Duets and Dominance
by Anya Summers
GENRE: Erotic Romance
Duets & Dominance by Anya Summers
Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of epic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend Solomon, she devises a plan to seduce him, and rid herself of that infernal status. After all, they shared a mind-blowing kiss a year ago and that has to count for something, right?
Solomon Ventura adores Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. For more. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he hasn’t been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the starring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark, and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.
Will the best friends move their relationship out of the friendzone? Or will a week spent on pleasure island destroy them both?
This place would be good for him. He already planned to stay past their performance week. If he had to fuck his way through the sub-pool on the island—as well as any single subs who visited—to thoroughly evict Lizzie from his lustful thoughts and put her back squarely in the friend column, then that was what he was going to do.
The private balcony off his room had a clear view of the ocean. The waves undulated, an endless movement of shimmering turquoise and cobalt. Sol inhaled a few steadying breaths. Lizzie wasn’t for him. She was too pure, too sweet, and just too good for a man like him.
But Christ did she look good, better even than when he’d seen her in Scotland.
Lizzie was the type of woman suited to candlelight and gentle lovemaking. Sol wasn’t that kind of man, never had been. It wasn’t that he wasn’t a good man, he just wasn’t good for her. She wouldn’t survive his brand of love, and Solomon couldn’t be satisfied without being a Dominant.
That didn’t mean he’d forget that one stolen kiss. Far from it. One touch, a simple brushing of lips, and every part of his being had stampeded to the forefront, eager to stake its claim. That Lizzie belonged to him.
If only that were true.
They were friends. It was better that way. She deserved better. Were he to turn the full brunt of his desires in her direction, she’d run screaming into the night. As she should, because a good girl shouldn’t tangle with the big bad wolf. His brand of dominance would leave her shattered. Solomon must have control, otherwise, it put him on a slippery slope toward utter ruin.
And he’d never be able to live with himself if he destroyed such perfection.
I know, I know. I haven’t reviewed on the blog a BDSM book in a long time. I stopped when FSOG came out so it’s been awhile. Why did I choose this one to review? I liked the trope associated with it. Friends to lovers. I loved how Lizzie and Sol were friends but so different in every way that counted. Friends from Julliard and now playing together in private concerts. While we get to see how they became friends, we only get snippets about the friendship now.
What really struck me about these two is how they never communicated with each other about the sexual needs/wants/desires or lack thereof. I would figure that would have been discussed at some point. Lizzie’s back history is just awful but I loved how she got a backbone on the island even if it drove Sol beyond crazy. Her time with Dante and Michael was perfect. I loved how Ms. Summers used them in Lizzie’s quest to make Sol final realize how much he needed and loved Lizzie. Lizzie is a great heroine that had to grow up to get what she truly wanted; not what everyone else wanted for her.
Sol, my Sol. I loved him. The brooding, dark Irishman. I totally understood why he kept Lizzie at arm’s length when it came to the lifestyle and how he explained everything to her was emotional and truly heartfelt. Lizzie’s reaction is priceless and she proves that she isn’t the shy wallflower that he thinks. I also think that Sol didn’t really give Lizzie a choice when it came right to it. I didn’t like that aspect of him but that’s when Dante and Michael came into play and it was great.
Overall, the book is about the lifestyle, not so much the actual acts. Sure there is the D/s but it is sorta on the lite side. The smexy times? Beyond hot in my book. But that’s what makes this book so good. It’s not over the top BDSM acts that you are having to Google but just good old-fashioned hot sex between two people that have been in love with each too long and when push came to pull, they finally decided to act on it.
I would definitely revisit the Pleasure Island series. I liked the whole premise of the series. Oh and I just love how Ms. Summers didn’t have too many secondary characters to muck up the actual romance between Lizzie and Sol. *sigh*
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.
Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.
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