Title:Dominic (Slater Brothers, #1)
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 17th, 2014
After a car accident killed her parents when she was a child, Bronagh Murphy chose to box herself off from people in an effort to keep herself from future hurt. If she doesn't befriend people, talk to them or acknowledge them in any way they leave her alone just like she wants. . When Dominic Slater enters her life, ignoring him is all she has to do to get his attention. Dominic is used to attention, and when he and his brothers move to Dublin, Ireland for family business, he gets nothing but attention. Attention from everyone except the beautiful brunette with a sharp tongue. . Dominic wants Bronagh and the only way he can get to her, is by dragging her from the boxed off corner she has herself trapped in the only way he knows how...by force. Dominic wants her, and what Dominic wants, Dominic gets.
*****5-these here Irish eyes are still smiling-Stars*****
~this review contains minor spoilers~
~Authors Note (found on Goodreads): if you don't like leading males that are possessive pricks, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like leading females that are stubborn bitches, Dominic is NOT for you. If you don't like characters who have bad tempers, Dominic is NOT for you. Most of all, if you don't like characters who CURSE A LOT and say EXACTLY what they feel and are thinking without sugar coating it then Dominic is REALLY NOT for you.
That is all :)
“Don't mind them, the asshole talking to you is Alec, the prick on the right is Kane, and my older brother Ryder is in the house with Damien.”
Dominic, Damien, Alec, Kane, and Ryder.
Oh, my God, their names are just as sexy as they are.
“It's a pleasure.” Kane smiled to me after a moment.
“The pleasure is all mine, Mr. Slater.”
Dominic's suddenly grabbed hold of mine. “All right, that's enough of that.”
“Are you going to stare at my brothers all day or are you going to come with me?” Dominic asked in an impatient tone.
“If that is a legit question, I vote to stay here and stare at your brothers all day.”
That. Was. Bloody Friggin Brilliant!! I mean-WOW, I cannot believe this was a debut novel, L.A. Casey won me over hard core with this one. I should point out, you really need to take the authors note (see above) to heart. This is far from your typical romance- it's violent, gritty, raw, and dirty, these characters all swear like sailors, are not afraid to take a swing at each other, and when they argue it gets pretty nasty and intense. Luckily for me- I LOVE that shit! This is exactly how I love my romances best- emotionally charged, steamy and messy. As a hott tempered Irish woman myself, I've got nothing on this crew, even the women are totally badass, rough and tumble. This book just completely blew me away.
Ever since my parents died I have been closed off and guarded. I didn't like the idea of getting attached to someone new knowing that they could be taken away from me. That's why I chose not to make friends with anyone at school or anyone at all really; it was too risky.
Nine years ago, when Bronagh Murphy's parents died, her sister Branna became her legal guardian and Bronagh shut herself off from everyone and everything around her. She has become nothing more than a shadow at school and that's just how she wants it. But when the Slater brothers roll into town and she meets Dominic, her entire world gets flipped upside down and she doesn't know what the hell to do about it.
“you have been nothin' but a pain in me arse. You tease me, make fun of me, and today you made me feel like absolute crap, so excuse the fuck out of me for bein' pissed at your mood swings. You go from bullyin' me to defendin' me all in the space of a few hours. Who the fuck does that?”
Dominic Slater is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it, however he wants it, no questions asked. He's never had a girl tell him no before and no one has ever reacted to him quite like Bronagh. All of his attempts to pull her out of the shadows are met with hostility and violence. But she intrigues him like no other and he wants her more than she could possibly know, even if she pisses him off more often than not. He is determined to make her his and he will make it happen by any means necessary- even if she is kicking and screaming (literally) the entire time.
It felt like he was saying he wanted all of me. Too fucking bad he couldn't have me. He was dangerous; he made that clear each time I encountered him, and I just couldn't have him in my life like that. He could break me.
