Charming Carmen by Madison Layle and Anna Leigh Keaton
Incognito Series, Book 6
Cobblestone Press
Erotic Contemporary/BDSM
ISBN: 978-1-60088-124-4
Reviewed by Talia Ricci



Carmen Fernandez has agreed to be the house sitter/guest of Olivia Montgomery for two weeks.  This vacation couldn’t have come at a better time since Carmen is no longer employed and plans to leave California permanently.  She arrives a day early and is invited to attend a charity auction at Incognito, the club her best friend Olivia has mentioned more than once.  Carmen is enjoying putting faces to the names of people Olivia has told her so much about and the man that stands out in her mind is Carl, Mistress Katriona’s submissive.  Her attraction is so profound that she bids for and wins Carl’s auction package later that night.

While Carl is supposedly Kat’s slave during working hours, the time when he is not working is his own.  Intrigued by the exotic beauty attending the club’s charity auction as Montgomery’s guest, Carl is both thrilled and nervous when she bids for and wins his weekend package.  Seeing in Carmen the Domme he has been longing for, Carl sets out to show her first hand how erotic domination can be.  He doesn’t plan on falling in love but the thought of another slave servicing her is just not something he wants to think about.

Packing and emotional punch that hits you right in the heart, Charming Carmen was the perfect story for Carl, who happens to be one of my favorite Incognito characters.  I have loved watching his character evolve from Kat’s non-verbal slave to a submissive with the control of a Dom.  In fact, his true nature surprised me.  Carmen’s character, while I liked her, was a bit harder for me to relate to and understand because of her Domme status.  I could see her hesitancy in becoming involved with Carl and I wanted her to want him completely no matter what or who he was. 

As with the other five Incognito books, Charming Carmen is a good read.  Not as sexually charged as some of the prior installments in this series, I almost found myself craving more sex.  However, the emotions and plot more than made up for the lack of carnality.  If there was anything I did not care for it had to be the ending.  I was treated to a ‘happily ever after’ but I was dismayed and aghast at the abrupt completion of Carl and Carmen’s story.  I felt that it ended one love scene too short and would have cherished their commitment to each other that much more had there been a final love scene between just the two of them after having committed themselves to each other publicly. 


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