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Black Light: Worthy (Black Light Series Book 23) Kindle Edition
Handling bossy, demanding millionaires is just a regular Tuesday for Katherine Callahan, one of the most in-demand financial planners on the East Coast. Austin Barrick may be baseball’s biggest star, but she figures there’s not much difference between him and the rest of her clients.
That is, until he walks into her office, flashes his million-dollar smile, and asks her to dinner. Before they even leave her office, Kit discovers a thrilling dominance beneath Austin’s easygoing charm, and finds herself thrust into a dark, fascinating world of pleasure and pain.
But in a society that values beauty above all else, she’s learned one simple, brutal truth: Fat girls don’t deserve happily ever after. Can Austin’s sweet, steady dominance help her embrace a life she’s only dreamed of? Or will she let a culture of shame keep her in the shadows?
- ASIN : B097FDQPJF
- Publisher : Black Collar Press (June 28, 2021)
- Publication date : June 28, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1600 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1947559591
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,848 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I found this book just plain bad. I had high hopes, I am short and round everywhere and, just like Katherine, internalized the shame and self hatred of American norms that all women should be thin ( if not tall and thin.) But aside from that obvious "theme" I was not convinced that Katherine was real and I hated that Austin seemed to always call her childish names: kitty, Kit, etc.)
Fat shaming in one thing. Deciding to write a book with a main character that has been fat shamed is another. Is there any reason a Dom can't suggest or even demand therapy? Do they all think a bit a sex will fix everything?
I'll continue to read this series, but can't recommend this book in the series.
Aside from that plot thread, which again weaves itself through the entire book, I really enjoyed it. It's a solid addition to the Black Light series, and I would definitely recommend it. Everything that was good about this book far outweighed any negative aspects for me.
The other reason I didn’t like this book is that it felt too unrealistic and never addressed really why a famous, wealthy, traditionally attractive man would buck a whole life of cultural conditioning to all of a sudden start dating a fat woman. His resistance to calling her fat though felt real.
Finally I just hate reading about domestic disciple and bdsm relationships where the power dynamics exist outside of sexual situations and include punishments, but no stars off for that because that’s my personal preference. Though I do think punishing someone for having complicated feelings about their body that society (which 100% includes their parents, other close family, and friends) has continuously told them is bad, gross, and wrong is not right.
Top reviews from other countries
Emotional at times, I found myself crying on several occasions at the cruelty Kit faced and the way she saw herself as less than she was. Austin was a sweet, caring, protective dom but with a few issues of his own to deal with too around his career. I was pleased that Kit had the confidence to call him out when he had an a-hole moment (or two) but I felt he pushed her a bit hard at times. I know its a trust thing, but deep seated insecurities like Kit's aren't easy to overcome quickly, so the nature of one particular punishment at Blacklight due to her insecurities, did make me feel a little uncomfortable. Kit was so new to bdsm and the very public elements of the punishment were also a first time for her. It wasn't hardcore, but the emotion, pain and anguish behind it really got to me. She was so desperate for acceptance and even though things worked out, I personally felt Austin demanded too much too quickly.
Suffice to say, Austin's heart really was in the right place and overall I loved his determination to make Kit see how beautiful she was even if I didn't always like his methods. I also liked how her self believe grew throughout and didn't just miraculously disappear overnight. I have to say the final scene was beautifully uplifting!
This book, the first I've read by this author was well written and the thoughts and feelings it invoked felt very realistic. It makes me sad to know how cruel people can be, but this story also made me smile. It was a hard journey for both Austin and especially Kit to navigate, but a good lesson that people deserve love and happiness no matter what they look like and shows what the nature of beauty is all about.
Rating 3.75 stars
That last scene nearly killed me...sobbed my eyes out!!!