Very reminiscent of Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey, Belle’s crack at the billionaire Dom erotica trend falls short, with hollow characters and a plot that will leave readers feeling cheated. The story has an interesting premise and started out strong, but Regina’s ignorance of pop culture is unrealistic for a young contemporary heroine and Sebastian needs to look up the definition of “consent,” because he’s a less than desirable hero.

Recent college grad Regina Finch has moved to New York City after finally landing her dream job at the New York Public Library. Ready to escape her controlling mother and live her life, she’s curious when billionaire library board member and budding photographer Sebastian Barnes takes interest in her. Determined to draw the shy librarian out of her shell, Sebastian introduces Regina to the work of Bettie Page as inspiration for bringing out her inner siren. Regina learns that Sebastian’s interest in Bettie Page doesn’t stop at photography — he’s also heavily into BDSM, and Regina must decide if she’s willing to take the pain if she wants to win Sebastian’s heart. (SIMONANDSCHUSTER.COM, dl $2.99)
Reviewed by: 
Elisa Verna