Author: Anna Zabo
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: unknown
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/15/2015
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Drama, M/M Romance
Justin White may not look like an up-and-coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows that he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli, and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom.
Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control and push them both far beyond their limits. Will his need to dominate Justin drive him away, or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?
I did not want to put this book down. There was something about the way it was written and the characters themselves that pulled me in and kept me there until I was forced to press pause to go to work. The emotion was so raw that I had an ache in my chest until the very end and could not let go of this story for a while after it was over.
I have to complement the author. She crafted this story so well and pulled me in so hard and played with my emotions so much that I totally forgot to be annoyed that the big angst was because of a simple miscommunication. I HATE when everything is just a big miscommunication, but in this story, it didn’t even register as an oddity. The tension and the connection between these men was palpable. From the instant they met, I could feel the pull and the desire. As they became lovers, that pull rose to off the chart levels while simultaneously being tempered by the emotional struggles of both men as they dealt with their baggage.
While book 1 of this series was what I would call BDSM light, this one was structured around the BSDM which was a vital part of the men and their story. This one was intense and while I am not a practitioner and can’t speak to the accuracy, it was full of pain that may be too rough for the weak of heart and stomach.
I loved seeing how both Eli and Justin’s past experiences colored their presents and threatened to topple their futures. I loved how it was integrated into their being and their actions without feeling forced or out of place. These men were robust and rich with lots of room for growth. But I have to say that while Justin was a big player and had his own transformation, Eli was who had and has my heart. I fell for him hard and needed him to find peace and happiness. I needed him to heal and finally see his true worth. Justin was good, but this was all about Eli for me.
I loved the ending and am so glad things happened they way they did. Thank you Ms. Zabo for not taking the easy road and making everything instantly perfect. Thank you for upholding that realism that made this story what it was.
Iggy Toma nailed this one. I often feel that he misses the softer emotions in his narrations, but with the design of this story and they portrayal of these men, Iggy Toma’s narration style was perfect and he blew this one away.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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