Series: Dangerous #1
Published by Berkley on April 1, 2014
Genres: BD/sm, Erotica
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She can whip up something sweet…
Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.
But with two in the kitchen…
When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.
Can they take the heat?
Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.
Betsy: I had no idea what to expect with this book, except that it clearly had a BDSM element to it. It is the story of Allie, a pastry chef, who has returned to her hometown of New Orleans determined to do two things: move her family’s bakery into the 21st century and re-imagine her relationship with longtime friend, ex-boyfriend and one time lover, Mick. Mick was the one that got away or more correctly pushed her away for reasons that were never entirely clear to her. Mick is the quintessential alpha male. Hot with a very strong need to control all aspects of his life, especially his heart.
I’m gonna say right here, there was straight up steam from the jump. Lots of fantasies, sublimating self-pleasure and well, ahem lots and lots of heat. Allie, who has been into kink for years, an experienced sub, negotiates to play with Mick at the local club. She’s known that he was into kink and was a respected dom so she decides to push his limits. He will either play with her or she will find someone else. No way Mick can handle that, she knows it and is counting on it. She wants to show Mick she is no longer the young, naïve girl that he was continually trying to protect mostly from his own nature.
The book is short on plot and the conflict is somewhat contrived. It revolves around Mick’s fears, insecurities and lack of self-worth which he works on by engaging in ‘fight club’ kind of activities; punishing himself for his perceived shortcomings. Allie is determined to make him work past it, see her as she really is, not his idealized version. One of the big questions I had for the writer was the fact that, despite her stated profession, there is literally no mention of cooking, baking etc. Mick’s security and management company gets more play here than Allie’s, the character through whom we see the story develop.
So we have lots of smutty goodness with an edge for sure and the very thinnest of plots driving it. If you’re looking for a well-written book with lots of gritty sex, hot male protagonist and a female who won’t take no for an answer, this book is for you.