Title: At His Service
Author: Suzanne Rock
Publisher/Year: St. Martin’s Press 2/3/15
Series: At His Service #1
Leo Perconti’s life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At the center of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets him feel in control once more.
As Karin explores her passion her feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your insecurities go.
Again I have to thank the folks at NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for allowing me early access to this series since it’s got the makings to be something great. What we have here isn’t the typical story of the Billionaire Businessman and the girl who’s not quite as successful, we have the businessman alright, but i think that we’re only now just starting to understand what’s going on with him under his suit. Leo – ‘The General’ as he’s nicknamed has a reputation of being the brother in the hotel family that’s the toughest on everyone and who makes the toughest decisions. He’s also been named most eligible bachelor so many times since he’s yet to settle down after having some less than savory relationships in the past.
Our leading lady – Karin works at the hotel (interns actually) and while it’s not exactly what she thought she’d be doing in her life, it’s the next step in the direction of her career. It’s when she’s forced to clean up the penthouse in expectation for Leo’s arrival that things go awry.
Where we go in this first novella installment of the series is a fast paced beginning of what can be a stormy relationship. While these 2 aren’t really suited for one another – they are opposites, that usually makes for some hot passion and that’s what we start to get. Karin’s not naive really – but she’s much less experienced than Leo and that means that he’s definitely got control. Karin’s not really looking to ruin her professional life and that’s where we end things in this story – she draws a line and he’s willing to give her maybe a second or 2 until he goes after her.
What i find to be the most intriguing bit of all this is that there’s clearly a lot of heat between these 2, Leo’s very steamy and direct in what he wants – but what is only hinted at is what sparks my interest. There’s a tease that Leo’s a dom – and maybe that’s what he’s been trying to keep from the tabloids. But…the idea that he IS a dom and that he wants Karin to be his sub is something that i’d like to see if i’m right on. And then if i AM right – i can’t wait to see where he takes things and what it does to liberate Karin. so….onto part 2 since i’ve been lucky to get that as well – and i’ll be back shortly i’m sure with my thoughts there.