His to Punish by Doris O’Connor
The Cleaners, Book 2
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Full Length (158 Pages)
Other: BDSM, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Toys, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel
Revenge or love…either choice will sacrifice her freedom.
Dance teacher Jeanette MacArthur has one thing on her mind when she auditions for a job at La Masquerade—revenge. She couldn’t protect her sister from the criminals she now seeks employment with, but she can ensure that justice prevails.
If only her body wouldn’t melt at the touch of one of them. Ty Mason, second-hand man of the Cleaners, oozes dominance, aggression, and danger. He stands for everything she ought to despise, yet this unwanted attraction threatens to ruin her.
Ty can’t take his eyes off the new dancer, not least because he senses the threat she represents. Only one thing for it—claim her for his own, and torture the secrets out of her—if need be.
Her unwilling submission, however, means he discovers more than her secrets. His heart and their future are on the line.
Love, Hate and Revenge.
When Jeanette, a former dance teacher, steps into La Masquerade as a dancer, she thought she knew all she needed to know. She had a plan. No matter what else happens, she would get revenge for the death of her sister.
What happens after she auditions was not what she ever expected and it tested her at every step. It even made her question the relationship she thought she had with her sister.
Upfront disclosure, I haven’t read the first book in this series. I love a series where each book can be read as a standalone while a common thread or reoccurring characters tie the series together. His To Punish has all the right elements to make it as a standalone. Readers new to the BDSM genre should be aware that it also has a variety of things that may not be what a first time reader of erotic romance is expecting. That being said this book and the plot showed the characters every facet, good, bad, everything.
The chemistry between Jeanette and Ty was hot and sizzling and the passion was brought out more with every chapter I read.
As second in command of the Cleaners, Ty is full on Dominant with a capital D. I love everything about the story but was a little surprised at how quickly Jeanette embraces becoming a submissive. The author may have felt rushed to get beyond that aspect of the relationship, the push/pull of a new submissive, to develop the rest of the plot and build on Ty and Jeanette’s HEA. The story doesn’t lag but moves quickly and kept my attention.
Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. It has love, family, and just the right amount of sizzling chemistry.