Changing Roles

Ellie Masters
Changing Roles
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Publisher
Loose Id
Release Date
March 2016
ISBN
9781682521014
Genre
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Kate Summers's career on the police force came to an implosive end when the mayor's wife exposed her secret life as the Mistress of Pain. Kate lost not only her detective's badge but something much more valuable: she lost her confidence as a Mistress of men.

She now scrapes by as a private investigator, feeding off the misery of others. When the mayor and his wife ask her to investigate the murder of their daughter, Kate faces a difficult decision. To follow the leads, she must reenter the world that destroyed her career and go undercover as a submissive to a noted Dom. Only Kate swore she'd never endure the submissive role again.

Yet Jake Davenport is the one dominant fearless enough to not only challenge her rules, but to break them. While accepting her new role and the erotic thrill it brings her is difficult enough, Jake's complicated past raises many questions. As her investigation progresses, Jake might just be her number one suspect.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jun 13, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
100 people found the following review helpful
Discovering a fresh storyline is like taking that first yummy bite of chocolate cake. In fact, I was so impressed with CHANGING ROLES by Ellie Masters that I have given the author an all-access pass to my favorite bookshelf.

The story focuses on Kate Summers who is having to rebuild her life after a rather public scandal. She has put aside her Mistress of Pain persona, leaving that aspect of her life unfulfilled. To solve a vicious murder within the BDSM community, Kate finds herself tapping into her Domme skills. Unfortunately, the only way she is going to solve the case is to change roles and submit to Jake Davenport.

It is extremely rare to find a storyline featuring a Domme, much less one written as skillfully as this. Kate's character is multi-faceted; her inner struggle to relinquish control is well detailed. As a result, I felt a strong connection to her.

The connection also extended to Jake. It takes an incredibly patient Dom to handle a spitfire like Kate. Their chemistry was amazing, especially their verbal sparring. The secondary characters also provide a rich aspect to the story. The BDSM aspect is exquisitely integrated, adding a realistic, natural touch.

I was so engaged with the storyline that I never saw the twists and turns coming. I found myself reading well past my bedtime because I had to know what happened next. This is a powerful story with some painfully dark edges. Gripping in its intensity, CHANGING ROLES captivated me from the beginning.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jul 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
87 people found the following review helpful
Kate loved her job as a cop. She was one of the best. She also thrived in the kinky lifestyle as a dominant. When her private life is exposed as deviant and disgusting, this rising star because a shooting star. Kate is not a phoenix who rises out of flames reborn. She is now barely surviving as a private investigator. She has also run far away from the lifestyle because of all the trouble it has brought her. When she is offered a chance to cover her bills and work on an investigation with the police, she has mixed feelings. To come in contact with her old colleagues as well as re-entering the lifestyle may the final act to her destruction.

The setup of this story is intriguing and caught my attention. This sordid tale of betrayal turned out just okay for me. The characters did very little to draw me into the story; I felt nothing for them. Kate has issues--issues that launched her to be a service top in my opinion, not a dominant. There is nothing wrong with this, just not my thing when the story twists her into a reluctant submissive. Pet peeve of mine--taking dominant women and showing them what they really need is the right "man" to bring out their sexy submissive nature. I know many switches; I myself am a switch. However, I decided to be a switch, no one had to convince me. Kate's situation is different and I understand it is a plot device to cause tension, conflict, angst, etc. For me, it did not work well and I am not impressed.

Let's talk about Jake. Jake is an arrogant pushy asshole. He can be charming but his attitude and how he corners Kate into being his submissive is appalling for me. Regardless of his supposed intent, I did not buy what he was selling. Have I seen this in real life? Definitely. One of the male dominants I know is known for picking on completely dominant women and trying to "show them the errors of their ways". I do not like it in real life and it carries through to how I felt about it as it was executed in this story.

The BDSM club is a nice romanticizing of a club. Definitely what I consider glitterkink. I wish clubs like this existed for me but then again, I probably couldn't afford it. Still, it is nicely described and I could visualize the club with the vivid descriptions. From a suspense and romance perspective, this is a nicely written erotica tale. From BDSM perspective, it did not work for me because of my pet peeves. This erotic suspense is recommended for kinky readers that enjoy an alpha males who know how to put a female in her place - on her knees begging.
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