Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.
Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.
This was my first title by this author and I enjoyed it overall. Her writing style is a little different than other authors I have read, and while it took me a little bit to get used to it, I found that it was engaging and I was involved in the story.
Lennox and Marie have known one another for a while and he is her boss. Prior to this, he was the man involved with her best friend, Winnie, who was killed in a car accident 3 years before the events of the story.
Lennox is a dom, but one who is resisting who he is because he believes that it is the lifestyle that drive Winnie to her death, and he feels responsible.
Marie is a teacher in the school Lennox runs and, she has been in love with him the entire time she has known him. But, convincing Lennox that he is good enough for her is the challenge.
I liked the BDSM elements of this story and I enjoyed the way they were handled, that they were allowed to be important to both parties and that it was ok, accepted, and central to their lives. A lot of times in a story with elements of BDSM, it feels like it is tossed in, but in this book it felt like it was central and important to the characters.
I am definitely interested in reading other titles by this author and I recommend this one.
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