Series: Knights of the Board Room #5
Genres: Alpha Guy, BDSM, Best Friends Sister, Contemporary Romance, Dark, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Romance
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Ben is the last unattached member of the five-man executive team of K&A Associates. The other four, all Masters, have found the submissives of their dreams. That’s fine. The sharp-edged lawyer knows he’s the most hardcore of them all, with extreme tastes as a Master he satisfies physically through experienced club submissives. He doesn’t really need anything more. Marcie has loved Ben since she was sixteen. He’s never behaved as anything more than a protective big brother, a family friend. But now she’s twenty-three and starting her career as a corporate investigator. She may be a blood-and-bone-deep submissive, but she won’t hesitate to use her aggressive talents to prove she’s meant to be his. With a Master as tough as Ben, she’ll have to take whatever measures are needed—even if her deepest desire isn’t a hostile takeover of his heart, but an unconditional surrender to it.
I tend to be very wishy-washy when it comes to BDSM books. It’s not the subject matter that bothers me, it’s the way its written. I hate women who are too stupid too live, those are not characters I can get behind. I hate male characters who are basically written as dominates so they basically be abusive. Also I hate when BDSM is marketed as BDSM and then it’s like vanilla kinky, like seriously, if you aren’t actually going to write it, then don’t call it that. I have been disheartened with a lot of the books I have read, so I went a mission, I was find ones I liked, that were well written, had actual plot lines, and characters that didn’t annoy me to death. After A LOT of searching on board, I came across this authors name, and this book in particular. I kind of LOVE when there is a best friends sister kind of vibe, and this one had it in spades, so that really helped me in taking to the book.
So Marcie is a young woman, fresh out of college and working at the company/firm her brother in law is part owner in. There are five other guys who are in the group, and Marcie basically came into their life when her sister took custody of her, so she was a teenager. Ben was kind of her rock, he was kind to her, readily gave her advice, helped her when she needed it, just in general made her feel better about life. But it was never inappropriate, she was young had a big time crush, but he always acted like an older brother type and gently dealt with the crush aspect. Of course years later Marcie is back, and she’s grown up, and her eyes and heart are still set on Ben.
So Marcie was an interesting character for me, a lot of time submissives are kind of portrayed as being weak willed or without any kind of opinion of their own, but that wasn’t Marcie. She knew she wanted Ben, and she went for it. Even when he told her that it wasn’t going to happen, she wasn’t deterred. She also stood up to Ben when she needed to, she spoke her mind, she told him point blank how she felt, what she wanted, she didn’t hold back. I loved that about her. She’s a really strong person in general, she didn’t exactly have it easy growing up, so it was easy to like her.
Ben on the other hand was way more closed off the Marcie was. He had some hang-ups that he needed to deal with. It was fun for me to watch him try to set limits on himself when it came to Marcie, and then watch him completely just fail at being able to work within those limits. He definitely had a lot more growth to go through as a character then Marcie did, and in a lot of ways I feel like this is his story of evolution. I liked that he was fallible, he definitely makes mistakes in this book, but he also owns up to them and is ready to take the punishment for those mistakes.
Without a doubt this book had an extensive cast of character, given that it’s book 5 it’s totally understandable. I thought it was easy to jump into even without reading the prior books. I thought the BDSM aspects were really well written. I also thought this book was much more character driven then a lot of BDSM books are, and it made those elements all the more intriguing because of the character development. All in all this was definitely a book I enjoyed and I would read more by this author in the future.