Pleasure knows no bounds . . .
Gwen Hamilton is always looking for a thrill. Not even running a secret BDSM club can fulfill her true desires. It's only when she's backstage at a rock concert and attracts the eye---and experienced hands---of guitarist Mal Kennealy that she finds that perfect combination of danger and excitement she's been craving. Calling herself "Excrucia," she revels in his uncompromising dominance each night. And yet by day, he knows her only as Gwen, his new escort for public appearances.
Excrucia blows Mal's mind with her enthusiastic submission to his harshest commands. Even though he has a reputation for never seeing the same woman twice, he can't help being tempted by the woman willing to fulfill his every fantasy. And when Mal discovers that Gwen---the sweet arm candy designed to soften his surly public image---is really Excrucia, he never wants to let her go. Finally he can indulge his absolute power. But dancing too recklessly on the razor's edge could cut deeper than he bargained for . . .
"Everyone knows Cecilia Tan is the queen of hot, but she's also the queen of wit and angst and voice. Taking the Lead is a book that grabs you by the collar and gives you flirty-eyes. It will tell you, 'Go sit, over there in the corner chair, and don't get up until you're done.' You will do it-absolutely and happily-because Cecilia knows exactly what you want."
--Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard and Sweet Filthy Boy
Tan's second Secrets of a Rock Star novel (after Taking the Lead) is a rock-and-roll love song to erotic romance readers and music fans. Experienced BDSM players will appreciate its blazingly hot, delightfully geeky celebration of sex as play and the creative power of the erotic imagination, as well as for its sophisticated approach to the psychology of power exchange and its demonstration that even seasoned kinksters have ample opportunity to create relationship drama. The Rough's guitarist, Mal Kennealy, wears two faces: he's a gentleman when sashaying around L.A. with his new publicity-friendly girlfriend, aspiring actress Gwen Hamilton, and a depraved dominant with the groupies he ravishes in one-night stands. After Mal discovers that his last two hookups have been Gwen in disguise, he plans elaborate dress-up and role-play scenes based on their mutual favorite novels, but worries about losing control of his sadistic urges once he develops romantic feelings for her. In Tan's capable hands, reality doesn't send fantasy crashing down; once engaged, it deepens the connections that make for the best play. This is an outstanding example of the erotic romance genre.