This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on July 5, 2016
If you have read the series Club Sin, then you were introduced to this series based upon four men, the Dominants Council, who control the sex club scene in San Fransisco. While they are introduced in the last book of Club Sin, you don’t get a lot about them. No need to run out to read that series (except it is a really good series) to understand this one.
Micah Holt is the first candidate for this new series. A real-estate mongrel, Micah Holt keeps his dark desires private from the world that knows him as a bachelor millionaire. When his successful business takes over a smaller struggling one, it’s normal business until he sees Allie Bennett smile. She’s the best at what she does, confidant in who she is and is one sexy package Micah wants to own. Micah begins a single pursuit of her that excites him in ways he hasn’t felt in a long time. Her pure, caring nature calls to the beast inside of him, but he shelters her from his dark side.
Allie is not immune to the draw of Micah’s appeal, but she also is harboring her own secret that she doesn’t want to get out. Being with Micah will out her and that’s not going to happen. While Allie is a good person, she isn’t an angel. She can feel Micah is hiding part of himself from her and she guards herself for what is to come.
One thing that has been bothering me lately with some BDSM stories is all about this frickin’ pain business. Not the BDSM kind but the internal heart kind. WTF. I am sorry, but I don’t feel there is any need to constantly harp on someone’s pain. Yes, something happened to Micah to make him so private and in a way damaged. But let’s use a different word choice than pain. That’s just something that has been irritating me lately. Why does everything in BDSM stories have to have some internal pain that needs to be off loaded? Moving on.
The BDSM is extremely light and non-existent until towards the end of the book. As someone says, Micah is the gentleman dom. He doesn’t do much in the way of dominance when they are getting it on. In fact he thinks Allie is just to pure and good to do much more than get sweaty with between the sheets. She actually has to draw him out of his cocoon.
I like Allie. She comes from money, but want’s to do the work on her own. There is a reason why and I found it kind of flimsy as reasons go, but oh well. She works hard, she’s fair with her assistant, but she keeps who she really is under tight lid. Her half-brother is rich in his own right and puts money into an account she never touches. You find out more about him and Allie’s best friend in the story, but I don’t want to give any more of that story away.
Overall, I liked the story. It just had a few things in it that have been irritating me lately that I had to get out in my review. If you are looking for a BDSM books, them find another story. If you want light BDSM, then this is it or even very little BDSM, then this will do. The story has some hard hitting moments and some moments I wished hit harder. Still enjoyed it and it went fast.
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