Treasure Me

Michele Zurlo
Treasure Me
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Lost Goddess Publishing
Release Date
December 2016
Book 1 of SAFE Security
Action/Adventure Romance, BDSM, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Relocating to Kansas City with David and working for SAFE Security was everything Autumn thought she wanted…except that the job isn't what she thought it would be, and her past seems to have a stranglehold on her emotions.

When Autumn takes a case without informing the rest of SAFE Security, she finds herself in hot water when secret victory blows up in her face. Her impulsive mistake almost costs their lives—and she soon finds herself jobless. Reeling from this failure and the way it's damaged her relationships with David and the team, she vows to start fresh—with a new name and in a new city. Unfortunately a local crime boss has other ideas.

In the midst of a mission, David must rush back to try to stop Autumn from leaving—only to find that Autumn and her sister have disappeared. Can he find them in time to save them and his relationship with the woman he treasures?

In Treasure Me, Michele Zurlo delivers a sexy, action-packed adventure tale full of emotional twists and turns.

Warnings: Spanking, D/s, Dom who puts his foot in his mouth, bratty sub, fingerpainting

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Nov 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
122 people found the following review helpful
I swear, if I came across a legit treasure map, I would totally drop everything to hunt that sucker down!

When Autumn Sullivan made the choice to follow her man David Eastridge to Kansas City for work, she's woefully disappointed by her new position at SAFE Security. The partners don't trust her enough to even let her have a computer, no less take on her own cases. David is pissed that she's taken on a client without telling him…especially when the end result is a shit ton of mercs attacking the SAFE HQ and his team has no idea why. Furious and feeling betrayed, David and his partners agree to let her walk away, straight into the hands of a mafia thug who needs her skills. David won't let her go without a fight though, even if it means going through explosives and treasure maps to make her believe it.

From what I can tell, TREASURE ME is the first book in the SAFE Security series and the second book featuring Autumn and David (the first being Re/Leased, book 5 in the Doms of the FBI series). This book can be read as a standalone novel, however it's likely better to read Re/Leased first, as I was quite confused about their pre-existing relationship and the relationship between the SAFE partners throughout the book. Not knowing their dynamic, it made me angry that Autumn follows David across the country but that he doesn't want her working with him, doesn't trust her, and wants her to stay home and bake muffins or something. He was distrustful, disengaged, disinterested and disrespectful to his submissive. No, I did not care for that at all. His line of thinking was summed up in the below paragraph:

"I hadn't wanted to hire her as our office manager, and everybody knew it. She'd manipulated Dean and Jesse into agreeing that it would be good to have her around to pick up the slack on the business end of things, and I'd eventually caved as well. That didn't mean I wanted her working at SAFE Security. On one hand, I could keep an eye on her and know she was staying out of trouble. On the other hand, we'd never given anyone access to our company. It was a tough transition for all of us, and I knew it was mainly my fault. Nobody was going to give her any real responsibility unless I approved it first."

What I DID like was that, despite the clear asshatedness of David, Autumn was her own person, did what she wanted (which included a whole bunch of B&E and sleuthing) and didn't cower to him. But she did call him "Sir" 24/7, which grated on my nerves, as I didn't see anything about him that deserved that title. Regardless, the two had undeniable chemistry and the sex was kinky and delicious. I have a feeling I might change my opinions on TREASURE ME if I read the first book in which Autumn and David appear, but as a standalone, it was a lesson in frustration and also desire for more...particularly more of the treasure hunting adventure portion of the evening.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; BDSM/kink (spanking, bondage, impact play, D/s); no sexual assault; violence/murder.
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