Shelby, a wanna-be sub, hasn’t found a Dom strong enough to push past her need to be in control. Her experiences as a sub have been yawn-inducing. She’s fantasized plenty, though, about Trevor Lawton, one of Dark Haven’s legendary, mouthwateringly firm Doms.
As the stakes get higher at the charity poker match, Dom Trevor Lawton is fascinated by the woman kneeling across the table from him. Problem is, she’s not a good sub. Oh, she tries, and she’s lovely. But she’s not very good at following orders. The woman needs a firm, unyielding hand…his.
Shelby enjoyed her dabbling as a sub in the BDSM lifestyle. A few naughty weekends a year has always been more than enough to satisfy her needs. Master David, a friend of hers for many years, and she share a comfortable, carefree relationship that suits them both. And while they might not be burning up the sheets and Shelby might privately feel she doesn’t get everything she needs from him, they’ve been friends and lovers long enough she doesn’t want to tip their status quo. Master Trevor, however, is everything David is not. Master Trevor is unyielding and seriously strict. Shelby knows she’d never get away with half the antics she does with her friend, David, and after a poker match where she’s the prize, Shelby realizes that Trevor’s far stricter sense of dominance and control might be exactly what she craves.
I found this to be a hot and well written sexual tale. I could really empathise with Shelby. She is a strong, independent woman who likes to dabble in submission and pain. Shelby’s main problem is David is her friend first, and her Master/lover second – so Shelby’s boundaries are never really pushed and anything that gives her even a small level of discomfort is immediately stopped. I also found it interesting how Shelby doesn’t seem – at least initially – to even know for certain whether she’s truly interested in submission or not. She’s so used to “topping from below” that she hasn’t seemed to ever really, truly submit fully at all. Indeed, Shelby hesitated and questioned so many of the commands from Trevor that I really started to wonder myself whether Shelby was truly interested in submitting or just play-acting every now and then. Shelby quickly learned her usual antics wouldn’t wash at all with Trevor.
Personally, I enjoyed the fact this wasn’t what I would classify a “normal” Dom/sub story. A good portion of the plot is Shelby learning and coming to terms with what a “regular” submissive would and should do. Shelby learning about herself, her needs and what she really wants takes up a huge amount of the book. I really liked reading this and found it a refreshing take on the more common Dom/sub story. I could understand, however, that this mightn’t be every readers’ cup of tea, especially since there is the very real question – to my mind at least – on whether Shelby actually is (or wants to be) a submissive at all.
A fun, seriously sexy read that I feel will appeal to many readers. I thoroughly enjoyed the different outlook on a BDSM style story. Hot and enjoyable, I will happily reread this story many times to come.