Bronagh doesn't know what to do about Dominic. She hates him with a fiery passion, but she can't deny he stirs feeling in her she's never experienced before. It doesn't help matters that his mood seems to swing faster than a pregnant woman on hormone overload either. She is afraid of her feelings towards him but she wants him, he pisses her off but turns her on, she doesn't know how to sort through all the emotions blazing through her and wants nothing more than to hide back in her corner-if only he'd let her.
I felt my heart begin to pound as butterflies erupted across my stomach. He can make me so livid with one action then completely happy with another. I didn't know how to separate my feelings when it came to him.
All of this adds up to some pretty knock down – drag out fights. When these two go head to head, no one is safe from the fallout. But Dominic doesn't give up, he is always there-in her face, in her space-fighting with her or anyone who gets in his way.
“He put his hand on what's mine, don't fucking tell me I don't have something to prove.”
This book had me in it's thrall right from the start, wondering what the hell would go down next?! The chemistry (both good and bad) between Dominic & Bronagh was friggin explosive-that dude was able to turn me on and piss me off all in a matter of seconds. Then the author managed to floor me with a twist I never saw coming on top of it all which just added to the tension...I LOVED her for that! There was sooo many layers and drama for miles, I couldn't calm down or stop reading. And don't even get me started on the rest of the Slater brothers, I am freaking out at having to wait for the next book already. I have become a Slater addict and L.A. Casey is my dealer. My only true regret is not being able to get into Dominic's head as the book is told entirely from Bronagh's POV. I really would have liked to hear just what the hell he was thinking or feeling more than once. In the end, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the book and am officially BEGGING Ms. Casey to get me the next book out like yesterday.
“Someone is going to change your way of thinkin' one day, little sister. I won't be the only person you love and care for. Someone will claw their way into that boxed off heart of yours and set up camp for the long haul, and there won't be a thing you can do about it.”
“That's something you should know about me, baby. Once you're mine, I won't ever let you go. I'm a stubborn prick eighty percent of the time, so even if you want to leave me, I still wouldn't let it happen.”
"Are you sure you don't want to press charges, sweetie?"
I shook my head and scrubbed my face with my good hand while the female Garda asked Dominic the same question for the fifth time. She was young, twenty-five at the most and was smiling and nodding her head at him every time he spoke, then cooing over him like a new nurse was when he winced over the needle digging into him while she stitched the cut under his eye that Branna's ring caused when she socked him one.
"He already told you he doesn't want to press charges against me sister, why are you being so repetitive?" I asked the Garda, the snarl in my voice not going amiss.
The Garda snapped her gaze to me and glared. "It is me job to ask the victim of attacks these types of questions more than once to make sure they are solid on their decision."
Yeah, sure it was.
I scoffed and asked, "Is it also your job to flirt with said victim while his girlfriend is sat right next to him?"
The Garda had the decency to flush while the nurse stitching up Dominic's under eye went deathly quiet and stopped her cooing over him when he made noises of pain.
"Listen here, I was not flirtin'-"
"Yeah, you were, but you might as well give it up; he isn't interested in you. Right?" When I looked to Dominic, I found him already watching me, which made my insides jump a little because his gaze was dark, and it was entirely focused on me.
"Right." He grinned just as the nurse finished up his stitches and moved away from him but only by a couple of inches.
I nodded to him then looked back to the Garda. "See?"
The Garda was about to go off on one at me, but she stopped and gawked as Dominic cleared his throat then stretched his arms over his head, which caused his biceps, triceps and all his other ‘ceps to flex and contract. He was barechested because Branna ripped his top when she 'attacked' him, and he had to throw it in the bin. I wasn't bothered by this, because he had such a sexy torso that I enjoyed getting the chance to admire it with my eyes.
Only my eyes weren't the sole pair doing the admiring and for the first time ever, I felt extremely jealous and extremely possessive of him. That's why I was pissy with the Garda and nurse; they openly raked their eyes over his body and shamelessly flirted with him while I sat right next to him. They mistakenly took me for his sister at one stage, which was fucked up, Dominic was smoking hot but he wasn't a damn God, I was not unworthy of possibly being his girlfriend no matter what anyone thought. He had flaws that his looks didn’t cover, and I had been the one turning him down for the past few weeks, so clearly it's not as far-fetched of an idea as these women thought it was.
