Author: Shoshanna Evers
Publisher/Year: Pocket Star 5/13/13
Length: 175 Pages
Series: Enslaved Trilogy #2
Billionaire BAD Boy Marc Wilde has never met a woman who could fulfill his every need…until he takes his good friend and fellow dominant Mistress Lauren up on a dangerous bet—a bet where she ends up as his sex slave for a week. Can a Dominatrix fall in love with a Dom? Only if she can find a way to submit to Marc’s every desire and be happy about it. Lauren has her doubts…but the flirtation, the friendship, and the sex might be too much for either to resist…
I always enjoy getting to know the boys in a trio – and in this instance, we finally get to learn more about Marc – the tattooed, shaven head one….and at the same time we get to learn quite a bit more about Mistress Lauren – whom we were just teased a bit about in book 1.
This story picks up on the eve of Trevor and Elisabeth’s wedding, an even that we can only expect will be complicated given Roman’s feelings for Elisabeth. That plays out interestingly in this story, but it’s really Marc that we should get back to.
What we find out is that Marc and Lauren have been ‘besties’ for more than 5 years, really leaning on each other for support for any number of reasons, but because they are both doms, they can’t ever really cross that line. Everyone of course sees the way that they are with each other, and it’s after Roman suggests a bet to Marc that will cause them to cross the line, that we see things evolve and change. The bet of course is to see who can get a sub to scream first, and the loser then has to sub for the winner for a full week.
Marc finds a way to win the bet, and that means that Mistress Lauren will have to submit for a week. If she’s able to that is. Where this story takes us is on that journey, where we learn more about why she became a domme, and what it means for her to submit to someone, and try to relinquish control – which she doesn’t truly do for the most part in this story.
What i liked here is that we continue to see the SM side of BDSM in this series, which we don’t get to see as often in this genre. We see Marc who’s all tough nails find his compassionate side especially since he finally admits that he’s in deeper with Lauren. He’s even willing to submit to her if that helps things – but it’s a battle of wills with them.
What we’re continuously asking ourselves in this story is whether Marc’s desire to be with Lauren means that he’ll find a way to successfully top her, or if he’ll find a way to be her sub if it means that things will work out. I have to say that where they finally netted out was a nice twist on things, given how macho we get a sense of Marc being.
I have to say that Marc knows what he’s doing with heat and passion when he’s trying to top someone. We get to see him be powerful and authoritative with Lauren and it’s hot. very hot. there’s a clear chemistry with them, and because they are both so alpha, it makes each scene that much more intense, sexy, and heated.
The other nice thing is that like we had in the first book, we get a really good path to where the 3rd book will take us. We know that Roman is miserable and we see him make an escape to Japan to take care of business. What i love about any notion of Japan and BDSM is the bondage bit – Shibari – and clearly he’s a master. we see this as a tease while he’s there playing and i can only hope that we’ll get to see more.
So, what we get in this 2nd installment, the bridge book is the cross over from happy newlyweds with Trevor and Elisabeth, to the complexities of Marc and Lauren, to the depression and hope of Roman. It’s a nice progression, and i like that these stories aren’t really stand alone. you do yourself a diservice if you read them out of order or as stand alones. so…..check them all out and i’m off to book 3 to see what’s next for the BAD Boys.