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Can their temporary D/s relationship become more?
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 6, 2015
Derek Brighton, a detective on the Dallas Police force, is a Dom whose sexual preferences have been outed at his workplace because a serial killer is targeting submissive women who are part of the club scene and the department needs his knowledge of the lifestyle. He has an ex-wife from hell who’s the Assistant District Attorney and that he can’t avoid no matter how much he tries to. He yearns for the perfect submissive, a woman who will adhere to his every command 24/7. Such a woman is elusive yet there’s a woman at his club that draws him but she’s so opposite of what he likes and needs. When he learns that the serial killer has targeted this woman he becomes her temporary Dom during the case to protect her and get her out of his system.
Karina Mills is a private investigator by profession and a submissive who plays the club scene. She’s unattached to a Dom since her husband died five years ago. The only Dom who peaks her interest at the club is a man that she always clashes with and who doesn’t even like her. She’s ashamed of her past and hasn’t shared it with her friends. That past still defines her, she has yet to accept her past to fully move on with her life. When the case she was working on for a client coincides with the police department’s search for a serial killer she’s coerced into becoming a temporary submissive to remain on the case.
This story was well-written with an interesting serial killer storyline which was too easy to figure out, I knew the killer’s identity early on and was surprised at how long it took those investigating to solve the case. Perhaps because this story’s a novella and things needed to be wrapped up I found the ending was an exaggeration, it was unbelievable how in literally seconds this couple is past all their issues declaring undying love and getting married. They did complement each other well, filling the empty voids that they had within their souls and their chemistry was palpable.
Derek did a complete change of character that I can’t say that I liked. He turned into a different man at the end way to quickly for me to consider it character growth. He went from a Dom in all aspects of his personality to a wuss where Karina is concerned. Karina also changed in character, a large part of her change was the acceptance of her past into her present but I disliked her total submissiveness at the end, it felt like she had lost too much of her identity.
I picked up this book because the preview interested me but I really should know better to stay away from club stories. I hated the public club scene even though it was done to put Karina on display to bait the serial killer.