Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance
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DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private BDSM retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.
Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.
The synopsis really sold me on this book, and I was really excited to read it. I don’t normally like a lot of books that dominance as a theme, but when it’s done well I like them fine, but there has to be a plot underneath the steamy love scenes or it just isn’t worth it to me. I was happy to see that this book did have plot underneath the sex scenes, and overall the book was okay. I wish I had liked it more than I did, it just didn’t strike a cord, or maybe I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. In no means was this a bad book, it was well written, but for whatever reason it just didn’t do it for me.
So the book starts out hot and heavy, which is slightly jarring because I don’t have any emotional connection to the characters, and personally I like the build up because its where you get to make an emotional connection with the character, which I think would have helped out in the beginning. The beginning sex scenes actually last for quite some time, and then they just abruptly stop. Turns out real life came knocking at the door and Damien had to run out on Poppy without ever getting her name. Poppy is so pissed that she throws away the note with his name and number. But of course that’s not the end.
Damien is a DEA agent and he had to run off because a time-sensitive bust popped up. Things did not go according to plan and the kingpin got away, which of course becomes a recurring theme throughout the book. I actually liked this plot line, it worked for me. It added some much needed suspense to the book as well as helped keep the pacing up.
For me I liked Damien, he’s hot, a good guy, quality law enforcement, and just in general a nice guy with some kinkier likes than most. But Poppy…. well Poppy I didn’t really like all that much. Maybe because it felt like the author kept giving her new was to be unique. She grew up in a commune, she has interesting friends, she a switch not just a submissive, she’s a hot librarian, it was just overdone in my opinion. And the relationship with Poppy and her mother just kind of dragged, I felt nothing for it at all.
That being said Poppy and Damien did have good chemistry together, but I just didn’t connect with Poppy and the book was just okay in my eyes. I do think that if you like the whole dominance thing, you should definitely give this book a shot, because I did feel like those scenes were well written.