Taking Courage

SJ Maylee
Taking Courage
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
June 2014
Book 2 of Love Projects
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Janna's ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn't want another failed arranged marriage. She's ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heartóbut heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.

Simon's still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He's not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he's willing to lose her or if he'll fight for her love and submission.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Sep 27, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
203 people found the following review helpful
When an experienced Dom gets paired with a naÔve submissive, there's bound to be a learning curve.

In TAKING COURAGE by S.J. Maylee, readers get a solid immersion into the BDSM lifestyle. Master Simon is intrigued enough by newcomer Janna to do a scene with her, but an omission on her part sends him out the door. When they meet again in the business world, Janna has to muster up plenty of courage in order to work with Simon.

This was a book that I really wanted to love. It started out with an intriguing concept, but the deeper I got into the storyline, the less I liked Janna's character. Being a submissive in the bedroom is one thing, but I would have liked for her to have had a stronger backbone in other aspects of her life. It would have been interesting had she shown Domme tendencies at the club.

I found Simon to be a classic Dom with his character meshing well with the storyline. He brings the BDSM scenes to life, but I didn't really feel that he had good chemistry with Janna.

While I understand that Janna's character is trying to exert some independence from her father, that whole relationship seemed a bit underdeveloped. Then again, I tend to like my female characters to be stronger.

The steam factor, however, goes a long way in making up for any deficiencies in the storyline. The BDSM scenes are well developed beyond the stereotypical spankings.

All in all, it was a quick read. While it didn't make it to my keeper shelf, I would definitely be open to reading more by this author.
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