Jane and the Sneaky Dom by Hannah Murray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The title of this book is very misleading, as it makes most people think this is a BDSM story. Well, it is not. And now that I stated that clearly, I can't help wondering if the word "sneaky" in the title has a hidden meaning - like, was the publisher trying to trick BDSM readers into buying this book? Hmmm...
Jane Denning is a successful bookstore owner who's used to being in control - in her professional and personal life. Tired of the kind of man she's used to dating - successful in their professional lives but kind of pushovers in their personal (aka sex) lives - and encouraged by her friend Lacey, Jane decides to do a complete 180 and find herselft an alpha man to dominate her - only in the bedroom, of course - and show her that there's more to life than vanilla sex.
Unbeknownst to Jane and Lacey, their conversation is overheard by Ian MacInnes, a former military man and security consultant who's exactly what Jane is looking for: a take-charge man who likes to be in control in the bedroom. As he also happens to find Jane very attractive, he takes advantage of what he's heard and, subtly, plants himself on her path to find the "Dom" of her dreams.
Much to their mutual satisfaction, Jane finds herself attracted to Ian instantly - and the rest is history...
I really enjoyed this hot story. Ian and Jane were very likable and sexy, their interactions outside of the bedroom were fun and funny, and their interactions inside the bedroom were hot and kinky enough to justify the premise of the story - remember, it all started because Jane was tired of vanilla sex. ;)
Ms. Murray's writing was good and kept the story flowing effortlessly. She even surprised me a bit, when she didn't resort to the always annoying Big Misunderstanding to add unnecessary conflict to Ian and Jane's relationship. Well done, Ms. Murray!
There was only one thing that bothered me in this book: the implied association between "backdoor" loving and trust. Yes, I understand and agree that you have to really trust your partner if you're going to engage in "backdoor" loving. What I didn't like in this book was the fact that that particular sex act was used to reinforce Jane's trust on Ian. In the end, the scene made me laugh - not in mock but in a that-was-funny way - because Ian and Jane had a contagious sense of humor, but still.
Overall, this was a fun read and I recommend it to everyone who's looking for a short-ish (longer than a novella, shorter than a "normal" book), hot story with a touch of kink.
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