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Giving It Up by Audra North

I loved this one. I really did. It’s so different than any other erotic BDSM romance I’ve read, and here’s why…

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No… that’s not why… or maybe it is?

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What is the most bourgeois safe word you’d come up with if you needed one? Bourgeois is the first thing I thought of when our sub was assigned his. Bourgeois and cute! LOL

** This review might be spoiling the story a little, so read at your own risk. **

You know how you always read men, normally rich men, as the Dominants in BDSM relationships?

Well, Audra North has decided she’s not having that. Our Dominant isn’t rich at all. As a matter of fact, she’s struggling with money, trying to pay for her grandmother’s health care. She also doesn’t really know she’s a Dominant. How cool is that?

Beatrice is a photographer who’s secretly lusting after her coworker’s SWAT office friend. She won’t make the first move, though. She’s shy in social situations and is too much in her own head, still recovering and learning to lead her own way in life after growing up in a very orthodox home and managing to break free of her family’s cold expectations.

Said SWAT officer friend, Warren Davis, is also lusting after Beatrice, only his inhibitions are different – he’s feeling saddled with his family’s trouble; his dad’s medical condition, his sister’s inability to be a grown up and be a father figure to his nephew.

But then a situation presents itself where Beatrice offers herself to Warren as a Dominatrix when she hears him on the phone with pricey professional service. And Warren agrees.

Now Beatrice needs to learn how to be a Dominant, and Warren needs to face his and his family’s issues.

Right from when Beatrice offers herself as a Dominatrix, I wasn’t sure I felt comfortable reading anymore. I’m not sure why I didn’t trust the author to do a good job, but it’s almost like we’re so conditioned to a certain way a Dominant should act, the responsibilities, the care – that I didn’t feel like Beatrice is ready to be a Dominatrix.

But she’s learning to be one as the story progresses, right along with Warren learning to be a submissive, learning to let go of his troubles in order to balance his life.

The process is unique, unorthodox in BDSM literature, and I loved it!

Beatrice and Warren’s romance is developing in such a fun way to read. I really felt for them both with everything they’re struggling with. They’re drama is balanced out beautifully with the help of Warren’s friends from work, and Beatrice’s Nana. Adorable lady.

I’m really curious to read the next titles in the series.

5 Stars

~Eleanor

* Thanks Audra, for a copy of the book. xoxo

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27751732She dominates his body and his mind…but can he give up control without handing over his heart?

Pushing the Boundaries, Book 1

If Beatrice Lawrence didn’t know better, she’d swear the universe is out to make sure she is totally, completely screwed. It’s not enough her family’s restrictive rules drove her away from home at a young age. She had to go and fall for a guy whose mere presence heats her body like Death Valley.

Except he seems to harbor a special brand of dislike, just for her. He even seems intent on ruining one of her biggest wedding photography gigs by dodging every key shot to make a phone call.

It’s not that SWAT officer Warren Davis isn’t attracted to Beatrice. He is. God, he is. But between supporting his parents and helping raise his single-mom sister’s kid, there’s no time to build a relationship.

Besides, Beatrice is too innocent for some of his darker…appetites. Until she catches him on the phone with a professional Domme. He must be crazy to let her talk him into hiring her instead. Even crazier to risk letting their professional relationship get personal…

Product Warnings
Contains an out-of-her-element, wannabe Domme who has no idea the power she wields, and a SWAT officer who can’t wait to show her just how deeply he needs her command. Buckle up and keep your safeword handy.

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