on September 15th, 2012
Pages: 270 pages
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From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images of the lifestyle seared into his soul, Gavin must find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to marital trouble, and his professional life uncertain with the assignment of a new partner, Gavin needs all the help he can get understanding the case.
Enter Ben Haverson, a psychologist and a well known Dom. With Ben’s help as a consultant and attention to Gavin's own murky truths, Gavin delves deeper than he ever thought he would into the world of restraints and paddles. Forced to scrutinize his true nature and his innermost desires, Gavin has a choice: keep the fear of submitting at bay, or dive in and solve the case with the knowledge he gains. When another victim is discovered, Gavin’s choice is made for him, and he’s pulled headlong into the deepest, most emotional journey of his life.
Unfortunately for him and Ben, a killer has noticed, has taken stock, and has set his sights on the D/s pair. Can Gavin outwit him, or will his first exchange of power be his last?
I like it but there was something a little too rapid with the MC’s change in desire for my liking.
Gavin DeGrassi was investigating a murder of a Dom who frequented a club called Collard. During the course of his investigation, Gavin and his cop partner interviewed patrons, witness a BDSM scene and talked with a therapist about the BDSM lifestyle.
When Gavin DeGrassi and his wife hit a skid in their marriage, Gavin decides not only to try a male lover, but to try the BDSM lifestyle. Those are two huge things, and it was just such an about face for me. Gavin enters into a BDSM contract with the Therapist Ben, who has been consulting on the murder investigation, which strikes me as a conflict of interest. I mean, I am not sure the therapist had been ruled out as a potential suspect. Ben and Gavin begin training together and Gavin takes to the lifestyle like fish to water. But the murder is an insider and has been watching. The murders escalate and Gavin knows time is running out before either he or Ben catch the eeye of this sadist killer. What’s a cop to do?
I actually liked the new relationship and the ease that he was allowed to feel and be appreciated. It does seem to suit him better. That’s why I was torn on the rating. i also liked the writing. It wasn’t fluffy but it wasn’t too wordy either. It was just kind of smooth to me. Ben and Gavin were likable characters and their relationship really satisfied the both of them. I will read book 2.