Conviction (NYC Doms #3) by Jane Henry
Released: June 22, 2018
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Publisher: Jane Henry
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Braxton Cannon can’t get the girl on the dance floor out of his mind, the woman he literally swept off her feet and into Club Verge. She’s no submissive, but he can’t help but admire her ferocity, even as he yearns to take her over his lap and teach her manners. He’s determined to keep her safe if he has to lock her up himself.
Officer Zoe Mackay can handle herself. But when she learns information that puts her life at risk, she’s forced to seek the assistance of a private investigator. Little does she know the man she hires is none other than Braxton Cannon, the high-handed dominant who gave her the hottest one-night stand of her life.
With her assailants in hot pursuit, Zoe is forced to seek refuge in Club Verge, where she finds way more than she’s bargained for…
Zoe is strong. She is independent. Quick tempered. Fiery. What's one thing she's not? Submissive. Zoe has spent years concentrating all of her "damaged" pieces into a force to be reckoned with within the New York Police Department. It's her purpose in life to give justice to those who feel like they have no hope of justice. She doesn't need to be saved, she does the saving. Her life gets flip turned upside down when she's pushed to the point of asking for help from one of the most dominant men she's ever met. No matter how much she is drawn to him, she refuses to believe she's a submissive person. After all, there's a difference between being a submissive and submitting to one person.
Brax is strong. He is dominant. Patient. Caring. Longs for that one woman who can trust him enough to submit to him and let him take care of her. What happens when he realizes the one woman he wants to submit to him, will be the one who challenges him the most? Brax is a DM (dungeon master) at the most prestigious kink club in New York City, Verge. When he went to one of his closest friends reception, the last thing he expected was to be enthralled by the curvy police officer on the dance floor. Who would have thought he'd crave the one woman who would challenge his dominance? Will she be able to accept him and the Dom inside him?
Sweet lanta, where do I begin with Zoe and Brax. I generally have reservations when a BDSM book starts off with a strong Dom and a FMC who has never been introduced to the kink life. I was afraid Zoe was going to be thrown into the kinkiest play from the get go (which is unrealistic to me), or that her fiery personality would dull into a wet blanket mentality. I was also afraid that the plot or the BDSM world would distract from each other. Boy was I proved wrong. The story flowed smoothly. There was growth from both Brax and Zoe, growth that was fascinating to watch. The kink aspect of the story didn't distract from the overall plot, instead it molded with it effortlessly. I was eager to flip page after page, always left wanting more.
Zoe was clueless to the kink life outside of a few things she read online and had heard through the grapevine. The descriptions she gave to the different toys and devices in Brax's private room were both comical and interesting, especially when you are someone who knows exactly what that's for and she has no clue. She is confused by how it interests her so much, but Brax doesn't let her get too into her head about it. She is afraid that by being submissive she can no longer be independent and powerful, but Brax takes the time to teach her that being submissive does have power. One of my favorite lines of the entire book, "I said I like submission. When did I say anything about a submissive personality?"
Brax was dominant with her, but never tried to diminish her fire. He loved the challenge he gave her, but also worshipped the gift of her submission when she gave it. She never want to be seen as weak or pitied, but Brax never once makes her feel that way. Instead he shows her that what she deems a weakness is actually something that has granted her so much strength. No matter how hard she pushed him, he took it. He accepted it when she needed him too, and he pushed her even when she didn't realize she needed him.
Hot tamale the sex scenes. These only dip a toe into the world of BDSM, but what was given was given beautifully. Zoe is being introduced into the world, and it is catered to their own brand of kink. Let me just tell you you will be looking at your belt and some rope with fresh new eyes and intrigue. The after care scenes were so important, not only to represent the world but also because those were the moments that their relationship really blossomed.
Overall I must say Brax and Zoe can convict me anytime. I fell in love with their brutal honesty and their own beautiful kind of damage. Submission to one doesn't mean a submissive personality. Submission is a gift to be treasured, and it was damn beautiful thing to witness Brax teach Zoe.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.