Master of Velvet by Kirstie Abbot

Master of Velvet by Kirstie Abbot
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (215 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Former SAS officer Adam Granger has wanted Beth Harrison ever since she came to work for him, but he fears dating his luscious assistant might prove awkward.

Beth’s been attracted to Adam from the start. Alpha male through and through, he is the model for the fictional Dom in the novel she’s writing. But getting involved with her boss? Probably not a good idea.

When Beth is mugged on her way home, she finds herself in Adam’s arms and in his life. She discovers that he is the Dom she’s always wanted, but ghosts from his past have come back to haunt him, putting his business and his life at risk. Beth’s life is threatened and Adam must do all he can to protect what he holds most dear.

Inside scoop: In addition to lots of experimentation with BDSM and a yummy almost-ménage, there are references to a violent, non-consensual sexual encounter.

Master of Velvet is a boss and secretary love story with a healthy dose of BDSM at the surface but it’s got a lot more depth to it than that, it had a lot of heart and real emotions and I really enjoyed this story. Beth has loved her boss and even fantasized about him as a Dom but she doesn’t want to compromise her working relationship which is something I can really admire.

Adam loves Beth and wants her total submission in the bedroom and her sharp wit and independence outside. He definitely moves quickly when circumstances present the opportunity to take their relationship to the next level, and I think the only reason this story works so well is because they’ve know and worked together for years. Adam is both a very in charge character and someone who is very damaged but on the path to being whole. I’ll admit there is a scene with some slight role reversal, that was a bit of a shock to my system and I was a bit put off by it, but by the end of the story it made sense and I didn’t hate it as much.

Overall, it’s a well written enjoyable BDSM tale, and I really felt the depth and love between Adam and Beth. I also enjoyed the extra drama and suspense of the plot point with the ghosts of Adam’s past coming back to haunt them. I definitely recommend this story for fans of action and BDSM romance with a lot of heart and heat.

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