The second installment in New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart’s erotic e-serial.
The dance has begun. Simone’s ready to follow all her desires, but reluctant Elliott isn’t ready to take the lead.
After teasing Elliott into going dancing with her, Simone seduces him. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of asking for it, and Elliott appears to be as eager as she is to see where their passion takes them. The sex is electric, but Elliott is taken aback by his response to her, and when Simone reveals her kink for pain to him, he’s unable to accept it and tells her he doesn’t want to see her again.
Simone and Elliott are out dancing – a far different scene than the stuffy party he brought her to in the last book. Elliot didn’t expect to be out with her again, but Simone “cornered him in the lobby” and he was too weak to resist her. The reason he can’t say no? She actually likes the predilections that usually turn women off – the urges he tries to deny himself and keep hidden. “There’d been a reason why he dated women who didn’t like the dark and secret part of him Elliott tried to keep hidden. It was easier to pretend he didn’t want to pinch and bite, to leave his mark on sleek, soft skin. To hear a woman cry out in pain as much as pleasure. It was easier to push all that aside, to tell himself a life lived without being entirely satisfied was the way it worked for most people.”
The thing that he doesn’t seem to get is that Simone is made for him. She understands that he is made for her – but she can only push so far. That’s the thing that makes Simone such a likeable heroine: She is not waiting for a man to fix or complete her, she just knows that in Elliott she has found her perfect erotic match. She is willing to go after what she wants, but knows when to stop. And when it comes to their dynamic, Elliott is his own worst enemy.
Every Part of You: Resists Me has inventive sex scenes that perfectly define the characters. And how they act afterwards reveals who they are as well: Elliott basically runs out of Simone’s apartment. And instead of shrinking away and feeling silently bad about it, she handles it in a way that impresses him:
“She hadn’t come out of the bedroom after him – that he had expected. She hadn’t called him either, and Elliott wasn’t surprised by that any more than by her refusal to follow him. Simone had impressed him as a woman who knew what was what.”
But then, something he doesn’t expect: She shows up at his office with coffee and scones. Elliott takes her out that night.
Simone makes it clear that she doesn’t want to be his girlfriend, and that she doesn’t think sex equals love. She also tells him, “I like sex. A certain kind of sex, to be honest. The rough kind. The kind that leaves marks. It’s not that I can’t get off on the soft, romantic, vanilla-flavored f-ing, because I can. But I like the pain.”
Still, he doesn’t believe that she will be able to accept the full extent of his desires. It so frustrating! You just want to shake him. And it’s so easy to root for Simone, because she doesn’t just see a guy she wants, she sees a guy who is perfect for her. But he makes it all but impossible.
We see a glimpse of what makes Elliott tick. We also learn a bit about Simone’s sexual history when she explains to her friend, Teresa, how she discovered that she likes sex rough, but in a very specific way:
“It’s hard to find someone who gets it. Who gets what I like. And who likes it, too, without all the trapping and…and rigamarole. Without the bondage and submission stuff. And he gets it. He gets off on it, the way I do. And he’s smart and beautiful…”
Teresa tells her yeah, but if he doesn’t want to see you, what good is it?
Still, Simone can’t quite let it go. And neither can I. Until book number three…