FROM EXCITING ROMANCE AUTHOR HANNAH MURRAY
Book four in the Perfect Taboo series
Never make a bet with a Dom...
It' s a bad idea under any circumstances, and when the Dom is Jack— a sadist with a perpetual frown and no discernible sense of humor— it' s a really bad idea. But backing down isn' t in Sadie' s DNA, and by the time her self-preservation instincts kick in, it' s too late— she' s lost the bet and owes Jack a scene.
Jack' s been waiting for a chance to have Sadie all to himself from the moment he saw her, but the timing' s never been right. Now, thanks to her sassy mouth overriding her common sense, his patience is paying off. She owes him a scene, and he intends to collect.
But one scene does not a relationship make, and Jack wants Sadie for more than an occasional play partner— he wants her as his lover, his partner... and his submissive. Problem is Sadie' s not interested in serious, and showing his cards too soon could send her running.
If he' s going to win the day— and the girl— he' ll have to play his hand at just the right time.
If he doesn' t overplay it first.
“It’s cute you think you’re in charge.”
This book was a surprising delight and nothing like I had assumed it would be based on the blurb although there is nothing in it that is incorrect. I think the reason it was different is because, since I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, I didn’t already know either of the main characters, and so my expectations were inaccurate based on my assumptions of what they would be like. Yes, Jack is a sadist and Sadie is a brat. Jack, though, is unlike any sadist I’ve ever read about and clearly unlike Sadie thought he was as well. He was actually very charming, patient and funny. He took true delight in his sadism and presented the kink in an amusing fun way. Usually sadists are serious and a little dark. But not Jack. This more than anything seemed to keep Sadie unbalanced, on her toes, capturing and holding the attention and interest of the very jaded, controlling brat. He helped her tap into parts of herself she didn’t know existed and brought out the true submissive she yearned to be. I actually believe he is the perfect man for her.
There are quite a few very interesting secondary characters, some who I have learned are in earlier books in the series and some who I suspect will be in future books. Sadie’s family is hysterical and I laughed at them both times we saw them. I actually laughed quite a bit in this book, which was also unexpected as this is in no way a RomCom. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading future books as well as checking out the other books in the series.