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- ASIN : B08KFDQC38
- Publisher : Blushing Books (December 15, 2020)
- Publication date : December 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 631 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #199,344 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Genevieve "Gen" Holt will travel to New Orleans to interview for a job that will take her away from her controlling parents and her father's company.
The family dynamic is cold, with control, and no lover or emotions. During the night, the hotel she is at will catch fire; trying to find an escape route will have Gen rescued by firefighter Killian Raveau. As a thank you to all the brave firefighters, she will take them a meal but invite Killian to join her for drinks.
This story's plot will have Gen and Killian getting together for an impromptu date, drinks, and a night of passion at his place. He will introduce Gen to the best sex of her life, with experience with a touch of BDSM along with dominance and submission. The next morning, he will plead with her to consider staying longer, but her mother is giving her issues, and she refuses. She was leaving New Orleans and Killian—even if only temporary.
The job offer comes through, she accepts, and she starts selling her home in Chicago and buying a place in New Orleans. All this takes time; she starts her new job and discovers what she thought was stress-related was a surprise gift from Killian—she is expecting—and what will he think?
"There had been no promises of commitments made. It had been a one-night stand in the purest sense of the word. One that had borne fruit."
The story is full of so much angst, emotions, misunderstandings, and two men who claim to want her. One, Joe Wentworth, a very wealthy man who has been her friend for her entire life, one she has strong platonic feelings only for. Then, there is Killian Raveau, a man who makes her body come alive just thinking about him, and she is carrying his baby. But what can come from a love-them-and-leave-them kind of guy?
She was only a one-night stand—wasn't she? What will she do when both men are fighting over her, wanting to marry her and raise the baby? Is it fair to Joe to accept his proposal when she loves him like a brother, and there is no chemistry? Will Killian be here for now and then back to his old ways? She has to consider not only herself, her feelings, but that of her child. How does Killian feel about the impending fatherhood?
"He, the confirmed bachelor, had been set ablaze during the night she'd spent in his bed, and he'd not been the same since. If that wasn't love, or a least the promise of it, he didn't know what was."
The story takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride with Gen and Killian and what life would be like. When a chance for a safer job is offered, Gen is upset that he is waffling on what he wants to do—now that he will have a child too. Will his dangerous job affect them as a couple? When life and death come calling, will she learn how tight not only his biological family but his work family are?
"Woman who love firefighters have to stick together. They're a different breed of men, I'm convinced of that. And it will all work out, you'll see." --Molly Raveau
The story has sizzling hot erotic scenes that include mild BDSM, D/s, and voyeurism at The Underworld BDSM club.
I liked how Gen and Killian both had careers and valued them, and how their earlier lives and support networks formed how they approached not only the pregnancy but their potential relationship. The secondary characters are also strong in this book, particularly Gen’s childhood friend Joe (although I didn’t buy his setup at the end of the book at all).
Self Sacrifice is driven by tropes, but when those tropes are done well, it makes for a great read. I was engaged by these lead characters, who made mistakes but learned from them, and who learned to trust in one another. It’s a wonderful entry in the Crescent City Kings series.