She’s his heaven and his hell…
Muriel Stewart has spent the past year grieving the loss of her husband. Now that time has passed, her inner submissive demands Muriel find a new relationship to fulfill her need to love and serve. But there’s only one man who makes Muriel yearn for the intimate Dom/submissive connection the way her husband did, and that’s his best friend, Mathew Galindo … a man who can barely tolerate being in her presence.
Mathew Galindo buried his own heart and needs the day Muriel Stewart married his best friend and business partner. He’s spent the last eleven years keeping Muriel at a distance, tortured by his love for a woman he could never have, and filled with shame for coveting what wasn’t and would never be his. Not even his best friend’s unexpected death could change that fact. Until Muriel decides she’s ready for a new Dom and she wants Mathew to fill that role.
Having Muriel in his life is all Mathew has ever wanted. She’s his heaven and his hell, and could be his salvation if he can get beyond his past, his shame, and the guilt he feels for not having saved Ian’s life.
Passionate and Steamy
Wow this was one steamy, sexy, and intimately erotic story that did not hold back on the steam factor. I was glued to the pages, it made my pulse pound, my insides clench and left me breathless. Alannah Lynne created this story that was such a passionate romantic and magical story that it was breathtaking.
Muriel Stewart has been mourning her late husband Ian for the last year, when she is invited back to Pandora's Playground by the other co-owners that opened the club with her husband for a special unveiling and to help her get re-established back into the lifestyle of BDSM that her husband and herself loved. Muriel has missed being a submissive but doesn't know how and with who she can enjoy and trust this part of her life with.
Mathew Galindo was Ian's best friend and best man when they got married, but he has always kept his distance from Muriel since she started dating Ian thirteen years ago. Muriel never understood why he hated her and never came to their party's. But tonight she sees a different emotion in Mathews eyes as her husbands best friends indulge with her in a sexy, steamy, passionate scene. Although Mathew has loved her since he met her he doesn't think he is good enough for Muriel, will she feel the same way. Will Muriel find out Mathews secret? Will she be strong enough to make him understand what he does to her?
You have got to read this passionate, romantic and magical story that brought a smile to my face and filled my heart with so much emotion. Highly recommended!
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Emotional and steamy!
I usually don't read BDSM, let alone erotic BDSM. I've always felt since I didn't personally enjoy it, I wouldn't enjoy reading about it. I guess I shouldn't make assumptions because they more often than not turn out to be wrong. Now it could just be that this book is different, but I won't be so hesitant to pick one up next time.
I'm a sucker for unrequited love so I knew I was going to find Matthew and Muriel's story fascinating and I was right. Matthew and Muriel have this wonderful chemistry and the bonus of already having an emotional connection with each other. I really liked how their mutual loss was respected and treated. It really added another dimension to the story.
I was surprised by how fulfilling the story was. It was a lot more than the hot sex I was expecting. I really felt the mental and emotional connection Matthew and Muriel felt. I was surprised at how much I wanted to comfort them for the anguish each of them felt. Matthew's anguish was two fold having to deal with his feelings for Muriel and then for his past.
Overall, this story flows well. I'm surprised at how quickly I finished it and how much I enjoyed it. I think Alannah Lynne did a great job with sensitive and tricky subjects. I look forward to entering Pandora's Playground again and seeing Lucas maybe find his perfect sub.
This was a really great, sexy and tender read all wrapped up in one!
Coveted is the first book in Alannah Lynne's new Pandora's Playground series. Muriel Stewart lost her husband, Ian almost one year ago. Ian, along with his best friends, Mathew and Lucas ran Pandora's Playground, a private BDSM club. Lucas thinks it's time that Muriel gets back to the life she loved and tells her to come to the club. What she doesn't know is that Lucas and Mathew have a surprise for her. Before Ian's death, the three of them started to design a new area in the club per Muriel's suggestion with plans of it being done for her birthday. As the guys show her the new area privately, Lucas suggest the three of them "play" together. Mathew is hesitant because he has been in love with Muriel since he first met her but has always kept a distance since she belonged to one of his best friends. Lucas forces the issues making Mathew reveal that he does have feelings for Muriel and that he doesn't hate her as she has always thought. This new development causes Mathew and Muriel to open up their eyes to new possibilities. I loved the journey these two went on to get their happy ever after. Muriel had to deal with the death of Ian and her guilt for moving on, while Mathew had his own demons to face. These two together finally realized what everyone else around them already knew...that they belong together. This was a really great, sexy and tender read all wrapped up in one!