Submitting to the Lawyer Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Will they both let their reluctance to admit they want more from the other cost them everything?
Nan Meyers returns to her beloved hometown of Willow Springs a broken woman, 10 months after leaving for what was supposed to be a short vacation with her brother. For years she’d enjoyed an active lifestyle at the local club owned by her friends, but the trauma she endured while away has stripped her of those pleasures, leaving her determined to get her life back.
Dan Shylock greets the news of his friend and favorite submissive’s return with relief. After Nan cut off all communication with him and her other friends several weeks after going on vacation, her silence had both worried and angered him. Seeing the changes in her upon her return stirs up his suspicions, and when she reveals hints of suffering from an abusive trauma, his protective instincts and determination to help her kick into high gear.
As Dan slowly coaxes Nan back into embracing the pain-induced pleasures she once loved, their growing feelings for each other come to the surface. But before either can come to terms with how they feel, the truth about the strange mishaps Nan has been experiencing almost costs her her life. Will Dan get there in time to save her?
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 50 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 17, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #93,472 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The story is an emotional roller-coaster ride, one with regrets, fear, anger, angst, and also of strength and the determination to take back the life that was stolen. It is the difference between forced submission and safe, sane, and consensual in a BDSM relationship. The story has some mystery, suspense, and danger scenes, but it also has the comradery of friends, of lovers, and hometown goodness. While it has the good, the bad, and the ugly of life, it proves that good can win over evil and that love is stronger than fear.
Nan Meyers and Dan Shylock have a history, one of D/s at The Barn, but Nan has been away for ten-months in New Orleans and is now back—but she isn’t the same woman that left Willow Springs all those months ago. During her hiatus from her life, her tea shop, and her friends, she shut them all out of her life, but she is back, and how much is she willing to share?
“How much she should tell him now that he’d seen just how traumatized she’d been. The submissive side of her knew she could trust him, but the independent part of her nature kept insisting she could and should get over her ordeal with no more help.”
The story will have Nan trying to pretend that her nightmare isn’t going to affect her life back in her hometown. She will slowly start visiting with friends, but she holds her terror to herself, not sharing and getting the support she needs. Trying to scene at the club brings the nightmares back and yet, she refuses to share with her friends—yet they all realize something is off. Why is she becoming forgetful—misplacing things?
“But then, when demons won’t leave you alone, what can you do? Oh.” He snapped his fingers. “I know. You can come to a friend and tell him what happened, who hurt you. No. No more hiding, no more running. I want to understand, and then I want to help. Tell me. I’ve always admired your independent streak as much as I’ve enjoyed your submissive side, Nan. But don’t push me too far by dictating to me.”
Dan has always cared about Nan, and with her absent for nearly a year, he doesn’t want to acknowledge that those feelings are more than just a dominant and sub playing at The Barn. What will it take to get her to finally open up to him, share what has caused her to change, and when she does, what can he do to help her heal?
“I’ve always been here for you, hon. You forgot that while you were gone. Now, quiet, unless you need to use your safeword. I don’t want you to think, only feel, and trust. You have your safewords, and you know I’ll honor them, even listen for them.”
“Where they would go from here because God help her, she didn’t want this to end.”
The story is about trust, and when that trust is reneged on, the damage it causes. It is about loyalty and friendship and believing in the good of those who have proven over and over that they are there for you, they are true friends. It is about healing and allowing those who matter to lean on and help you heal. It is about accepting that there are more good people in the world than bad—and not allowing evil to win.
“I’m sure there’s a lesson to be learned here.”
I am looking forward to the next book in this series which is waiting for me to crack it open.
The relationships between the characters is fine. This particular installment deals with an assault and that’s what I don’t think was handled well at all. The two main characters thinking they could handle the issues without any type of experience just wasn’t plausible and almost belittled the trauma and healing from a such a serious and damaging experience.
Still, these two pairing off, is a sweet payoff for series familiars.