Anderson and Itashi Akinawa are best friends and business
partners. To cross that line would be risky, hurtful. What
Karen fails to see is that her longing for Itashi is mutual.
One night he overhears her telling a friend that she could
never become involved with him because Japanese men are said
to not quite measure up below the waist. Itashi decides to
teach Karen a well-earned lesson. Once his plans are in
full swing, he learns that his heart craves more sustenance
than sex and physical dominance with the woman he loves.
Itashi’s Pride waves its crimson erotic romance flag
and takes down hostages with every heated word. Sadly, the
romance is sometimes as distant as a mirage in a heat wave.
There was too much bank placed on the fact that Karen and
Itashi already have an established relationship so not a lot
of effort was put into the romance department. I would have
liked to see a bit more angst and emotion, and was willing
to surrender the sex to get it. Seeing that aspect of their
regard for one another would have made it easier for me to
feel something for Karen. I wanted to understand what made
her tick and why I should care. The reasons laid out seemed
a bit superficial. In all fairness, I felt more in touch
with Itashi because his anxiety was addressed more.
Frankly, the way he schemes and accomplishes his revenge on
Karen gave me a kick.
needed more character detail and fleshing out. I feel that
Tigra-Luna LeMar would do an amazing job with this story if
she extended it another 15-20 pages with character
development, relationship building and setting. What I
admire the most about the author is that she was willing to
take on a stereotype and challenge it an erotic way and
managed to flip the script. All other concerns and
nitpicking aside, I have to admit that Itashi’s Pride
is devilishly fiery in all its unabashedly sexual glory.