Erotica meets romantic suspense in Anderson's creative thriller, told from the first-person viewpoints of both the hero and heroine. Although the main characters
do not kick off their romance until well
into the book, their love story more than makes up for it in the end. This is a poignant coming-of-age BDSM story
that authentically takes readers into an alternative lifestyle.
As Cole and Alex pose as dominant and submissive, he learns of the sexuality that Alex has been trying to hide, and her needs awaken dormant desires in him. Just as he comes to accept that he wants to share that part of himself with Alex, her secret hobby comes to light and puts her on the killer's hit list. Cole knows he can save her from the murderer. The bigger challenge is convincing her that their lifestyle is nothing to be ashamed of. (LOOSE ID, Feb., 441 pp., $15.99)