Review: Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

Saturday, August 27

My rating:

For the past couple years Laurel’s been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.

Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.

Reader Advisory: This book contains consensual but intense rape role-playing scenes that some may find upsetting.


Oh, yes. One of this guy, please.


This & a bunch of Jaci Burton novels were what got me into romance & erotica back in 2010. I loved everything about this book.

What I loved:

- Cara McKenna writes smart, funny, borderline-not-ok characters. Flynn was my first ever book crush. I wanted one of those so bad!
- Laurel was a subtly cool character - she wasn't a caricature of a shy house mouse, or an OTT raging bitch, or a wilted flower... she was just her.
- I'll be honest with you, I didn't read this for the characters because I knew it was short before I started. I did it all for the dirty. Even so, I still enjoyed the little bit of storyline we got with the dirty.
- The sex was smokin' hot. Between Cara McKenna & Jaci Burton, I thought I'd found my genre for life!

What I didn’t love:

- In what universe does a random woman invite another woman to watch her have sex with some guy, 2 minutes into a conversation? And what woman accepts to follow random woman and guy she doesn't know down a dark alley?? Gummon.


This was a smutty, sexy story that dragged me all in, and having read it again the other day I can still see why Cara McKenna is one of my fave writers. There's a reason this has cult status.
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