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After her husband's death, Isabella Santos fled Washington and its bruising memories. But estate matters force her to return and fate gives her a chance to connect with a man she'd always secretly longed to call Master - Mark, the brother of her late husband.
Mark, retired from his black ops career, grabs the second chance Isabella's sudden appearance in D.C. presents. He's never forgiven his late brother's neglect of Isabella, a woman he's loved from afar for 10 years. Now reunited, he's determined to earn her heart and submission.
As their forbidden love blooms, they forge a perfect domestic discipline life that provides a feeling of oneness and completion. But her family's opposition and demons from her late husband's life intervene. In the end, the only way to have the future they've dreamed of, will mean both must come to terms with the past.
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By ReadingMad100 on 07-14-18
A pleasant surprise.
Isabella and Mark have a chance at love a year after the death of Isabella’s husband, who was also Mark’s brother. A relationship between Isabella and Mark is forbidden by Isabella’s family for religious and moral reasons. The chemistry and bond the couple shares is well portrayed in the writing and I warmed to them easily. The writing is great and the characters were mature and admirable as they navigated their way through grief and forgiveness on their road to peace. The novel includes some suspense, danger and intrigue thanks to Isabella’s husband’s unfinished “business” and this heightened the emotion and heart-beat factor in the story-line. It was also a very steamy story.
This is my first novel by Elizabeth SaFleur and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the third in a series of stand-alones, but you don’t need to read the first two to enjoy this book three.
This novel starts with a note from SaFleur about Dominance and Submission roles and how popular fiction often misrepresents them as involving BDSM. However, in this novel the characters are drawn to Domestic Discipline (DD). It’s a consensual arrangement where one party assumes the Head of Household or Dominant role, and the other person takes on a Submissive role. Each couple modifies the lifestyle to their needs as did the couple in this book. At home they adhered to these roles with Mark being the dominant one, but in public, Isabella’s feisty nature was encouraged and her career ambition also respected and promoted. At home, she was submissive.
It’s been a fascinating experience for me as a reader to learn about this lifestyle from the perspective of various authors. The lifestyle portrayed in this novel is not abusive, thankfully, – this couple were happy within the model they set up for themselves and they seemed content with it so who am I to judge if in real life, couples do the same?
I listened to the Audible version of this book. What a pleasure to hear narrator Anastasia Watley perform. I loved her representations of the characters and I enjoyed the smooth transition between male and female characters and their varying accents. I’ll be going back to books one and two in this series because I enjoyed SaFleur’s writing, and the same narrator performs those audio books. I know it will be a pleasant Audible experience.