Just Business – Anna Zabo

just business anna zabo book reviewJust Business was my first foray into Anna Zabo’s writing and so I really wasn’t sure what to expect – fortunately I didn’t have to wait long as the story won me over within the breadth of two chapters. And I was trying to be a bit cynical, you know? But turns out that that’s a bit hard to do when you’re faced with this much sexual tension.

From the thrilling new author of Takeover, a steamy new novel about having all the control – and losing it…

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Justin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli – and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom…

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Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control – and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away – or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?

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Note from the author: This is the follow-up to Takeover and features Justin and Eli. Sam and Michael are fairly important characters in this book as well.

When you hear the terms ‘D/s’ and ‘novel’, inevitably, Fifty Shades of Grey springs to mind. Now, while I haven’t read the full book, I have read enough extracts from it (as well as some absolutely hilarious responses to reading it that I cannot recommend enough) to know that Just Business is what Fifty Shades could have been if it was written well and had some form of convincing character development.

Instead of an unbelievably (as in, I don’t believe it) innocent Mary Sue character we have Justin, a young man with a past that he must overcome to grow as a person and be able to get on with his life. Meanwhile, in place of Christian Grey we have Eli, a far more believable and vulnerable dom with his own demons. Both characters make you feel for them and, better yet, they truly care about one another. While both characters are into the D/s scene they are, first and foremost, caring people who are just trying to understand one another and find a kindred spirit.

It’s really something special, you guys.

Also, there’s a fair bit of steamy and super kinky sex scenes. So… yeah. Thumbs up

I ended up really enjoying this book – it is well written, the characters are entertaining, believable and human, and the story made me want to read on every step along the way. In short, if you like m/m romance and aren’t going to get frightened off by quite a few very graphic hot-under-the-collar (and I use the term ‘collar’ in the most basic sense) scenes, then go for it – this book is certainly for you.

Just Business is out as of today, 16 June 2015, and is published by InterMix (Penguin), ISBN 9780698182141. It is the second instalment in Zabo’s Takeover series, but can be read as a standalone book.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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