Genres: BDSM Romance
Published by Siren Publishing
Released on December 26, 2012
One day on Facebook a few months ago, I saw something about this book that drew me. It wasn’t released yet so it went into a list to look into later. Later I checked and I couldn’t find it still. Then one day it showed up on Amazon and I grabbed it right away. The description right away made me think Bliss, Colorado (Sophia Oak’s series), but this had an Australian twist, written by the Australian author, Fiona Archer.
Chloe Morgan is on the run to get away from her step brother who has lusted for her since she was a teenager. Thinking she has found the best place in small town King’s Bluff, she is just looking to live a simple life, teach third grade and keep a low profile. But the residents of King’s Bluff like to pull their new residents into the folds of their hearts. When Chloe goes to a local dance with her friend to help support the fundraising for a youth café, she never dreams she has caught the eye of two of the residents. Chloe won’t let down her guard around these two and pulls out all the stops to keep them at arms length until someone vandalizes her home.
Noah King and Flynn Taylor are brothers at heart having served together in Australia’s elite SAS (think SEALS). They have shared women for a while and embrace their dominant natures. When Noah inherits a ranch in King’s Bluff, both men don’t think twice about transplanting to the good USA. When they spot Chloe, it’s pretty much soul mate at first sight, although it doesn’t take them long to fall in love either. Not taking no or the cold shoulder, the two set out to make Chloe their woman and protect her at all costs.
I don’t think I have ever read an Australian author before and I found it ironic that when I started this book, my husband was in Australia working. So a few of the slang words used in the book really had me laughing, but in general, she explains all the words I would have just given a dumb look at. Imagine me looking at my kind with that dumb stare and scratching my head…well that didn’t happen so you can erase that image now 🙂
The two men really are too good to be true, but also they have some flaws that really got to me. Let’s start with the good. These two men work hard to get a clinic in town, find a barber, support a youth café, try to retain the younger residents looking to move to a bigger town. They also love children and will go to the ends of the earth to protect them. Flynn has some deep guilt from his past that shows just what a wonderful person he is. Noah is the leader of the group in my mind and supportive of everyone.
Now onto what I didn’t like about them. They really forced themselves into Chloe’s life. When her house is vandalized, they up and take over and move her to their house and into their bed. They coerce her at every turn with passion and won’t take no for an answer. They give her a safeword, which she never uses. She says no sex and then they are having sex. She wants to work, they tell her she can’t for her own safety and the kids. She wants space, they take it away from her. It’s not just that they can’t take no for an answer, they think they know what’s best for her at every turn, even if she disagrees.
Then here is my one really big problem. Chloe has an intense scene with the men where they won’t let her keep secrets, but Flynn is keeping secrets of his past from her and growls all the time when she tries to ask. At no point does Flynn have to go through a punishment, spanking, being tied up or teased to give up his secrets. Double standard? I don’t care if this is a D/s relationship, what’s good for the sub is good for the Dom in my opinion on these types of issues.
Chloe is sweet and giving, but I wanted her at times to have a back bone and actually use her safeword to end a few things. If they touched her, she fought the feelings, but eventually gave in each time. They evoked promises from her when she was so keyed up for an orgasm. It just didn’t feel right.
I can’t say I really enjoyed the book. It wasn’t horrible, it just pushed a few buttons that didn’t do it for me.
So what do you think. Should a Dom have to reveal his secrets if he expects a sub to do so?
And should there also be consequences for the Dom if he doesn’t just like the sub? What about coercing answers when you have a sub keyed up to orgasm?