Samantha Davis, an alpha female who runs her own advertising firm, meets her match in her latest client, a domineering Frenchman who seduces her into submission in Jake’s debut erotic romance.
After the commanding network executive Laurent Román awards Sam the biggest account of her career, he quickly establishes his ground rules. “For us to work together, you must not disobey me. Period,” he says, after grabbing her arm so tightly that “all she could do was nod.” Sam is mystified about why she’s so titillated, and decides that her best approach is to defer to Laurent as she would to any difficult client; the problem is that every time he comes near, her body tingles with anticipation. Luckily, the feeling is mutual, and on a business trip to Europe, the two begin a steamy affair. Sam’s inner conflict turns on whether she should risk her career and reputation by continuing the relationship. However, the book focuses primarily on her indoctrination into the world of dominance and submission by Laurent, who believes that they are particularly compatible. As Sam is pushed beyond her comfort zone, her body’s response to his methods is frequently at odds with her mind’s; she simultaneously loves and hates being ordered around, and soon her resistance gives way. The book doesn’t have lofty aims, but, as an erotic romance, it successfully achieves what it sets out to do. Intriguingly, however, it also explores the dilemma of a generation of women grappling with how to be successful as a professional, a lover and, often, a mother, when each role seems to require opposing qualities—a theme which may appeal to many modern female readers.
An appealing, effortless erotic tale geared toward contemporary women.