This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press
Released on September 9, 2013
Finally Gabe McConnell gets his own story. As the owner of the Bondage and Breakfast house, he has a small part in most of the stories in this series. So it’s kind of nice to learn more about this former firefighter who blew out his knee and decided to open a Bondage & Breakfast to feed his needs to teach as well as the need to give couples a safe place to visit.
In a way Gabe doesn’t know he is lonely because the B&B has become his life. He loves cooking and interacting with couples. He offers weekend retreats on BDSM 1o1 and seems to thrive until an arsonist sets fire to his house. Rebuilding his dreams is taking some time, but he is also questioning whether he wants to reopen to the public. When Marcus, a friend, asks him to help a friend who is recovering from spine surgery, Gabe says yes. But he doesn’t expect to be attracted to her at every turn, nor how to dominate someone who is recovering from a life altering incident.
Olivia Watterson is frustrated and feeling alone in her recovering. She wants back on the job, but also is frightened to hold a hose again. Looking forward to some solitude and recuperation, she is shocked, amazed and intrigued by what she finds at the B&B. Drawn to the Dom, she embarks to learn more, but her irritating side keeps coming forth when he treats her with kids gloves, not trusting her to know her own body.
The two dance around each other, joining and pulling away as each tests the waters of this relationship. Gabe struggled to be the Dominant man he is, while also protecting Liv from herself. Liv felt drawn to him, but when he would question her body, she would pull back in anger. These two did this so often, it felt like a ping-pong match.
Most of the BDSM elements come later in the story and I would call them mild. Gabe is used to more, but has to change the way he thinks to get what he needs. Liv wants more, but she also need to learn the limitations of her body. Thus begins the give and take from the relationship and the hardship of learning just how far is to far and not enough.
While I love this book, it isn’t my favorite in the series. Overall, the series is fabulous and you should check it out. Each book is different, but all revolve around some aspect in BDSM. You have switches, married couples, normal Dom/sub and even injured lovers who need to grow. This series has a lot to offer and I keep coming back for more.