Still Taking Chances

First Line:

He`d imagined this walk a thousand times over the last fifteen years. Always at the end of the journey was the house on the corner, his grandmother in the kitchen, and a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies on the table for him.

Teaser:

"Tell me what you learned yesterday."

This is what he`d feared, that she would get back on the confessions kick, but he had to admit, he felt better for telling someone about how he`d gotten his name. He still didn`t like that Mary Beth insisted on calling him by it, but exposing the secret to the light seemed to have made it less important.

Plot:

I do not read many BDSM or Fem-Dom books, but I always make an exception for Roz Lee's stories. Still Taking Chances, while highly erotic and graphic, Ms. Lee layered in high emotions giving this story a whole other level that made me care deeply for the characters. The story starts out with two people, Elgin and Mary Beth, oppressing their true sexual nature for different reasons and quickly rolls into Mary Beth not being able to resist stepping back into her role as Dominatrix to help Elgin unearth buried issues that are causing him deep grief. Her demands, he must tell her everything, something he is unwilling to do.

There is much resistance by Elgin, however Mary Beth is a skilled and talented Mistress that knows how to work Elgin into confronting his fears and his past. Through his stages of healing we get to see this lifestyle at its glory and learn a bit about humans inner workings. Along the road we also get to see Mary Beth's side of the story and learn just how hard it is to detach oneself when walking alongside one's sub on the path to an unburdened soul. There is no shortage of heartache and tears before you reach the ending but when you do you can't help but smile at how things turn out.

Writing:

True to her writing style author Roz Lee continues to grace this genre with great skill. She writes about wounded characters that need a helping hand in finding their happily-ever-after and always delivers a sensually erotic story to carry readers away.

Characters:

Mary Beth Winters, an artist by profession lives the life of a Dominatrix. Or she use to anyway. Hiding out for the past five years in Prairieview, Texas, Mary Beth Winters is hiding just as much as Elgin and does not want people to know about her sexual preferences. Elgin, a DEA agent that doesn't blink an eye at the high risks of his job doesn't have the guts to face his inner demons. These two characters were fascinating to read about. Mary Beth sets aside her reservations of not touching her bag of tricks and Elgin Huddleston refuses to acknowledge he needs help. Both strong but Mary Beth knows how to make Elgin kneel before her so she can work her magic on his soul. I loved both Elgin and Mary Beth for their courage to look for the needed strength and take hold of the other and find the peace they both deserve.

Last Thoughts:

Still Taking Chances is as much a healing story as it is a love story. For a short read of seventy-four pages the author worked in multiple layers of eroticism and love that delivered a highly entertaining read. Fabulous Job Ms. Lee!


Book Blurb for Still Taking Chances

After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin 'Hud' Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.

Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn't need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin 'Hud' Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.25