Released: May 21, 2014
Genre: BDSM erotica
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Sidelined by a devastating injury, Sutton searches for someone who will command her, pleasure her and push her to the limits of her darkest desires. Within seconds of meeting a Dungeon Monitor, she is captivated by the rough edge of dominance he possesses.
Adam lives and breathes the lifestyle, unleashing his wilder side to deliver extreme and uncompromising demonstrations. But when he finds himself without a submissive, Sutton offers herself. One night under Adam’s sensual command and Sutton knows she’s found her perfect Master.
Their scenes are white-hot and they discover a fervent need that is not easily sated. Soon they are fighting a love they never expected, surrendering emotionally to fill the aching void in both their hearts. When Sutton is free to return to the dance stage she calls home, Adam knows he’ll have to convince her to accept life as his cherished submissive, collared and kept forever.
Sutton is a small town girl who has made her way to the bright lights of Broadway and a dancer and performer. After sustaining an injury, she was forced to halt her dancing to rehabilitate. She flees NYC to hide out in Atlanta while recuperating. From a BDSM standpoint, she has always identified as a submissive. While in New York, she was a member of a local club where she could connect and often have short term exchanges but never be tied down.
The hunky Adam is a veteran turned business owner. He was to continue to help people much like he did during his military service so he has opened a rehabilitation center. He is also a Dominant and dungeon monitor at the local club.
For me, this is very much two stories. From a plot perspective, I liked it but didn’t love it. There was a steady storyline but it felt like there could have been so much more. Throughout, I was waiting for something to happen and just when I think I found that thing it quickly fizzles into the background. Sutton was in a constant internal fight of could she ever leave the stage when it’s been in her life for such a long time. Will she ever allow herself to have a relationship like her parents but not see it as losing something else? There are several secondary characters which help create more depth to Sutton and more so Adam.
From a BDSM standpoint, it’s a solid read. There are great and imaginative scenes. Possibly more importantly, I appreciated the positive and responsible view into the lifestyle. The use of dungeon monitors and a focus on educational demos is refreshing to read about as it’s seems too often be glossed over. I think these scenes are where we see a love and need of exhibitionism as well as other fetishes for Adam and Sutton but it is also where they create a foundation of trust to enable them to be more open to a relationship. Without giving too much of the story away, there are implications of legal issues relative to BDSM and found importance in how some people are unfairly targeted for their kinks.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this one. While I wanted a bit more from the story, I realize this is a series so perhaps it’ll be addressed in future installments. I found at the core the relationship to be endearing and principally realistic but sweet at its very basis.
Rating: 3 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.