No Accounting for Love

Diane Leyne
No Accounting for Love
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Release Date
April 2013
Book 3 of Club Libertine
BDSM, Erotic Romance

Andie Cooper is a buttoned-down accountant sent to straighten out the books at Club Libertine. Duncan Rider is part owner of the club and a Dom who thinks she's his perfect match. They have to work closely together to get the club back on track.

She knows all about numbers but has no idea about what it takes to make a successful BDSM club, so she takes him up on his offer to pose as his sub for a night at the club, and find out firsthand what makes it so successful.

She's shocked by how much she's attracted to the lifestyles and to Duncan, her temporary Dom. But given her track record with men, she decides that giving in to that attraction can only end badly, so she tries to keep her distance, until they are thrown together on a business trip and the passion explodes. But can it last, or will her insecurities derail them?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Mar 19, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
127 people found the following review helpful
What would you do if you were offered an amazing opportunity at work, but you had to sign a confidentiality clause before you even learned more? Would you run away or would you sign the dotted line? Andie takes the plunge and goes for it. The last thing she expects is to learn she'll be running the BDSM club for her boss, and the person she'll be working with is Duncan. In order to learn more about this lifestyle, she'll need to pretend to be his submissive.

This is a sweet trope with two lovely characters. Andie is a sweetheart with low self-esteem issues. Duncan is a bit of a heavy-handed alpha male. Their dance of romance is amusing. The thing they forget to a relationship, specifically a healthy D/s relationship, is open communication. Things go a bit sideways in order for the conflict to manifest.

It seems that in this story, Ms. Leyne is changing her view of how BDSM works. This is a good thing because some of the ideas presented in the previous books where a bit hard to swallow. Specifically, noting of whether or not a submissive submitted to other dominants. Previously, Ms. Leyne wrote her dominants to enforce this rule. This time around, Jake makes a point that this will not be the case.

"A Dom did not order another man's sub around, especially outside a club." (pg. 37)

Once again, the story dips into the make believe with a collar which can't be removed. This is a bit of an extreme viewpoint and a bit melodramatic. However, it does make the point Jake is trying to explain to Andie and it will make some sigh with happiness.

"This one comes with a lock, and Mac will take custody of the key. Removing the collar would be akin to getting a divorce in the vanilla world, and I've been raised to believe a commitment was forever." (pg. 66)

From a romance writing style, Ms. Leyne is a good writer. Her characters are easy to understand and are relatable. What woman hasn't experienced a little bit of what each of these women has experienced? Who doesn't want to be swept off their feet? The men in these stories are good because they aren't perfect. They may be tall men and physically super fit, but from a personality perspective, they are also have flaws. This makes them more appealing and real.

What confounds me is the BDSM element. These stories would be just as good, if not better, if this was removed. Still, for those who want to read a little GlitterKink, these series will work. The exclusive club with seemingly high protocol rules and rich dominants is a lovely fantasy. Recommended for romance lovers who enjoy a bit of kink.
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