- Release Date
- December 2010
- Book 1 of Guilty Pleasures
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
At twenty-eight, Maddie James has risen through the ranks of investment bank Goldstein Rivers to achieve great success. All of that changes when she receives a demand for half a million dollars for the safe return of her sister. Torn between her allegiance to her job and the demands of the kidnappers, she secretly wires the money, hoping to replace it with the sale of her house.
When thirty-six-year-old wealthy businessman Keaton Rivers discovers the money is missing from his company, he suspects Maddie. Will he throw her to the wolves or find another way for her to repay the debt?
As a Dom, Keaton knows Maddie would make the perfect submissive. From the very first moment he laid eyes on her, he'd wanted her. Only this time it will be on his terms...
To save her career, will Maddie make a deal with the Dom?
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jan 19, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
217 people found the following review helpful
IN DEBT TO THE DOM is a quick and sexy read, featuring a hot and loving Dominant that made me want to turn to a life of white-collar crime!
Maddie James is on the fast track at the investment firm run by Keaton Rivers until she gets a ransom demand for her "nothing but trouble" sister. She embezzles money from her job to pay the ransom with the intention of paying it back as soon as she sells her house.
Unfortunately, Keaton finds out first and confronts a very scared Maddie. When she admits to taking the money, he tells her that he will not have her arrested if she agrees to be with him on his terms until she's able to repay the money. In order to save her job, she agrees, but she may end up losing her heart.
This erotic novella was hot. There were lots of sensual and sexy love scenes between Maddie and Keaton, but there was a romance developing between them as well. The chemistry between them was palpable, as they navigate a Dominant/submissive sexual relationship together and it seemed to click for them. I really liked the main characters. Maddie had to deal with some crappy circumstances, but she was a fighter. And Keaton...well, he was just amazingly hot and dominant, and I love that. I didn't particularly like the Maddie's sister, but I think that was the whole point.
There was also this central theme in the book with a key. It was symbolic but also very erotic. I don't want to give too much away, but every time the author mentioned a key, I got all tingly. Along with establishing their relationship, the book also focused on why Maddie stole the money and what ultimately happened to Maddie's sister. That subplot was interesting and gave the story more substance than just sex.
Although the story was short, it was still developed well. I felt that the pacing of the story was appropriate because although their relationship moved quickly, they were basically together all the time for a month. I think it's much easier to fall in love with someone when you've been around them like that. The plot was also resolved as well.
Ultimately, this was a highly enjoyable read: it moved quickly, had great characters, steamy love scenes, a good plot, and a nicely resolved happily ever after. This is my second Jan Bowles read, and both times I've been thoroughly entertained with her strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes.
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