Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
Barry had one beautiful, short relationship with Lily, but she disappeared without a word, leaving him alone and longing for her. A mysterious lawyer hires Barry to build and run a BDSM club in Las Vegas and, with nothing to hold him, he moves to a new life. When Lily comes back, can they repair the distance three years has created between them?
I found this story to be a little too trite and shallow. First of all, Lily runs away because her connection to Barry freaks her out. Okay. But her answer to Barry’s understandable inquiry as to why she didn’t phone or email or something is so unsatisfactory that I rolled my eyes. It’s not that her reasons for leaving weren’t valid, but that the story seems to gloss over the years between them. Also, the set up of their reunion is pretty unbelievable as well. A mysterious Mistress sends Lily on a blind Dom date? And Lily wants to “test” her ability to be with a Dominant before she seeks out Barry again?
All of these things would have been completely acceptable had the story explored their reconnection a little more. Instead, Barry and Lily breeze through their resentments and problems like they’re nothing, have a little kinky sex and kaboom! Wedding bells.
Fluff definitely has a place in my library and I like the light touch. This story stays on the surface of the relationship and so I was never invested in whether they were together or not. Lily’s angst that kept her away from Barry for three years had no impact on me and did not make her sympathetic. All in all, this story missed me entirely. It wasn’t a wall banger, but it didn’t make much of an impression either.
Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland