- Totally Bound
- Release Date
- October 2013
- Book 5 of Mastered
BDSM, Erotic Romance
His heart wasn't in it… Dom Niles Malloy has locked his favourite flogger in a drawer and has all-but left the lifestyle, but then Brandy Hess shatters his solitude and shakes up his life, challenging him to fully live again.
What you see isn't what you get…
Though he was once a respected and well-known Dom, Niles Malloy rarely attends functions at the Den, and he has no interest in ever having another permanent relationship. He satisfies his occasional desire for kink by playing with subs who have no expectations.
Professional sub Brandy Hess has known Master Niles for years, and when he invites her to play with him, she accepts. But she's unprepared for the reaction she has to his intense brand of play. In their shared, emotionally intimate moments she sees the weariness in his features, and she has a dangerous and compelling urge to know him better.
Experience has taught her to never again settle for less than a man's complete commitment, yet when she runs into him outside their normal setting, neither can deny the potent and pulsing attraction. He's much, much deeper than she imagined, and she soon realises he's everything she wants and doesn't need in a man.
As she surrenders to him a second time, Brandy wonders if she's lost her sense of self-preservation. She's attracted to an enigma, a man with an edge, someone as remote as he is demanding, and her life will never be the same…
Dec 25, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
108 people found the following review helpful
When a submissive who is also wife and lover dies, how does a Dominant survive?
Master Niles is an experienced Dominant who is on auto pilot. He still scenes but it's all impersonal. He functions as a Top and doesn't need the D/s anymore. Brandy Hess is a submissive at the same club as Master Niles. They have crossed paths several times but never enjoyed a scene together. The timing is never right. This time, during a private party, a spark generates between the two.
The BDSM in this story is sweet and light. Ms. Cartwright is always a good read who creates BDSM scenes with steamy sensuality. The BDSM is realistic and gives interested kinky readers a good vicarious read. The plot of this story is sweet and simplistic. The world building is realistic with a contemporary vibe. The characters are really what make this story enjoyable.
Brandy is a woman with a soft heart. She adopts pets and humans who need help. Too bad the humans usually burn her. No good deed goes unpunished. The more endearing one is Niles who woos Brandy through her pets. It is sugary sweet and will make many a female sigh in desire.
The conflict in this story is a bit contrived but it's understandable. The issue I have with this story is how easily it is resolved. It felt too hurried. Still, it is a romance which means a happily ever after is required. It is a good, plausible ending.
This series is a great one to introduce erotic readers into the kinky side of life. Each one of these shows a human side to the lifestyle. It's not all pleasurable thorns with the roses; there are ups and downs. This book is perfect as a Gateway to BDSM selection.
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