Shaela works as an interior designer. She loves the creativity of her job but recently things have gotten out of hand. She’s working really long hours and a lot of those hours are due to having no admin person to do all the Xeroxing, filing and things like that. Her boss doesn’t seem to notice as her team falls further and further behind on project. She knows something has to give but she’s not sure what or when. So, when Alek, her a good friend since high school, asks her for help, she’s not sure she wants to commit herself to something else.
Alek is a photographer and has been offered a book deal. He needs to find a model though and quick. Usually he would use whomever he was dating but he recently broke up with the girl. He hates to ask, especially as Shaela doesn’t exactly get why he loves to tie women up, but he really has no choice. It’s not like he plans on having sex with her, just tie her up in erotic bondage and take pictures.
Shaela reluctantly agrees to help Alek. She knows what a big deal this is and really cares for her friend. She’s shocked though when she learns that she’s getting turned on! That wasn’t suppose to happen. 
As Shaela and Alek move their relationship from friendship to lovers will they be able to keep their closeness. Can Shaela accept the differences that she never understood? Can Alek give Shaela the support she needs as she deals with a workload that only gets busier and a father who thinks she should just give up?
I love books about best friends who become lovers. It’s such a fine line and once cross, you can’t go back. Good friends are hard to find and keep so Shaela and Alek are cautious as they move to lovers which is good. 
The characters are realistic and fun. Who doesn’t feel the pinch of making due with less at work but still being expected to do more at your job? Shaela has real worries and concerns that almost everyone in the workplace can appreciate. Alek has a day job but wants to highlight the aesthetics of bondage to the rest of the world.  He’s good at both and wants to share. The problem is, you can’t just grab someone off the street to tie up. 
Ask anyone what makes a relationship and communication will be one of the big things. When, Alek forgets that, things start to fall apart and quickly. Another important element is learning about your partner and yourself. Alek seems to have forgotten that too. Can he salvage his relationship with Shaela?
While I don’t always appreciate all the aspects of BDSM, I do appreciate a good love story and this is a good one. Sure there were a few sexual quirks that I might have raised my eye about but if the characters are good with it, so am I. What came across was the special relationship between Alek and Shaela and how it was evolving into something new and different. As they explored each other and their limits, you could appreciate the journey they were taking. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this best friends to lovers story. Excellent job.

Book Blurb for Rigger

Length: Short Novel
Line: Taboo

Alek likes to tie up women. As a rigger, he’s into the aesthetics of bondage—the pattern of rope against skin, the marks left in tender flesh—but he also likes the high of being in control and, yeah, it turns him on. When Alek needs a model to complete the photographs for his book on rope bondage, he asks his friend Shaela.
Shaela has known Alek since high school, and while she disapproves of his kinky sexual habits, he’s a friend and she agrees to help. She’s not prepared for the experience of being tied up. Being bound and helpless releases her from her everyday problems—her slave-driver boss, her unsatisfying career and her derogatory father. She’s also helplessly aroused.
So is Alek. He sees how Shaela loves being bound, even though she doesn’t want to admit it, and proposes they explore it together. Intrigued but nervous, Shaela agrees. Neither of them expects to learn the things they do about each other—and about themselves. And neither of them expects to fall in love.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2010 5.00