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by Delilah Devlin
Released: December 9, 2014
Published by Samhain Publishing
“The sex is plentiful, hot hot hot, and has nice mild BDSM elements. There’s nothing that will scare away newbies, but it has a fair amount of psychology to please those who know their way around a BDSM relationship.” ~ Under the Covers
Firefighter John Cooper has been dealing with the death of his best friend and fellow firefighter, Danny, as well as the implosion of his relationship with his live-in girlfriend. He’s a lost soul out of sorts, his job performance is lacking, and he can’t seem to bring himself out of the funk. His friends at Firehouse 69 invite him out for a night at BDSM Club La Forge, where he meets the stunning redhead, Moira. Moira is an ER nurse by day, but a submissive in her personal life. She’s receiving more formalized training by a staff Dom at her club, but yearns for a real relationship and thinks Coop could be the one. The feelings that witnessing D/s play conjurs up in Coop make him uncomfortable. He’s never seen himself as a Dom. Moira, however, sees potential and forges ahead, setting them up for a wild ride of pleasure and discovery.
I’ve been a BDSM erotica reader for a long time. I can’t believe I’ve never read any of Delilah Devlin’s work! This is a shorter novella that sets up the Firehouse 69 series. Coop is a character that is alpha, but unsure of his needs. It’s a nice change up from the typical BDSM setup where the female sub has to be brought in to the fold. Moira might be submissive, but she can chase what she wants. I like a strong sub that knows what she wants as well. The sex is plentiful, hot hot hot, and has nice mild BDSM elements. There’s nothing that will scare away newbies, but it has a fair amount of psychology to please those who know their way around a BDSM relationship. There’s a hint at a potential ménage and LOTS of dirty talk, which I love. The entire story takes place over a few days, so I felt that Coop and Moira’s relationship arc was in no way complete. Although there’s not a big cliffhanger, I would hope to see more of them in a future installment to show how Coop grows into the Dom that Moira needs. All in all, this was a good opening novella to a new series and author for me.
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