Tony Angelico thinks he knows all about Dominants and submissives. After all, his two brothers are unapologetic Dominants with long-term submissive partners. Tony also knows that Tessa, the woman who works for him - the one girl he can't get out of his mind - is interested in the lifestyle. But he wants no part of bossing women around, let alone dominating them.
Tessa Damon craves the attention and discipline of a strong, dominant alpha male, but she's not been able to find what she's looking for. She's attracted to Tony, and can't help fantasizing about being taken over his knee for a sound spanking. She longs for the release and comfort of submitting to a man she can trust.
The night Tony decides to give it a shot, everything changes. But can Tessa be healed from her abusive past, and realize that she's worthy of love? Can they find a path that works for both of them? Will Tony finally understand that there is no one definition to cover every nuance of what being a Dominant means - not when his heart and soul know that he wants nothing more than to assume the role of Tessa's protector?
Disclaimer: This book contains explicit themes, including the spanking of adult women and other BDSM scenarios. The book also includes a self-harm scene involving cutting. If such material is likely to offend or trigger you in some way, please do not listen.
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Great story, deserved better performance
This is the first book by the duo of Jane Henry and Maisy Archer that I have read. While part of a series, the book is a stand-alone read. Tessa and Tony’s friendship evolves into romance as their lives entwine and their relationship takes an unusual path into D/s. This path is tantalizing (if not a bit too slow) but yields steamy spanking experiences. The book includes several discussions of the D/s lifestyle and how this is not S/M or abuse.
As to the narration… At first I was excited to experience the duo male/female narrators. I hoped that this would add a dimension to the audio reading adventure. However, it fell flat. Ali Peterson should have done it by herself. Jeffrey’s contribution can only be described as painful.
The story is great and, overall, it is an enjoyable audio experience.
- Mark SR Sterling
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