This is the BDSM novel all the other millionaire Dom heroes want to star in. Tan takes an overused trope and turns it into a dreamy, erotic fantasy that draws the reader down the rabbit hole along with Karina. The sex scenes are lush and erotic without attempting to outdo the last BDSM novel out there, and James’ struggle to trust Karina enough to give up even an iota of his rigid control is palpable. Readers will be clamoring for the next book in this series.
Karina is filling in as a waitress when she meets an intriguing man who offers her a wish if she agrees to play a game with him. Each time they meet, she has a new task, new rewards and, sometimes, new punishments. Her roommate recognizes it as the start of a D/s relationship. For Karina, it’s just falling for James — and trying to get him to fall for her, too. (FOREVER, Aug., 304 pp., $10.00)