"Your tattoo is gorgeous," the nurse’s voice said breaking me from my thoughts.
The Garda nodded her head in agreement.
I had a feeling I was about to be arrested for slapping both these fools upside the head if they didn't quit while they were ahead.
"Thanks ladies, my girlfriend agrees with you both." Dominic smiled and put his left arm around my waist.
Both the women openly frowned at his gesture, and it made me roll my eyes. They looked like they were given a puppy only for it to be taken away again.
"Is he finished here?" I asked the Garda and the nurse.
They both nodded even though I could tell they didn't want to.
"So can we leave then?" I asked, my tone completely snotty.
The Garda cut her eyes to me. "Do you have a problem-"
"Yeah, she does," Dominic cut the Garda off and smiled to her. "She sprained her hand a few hours ago and hasn't had any painkillers yet. We're collecting them from the 24 hour chemist on our way home as soon as I'm done here."
The Garda smiled to Dominic again, and I inwardly cursed her. She was clearly crap at her job if it all it took was a good-looking lad to distract her.
"I'll discharge you now," the nurse beamed to Dominic.
I rolled my eyes wishing the nurse who wrapped up my hand earlier was here instead. She was cool and not perverted like this young nurse.
"I'm done here, too, unless you do want to press charges. We can take this down to the station if you do."
I fucking bet she would just love to take him somewhere she had easy access to handcuffs!
"No thank you, I'm set on my decision." Dominic smiled again.
The Garda nodded, said goodbye, then left the room.
I fumed quietly for a few moments until I felt his eyes staring at me.
"What?" I mumbled without looking at him.
"You’re so fucking sexy," he growled and leaned into me, latching his lips onto my neck and sucking.
My body jerked as I jumped up away from him.
"Stop that, anyone could walk in here!" I scowled.
He only grinned at me. "Like I care, you being jealous and possessive of me has me hard as diamond. I fucking love this side of you."
Hard as diamond?
"Dominic," I gasped as I felt the blood rush up my neck to my cheeks.
He laughed at me. "You're going from sexy as fuck to adorable as hell. You're killing me here!"
I glared at him. "I'm about to kill you if you don't cut this out, I don't like it."
"Why are you crossing your legs then?" he asked me, grinning.
I looked down at myself and inwardly scowled. I was crossing my legs, and it was only then that I noticed the aching pain between my legs. I absentmindedly closed my legs to try and ease the ache and Dominic noticed.
He smiled at me. "If you come over to me, I'll take that ache away and turn it into immense pleasure."
I felt my core throb; the ache was hurting me so bad like it needed to be rubbed away. I squeezed my thighs tighter together, and it made Dominic lick his lips.
"I bet you're wet for me; I can practically feel how hot you are for me from all the way over here," he purred.
I closed my eyes and tried to ignore him and the throbbing.
"Come over to me, baby," he purred again.
I could feel my legs move before my brain registered anything; I opened my eyes when my knees knocked against Dominic's. He was grinning at me as he leaned his head down and brushed his nose off mine.
"What are you feeling right now? Tell me, pretty girl."
My breathing got a little heavier as I opened my mouth and said, "I feel hot...and achy."
Dominic nodded like he understood exactly how I was feeling.
"Is it a teasing ache?" he whispered, brushing his lips over mine.
I nodded. "Uh huh."
Dominic sucked my bottom lip into his bottom for a moment, then released it. "Your body knows what it wants and the more you hold back, the more that pretty little clit of yours pulses away as it demands my attention. It wants just my attention, right?"
I felt my knees buckle a little, so I used my good hand to latch onto Dominic's bare shoulder. I squeezed it when his hands came around my waist then drifted south and gripped my behind.
