M. S. Parker is a USA Today Bestselling author and the author of the Erotic Romance series, Club Privè and Chasing Perfection.
Living in Southern California, she enjoys sitting by the pool with her laptop writing on her next spicy romance.
Growing up all she wanted to be was a dancer, actor or author. So far only the latter has come true but M. S. Parker hasn't retired her dancing shoes just yet. She is still waiting for the call for her to appear on Dancing With The Stars.
When M. S. isn't writing, she can usually be found reading- oops, scratch that! She is always writing.
The past year should have been everything I'd ever dreamed. Why, then, did I feel like something was missing?
Things have been quiet for Carrie Summers and her boyfriend, Gavin Manning, since they took down Gavin's business partner for kidnapping and sex trafficking, among other things. Carrie is working as a pro bono lawyer, fighting for abused and exploited people, and Gavin has been hard at work changing Club Privé into a dance club. In all their hard work, however, they've lost the spark between them. Could a trip to the French Rivera be just what they need to bring the life back into their relationship...and their club?
Don't miss the premiere installment of M.S. Parker's Club Privé: French Connection, featuring her first red-hot couple, Carrie and Gavin.
Review by Ramona
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
I've got mixed feelings about Club Privé: French Connection, Vol. 1, M.S. Parker. But only because I'm comparing it to the original Club Privé. While Vol 1 of the first was fun and steamy, this one, while still hot, is a little dragging. Although, I understand that Carrie and Gavin are too wrapped up with work to pay attention to each other, and if that's why the mood of this volume is that way, then it's really good. I could feel frustration rolling off my tablet.
Carrie is busy, busy, busy. Too busy even to have time for Gavin, and that's saying something. While she originally thought that working pro bono meant she could control her hours, she got it so very wrong. Now she's working harder than ever and Gavin is left to fend for himself. Which is something she never wanted but what she's doing is important too, right?
Gavin's busy, too. Club Privé was just about done with major renovations but it still has a long way to go before it can open its doors again. Then in the midst of the reno headaches, a former client comes in and wants to talk expansion. In the French Riviera. It's a fantastic opportunity for Gavin, who's trying to right the mistakes he inadvertently committed with the previous club. But can he be on two continents and still have time for Carrie?
It's a painful week but things fall into place and the two are finally on their way to France. But they didn't reckon with how their new investor does business and who he involves in order to get things done.
I think Carrie has let her workaholic tendencies get the better of her, again. After all, wasn't that what her best friend Krissy harping on in the previous novel? Life is that way, yes, it just needs prioritization so significant stuff (like relationships) don't feel like duties instead of privileges. Carrie seemed to think Gavin was a duty and work a privilege. How could she be so wrong?
Gavin is trying to get Carrie back on track. He respects her work, obviously since he's funding her, but wonders why there is that disconnect. He's trying to bury his Dom tendencies so not to scare her and his seeming passivity gives her a go to focus - on getting a bill passed in congress. Neglected and frustrated would only begin to describe how he feels at this point. It's getting to sound like a real life relationship there!
Club Privé: French Connection, Vol. 1 deals with life in a relationship after the whirlwind romance. But since this is also M.S. Parker's erotica, there are some truly hot scenes in these pages and I'm sure they'll be peppered in the volumes to follow. Now if Carrie can just keep her temper with what she finds in the last scene... or maybe not?