Holy shit this book has a lot of sex! The last book I read had absolutely zero smut, so I was in the mood for something a little steamier, but my God I guess I wasn’t fully prepared for what I was getting myself into. I’ll admit the extremely descriptive sex scenes were a bit of a shock at first, even for me. Consider yourself warned that To Meet Her Needs definitely falls into the erotic romance category. I’m talking an R rating here, not just PG-13. The main character likes to have beach sex though, and finds the ocean to be quite arousing, so it was therefore a necessary read to feature on my blog.
Mark is going through a divorce. He also really enjoys sex. Honestly, for the first quarter of this book or so I had no idea where it was going plot-wise. In the beginning Mark has a sexual partner, Sue, who he seems to be very close with, but the two know that they won’t be together forever. They get along very well and are able to comfort each other as they both go through a difficult time of separating from their respective significant others. Kids today would probably say that they are f*@k buddies. But then Sue’s husband comes back into the picture which means that she and Mark can no longer play hide the pickle, if you know what I mean. Hint hint, wink wink. So then Mark gets a little depressed, has some financial issues with his ex-wife, has sex with a random stranger or two, etc. I was like, how is this a romance novel? Then he meets Ingrid and that’s when the story really picks up some steam, as the two basically fall in love at first sight. They also have sex wherever and whenever possible.
If there is one thing that this book taught me it’s that I need to visit the beaches in Australia immediately because they are practically deserted. How do I know this you ask? Because Mark has sex all over them! Multiple times! And yet he isn’t arrested once for indecent exposure. Hell, even when people are there it doesn’t stop him from engaging in some unapproved underwater activities with the ladies. These various sexual beach scenes raise two very important questions, 1) how do these girls not lose their bikini bottoms for all eternity to the vast waves of the ocean, and 2) wouldn’t sand get everywhere?!? I mean, I have difficulties just sunbathing at the beach because sand seems to get all over me, even though I’m just sitting there. Can you imagine rolling around in the stuff? Naked?! I feel like you’d be finding sand in every crack and crevice of your body for about a month. All kidding aside though, the sex scenes which took place in the ocean were probably the most descriptive and beautiful of the entire book. The author was able to exquisitely describe the combined movements of the waves with those of the lovers which provided a depiction of something more substantial than just a dirty sex scene. Still though, sand everywhere!
To Meet Her Needs is presented as an exploration of the start of a dominant and submissive relationship between Mark and Ingrid. I realized after reading this book that I have absolutely no idea what that entails. When I first read the blurb of this book, and saw the words dom and sub I immediately thought, “Oh God, here we go again with another Fifty Shades of sexual pain/pleasure book”. I prepared myself to have to read about spankings, whips, toys, blindfolds, and possibly a sex dungeon in the basement. Side note: how many real estate agents do you think have come across a house with a sex cave? Can you imagine? Observe the granite counter tops in the kitchen, the crown-molding throughout the living and dining rooms, and a very sturdy ceiling in the bedroom should you ever want to hang a sex swing. Talk about awkward! Ok, side note complete. Although Mark did spank one lover, and tie up another, he never did it more than once, and never really employed any other implements of pain to get off. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t disappointed that those weren’t present! However, I feel that most books about domination and submission do have an element of pain involved, whereas To Meet Her Needs presents it more as the dominant as being whoever takes the lead during sex. Yeah, he tells her what he wants to do to her, and what she should do to him, but isn’t that just dirty talk? Is that really all that’s involved in order for it to be classified as a relationship with domination and submission? If so, then practically every contemporary romance novel I’ve ever read can be categorized as such. I wish a little more information was provided as to what really makes a relationship one of domination and submission, but I can tell you that there is no way in hell I’m gonna try and research that on my computer. I don’t even wanna think about what a Google search would produce.
This book was very interesting in that the lead character was a man rather than a woman. Not very common in the romance novel world. Mark is definitely a very active sexual being, and my God is he a boob man. After a while it was like, “Dude! There are other body parts on a woman. You don’t have to spend so much time with the nipples, man!” There was one aspect of Mark’s character that I didn’t particularly appreciate though. Towards the end of the book, he and Ingrid are talking about money because it turns out Ingrid has a ton of it. They then discuss how money isn’t important to Mark, and it never has been. Objection your honor! I would like to present evidence to the fact that towards the beginning of the book Mark realizes he will have to give his ex-wife a very large portion of his income in the divorce, so he tries to kill himself! He swims out in the ocean with no intention of ever coming back. Obviously money was important to him at one point if he tried to end his life over it!! Then he meets Ingrid, and pretty much forgets about the whole trying to kill himself incident. Can anybody say mood swing?
*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*
Should you read it? This book is really raunchy, so if you’re in the mood for something steamy and descriptive, feel free to give it a go.
Smut Level: At first, it seems like this would be a great beach read because of all the beach sex, but the scenes are so unbelievably hot that I feel you might spontaneously combust if you read it at the beach.
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