Love Beat by Flora Dain
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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
“S & M is scary stuff — and scary means exciting, as TV celebrity Tunis Vale learns when she meets media mogul Cade Fitzlean, who is hosting a themed house party at his secluded mansion to launch the hot, new BDSM movie Hit ‘n Miss Trix. To her horror, Tunis is booked for sessions with a celebrity Dom called The Panther. His career bombed a year before when she threw up at his feet on live television. Cade — who happens to be a former Dom — offers to take her sessions instead. His regime is harsh, and, in return, he wants her full submission for the following week. With her career at stake and her heart on the line, she must choose — submit to Cade or face The Panther’s revenge.”
Did you catch all of that? There you have it.
However, it wasn’t really clear why Cade would be scared to train Tuna —I mean, Tunis — especially since he’s an experienced Dom. And why was Tunis’ heart on the line if she had never even met Cade before? It’s understandable why SHE would be afraid, however, to train under HIM, as she’s a newbie to BDSM. In fact, that’s why she threw up during an on-location shoot at the nightclub where The Panther was leading a scene. The intensity of what she witnessed caused her to toss her cookies at the feet of The Panther, and it was caught on film. But it didn’t make sense that he would want revenge for this, or that his career would bomb because of it. On the contrary… the free publicity would have been priceless, and surely the clip would have gone viral. One would think he should be thanking Tunis profusely, not wanting to make her suffer.
Be that as it may, Tunis feared The Panther’s revenge, so Cade — the owner of the mansion and producer of the film Tunis is there to promote — agrees to train her in BDSM for a week instead of leaving for a business trip. (The guy is such a giver!) The scenes between the two are frequent and highly detailed — just what you want in a BDSM novel, yes? Yes. But this was a bit of a two-edged sword, as there were SO MANY sex scenes that they became a bit repetitive. There was no sexual tension or reader-arousing build-up in which you just can’t wait for the two to be in the same room together. Then again, Cade is obviously quite a testosterone-filled male.
Okay, fine. Who isn’t jealous? But get this: More than once, Tunis referred to Cade’s erection as being purple. “Get thee to an emergency room, my Dom!”
But wait! Just as Tunis and Cade are finding their groove, Cade participates in an act of total betrayal! Or does he????! Will Tunis run from him (and his purple penis?) Will she forgive him? Will she do both? Fortunately for the reader, you can never quite predict what she’s going to do, and there are some interesting sub-plots to keep the pace moving along nicely.
Reviewed by Summer