Title: Obstruction (The Potential Series – Book #2)
Author: Peyton Sloane
Genre: Erotic Romance
Date of Publication: April 2, 2014
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars
When Julian St. Sauveur, described in Architectural Digest as the “Rock Star of the Architectural World” was seated beside the bohemian woman on his flight to Paris, he never would have conceived how events would unfold…how this young widow would capture his mind, heart and soul so quickly and completely. She was a force of nature and his equal in every way — passion, anger, joy and just plain silliness. Jazzmyne Mickelson took off on a journey of self- exploration and was likewise thrown off balance by the beautiful and urbane man who sat beside her. He is curious, inappropriate and completely proprietary…she is fascinated, responsively inappropriate and swept off her feet. She is naïve and overwhelmed, thrilled and frightened in his presence. He is thinking he has found his greatest desires. Barely begun, and tenuously fresh, Jazz and Julian’s relationship is tested by each other and the spectre of Julian’s burgeoning fame which accosts them at every turn resulting in deceit and terror.
Will they find a way through the obstacles together and stronger or will they be torn apart, broken beyond repair?
In Obstruction, her second book in The Potential Trilogy, author Peyton Sloane continues the story of Julian and Jazzmyne which began in Exploration. With this story, the author spreads her wings and shows herself to be a worthy entrant into the world of erotic romance. After a fairy tale first week for this very likable couple, things become complicated. Outside forces threaten what began as a story book opportunity for Jazz to escape the sheltered life she has been living while Julian is doing what Julian does best…exploring his potential. Even though Jazz is fascinated by Julian’s proposal of an open relationship, she is less than happy with his celebrity and the obstructions that come with being involved with a man in the public eye. Meanwhile Julian finds that he is not as open to pursuing the same freewheeling relationship with Jazz that he has with other women.
He’d had her for less than a week and he’s not only encouraged this, he’d basically forced it on her. Their earlier discussion of his lifestyle was proving immensely more palatable than the reality. Now, seeing her in action, this creature of his making, he was riddled with doubt and bewildered by his curiosity.
The fact that Julian is more emotionally involved with Jazz than the other women in his past is apparent to everyone except Julian. Although he is aware that she is different, Julian is reluctant to ask Jazz for a commitment because of her new found freedom from years of caring for a dying husband. Jazz, on the other hand, has reservations about becoming too involved with a man whom she sees as being out of her league and into whose world she fears she will not fit.
Nobody fits in Jazz. You adapt and try to make sure the trappings don’t touch your world, your life. You belong in my world, my life. I wouldn’t feel the way I do about you if you didn’t.
Julian admits he may be ready for “more” while Jazz questions whether his “lifestyle” may be nothing more than a justification for infidelity. The push and pull continues between Julian and Jazz until what began as an idyllic adventure for both explodes in betrayal, horror and tragedy.
I continue to be impressed with Peyton Sloane’s storytelling ability. She has a way with descriptive language that is apparent in the very creative sex between Julian and Jazz. It isn’t difficult at all for readers to feel the attraction between these two. I also found the story line to be more complex and compelling than the first book…lots of conflict and drama. The bad guys are really bad in this one and not just a little weird and stalkerish. One of my favorite things about these books is the author’s ability to capture a sensory photo of the environment with her vivid depictions of the locale, the people, the clothes, even the food. There is a lot of unusual and graphic detail regarding some subject matter about which each reader will need to form an individual opinion…no spoilers. I think anyone who read Exploration will definitely want to read Obstruction. The ending is one that is not an annoying cliffhanger but a nicely done segue into the third book, Realization, scheduled to be released in 2015. I am anxious to see what the author has in store for Julian and Jazz as they continue to explore their potential.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
I’m a wife of many years to a great guy who is completely supportive of my writing and excited for me but I think totally petrified to ask details. When I started this and he asked what it was about I answered “erotic romance”. He looked at my quizzically, so I elaborated — “smut” and he asked no more…
I have a full time career and am mom to two beautiful fur babies–at the current moment… They’re way more photogenic than me, hence my profile pic!
I’m an avid motorcyclist and after many years of contemplation and story ideas formulated riding our great continent I have finally put fingers to keyboard. This is the most monumental event of my life–yes, even eclipsing marriage et al.
As always apologies to my mom who wishes she could wash my mind out with soap!
So looking forward to sharing my characters and their stories with readers, I hope that they bring you as much joy reading them as I am having writing them.
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