Assumed Identity

Lila Munro
Assumed Identity
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Rebel Ink Press LLC
Release Date
January 2012
Book 3 of Identity Crisis
BDSM, Erotic Romance

Innocent childhood games of dress-up and pretend…

Julie Stevens is as straight as they come. Or so she tries to convince herself. But it isn't easy believing that little white lie when she has the two most sexually eccentric best friends on the planet. One is a bi-sexual Domme who believes if it looks fun, try it. The other is a gay man in the role of slave to his very sexy Master whom Julie often wishes wasn't gay. Dante's commanding presence makes her want to do things that set her on fire with need and embarrassment. Given her boring vanilla life, how exactly does she fit into their world? Would they like to have a shinier third wheel?

Are a completely different animal for grownups…

After one wild evening and a bit too much liquid encouragement, Julie discovers a side of herself she's always tried to ignore. The realization she's a sub not only scares her, it excites her and she yearns for more. But the process of finding the right man to teach her becomes a real issue, until Mason comes along. He's everything Julie imagines a Dom should be. Armed with her masque and Renaissance costume, Julie is thrown for a loop when the handsome Master draws more willingness out of her than she ever thought possible. Is it possible she's more than a submissive? And will the assumptions he's made about her identity end up tearing them apart?

Book Review by Rebecca
May 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
177 people found the following review helpful
ASSUMED IDENTITY is the well-written story of a woman's journey towards discovering her true self. A modern-day woman just like you or me, Julie Stevens has lived as straight and vanilla as they come. Yet even as she tells herself she prefers life this way, it isn't easy to live the lie when she has two sexually eccentric best friends.

First, her long-time female friend Shelby refuses to grow up and Julie finds herself still acting as caregiver more often than not. Living out her own insecurities as a misguided bi-sexual Domme, Shelby is on a one-way street to disaster. And Julie carries this burden of caring for her childhood friend along with her own anxieties about her early home life, the poverty of her upbringing and her drug-addicted sister who refuses her help.

Much healthier for Julie is her other best friend Blake, a gay man in the role of slave to his deliciously sexy Master Dante. Julie is drawn to Dante's commanding presence like a moth to a flame (our first indication she's a submissive perhaps?) but given her boring vanilla lifestyle, she is completely unwilling at first to explore these feelings. However it's these two men who serve as Julie's rock throughout her emotional journey. My favorite characters in the book, I secretly wanted Julie to become their third. Their compassionate care for her so awed me – I wanted a friend just like them in my own life.

Julie gets into a couple of situations that begin to reveal her submissive nature. Without a guide, she nearly frightens herself entirely from the lifestyle she's seeking to explore. After one drunken, wild evening out with Shelby, Julie's discovery not only scares her but it excites her. Finding a way to explore this newly discovered side of herself though means she needs to find the right man to teach her. Thankfully, Blake and Dante come to her rescue and set her on a good path.

Armed with a masque to protect her identity (and the Renaissance costume the party calls for), Julie is drawn fully into the lifestyle by the deliciously handsome Master Mason. He is everything Julie imagines a Dom should be - an experienced, psychological Dom - who takes Julie places she never knew was possible. Readers will fall in love with Mason, with such character balance in that he is a powerful Dom while being a compassionate lover. A–yummy-mazing.

I said this book was a journey of self-discovery. To that side, Julie comes to learn the submissive lifestyle doesn't weaken her but rather givers her balance to her life. She is able to carry her burdens lightly, and when her resolve is challenged, she responds to the crisis with love and trust. I enjoyed Julie's story and am so looking forward to the sequel – it was an extremely emotional read though I found it uplifting rather than draining, beautiful rather than tiresome.
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