Afternoon Delight: Sanctum by Lexi Blake

Posted January 27, 2014 by Shari in Afternoon Delight, Reviews / 6 Comments

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Afternoon Delight: Sanctum by Lexi Blake

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Series: Masters and Mercenaries,
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Released on May 27, 2013
Pages: 67
Format: eBook
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Sanctum by Lexi Blake is part of the Masters and Mercenaries series, but a small part. Ryan Church is the Dom in Residence at Sanctum, the BDSM club owned by Ian Taggart. With a big idea in his head, he is ready to take on the world again after having lost everything that mattered to him, including his submissive, Jill. When his world fell apart, he ended his contract with her, giving her to another man for caregiving. Never explaining to her what happened he goes off to lick his wounds and try to come back from all the devastating losses he has suffered.

Now Ian is up his ass wanting a new bartender yesterday. Ian being Ian has already arranged the interviews and leaves Ryan with no choice but to hire someone when in walks Jill applying for the job. Now eighteen months later he doesn’t feel he has anything to offer her besides the job.

Jill was shattered by Ryan’s abrupt turning her over to his friend like she was property. Immediately she leaves this other man and forges her way into life but can only get crappy jobs and even crappier apartments. This bar tending job is step up from the world of stripping. Sucking up her emotions, she takes the job and hopes to hold onto her heart.

Now Ryan has to make a decision: wealth and fortune or Jill. Will he make the correct choice or lose the one woman who can love him completely?

What an powerfully packed short story of miscommunication. Doms don’t know it all and really need to be open and as honest as they expect their submissives. This just goes to show Doms do make mistakes and think they are still Gods, lol. Now he has a chance to make it better, but I wondered if he really learned any lessons in 18 months?

Filled with humor, sex, BDSM, and some unsavory types, this story left me feeling fulfilled on a side character I have always wondered about.

Are Doms Gods? Can they be forgiven for not being honest and making critical mistakes? 

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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!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

I’m a firm believer in forgiveness is for everyone including god-like doms, but this hinges on whether they truly are sorry and have changed their ways (actions not just words). I don’t know much about BDSM, but the way he did that shattered trust and that’s huge in such a relationship. Forgiveness in this case might have to develop in steps over time even after the original gesture of apology and forgiveness takes place. Sounds like a fascinating story.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I believe in forgiveness too. I just thought it was horrible for him to hand her over to another man even if it wasn’t for sex and never tell her why. Then to expect her to trust him again….uh, not right way mister.

Sharonda Lowman
8 years ago

I think everyone is forgiveable…so long as they make the necessary changes toward improvemen?…yeah, I think they can be forgiven. Now are they gods…no, no one is 🙂

great review Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
8 years ago

lol, Doms seem to think they are in charge of everything. So when he loses everything, he thinks he fails her and gives her away, but never tells her why. Now he wants her trust again and I wanted to laugh in his face. Nope, not happening that fast dude.

Sharonda Lowman
8 years ago

yep…they really do. Wow, he wanted her to just forgive him after that? yeah, no…dude, now way, lols.

8 years ago

added to the list. How did I miss this one. No they aren’t perfect but if they learn and admit them that makes them the perfect Dom.