"Why are you doin' this to me? I'll kill you for this when I'm thinkin' clearly," I groaned and kissed him when he slapped my left arse cheek.
He kissed me hard and deep as he slid his right hand around to the front of my jeans and flicked his fingers over the front, unbuttoning and unzipping them within seconds.
"Dominic, please," I breathed against his mouth.
I wasn't sure if I was asking him not to touch me or begging him to touch, my mind was beyond dazed right now.
"Just relax baby and let me take care of you," he whispered as he dipped his hand down into the front of my knickers.
I gasped when his finger slid in-between my smooth, wet folds followed by his thumb that brushed over the tiny bundle of nerves that were causing me such aching pains.
"Bronagh, baby, you're fucking soaked," Dominic groaned as he caught my mouth it a kiss.
I couldn't kiss him back properly at all because when his thumb began a lazy pace of rotation around my swollen clit it caused me to go cross-eyed.
"Oh, God," I breathed against Dominic’s mouth.
He watched my face like what I was feeling somehow projected onto my facial expressions.
“Eyes on me,” he ordered.
The throbbing intensified with his demands and the need to have him touch me all over was becoming unbearable.
“Yes, yes! Don’t stop,” I pleaded and forced my eyes to stay on his.
"Does that feel good, pretty girl?" he whispered, rotating his thumb faster.
My hips bucked, and he smiled. "I'll take that as a yes, open your legs a little wider for me."
I shamelessly did as he asked and moaned a little out loud when his slid his finger down my folds and carefully dipped inside of me.
"That's a tight fit for just one finger babe, I can't wait to feel you wrapped around my cock. You're going to be the undoing of me, pretty girl, I know it."
After a few pumps of his fingers in and out of me, he moved back to my clit and rotated with a faster pace than before, and it had me making noises I didn't know I could make.
"Oh God," I gasped when I felt like my body was about to light on fire. "Okay, you can stop n-now Dominic it's gettin' too much I c-can't-"
"You're about to come baby, that's all that is. Let me make you come, pretty girl," Dominic spoke over me and took my mouth in his when I began to moan out loud.
He held his free hand tightly around me and when I tried to pull away from him, he gripped me even harder.
It was too much, I couldn't take the sensation Dominic was causing and I was about to scream for him to stop when dots suddenly spotted my vision and my body went limp as a hot tingling sensation attacked my body in waves, making me jerk and buck in his arms.
After a minute or two I blinked my eyes open when sound and vision returned to me and I was met with Dominic's face that was sporting a shit-eating grin.
"You look so fucking hot when you come, pretty girl," he said and he slowly removed his hands from my underwear and lifted them to his mouth where he licked and sucked them cleaned. "Hmm, you taste even better."
That was the moment that I chose to feel mortified. He..he just tasted me on his fingers, the fingers that were inside me.
Oh my God, what did I just do?
"Oh, Jesus," I breathed and looked down making Dominic lightly chuckle.
"Don't do it, Bronagh. Don't be embarrassed about what just happened. It was fucking beautiful and I won't let you play it off as anything but, do you understand me?"
I couldn't speak to him, I couldn't even look at him, and so he lifted my head by my chin until my gaze found his.
"Understand me?" he repeated.
I groaned. "I can't not be embarrassed! You...you just did that to me and then you...you-"
"Licked your come off my fingers? Yeah, I did, so what? It tasted great and I'm already looking forward to seconds."
Oh, my fucking God!
"Dominic! Don't say stuff like that to me, I've never done anythin’ like this before, ever. Well, except for the times we almost did it in your bedroom but still, this is huge for me and I don't know how to process what I'm feelin'-"
"Baby, you need to take a breath and calm the fuck down. This is natural, you had an orgasm, an orgasm that I made you have. Big fucking deal, it made you feel incredible, so why should you be embarrassed about that? I'm your boyfriend, this is what I'm good for. It’s pretty much all I'm good for."
L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost 2 year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her 4 and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.
Her first novel, Dominic, will be self-published, on March 17th, 2014.