Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
A great addition to this series is a spinoff from The Manor series, where we meet Gabriel Ryan at his BDSM club, The Eros Pit in Denver, Colorado. The story will be a bit back and forth of The Manor series and Dungeon Singles Night series where there was an incident that had Prue, needing to talk with Gabe, brings her best friend, Sylvie Addams, with her. At that interaction at The Eros Pit, Sylvie and Dean Ryan will meet—this will be their emotional story.
Dean held out his large hand and said, “I’d like the opportunity to get to know you better. Would you be interested in coming with me lovely?”
“Yes, Sir, I would like that very much,” Sylvie replied, and slid her hand into his much larger one.
Sylvie Addams is a woman with a few secrets—some she hasn’t even shared with her bestie, Prue, but this trip will open Pandora’s box to one—her enjoyment of BDSM. So it comes as a bit of a shock that Prue is involved with not one but two men in the lifestyle.
Dean Ryan is one of the ‘Ryan Brothers’ and runs Meath Distilled Whiskey and Meath Whiskey Tavern. All the Ryans have businesses that even have a way of complimenting each other—and they support each other under RMD Industries.
The story of Sylvie and Dean was an emotional roller coaster ride that kept the pages turning, and my emotions stirred. I experienced highs, lows, anger due to angst, cried sad tears, and happy tears as I read. Overall, I loved the chemistry between Dean and Sylvie but wanted to smack them both upside the head for how they acted. They fall hard; it is pretty much instantaneously, but then, one minor glitch, and they nearly let it destroy them.
“Once in a blue moon, you find a Dom worth keeping, who trips every part of your need to submit, body, mind, heart, and soul. When you do, you need to hold on to them.”
The story’s plot will have Dean and Sylvie spending the weekend together after Prue, and her two Doms work things out. Dean will convince Sylvie to extend her stay an extra day, and after the first night in the hotel—things will move to his home. They not only scene in the club in a private room but his home in his private dungeon. They are yin and yang as their likes and desires mesh. Her having to leave is hard on both of them, and they are already discussing when they can get together—where in New York or back in Denver.
“She realized in that instant that she not only could fall for him but was already halfway there. He’d seductively battered the walls she had placed around her emotions, and found a way inside. Her heart whispered through the fear that one night could change everything, including her heart.”
“Sylvie felt a shift inside her. She didn’t want to feel it, but she did. He was this force of nature, who with relative ease, had upended the entirety of her life plan. And now her entire being was redirecting itself to him. She was falling for him. Unequivocally.”
The story has mystery, shock, surprises, life and death, and unanswered messages—ones that lead to hurt, anger, bitterness, and destruction. Then, just when things were in the planning stages for the near future—silence. Dean is furious with her—why is she ghosting him? Sylvie is dealing with the shocking news that has life and death consequences—and now that is what is controlling her future—it isn’t just her—it is someone else. Hidden secrets all play critical roles in this story—for a controlled Dom, Dean can be a cruel SOB because he got hurt—and yet, when the tables are turned, and he needs to take to Sylvie, she is over his bitterness. Will these two find a way back to each other, or where they two lovers passing in a night?
I loved the characters, the angst, the chemistry, mystery, suspense, danger, and passion. The story has dominance and submission, with some discipline and explicit sex scenes, in and out of Eternal Eros. While I haven’t seen plans for another story—I don’t think it will end here.