This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by NAL
Released on July 7, 2015
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
This is my first Tara Sue Me romance story and I am on the fence on whether to go back and start the series at the beginning which I think is all about one couple or even to continue on with the series. I can’t say I loved it nor can I say I hate this book. I fell more into the it was ok, but I could have skipped it mode. With that, it can be read as a standalone book, which relieved my mind.
The story is about Jeff and Dana, former lovers and a couple who hit hard times and now are apart. Jeff’s a former police officer with a bad home life and now runs a security company. Dena on the other hand is a Senator’s daughter who has had pretty much every luxury, but really is down to earth. A prosecuting attorney, she has done well for herself and doesn’t want all the asperations her father has placed on her shoulders. Throughout the story you get snatches of their past and what ultimately drove them apart.
But back to the present.
The book opens us with Dena getting threatening phone calls and packages. It keeps escalating until she one night when she is supposed to do a training session with Jeff, she is late and sassying off to Jeff. Whoooah there. Yep, Jeff punishes her then they get tot he nitty gritty that she needs to move in with him while he investigates who’s threatening her. With heartache dodging his heels, Jeff was on his way to moving back home to take over his father’s business only to learn his father is dying of cancer. A lot of subplots going on with all these blasts to the past as well.
While I felt there was a draw between Dena and Jeff, it didn’t fill me with the need to see these two get back together. They both crave the dominant submissive dynamic, but it felt kind of cold in the present situations. Dena had needs and Jeff wasn’t willing to risk his heart by seeing to his own needs. These two seemed so messed up of what happened in the past that it kept interfering with what they wanted and needed. It became a lot of work to figure out if they were meant to be together or not that I lost all desire to read any sexy scenes because one of the other left unsatisfied (mostly Jeff).
While I think to each their own, I do have some BDSM things that I really don’t care to read about. One of them happened in this book. Kiss of the feet. To me it is more humiliating than really any reverence or handing over of the power. Again, each their own and I don’t bash them for it, just isn’t something that lights my fire.
Overall, it was just an ok story that left me looking for something that evoked more emotion and some sexual tension.