Desire

Chimera Club Stories #6

Romance - Suspense
299 Pages
Reviewed on 09/04/2018
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Author Biography

❤️Cybill Cain writes stories about love, adventure and romance, and is the author of The Chimera Club Stories.❤️

She is an international award winning author, experienced journalist, blogger and fanfiction enthusiast who writes romance because to her, "every story is a love story." She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

The Chimera Club Stories are written as stand alone steamy romances that you can read in any order. (With the exception of the short story collection. That one you may enjoy better if you have read the first four books.)

Each love story is told against a backdrop of mystery and suspense and anchored by the resident bad boy of Chimera, Thomas Meenan.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Desire is a quick read romantic suspense novel by romance author Cybill Cain, and the sixth book in the Chimera Club Stories series. In the traditional vein of suspenseful romance, two attractive players in the game of love find their sport spoiled when the power of true love compels them to change, but this book comes with a twist. Tony McIntire is intent on bedding the beautiful Mila Samuels, using all his wiles and physicality to drive her wild and have her doting on him, but he never planned on becoming so powerfully loyal to her. Mila, for her part, has childhood secrets that make it challenging for any man to truly get close to her, but meeting Tony makes her want to unlock those secrets at last.

By far the most interesting part of the tale is the fact that Mila is blind. In a world where appearance means everything, Tony certainly lives by that fact, but he can’t seduce Mila in any of the usual ways because the exterior he’s worked so hard on isn’t visible. Because Tony needs important information from Mila, he perseveres but finds it difficult to connect when revealing his true self and the insecurities therein. Cybill Cain does an excellent job of portraying Mila as a character with the very real struggles of disability, but also someone who is much more than that and not defined by it. If you’re looking for a brand new twist on romantic suspense that also has plenty of erotic moments, Desire: Chimera Club Stories is the read for you.

Love2ReadRomance

AMAZING!!! Cybill Cain’s writing talent floors me! I’ve loved Tony as a sub-character through out A Chimera Club Story Series and Cybill definitely did not disappoint with Tony here. Mila is also impressive and a perfect match for Tony. I can’t wait to read more!

BookAddict

Finally, we get Tony's story, and what a story it is! If you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, Tony is a security employee of James Draven whose immediate supervisor is Draven’s right-hand man, Thomas Meenan. We got to know Tony in the previous books and found he thought he was in love with the woman who ends up married to Draven. Tony is big, strong, beautiful and cocky, all of which hides his tender heart, so his unrequited love certainly earned my sympathies. Needless to say, between that and the ongoing issues these characters have with the bad guy, Constantine, I was more than ready for this book.

Meenan gives Tony an assignment to get close to Mila Samuels, a music teacher who appears to have distant ties to Sergei Sokolov, a man threatening to release a crippling computer virus on the world who slipped through the fingers of Tony and his fellow operatives. Tony gets a custodial job at the school where Mila teaches, taking extra care with his appearance, the thing he uses to his advantage most often with the opposite sex, only to discover that Mila lost her sight when she was six years old. Time for a Plan B, but Tony didn’t account for the intense chemistry and soul-deep connection he and Mila would have from the very start.

There is so much that happens in this book, but if you haven’t read the other books, the author does a good job of providing critical information so you get the big picture. The suspense, intrigue, drama and convoluted connections are shocking and intense, so it’s a story that will easily grab your attention as it takes you on a wild ride. This, along with a mean girl subplot, offers a little humor and plenty of “holy carp!” moments. And while the book doesn’t really end with a cliffhanger, the epilogue certainly whets the appetite for more. Who am I kidding? I still want to find a way to sneak into the author's computer and start reading the next book NOW! All I can say is that things are about to get really interesting and Meenan better watch his back.

I would be remiss to not discuss the relationship between Tony and Mila, because, as fantastic as all the drama and suspense is, this is the place where the author really excels. She gives enigmatic hints about the main characters’ growth, change and self-actualization that is to come, but every interaction between Mila and Tony has an emotional component that keeps building, getting deeper and stronger with each scene. It’s as complex as it is subtle, and I have yet to be able to break it down and identify the steps of the process, but the end product is something that grabs the reader, gripping her heart, imprinting her soul and making her live every emotion these two characters experience. If this is erotic romance, then give me more, because this is so far beyond physical intimacy. It’s the soul deep connection between two people, the finally finding “the one,” and two people becoming so much more together than they ever were alone. It perfectly illustrates that “it” we’re all really looking for in a relationship, and it speaks to the reader's heart so softly and gently that it’s deafening.

If you haven’t read Cybill Cain, you’re missing out on some of the best emotive literature out there. Her books will leave their mark on you and her characters will forever live in your heart. I can’t urge you strongly enough to grab this book! This is one that will stay with you, and you’ll find yourself hungry for more from this series.

Susan Williams

This is yet another Cybill Cain book that I could give six stars to, but since I can't, I'll pretend there are tails on the stars I can give. This is what I call a "character story". This book is about Tony, a man we've met in the previous Chimera Club books, but we really didn't know. After you read this, you will know what Tony is made of and be cheering him on. And this is a story about Mila, a blind schoolteacher who is the woman Tony is to be investigating when he arrives in Oklahoma (Oklahoma you say??!!?!).

You'll fall in love with Tony the second he decides to ride his motorcycle to his first day at work as a maintenance worker at the school where Mila teaches. Why? Because in Tony's mind, he is ONLY the image he projects. Without that, he feels that he has nothing to offer anyone. And today, that first day of work, he wants to WOW Mila with the pecs and gluts, and a snug Tshirt, and gorgeous hair. And driving his SUV just doesn't give him that "Les yeux de l'amour" (the look of love) that he needs to sweep her off her feet, seduce her, and get the information he's seeking. In fact, he plans on all of this happening immediately upon primping in front of her. Heh Heh Heh. Best laid plans and all that - cause when he meets her, he discovers all his primping is for nothing - she can't see his beautiful self and he has to rely on what's INSIDE instead of the outside. Oh damn, he's thinking, I'm in trouble. Boy is he wrong.

This is an incredible love story. The interaction between Tony and Mila will make you smile, laugh, and sigh. Regardless of what you feel at the beginning of the book, these two are made for each other. Perfect together in every way. Mila has learned throughout her life to "see" things inside a person that they themselves may not have discovered yet. Thus Tony is thrown into a situation where he has to rely on something other than his "gorgeous bad boy" image. And to watch him cope is beauty in and of itself. Tony has that certain something that matches Mila's certain something perfectly. That je ne sais quoi that can't be described until you feel it. And no, I have no idea why this book brings out the few phrases in French that I've remembered over the years, but it has.

You will enjoy reading this book. First because it is Cybill Cain, the steam rolls off the Kindle. Second also because it is Cybill Cain, the characters have so much chemistry between them, it is like being locked up with Mr. Wizard during a science experiment. And third, because you love romance or you wouldn't be reading this book, rest assured that Cybill Cain is single handedly putting the ROMANCE back into the Erotic Romance category of reading. And I, for one, am damn glad someone noticed that its been absent lately. I love romance and I love love, but especially I love the chemistry between two lovers as they discover each other and their bond.

Thank you Cybill. This is one hell of a book