters and the story of how this female executive makes time for herself in the midst of all of her work. Personal Geography is really a falling-in-love story, and it's a very slow journey for India. I liked that, although at times I felt the pace could have been picked up in the story, based on finding myself looking at the % done on my ereader more than I usually do. My other observation was that the sex needed something I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe I've read too much BDSM sex, but I wanted more heat in the sex scenes, a connection--and a less clinical feel. Maybe that's indicative of India holding that piece of herself back, I don't know, but something didn't quite reach my "oh this is hot" place.
I will definitely be looking for book 2, Intimate Geography, because book 1 does end in what I'd call a good cliffhanger. Will India be able to overcome her past and embrace a future with Cris? I want to know!
Review copy provided by the author.
About the Author
Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.