This was my first encounter with the author’s work. I’ve seen posts and reviews and wanted to try her work. This was a perfect story for that purpose. It’s a shorter story that still manages to share a hot, sensual, heartwarming story.
Skye wants to explore the world of BDSM. She has had images and ideas since her teens and they get her hot and bothered. She doesn’t see herself as a true submissive and she very much needs her control, but yet…
And that is what leads her to contact an on-line BDSM group and arrange contact with a Dom who trains submissives. She does her homework and conducts her investigation. Now it is time to meet Adam Dunne. One look of the confident, attractive man striding toward her in the coffee shop and Skye knows that things just got real- really fast.
Adam meets with Skye and learns much about her from what she shared through their earlier e-mail contacts and the encounter at the coffee shop. She claims to not be submissive and that she only wants to get whatever she is feeling out of her system. But she is denying her true self. He doesn’t doubt she needs her control and her distance for whatever reason. He does, too. This is why he never gets involve with the submissives that he trains.
Their first night of play rattles them both. Skye learns that a one and done will not work and Adam learns that breaking through Skye’s walls and gaining her trust may very well break his own control. Do they fight what is going on between them or accept?
The story is short (half of my edition was intros to other books) and probably needed some more page time to be completely satisfying. But, for the page count, it did a good job of introducing and developing the characters and beginning to develop their relationship through their scenes and their outside world developing friendship. It was definitely rushed from the point of the big conflict to the end and that was somewhat disappointing, but it did cover the major points, nonetheless.
The BDSM elements were treated with knowledge and felt right. Adam’s Dom side was sadistic, but caring of his sub. He was patient and allowed for a learning curve when it came to Skye. I liked seeing that. He earned her trust and didn’t abuse it. Skye was pretty much sent reeling by what she discovered about herself through their play and even the days between sessions when they drew close and earned each other’s respect and appreciation. They, as a couple, were believable and I enjoyed their hot, sensual sessions. I just wish it hadn’t been so rushed to the end.
In summary, I liked my first encounter with the author and would definitely read more of her work. She handled her BDSM world well. I would recommend this for those who are looking for a quick one-sitting read with mild to moderate BDSM elements and well-drawn characters.
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