However do these people run a business? This is book 2 in the Topped series, book 9.5 in the Mercenaries and Masters series. It is the first book I’ve read in either series.
Eric is an all around good guy. A gentleman. He holds doors open for women, sees a date to her door. And will spank a submissive for being sassy. And he can cook a mean brisket. Where has this man been all my life?
Deena is a hard working woman who got took to the cleaners by her sleazy lawyer husband. Now all men are painted with the same tainted brush and no matter how good they act, they all have a rotten center. Although attracted, Deena is sure Eric is the same.
I adored the interaction between the staff as though they are a family. And they kind of are by choice. Everyone knows everyone’s business and has an opinion. This is hard for Deena as she wasn’t raised in a friendly environment, and her marriage ended up in emotional and financial disaster. It was a learning curve for her and I thoroughly enjoyed her amazement and eventual acceptance of all these people had to offer her. Especially Eric.
The book revolves around the restaurant Top and the sex club Sanctum. Yes, there is BDSM play and it is very well done. It is also a love story that is very well done and realistic. Eric has some mountains to scale to get to Deena’s heart but patience is a virtue that he has in spades. An enjoyable read.
One Hot Chef….
Eric Vail has always loved a challenge. After leaving the Navy, he mastered his passion for cooking. As the sous chef at Top, one of Dallas’s hottest restaurants, his skills are pushed to the limit every night. Unfortunately, his ultimate prize still eludes him. Server Deena Holmes is the sweetest thing he’s seen in forever, but she’s as distant as she is beautiful. When they’re put together in the same training class at the infamous club Sanctum, he knows this is his shot. And this former SEAL never misses.
A Woman Who Lost Her Taste for Love…
Deena thinks Eric is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen, but her heart has been burned too many times before. She’s sworn off relationships for good and she can’t trust herself with a man that easy to fall in love with. She takes a spot as a trainee at Sanctum in the hopes of finding a safe place to explore and experiment. When she discovers her partner is the same chef she dreams about every night, Deena knows she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
A Perfect Recipe for Passion
While exploring the world of Sanctum, Eric and Deena find themselves learning about each other and finding an intimacy neither expected. But when the ghosts of her past resurface, old wounds are reopened. Can their newfound love survive when it’s put to the test?