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Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press
Released on January 19, 2015
A gripping story of love, soulfulness and a need to find what the heart desires no matter what age you are. Hidden desires, secret office romance, career altering moves, this will leave you breathless in the end.
Going into this story, I really wasn’t prepared for just how much it would grab me. An British older man who believes in monogamous relationships, in private with a side of kink. He knows right from wrong, but is lusting after a woman 20 years his junior right or wrong? Alexander Knight won’t let it interfere with his career he has made in the US after a divorce that left him devastated back home in England. He wants to fulfill his dark desires, but at his age, he isn’t into clubbing nor one night stands.
Amber Dolors is 22, young and looking for something that she can’t find in all the men she meets. She knows she wants something darker, submissive, and powerful. She isn’t innocent, but she is fresh out of college at her first job in New York. She has fantasies about her boss (Alec), but she leaves them in fantasy until some eye glances, catching breaths and accelerated heartbeats on Alec’s side alerts her there might be equal attraction.
When the two are throw into a project together over a weekend, they flirt, but then turn away from it knowing he is her boss as well as 20 years younger than him. It comes to a head when he can resist running his hands across her shoulders, collarbone, chest. Nothing overtly sexual, but tells her everything about how he desires her. And she knows he’s the one that can bring her to the darker side of sex that she longs to feel. But Alec won’t cross the line.
The two weave back and forth with desire to fulfill what they long for until they both can’t resist any longer. This doesn’t mean they don’t still have reservations, it just means they can’t stop what nature has planned for them.
Through the majority of the story, Amber is very ok with everything, she just wants him to take her on and do the darker things her desires have only dreamed. Wiser than her years, she also seems to have an innocence about her that makes Alec feel like a dirty old man.
Alec on the other hand tries hard at every situation to turn the other way. Even when they have a weekend together, he tries to ignore it. One thing they do is have Amber removed from his team so she isn’t a direct report. I want to make that clear that her job was never about him, it was on her own merits.
The switch of the younger woman being the wiser of the two and the older man constantly trying to run away was nothing new, but it was refreshing to see him come about and realize what he has is precious. The story takes place over about two weeks. Kind of insta-love. And it ends abruptly with a happy for now moment.
Now the BDSM. OMG, wet my panties! This was HAWT! Nothing overtly painful, degrading or beyond the norm. It is intense, sexy, and had me really on edge. There was no skimming or skipping these love scenes! I was on the edge of my seat when he had her undress in the restaurant (read it before you judge) or when he spanked her for the first time. Nothing was taboo to discuss, but there were limits on each side of the relationship.
A healthy balance of kink, to making love, to work, and having fun. The only thing I really wanted more of…was the story after the end.
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