Author: L.A. Witt
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/15/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay Romance
They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.
Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.
The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.
But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.
Warning: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.
I think the publisher’s blurb sets this story up nicely. Jon and Rick discover one another on the “Leathr” app during a conference meeting, and what ensues is one hot, satisfying story of a Dom and a sub who are perfect for each other. The catch? They must work together without anyone at Jon’s architectural firm discovering them. Not so easy, and oh, the tension abounds!
Not Safe For Work was an insta-love for me. From the first scene, it had me in its grasp, and every time I put it down, I couldn’t wait to get back to Jon and Rick. Though told in Jon’s first-person POV, both characters are fully fleshed, and backgrounds are revealed early on to set the tone for the developing relationship. Privacy and discretion at work are mutually accepted, and the tension between them at the firm is off the charts!
The well-rounded and engaging cast of secondary characters, particularly the other drafters and modelers, are solid, well-written, and add a colorful dimension to the story. Their antics are humorous, and their connection to Jon, though they would be loath to admit it, is heartwarmingly loyal. Female characters are strong, positive influences, which is always a plus for me. Not only are the characters interesting, but the scenes in the NSFW Zone (the area where the architectural drafters and modelers do their thing) are a fascinating look into this particular facet of architecture and headaches and rewards associated with the process.
Jon and Rick? One word, my friends: chemistry. Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry. These two are loaded with it, and the scenes they share are electric. The BDSM isn’t extremely heavy and boasts a wide variety of tools, implements, and power exchange. Jon is a wonderfully crafted Dom, full of control, creativity, and tenderness for Rick. Again, despite Jon’s POV, the reader is able to feel Rick’s responses to him, along with the trust and emotional bond they begin to develop both within and outside of their BDSM scenes. Vanilla sex is beautifully balanced with the kink, and, as mentioned before, their attraction at the office sizzles. As a m/m reader in her mid-fifties, I also found it refreshing and exciting to see two MCs written in their forties and facing family issues that people within this age bracket tend to have. Yes!
The repercussions of being found out at work are real and potentially devastating. Here is where I really had my only issue, as the consequences of the office relationship becoming public knowledge seem to become a bit repetitive. I did, however, appreciate the fact that the author focuses on this one main conflict and allows the characters to work towards a resolution together. Amazing what communication and loyalty can do!
Overall, this was quite an enjoyable, hot, satisfying read, and I recommend it highly. Well done, Ms. Witt!
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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