Stella enjoys being flogged and admits she’s a bottom, but not a submissive. In fact, she doesn’t see anything submissive about herself. She’s a physical therapist and if it weren’t for the fact she has massive student loans to pay back she wouldn’t be working at the check in counter at the local BDSM club. However, working there gets her free admission and while she doesn’t participate in scenes often, she can find one if she needs it. When a tall and handsome guy comes in and tells her that he’ll see her later, she doesn’t always want to see him or he is just giving her a line. But, when new comer, Evan, tells her that, he not only means it but Stella hopes he’s waiting.
Evan hasn’t come to play, he’s come to check out the club and visit with a couple of friends. He’s new to DC but not to BDSM. He’s left his bag at home because he’s hurt his arm and can’t use his toys as he wishes. He really does need to see someone about his arm but he’s putting it off as long as he can. The red headed woman at the check in has definitely spiked his interest. Maybe she’ll show him around.
The showing around ended up being a bit more and Evan hopes to see Stella again. What neither expects is for Evan to show up at her place of work having an appointment with her. How awkward! And, when Stella’s boss overhears Evan saying he needs his arm to flog willing women, he makes sure that the receptionist knows not to let that “pervert” have another appointment. Stella is livid and offers to see Evan at home in a professional capacity.
With sparks flying between them, can they keep it professional? Evan wants a sub though and Stella isn’t willing. It should be interesting as they negotiate more than physical therapy.
This story interested me from the start. First, I usually love Sindra van Yssel’s books. Secondly, I live near DC and like reading about towns I know. And, lastly, the plot sounded interesting. So, what did I find?
The characters are great. Evan comes with more than a hurt arm and a Dom personality. He’s been burned before and he has no desire to repeat the experience. Right now, he’s looking for fun and games but no strings or love. Stella is sure she knows what she wants and sitting at some Dom’s feet isn’t it. She’s a strong, opinionated woman who can express herself. These two strong characters carry this story with no problems and make themselves believable.
Settings were perfect. The club was described with what was in it, from vendors to play areas. Also, mentioned were laws that members needed to follow to stay legal. The need for using a name other than your real one was also mentioned. Though streets, parks and other landmarks in the DC area were not part of the story, the feel of a large city was present. I had hoped for a few more hints of where this illusive club is located.
The plot isn’t as straight forward as you might think. There is a definite twist in it that causes Stella and Evan to think vanilla. As shocking as that might be, the twist was excellent and fit the story extremely well.
I absolutely, positively loved this story. I had no desire to put it down until I finished it. It flowed seamlessly and had the perfect pace. The characters were real and didn’t always accept what the other wanted. Trust had to be earned, not given freely. Safety reminders were weaved throughout the book almost as a reminder to readers that everything you read shouldn’t be practiced without them in place.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys BDSM stories. While not extremely long, it’s long enough for you to get involved. The scenes were outstanding, no matter where they were. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this!
Stella likes to get a flogging now and then at a local BDSM club, and she knows how to play the game of submission well enough to make sure the tops give her what she wants. She keeps her professional life as a physical therapist carefully separate from her life of kink until the arrival of Evan, a hot and skilled Master with a whipping arm that needs her professional care.
But Evan wants more than a doctor and a willing target, and he sees through the role Stella plays to a woman who hasn’t met the right master -- until now. While he’s happy to indulge her penchant for floggers, he has his own set of sensual games he’d like to teach her that will leave the curvy redhead hot with lust -- and maybe love.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (which may include scenes of bondage, spanking, and other elements practiced within a BDSM lifestyle).