Erica Lee is the last of the three friend to take the dare of going to the adult shop and setting a date with the first guy who shows an interest in her fantasy. Cynical Erica is down on men, so she's been putting off fulfilling her part in the dare. Her two friends may be living their own happily-ever-afters, but Erica doesn't believe such a thing exists for her. Erica's ice queen facade has scared off more than one guy, but when rugged, intriguing Ian Conrad comes storming into her office telling her she's going out with him and not taking the dare, she is both incensed and aroused.
Ian works at the same company and has been in love with Erica for months. He sees the vulnerable woman with needs and desires of her own behind the sarcastic comments and glacial veneer, and wants to be the one to fulfill them all. When he finds out about the girlfriends' dare, he all but forbids her to do it, instead insisting that she spend the weekend with him. He let's her think that he's going to fulfill her fantasy of having a sex slave, but in reality he's the one in control. Ian treats Erica to three days of pampered bliss, but will it be enough to convince her that he's madly in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with her?
Wow! Lori Foster just went three for three. I went into reading Drive Me Wild with a certain degree of skepticism, because of not entirely liking Erica due to her brash manner. I figured it might be a good read at best, so I couldn't have been more shocked when this novella was yet another fabulous story, making the entire Brava Girlfriends series sheer perfection for me.
As I mentioned Erica was a little too cynical and outspoken for my taste. In fact, it was almost inconceivable to me that Erica was friends with Asia and Becky, because they seemed so much different than her. In the first two novellas of the series she comes off as something of an ice queen who more or less tolerates men but doesn't really like them that much. I think Erica had a tendency to intimidate almost everyone around her and as a result, most men steered clear of her. Those she did date never earned her trust or respect and it didn't appear that she'd been in many, if any, serious relationships because of it. Why she acts the way she does finally becomes crystal clear in this story, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find myself relating to her after all. In the end, her willingness to open herself up to Ian and allow herself to be vulnerable with him really softened her hard edges.
All the heroes in this series have been awesome, and Ian was no exception. I enjoyed the fact that he isn't classically handsome. He's a blue-collar worker who's attractive in a more rugged way, but he certainly has presence and personality galore that more than makes up for it. I love how Ian goes toe-to-toe with Erica right from the start. His alpha male pheromones were practically emanating off the pages. He's been crazy about Erica for months and is a really astute guy who understands her in a way that no one else does. Ian may be an alpha, but he's still pretty laid back. Erica's ballsy nature actually amuses him. He's incredibly intelligent too. I could almost see the wheels turning in his head as he tried to outwit Erica at her own game, making her think that she was the one in charge when it was mostly him who had the upper hand. Best of all, I just love how he pampered Erica with great food, a bubble bath, plenty of TLC and lots of mind-blowing sex. In my opinion, his every action showed just how much he really cared for her.
Asia and Cameron (Satisfy Me) and Becky and George (Indulge Me) all returned to round out the cast. Drive Me Wild is the third and final novella in the Brava Girlfriends series. It was first published in the I Brake for Bad Boys anthology and later reprinted in the single-author anthology Truth or Dare along with its two companion novellas. Drive Me Wild was a perfect end to a perfect trilogy of novellas. After such a satisfying reading experience, I'm now greatly looking forward to trying more of Lori Foster's works.
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