Gabrielle, better known as Gabby, is wondering what she's doing at a BDSM demonstration by herself. She was suppose to be here with her good friend Angel but Angel didn't show up. Gabby lost her chance to leave when Master Thomas stepped on to the stage to start. His voice called to Gabby and her longings came forward. How could she feel this way in public!!!
Master Thomas noticed Gabby and after his demonstration made his way to her. She was obviously new to the scene and was also obviously in subspace. There is no way he could just leave her alone like that.
After a brief meeting, Gabby is well enough to drive home and she can't wait to leave. She's never been so embarrassed. Just wait until she talks to Angel!
Thomas also knows Angel and is given Gabrielle's phone number. He knows she's interested in learning and he is one of the best instructors around. If she follows what he asks of her, he'd be willing to take on her training.
There is a catch though. Thomas is also training a Dom, David. Gabrielle would have to agree to take on both of them. Can this shy sub handle two dominate men?
Gabby is divorced due to her desire to have a more kinky sex life. Her ex, Scott, thought she was strange and a slut. Thomas has always trained subs but doesn't keep one for himself. Gabrielle is different but does he dare take the chance. David is ready to learn but he's dominant in his own right. His style compliments Thomas's and he's finding that he's falling in love. Does this relationship have any chance?
When I started this book I noticed two things; it's a fairly long book and I immediately fell in love with Gabby. This is definitely not a quick read but you won't get board.
The characters are fabulous. Gabby is an independent smart woman who has a wonderful life. She wants to explore her wants and needs regardless of her ex's opinions. Thomas is a stern man who is use to being obeyed. He has his own secrets though. He also runs the Sanctuary, a club where he met Gabby. David is fairly new to BDSM and he wanted a good trainer. While that's how he and Thomas meet, they are quickly becoming good friends. David's more laid back and easy going but he still demands respect.
This story is more than just a love story and a m‚nage. It's even more than Gabby trying to become the woman she wants to be. Gabby's ex, Scott comes back into her life to threaten her. Gabby's best friend, Angel reminds Gabby not to get too attached to Thomas but it's too late, she's already forming attachments. Thomas is going to have to look at his past and make some hard decisions.
Trust is stressed throughout this story. Without trust, there is not a good relationship. The issue of trust is put to the test several times and sometimes the person passes and sometimes they don't. As Gabby, Thomas and David work to form their relationship, what should be shared and what shouldn't. Do Thomas and David need to know about Scott's threats? Should Thomas share his secrets from his past? Where is the line drawn or should there even be a line?
I found myself drawn into this story and its drama very quickly. I had no desire to put it down and enjoyed seeing Gabby start her journey into a lifestyle she dreamed about but had not experienced. Her Doms attracted me and their commands controlled my thoughts. The sex was hot but also full of wonder, exploration and emotion. For the most part, I loved every aspect of this book. What I didn't love, I can live with. There is a betrayal that just didn't feel right to me but otherwise there is nothing major.
I have to highly recommend this fantastic story. It got my attention, kept it and left me wanting to be Gabby. Though this story is fairly long, I wanted more. And when I did finish it, it stayed with me. Excellent is just not high enough praise.
Eager to understand her secret desires, Gabrielle enters “The Sanctuary.” Inside she’s immediately torn between fear of the unknown and a craving to learn more, until the lights dim. From the first sound of Thomas’ calm and controlled voice, she is mesmerized. With an underlying need in her emotional spirit that requires more than sex, she is easily seduced into a world of dominance and submission under false pretenses.
For Thomas, an experienced Master, Gabrielle is an interesting mix of defiant, naive and submissive. Her sharp mind and wit appeal to him as much as the curves of her lush figure. He accepts the challenge to help train her despite the danger she represents. Long term anything for him is out of the question. If he does his job right, his protégé David will end up the perfect Dom for her and Thomas will move on with his armor intact.
Their journey puts Gabrielle at the mercy of two men who teach her how to embrace her darkest needs within a tight bond of trust. Unfortunately, betrayal lurks on the path to total surrender.