Series: Wild Irish
Author: Mari Carr
Read copy: eBook
Published: November 6, 2009
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Monday's child is fair of face...
After the death of her mother years prior, Keira Collins became a surrogate parent to her six younger brothers and sisters, her own dreams put on hold. At twenty-seven, she's finally pursuing a college degree. Between classes, working at the family pub and still tending to siblings, she's no time for romance. So why is she spending all her rare free time fantasizing about hot Professor Wallace bending her over his desk?
Will Wallace recognizes Keira's unfulfilled desires, her habit of hiding her beauty, her obsessive need to command every aspect of her life. But Will has needs of his own-and they run far darker than Keira's. As he initiates her into his lifestyle, offering sweet punishments and sweeter rewards, Will's sexual authority slowly strips away some of her precious control. The one thing Keira's not ready to relinquish...
Well, I'm surprised at how much I actually liked this novella. I'm not a big fan of BDSM stories, because the woman is usually the sub and I cannot fathom giving someone so much control (despite the claim that the sub holds all the control in the relationship), but I liked this one, because it was obvious Keira, though being the sub, had the control in her relationship with Will, the big bad Alpha Dom.
Just the fact that he was an English teacher, something (at least) I associate with glasses and tweed jackets, was deep into that lifestyle, and a Dom to boot, was sort of refreshing, but then he met this woman, a natural sub, and she simply turned his world upside-down, and though she let him dominate her, in the end she was the one who dominated him.
I loved the dynamic in this relationship. I just loved it.
The rest, well, we could've been spared a few things, because the more "explicit" the story went, the more it somewhat lost its connection to the plot, slowly turning into PWP territory. Thankfully, though, there was the "big obstacle" in the end that needed to be overcome, providing much needed "grounding" and plot to a story that was flailing under all the sex.
4 stars to the story (beginning and end) and the relationship aspect.