Purgatory Club, Book 6 (stand alone)
Sometimes you need to cut and run and sometimes the ties run too deep to abandon.
Bonnie’s job at Purgatory keeps her on edge in more ways than one. Every day the pain of her grief over losing her Dom threatens to consume her. Her only escape comes at the hands of the resident tattooed bad boy who likes to keep things light and loose with a variety of women. He may not be the Dom of her dreams, but he chases away the darkness if only for one night…
Dex is used to unattached submissives coming to him for a chance to feel the kiss of his flogger or the sting of his whip until they find their own Doms. With his busy life of ink and kink he likes keeping his women at arm’s length. Except one night a month when Bonnie shreds him every time she asks him to hold her close.
When a secret invitation to an island resort arrives, is it the answer to their problems? Or their worst nightmare?
*Author's Note: While HOLD ME CLOSE can easily be read as a stand alone story, you'll likely enjoy reading the earlier Purgatory Club books, too.
A great read. Glad their journey wasn't just all about sex. I'd recommend it.
*Purchased and read as part of THE BAD BOYS OF EDEN: Billionaires, Alphas, Bikers, and Boxed Set.
Invitation to Eden # N/A
Part of a Series: Purgatory Club #6
Tags: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, M/F, BBW, Heroine: 24, BDSM, Anal
Length: 15 Chapters
Eliza Gayle is, was, a new to me author. After reading this novella, the sixth one in her Purgatory Club series, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t hold my interest enough to want to check out the other books.
Bonnie (24) was a "baby girl" to her Dom, Jim. He'd been older, wiser and his life was chaos free. Then he died of cancer leaving Bonnie feeling adrift. Some time before Jim's death, he'd introduced her to Dex, Club Purgatory's favorite Dom and notorious for remaining detached. She felt guilty that she'd felt a spark with Dex, a man not her Dom. But he was willing to give her what she needed while she mourned, and she only had two rules: no sex, just flogging, and they'd only scene for one night a month. Somewhere during those months she'd fallen in love with Dex, and apparently he wasn't unaffected by her either.
During a scene, he gave her the ultimate release, both emotional and physical. She ran out on him when she realized they'd never have more. Gabe sent her on a mini vacation to Eden and tricked Dex into going as well.
I really liked this couple, and Bonnie was stronger than she gave herself credit for. That she burdened herself with so much emotional baggage told me that she was a good person, kind, loving, loyal to a fault, and just plain sweet. Dex may have been the club's favorite for many reasons, but I got a kick out of seeing his feathers ruffled because of her, her actions, and Gabe's sneaky interference. I also liked the "meat" of the story, and that it wasn't just all about sex. Dex had his own demons, a result from an alcoholic and abusive father. Obviously his past interfered with his present and any progress he'd made with Bonnie. In the end, I liked that she stepped up to be there for him.
The sex was scorching hot, but I also enjoyed the other aspects of their journey. There were only a couple of errors, but nothing major to dampen the reading experience. I was confused by one scene though (Ch.8).
In his cabin, he first bent her over his desk. A few thrusts later he told her to get on her hands and knees, so both of them were facing the window.
"She twisted with his arm and settled on her hands and knees on the desk."
More thrusting until: "Dex lifted her hips until her feet left the floor..."
Up to that point, nothing indicated she'd put her feet back on the floor.
Regardless, thanks to this story, I'll be adding the other books in the Purgatory Club and Purgatory Masters series to my reading list.