Review: Slow Seduction (Struck By Lightning #2) by Cecilia Tan


Unforgettable passion . . .

Two months have passed since Karina’s painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she’ll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.

Unexpected pleasure . . .

Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been “trained” to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?


When I started reading this trilogy, I had to force myself to put images of Christian Grey out of my mind. There was a lot of similarities in the first book, but what I loved about the second book is that it was such a drastic turn from what I was expecting to happen next. That for me was a big win for this book. No, James isn’t really a main character in the second book of this series, but he is always at the front of mind. Always. This book was the drive and passion of Karina to see out the man that she loves and she was willing to do what it took to find him.

Karina finds herself a couple months later traveling across the ocean, not only to work in an art gallery but to find the elusive James that left her after she forced his brick walls to fall in Slow Surrender. But nothing is as it seems once she gets to London. On one of the first tours she gives, she meets Damon. Damon is clearly a Dom from the first mention of his name. But there is more to it than that. He prances in with two sub trainees and what happens in front of that famous art is not very artful at all. In fact, it was kind of a turn off on the book for me. But what came from that experience is what captured me.

Karina is desperate to find James and to find out if her love for him is only on her side or if indeed, he could possibly have those same feelings. In her search of James, Karina takes a chance on Damon’s invitation to become a member of the club. Karina is not a typical sub and she knows that there is only one man that she wants out of the situation. But in order to find him, she needs Damon’s help. What intrigued me was why Damon was so willing to help. I questioned it and questioned it throughout the book and by the end, I knew exactly why he was willing to help, but there was more to the story, as there always is.

On her journey to find James, Karina meets some very unique and fun loving people. From the couple she moved in with and helped begin their journey with their gallery to the glass makers. Slow Seduction was more about a journey than a destination. Yes, there was a few times I was questioning why I was reading it and there were a few times I was wondering why the author was taking us such a long journey to get to James, but in the end as things are revealed, we find some of the answers.

Because this is a trilogy, there is still a lot of the story left to be told. But I loved that this book takes a different turn and is about the search for love that Karina is looking for. Of course, the ending left me with more questions which is why I am desperate for the third book in the series.

Karina pushed even more limits for herself in this book and took quite a few very risky chances, but it was only going to be worth it if in the end she would have a chance to talk to James and decipher what happened when he left her alone those few months earlier.

Was I intrigued? Yes. Did I get all of the answers I wanted? No. But that is the beauty of it. I know there is another book coming and I cannot wait to see what happens. I have more questions now than I did when I started this book. So why not five stars? Well… as much I love the twists and turns and the journey that Karina took in this book, I was left with even more questions than after the first book and I really wanted to see more of James in this book. It is no secret, I am not a big fan of the cliffhanger. I like to have an ending. It doesn’t have to be a good one or a happily ever after ending, but I like reading books that indeed end. Even though I knew going into this it was a trilogy, part of me wanted at least a little bit of resolve. I really did enjoy it and it and I cannot wait for the third book because I want to know how things end for Karina and James.


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