Meat by Opal Carew #AfternoonDelight

Meat by Opal Carew #AfternoonDelight

One StarOne Star

Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Swerve
Released on July 26, 2016
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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For a week I kept trying to avoid this book. The title Meat kept haunting me about huge cocks. Well, I was right about that, but after I read the blurb, I really thought it was more about a chef. Which I was right about as well. So I dived in even knowing I haven’t really cared for this author’s books in the past. But I try to be fair that I just might not like that one.

Rebecca Winston is running to make her flight home after spending 3 weeks helping her family prepare for the death of her aunt. She hasn’t had time to grieve, and is running to make her flight when she runs into a man who is too good to be true. Rex Keene helps her up thinking this is one beautiful woman only to find out later they are on the same flight that has been delayed. Sharing a supper and getting to know each other they learn later their flight has been canceled.

Using his “perks” he gets them a suite where he gallantly gives up the bedroom. Unable to sleep thinking of the man on the couch, Rebecca invites him in to the room, where she finds out Rex is not just a name, but a nick name for what he’s packing in the pants area. Rex is also keeping his sexual proclivities to himself as he enjoys a night of passion with a woman he wants to know more about.

Well they do come out almost right afterwards as Rebecca wants to know more. Immediately he has her calling him Master. This is the first problem I had. To me the term Master is something you earn through your actions and time learning to trust. Sir is more acceptable early on, but oh, no, she’s calling him Master and bending to his will almost right away.

The two part ways only to meet up again when Rebecca finds out he is a new chef in the restaurant she manages within a big hotel. The hotel has recently been bought out and Rex has been sent in to see what’s going on with the accounting side of things while masquerading as the head chef. Immediately he knows he is in deep with no good way out and Rebecca is not happy that he has fired almost half of her staff she considers family.

The story meanders along with the two fighting their attraction, while business is continuing to go onward. Rex wants the one woman he instantly fell for and Rebecca loves the comfort of his arms, while fighting to keep her job. This totally fell apart for me as he in a way used her while also protecting her. She fell way to easily into the Master/slave situation that felt totally unreal and wrong. Rex demanded way to much from someone new to the lifestyle. Throw in the who hotel stuff, I found myself mostly shaking my head instead of getting a hot chef with all the right moves. The story is fairly short and can be read quickly with no series to catch up. If you like overbearing men and doormat women, this is the book for you.

Challenge Info:

Pervvy Girl: Topping from the Bottom
New to Me: Book
Literary Pickers: Dominant/submissive or Master/slave

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  1. Nope, nope, nope. This book would rub me the wrong way. I don’t like it when someone is calling the other Master all of the sudden. As you said, that right is earned, not just a given. Then he’s the new, what a coincidence. I don’t believe in coincidences. Just not believable.

    1. I wanted to smack both of the characters Gibbs style after a bit. So wrong to not get to know someone before bending over and taking it up the ass.

  2. I’m with you. Those types of relationships can’t be rushed and need time for explanation, instruction, and training. Doesn’t feel right just to dive right into a Master/slave thing.
    But the restaurant troubles sound like they’d make for some good conflict. LOL, Meat! Yeah, my mind went there, too.

    1. These relationships need to grow and get to know each other before just say “Yes, Master.” I was so disappointed. This is my 4th book by this author and I can’t say I enjoy her writing. The Meat part kept giving me the creeps and I wish I had just held out to no.