Like No One is Watching by Jaime Samms ~ Book Review by Caroline

27160750Title: Like No One is Watching

Author: Jaime Samms

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/11/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Dusty has finally landed a job he thinks he’ll be able to keep long-term, even with his broken brain and bum knee. He didn’t anticipate that cleaning a dance studio would reawaken his yearning to dance—even though he is no longer capable—or that meeting the studio’s director would rouse his dormant libido. Or his sleeping heart.

Conrad thinks his life is finally complete with his successful dance studio and a steady stream of students. When Dusty arrives, he rediscovers his thirst for a man who will let him hand over control and give him the undivided attention he’s never had. The trouble is, Dusty isn’t sure he’s worthy of the studio director’s submission.

To make their relationship work, Dusty will have to trust his ability to dominate the powerful and beautiful dancer, and Conrad will have to stop talking long enough to hear Dusty’s promises.

My View:

Like No One Is Watching didn’t turn out quite how I expected for a number of reasons and the ending is left quite open but perhaps that will be rectified in the second book.

Dusty is a man with little confidence after an attack took away his dancing and made his brain work differently. He is a proud man who works hard for what he has, even though that is very little, but he struggles with the most minor of daily tasks and gets frustrated. His latest job is as a janitor at a local dance school for the enigmatic Conrad a former professional dancer turned teacher.

Conrad comes from big money but he has turned his back on that lifestyle to follow his dream. He wants to bring dance to everyone and I liked his thought process and subsequent actions to extend it to the part of the community that couldn’t afford it. He is a kind man, a strict teacher and someone who has been hurt badly when in love.

Dusty and Conrad spend a lot of the story arguing and fighting. A LOT! Their different backgrounds and lifestyles don’t make for an easy time of getting together and although the book is tagged as BDSM it is not. Dusty is dominant in the bedroom and Conrad needs to give himself to his lover but that’s as far as it goes.

Although I would be interested in reading more about this couple they would have to take their very new and weak relationship further. I liked Conrad, I liked his need to give himself so completely to his lover but I just didn’t come away with the feeling that Dusty was the best man for it or that he was capable of nurturing such a gift.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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