Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
Avery Decker meets rescue swimmer Kane O’Hanlon when he saves her best friend from drowning. The sparks fly immediately and they become passionate lovers fairly early into the story. Avery is a surfer with an alias and she’s taking advantage of the solitude in Sunset Beach. Kane is the owner of Performance Rescue Ohana, a company that provides water rescue for the local beaches and surfer competitions. But Avery has a secret and she’s hiding from her four brothers.
Kane and Avery grow closer, despite the fact that she keeps their relationship on a sexual basis only and he balks at his kinkier side. Of course, her distance and his reluctance collide and they part ways, only to have their lives smash into each other again when he finds her almost dead from a car accident. He saves her, but her four brothers stiff arm him at the hospital and she disappears.
Three years later, Avery comes to Kane to save one of her brothers who has been shot. Things are different now and Kane is fully aware of his Dominant nature. All Avery’s secrets are revealed and Kane becomes her protector, her Master and her lover no matter what her criminal minded brothers might decide.
First of all, there were some really great parts to this book. The author’s description of subspace, the breath play, the sex scenes were hot and steamy. If you don’t like prologues, though, this book is not for you. The first seventy-five pages are a prologue. The plot is complicated the scenes went one to another abruptly. It’s a wild ride (literally) involving two motorcycle gangs fighting over turf, kidnapping and gunfights.
This is a book with a lot of characters, none of them felt fully developed, though their personalities were described. I loved Avery in the beginning, but it seemed as if she lost her confidence by the end of the book. She kicks ass in the action scenes, but she seems a lot less aggressive in bed. After the initial relatively vanilla sex scenes, I was looking forward to Avery’s fight and spunk when Kane finally discovered his Dominant kink. Instead, she seemed to submit fairly easily.
Kane seemed to be a mystery to me even as the book ended happily. There’s two years in Australia that seems rushed over, and his involvement in security versus rescue swimming seems odd but your mileage may vary. It’s clear he never found any woman to compare to Avery, and that makes his feelings for her believable.
The BDSM in this book has a light touch and isn’t too hard core. There’s cuffs and bondage. The breath play is nicely done. I like the safeword discussions and that Kane is a caring Dom who takes care of his sub. I usually rate books for myself based on whether I would read the author again (if it’s a new-to-me author) and I believe I would.
Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland