Still Taking Chances by Roz Lee
Sting factor (kink): 2 out of 5
After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his
wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.
Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn’t need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.
Damn, I really wanted to like this book.
Still Taking Chances is a well-written, contemporary romance novella with a nice blend of BDSM elements. Most of the kink includes dominance and submission scenes, a few toys and some bondage, but nothing that’s too, too crazy. The characters are three dimensional and interesting in their own right. And by that, I mean that each character could respectively hold their own if the author chose to write other books with either. The author has a lovely way with description and seems to really have a deep respect for alternative sexual lifestyles and the people who live them. Sometimes I run into books where the sex, especially the BDSM portions of it, seem…cheap in a greasy-porno-I-stole-this-from-a-smutt-mag way. The author really does have a lovely grasp of the written language and she seems to really care for her characters.
All that being said, this book DID NOT work for me. Here are a few reasons why: