Impact by Cassandra Carr
Story rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.
Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career,true love, and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.
I got hooked on Impact from the very beginning. It drew me in and made me ache for a little of what Jessica got. Impact will make you laugh and make you sweat as the pages in this book are scorching hot.
Jessica knows she is interested in BDSM, and finds a local club to just watch for a while. First off, let me say I loved this. She is not getting into the lifestyle for a man – she is doing it for herself. That was a huge thumbs up for this story. Jessica is strong willed and has a career, yet she is submissive and knows that’s a part of her.
Conner is a Dom, who keeps his identity hidden at the club for professional reasons that many of us can relate to. He shows himself to be caring when the situations warrants. There are times when he doesn’t carry through on what he says, and that can be detrimental in a D/s relationship. But, it was usually due to unforeseen outside circumstances that affect everyone at some point.
I have to give this story a high rating because it was well written and sucked me in so well that I was late to work because I just had to finish one more chapter! Impact isn’t hard core BDSM, but there is enough D/s to make sure you know its there. I know I am not in agreement with other reviewers out there, but I really think Cassandra Carr developed two very realistic characters who face issues that most couples do when attempting to start a BDSM relationship.
I really loved how Jessica developed her submissive side, but when things got rough, she put her foot down and made sure that she said her piece. She pushes Conner in many ways and sometimes he lets her and other times he pushes back which I thought was fairly accurate in a give and take relationship. I highly recommend picking up this first book in the Buckin’ Bull Riders series –just be careful you don’t burn yourself!
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