Can the kinky billionaire owner of the Dark Fantasy resort casino capture the heart of a muscled SWAT officer with a secret fetish?
SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator Steve wonders why he can’t stay away from the spoiled, rich Allistair, owner of Dark Fantasy Resort Casino. They have mutual kinks—ones Steve can’t find with other lovers—but there’s something else about the emotionally detached, beautiful man that calls to him.
Billionaire Allistair stays alone in his luxury penthouse apartment at the top of Dark Fantasy, terrified of the real world and of opening himself up to genuine emotions. He takes lover after lover, all of them allowing him to do whatever he wants to their bodies, in the hopes that they can scam something from him.
One night is all he ever shares with a plaything—he knows they only want the money and luxury he can offer them and nothing more. But the down to earth Steve is different. They share the same kinks and are explosive when together. But could the muscled law officer ever want more than the lust-filled encounters that have become such an addiction?
As they grow closer, they discover they also have to find a balance between Steve’s everyday world and Allistair’s entitled world before they can truly find an ever after. They also have to make sure Allistair stays safe. Filthy rich playboys are too tempting to those who seek the ultimate payday—and who aren’t afraid of hurting someone to get it.
They say opposites attract and there couldn’t be two men more different than Steve Ashwood and Allistair Richmond. While one works for the LVMPD as a hostage negotiator, the other is a billionaire playboy without a care in the world. Or so it would seem. As their worlds draw closer together, they begin to discover that not everything is as cut and dried as it once appeared.
Steve made his first appearance in Held Hostage as a hostage negotiator during the standoff at Brett’s clothing store in the Fashion Show Mall. His friends with benefits relationship with Cole was a decent sized part of the previous novel as they were best friends as well as lovers. I’m happy that we got Steve’s story this go around because all of his sneaky behavior in the middle of the previous book made me curious as to who he’d found and whether it was going to last or not. I liked Steve a lot, especially the contradictions between his outwardly appearance and his internal desires. It makes for an interesting character.
Allistair, on the other hand, was a completely new character for me. He’s also a bit of an odd duck, to say the least. In a lot of ways, he’s very adult and focused and in others, he’s extremely childlike and innocent. Although his childish exuberance got to be too much at times, I had to remind myself that he wasn’t used to the kind of interactions he was experiencing. He did eventually relax and calm down somewhat by the middle of the book and felt like more of a real character by then. By the time I finished the novel, however, I was convinced that he and Steve really were made for each other.
One of the things that makes Negotiating Love different from the previous four books in this series is that part of the storyline runs concurrent to that of the previous book, Held Hostage. It is interesting seeing part of the hostage situation from the previous book play out through Steve’s eyes rather than Cole’s. This fifth novel also ups the ante with the BDSM play as well. Despite the fact that it went a little farther into the BDSM than I usually care for, the addition of Steve and Allistair’s fetish balanced it out for me, giving me an exciting and sexy read.