Title: Sure Thing
He wants her body, but will she surrender her soul too? Despite her fears, is submission her only choice?
As their relationship deepens, Ashley is terrified and fascinated by her enigmatic lover, and drawn towards the seductive promise of surrender to him. But she’s escaped one abusive relationship, and it cost her dearly. How can she be sure that the exquisite pain promised by her dominant, masterful partner will be any more acceptable? And will the pleasure be worth the price? Can she take a risk? Will the reward be there for her?
He wants her, but he wants her surrender too. And Tom Shore knows just how to get it. He uses his sensual expertise and talent to arouse her desire, but can he win back her trust? Sure mastery leads to absolute surrender—or does it?
As Ashley reaches tentatively for happiness, will it be brutally snatched away? Can she find a way to forgive Tom and move on? Despite their past, can they build a future together, or even just settle for here and now? As her Master strengthens his sensual hold on her, Ashley has to make her choice.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dominance and submission, including spanking, nipple clamps, clitoris clips, restraints, sex toys, anal play, anal intercourse, whipping, flogging, and a ménage scene. There are mentions of miscarriage, rape and domestic violence.
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker, Darkest
Series: Sure Mastery #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Unsure, Surefire
Published by Totally Bound Source: Author
Published: December 27th 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Sure Thing picks up immediately where Unsure left off. Which, had you read Unsure you would know it had quite the cliffhanger. While I’ve gotten used to the cliffhangers this author favors, some are still more nail biters than other. Once we get past that little bit I find myself thinking what would be the best description for this book and all I can say is perceptions and changes. From Ashley’s to Tom’s even Nathan’s everyone’s perceptions change. It’s nice because I really like Nathan and he was not very nice before. However, I digress. This is Ashley and Tom’s story.
This book certainly has the feel of the interim book. The growth and changes Tom and Ashley from their initial meeting has certainly evolved. The interactions between Tom and Ashley have changed from casual kink to a full D/s relationship. What I really love is even when Tom is a Dom, he’s still the sweet gentleman inside to her. The time he takes to help Ashley become the sub and woman she is tender and loving yet firm. Tackling head on the challenges they face both in and out of the bedroom it was easy to see the growth they made as a couple. Ashley’s journey to learn to be a sub isn’t a easy one, and her mistakes and punishments sometimes I find quite humorous. But, I did find her progress to be very exhilarating and the book very difficult to put down.
I really wasn’t paying attention to the cover until now. There’s always some hidden meaning in this author’s covers. Of course it means more once you finish the story. On hindsight I never would have figured it out but now that I have…yummy memories. The cliffhanger in this book is probably the best I have read from Ms. Barker. Instead of drowning in unanswered questions, I find myself squealing in anticipation. Lips are zipped but I let me tell you, I can’t WAIT to dive into the next book.
The Sure Mastery books are really not intended to be read as stand-alones. So much from the previous book in the series carries over to the next and without this knowledge so many important pieces can be lost. Anything author Ashe Barker instantly has a recommendation for me. Everything she writes has the perfect combination of lovable characters, smooth heat and exciting story line and Sure Thing is no exception. Get it and fall in love with Tom and Ashley.