Dawn can’t stand the thought of going home for Christmas, so when she sees an ad offering room and board to a college student in exchange for dog-sitting, she jumps at the chance. When she meets the handsome dog owner, Mark, her inner submissive swoons, and she’s excited to spend winter break with him and his dog, Billy. But try as she might, she can’t hide from her family forever, and when they get in touch, she goes out drinking.
Mark, the newest doctor on staff at the campus clinic, has to work long hours which doesn’t leave room for a relationship. He doesn’t even have time to take care of his own dog. Once a month, he goes to a local BDSM club and plays with a submissive in a setting where emotional attachments aren’t needed. Even though he’s attracted to his new roommate, he tells himself that she’s off limits, because he never really got over his first submissive, Noah.
Noah is having a night out at a gay bar with his friend, when he stumbles across a young woman named Dawn throwing up in the bathroom. He soon finds out that Dawn is there alone, and decides to help her get home. But when he learns that Dawn is living with his old dominant, Noah decides to drive her home himself, hoping to heal some old wounds. Will the confrontation that follows send them all on a path of further destruction? Or can the three of them find a path toward a Christmas together filled with love, acceptance, and joy?
Publisher's Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains a theme of power exchange.