My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to start this review by saying that BDSM is generally hit or miss for me. Mostly because I’m into alpha males, but I don’t generally fantasize about a man bossing me around and making me do whatever he wants for his pleasure.
With that being said, overall, I enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of the heroine, the artistically inclined Samantha, having this secret desire she doesn’t completely understand. And it haunts her so much it presents itself in her work – a piece that’s very personal. So personal, in fact, that she refuses to sell it to Elijah, the hero, even though she could really use the money.
These two had chemistry right off the bat. Elijah is attracted to her because he sees something in her that calls to his dominant nature. And Samantha is attracted to him for reasons she’s not quite ready to admit. However, their connection is something they can’t really fight, and they end up having super hot “vanilla” sex when Elijah comes to visit her at her studio.
This story has a lot of twists and turns. Elijah has lingering scars from a previous marriage to a woman who claimed to be submissive, but really wasn’t. And Samantha is carrying around a lot of guilt and shame from something dark that happened in her childhood. This secret has affected her for her entire life. And it’s a secret that she’s not ready or willing to share with Elijah…even though she thinks it might help her.
This is a story about sexual discovery for Samantha. And I must admit that I found that truly interesting, especially given the age of her character. And I really enjoyed Elijah as the alpha male hero, although there were a couple of things about him that I didn’t love.
It was definitely a hot read. And a book I enthusiastically read from start to finish without really stopping. Fans of the BDSM genre will really enjoy this. And it will definitely appeal to readers of contemporary romance who don’t mind a little kink with their love story.
This is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Jameson, but based on this alone, I will definitely be checking out more of her stuff.