His Personal Shopper by Catherine Clarke

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His Personal Shopper by Catherine Clarke
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Genre: Contemporary, Holidays
Length: Short Story (76 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Isabelle Baker is a woman who loves the finer things in life. Her work in a high-end department store exposes her to plenty of glamor–and plenty of beautiful men. But Isabelle’s also a lady and she keeps herself under tight rein. So when her gorgeous personal shopping client makes an entirely inappropriate offer, she wants badly to resist…

But Bailey Johnson is no ordinary man. He’s used to getting what he wants and he won’t take no for an answer. Even a lady has her limits, especially when a Christmas shopping trip ends with one present no one can refuse.

Intensity thy name is Mr. Bailey Johnson. Seriously, this man has dark and broody down to an art.

What an awesome job to have, a personal shopper. I can see where it would take someone who could think on their feet and know the layout and inventory of a large department store, to make the job successful. Isabelle fit the bill. She seemed cultured, had traveled some and knew how to speak to affluent clients. She didn’t seem the type to try and entice her male clientele but the insta-lust between her and Mr. Johnson went from zero to sixty in less than ten seconds.

I got the impression that Bailey might be Dom. He was totally turned on when Isabelle was kneeling before him in the shoe department as well has helping him try on dress coats. And then there was the whole “I need to purchase a corset or three”.

At one point, I did ask myself if this store had security cameras. If so, whoever was in charge of watching those monitors was getting an eye full. It was hot, I particularly enjoyed the bedding department scene, but pretty tame right up until they reached the top floor, lingerie. There’s a buildup of the tension that starts the moment he steps out of his limo and it literally culminates on the top floor. The only thing that really pulled me out of the moment is that the author continued to refer to the hero as “Mr. Johnson”. I guess it could have been to keep him in the position of a dominant in the minds of readers but I think I was expecting more intimate dialogue by the time he’s been released to act on their attraction.

There was a point where I had to decide to suspend disbelief and simply enjoy the hot moment with them. It’s fantasy short story all about how amazing it would be for someone in Isabella’s position to meet someone as intense and sexy as Mr. Johnson. I enjoyed it for what it was.

This story is an HFN with plenty of potential for a HEA if they take time to get to know each other outside the bedroom. I could see this story being extended to include both more real time and more play time.

For readers short on time but looking for some lovely sexy dream fuel, this should fit the bill.

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