Fire and Ice by Liz Andrews

Fire and Ice by Liz Andrews
Publisher: Loose ID.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (139 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Victor Titus is a man in control of all aspects of his life, both business and personal. He takes what he wants and damns the consequences. And what he wants the most is Tanya Garcia, the petite yet feisty office manager of his company.

A night of passion three months ago convinced him she’s his perfect match, but Tanya’s scared of the feelings his dominant nature evokes. The idea of giving up control to someone else has her running scared. The last thing she needs in her life is “The Iceman” telling her what to do.

Tired of her constantly retreating from him, Victor proposes a plan to have Tanya as his submissive for one week. Tanya agrees and figures on using the time to get him out of her system and then move on, but Victor’s sure he can prove he’s the dominant she’s been needing his whole life.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, domination/submission, flogging/spanking/cropping, wax play).

Tanya Garcia has been running from Victor Titus ever since he brought out her submissive urges during a Christmas party. A stolen moment with the domineering man at her best friend’s engagement party three months later cements the truth she’s worked so hard to mask. She wants him, even at the risk of losing herself in the process.

Victor has tried everything he knows to woo and interest Tanya, the feisty and beautiful office manager he can’t forget. That shared moment on his desk at the Christmas party only fuels his longing to possess her entirely – as his sub. Deciding discretion is no longer the better part of valor, he proposes Tanya give him one week as his submissive. If he can’t convince her to embrace what she is within seven days, they can part ways.

Fire and Ice is about breaking down barriers and accepting who and what you are. Victor has no qualms admitting his dominant nature and is appropriately dubbed the “Iceman” by friends that know it. Tanya is a woman in control and in charge that fights the submissive nature deep within. When Victor unlocks what she’s tried to keep hidden, she’s forced to face her fears and confront her demons.

While well written, I had a very difficult time believing the romantic aspects of this story. We are told that Victor wants Tanya and that she wants him, which is easily supported by their intense reaction to one another. But the love we are encouraged to believe exists between them is told but never felt. Also, a word of warning – derogatory statements, though accepted and encouraged by the heroine, made me wince. A solid foundation and understanding between the protagonists is vital when introducing or using vulgar commentary. In this, it felt as if Victor derived pleasure from bestowing endearments that are less than welcome upon this woman he supposedly cares for. It’s in no way enough to deter from enjoying the work, I just found that certain sentiments pulled me away from the story.

A very hot read, with tons of heat. If you’re looking for a bit of a hard edge to your erotica, Fire and Ice is just the ticket.

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