Amber Dolors knows better than to get involved with her boss. Devastatingly handsome in his sharp suits and sexy beyond belief, he possesses an air of command that fuels her darkest fantasies. But she's worked too hard to get this job, and keeping it will lead to a brilliant future. She won't cross that line—even if his way of giving orders and demanding her best performance gives her delicious warm shivers.
Alexander Knight prides himself on his integrity and self-discipline. After all, he hasn't risen to the position he enjoys by indulging his whims over ambition. He also isn't blind. He's certainly noticed his sharp, young assistant is hot as hell. His self-imposed sexual hermitage doesn't stop him from watching her. And endlessly fantasizing.
The day Alec's cool reserve cracks and Amber catches a glimpse of something simmering beneath his apparent indifference is the day everything between them changes. Alec gives her what she's been looking for sexually—as masterful in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He finds himself in the grip of an affair that tests even his boundaries, while Amber's new role as willing student pushes them both past any consideration other than mutual longing.
Kennedy follows Going Under with this strong contemporary BDSM romance. Ambitious financial assistant Amber Dolors suspects her boss, Alec Knight, might share her love of kink. Alec, a British transplant to New York who's still glum about his recent divorce, is captivated by his young assistant but is unwilling to do anything to jeopardize either of their careers. As their attraction grows, Alec and Amber must decide what they want from life and each other. Kennedy seamlessly mixes domination play and genuine equality without ignoring the potential problems that kink and romance could bring to the couple's power dynamic at work and vice versa. Internal and personal tensions drive the narrative. Some external obstacles are thrown in as afterthoughts late in the book, making them less effective than they could be, and contemporary references may date this sooner than desired, but the core of the story is the development of a gripping and realistic relationship between two well-drawn characters.