Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
While this was a hot, interesting novella, it also contained some major flaws that distract the reader from the story.
It starts with Elijah seducing his sister’s best friend, Amber, when she was 18. It then jumps to the present day, and over time we learn that the two have had an on-again, off-again relationship that is currently off, after Amber saw Elijah with another sub at the club they attended together. It’s implied that Amber has self-image issues and she leaves the club, and Elijah behind. But now, he has shown up again at her door and she is helpless to resist him. He finally realizes he has hurt her unbearably with his actions and is on the verge of losing her altogether. Can the two of them work past their issues and find happiness?
The sex scenes were scorching, and while reference was made to whips and other such toys, the described BDSM scenes were limited to spanking and orgasm denial.
The real problem with the story is the time frame. It is not until past half way into the book that the reader understands what has been going on between the two. The time line could have been made clearer and Amber’s motivations could have been better explored.
Reviewed by Karen H.