Life Under New Management

Jane Davitt
Life Under New Management
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Totally Bound
Release Date
March 2015
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Working for a perfectionist like strict, sexy-as-hell Ethan isn't easy. Falling in love with him? No problem at all.

Taking a bar job in an exclusive hotel is a stopgap for Andy. He's an actor and his big break is coming soon—he knows it. His hot new boss Ethan is strict, demanding and totally off-limits but Andy can't stop thinking about him.

When Andy learns of Ethan's need to be in control of his partner—in bed and out of it—he's stunned by the intensity of his reaction. He wants Ethan guiding him, bringing order to his chaotic life. And he sees that Ethan needs him too, though they can't be open about their feelings.

Ethan deals out deliciously perverse consequences for misbehaving, but when it comes to incentives, he knows just what to offer to have Andy on his knees begging for more.

But some secrets can't stay that way for long. And when difficult choices arise, for once Andy can't turn to Ethan for guidance. This time, he's on his own.

Book Review by KindleRomance (reviewer)
May 04, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
187 people found the following review helpful
I love watching two people who are truly meant for each other find their happiness together.

Andy is struggling with so many different aspects of his life and desperately needs some help. Ethan takes being in control very seriously. After Ethan hires Andy, they quickly discover that they're attracted to each other and decide to give a relationship a chance. Now they have to see if they can work through a few issues to find their happy ending.

Andy wants to be an actor, but he isn't having very much luck landing a role. When his family moves away, he decides to stay to follow his dream, but he's struggling to make his own place in the world. Unsuccessful at acting, he spends his time working at part-time jobs to put food on the table. Getting an interview at an upscale hotel for a bartending job is an opportunity he can't pass up even though he's never bartended before.

Meeting Ethan becomes the opportunity to change his life for the better. Andy needs to be grounded and needs some serious direction in his life. He doesn't take great care of himself or his home. Ethan knows what he wants and won't settle for less. Although he's extremely strict at work, he's highly respected by his employees and management.

Ethan's not used to dealing with somebody as cavalier as Andy, but he's drawn to him just the same. While this relationship wouldn't work for everybody, it definitely was perfect for these two. Ethan liked to be in control, and Andy craved it, both in and out of the bedroom. Ethan was also a bit of a sadist and enjoyed inflicting pain on Andy. In addition to bondage and spanking, there was also an interesting use of a pinwheel and lemon juice. Having Ethan as his boss creates certain restrictions in their relationship which added some additional stress. However, the biggest angst came from Andy trying to decide whether he truly wanted the type of control Ethan needed to exert. It was interesting listening to Andy as he worked through this issue.

I adored this sexy romance with its amazing dialogue that convinced me without a shadow of a doubt that these two men were meant for each other. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.
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Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
May 12, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
212 people found the following review helpful
Power exchange? Ah, yes.

Andy's life is a bit of a mess. He's an actor, but needs to find a job to hold him over until he can get a gig. He finds a job at a bar in a hotel. Andy's new boss is as demanding as they get, but Andy can't stop thinking about him.

Andy doesn't really measure up to Ethan's expectations for the job. But Andy is determined to stay and works to prove his boss wrong. He discovers that Ethan isn't only demanding with his work, but also in the bedroom. And if Andy wasn't already noticing his boss, he definitely is now.

Ethan and Andy start a D/s relationship and Ethan is not only demanding in the bedroom, but everywhere in Andy's life. I generally enjoy books with a power exchange, but this did not work for me. There was too much nit-picking and rules. It was like Andy wasn't good enough, everything was in Andy's best interest, but it was too much. I never became really invested in either character and, honestly, didn't care if they got their HEA or not. That's not to say their power exchange and pain play wasn't hot. Because, holy hotness, it was. But I prefer a more loving relationship than I felt I got here.

LIFE UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT was really sexy, but it lacked the romance that I love.
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