Simply put, WOW! Take your time to savor this gem. Hill brings together the familiar elements of a love story and BDSM from a different angle: A former Domme asks to become the sub of a Master who is the epitome of fantasy yet he’s very real and does not play games. This is a roller coaster ride worth taking.
Athena Summers has rebuilt her life after her husband’s death. Their relationship included her being his Mistress. While she adapted and enjoyed the role, it wasn’t her natural inclination. On a visit to their regular club, Athena witnesses the work of Dale Rousseau and is intrigued. As they become acquainted, Dale recognizes that she is a natural sub. Athena learns to let go of the past and embrace a future with Dale. Relinquishing control is not automatic, but it becomes a matter of survival and a first step toward happiness. (HEAT, Dec., 416 pp., $16.00)