He's hurt her once, and terrified her. He holds her future in his hands. Can she trust him with her body too?
Desperate to escape her past and start over, Ashley McAllister cuts her ties with her old life and heads for the wild landscape of West Yorkshire, the perfect place to reinvent herself. And her carefully laid plans are working, until she encounters her nemesis—the one man she'd hoped never to see again. Tom Shore, the man she and a gang of thugs attacked and robbed, and who swore he'd make her pay. He owns the cottage she now lives in and adores, and now he wants his pound of flesh. So he takes it.
Intimidated, beaten and dismayed by her sexy and dominant landlord, and totally confused by her intense physical response to him, Ashley needs Tom to guard her secrets. But will he, and his enigmatic and terrifying friend Nathan Darke, allow her to leave her past behind and start again? Having survived her first explosive and humiliating encounter with Tom, Ashley struggles to get her new life back on track. But Tom wants her. His demanding, persuasive, sensual charm is almost irresistible, his mastery of her assured.
But—can she submit to Tom's dominance? Should she? Ashley has escaped one violent and abusive relationship. Is she about to be sucked into an even more dark and dangerous liaison?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes including spanking, ice play, restraints. Warning: involves one scene of dubious consent that some readers might find distressing. There are also detailed, graphic scenes of violence and miscarriage, and allusions to domestic violence and rape. Note some of the characters present also appear in The Dark Side serial by Ashe Barker. This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial, and ends on a cliffhanger that some readers might find upsetting.
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker, Darkest
Series: Sure Mastery
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Sure Thing , Surefire
Published by Totally Bound Source: Author
Published: November 22nd 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Life has not been kind to Ashley. As she tried to rebuild her life, she finds herself coming face to face with the one man who can do some serious damage to her future. Tom is less than thrilled to find his new tenant is none other than one of the thugs that attacked and robbed him. Determine to make her pay for the sins of her past, Tom takes things a bit too far. Confused and hurt by his actions, Ashley is unsure if she can submit to his dominance.
I’m so happy to see Tom get his own story. His appearance in the Dark Side Trilogy definitely perked my interest. Something about the foreign accents rattling around in my brain is such a weakness. Ashley story is an emotional one. So much pain, so much sorrow, so much loss. Her last loss turned me into a sobbing pile of goo. The two of them together is a very tumultuous relationship. First off, their initial meeting is not of the best of circumstance. Flash forward and things are not any better. Tom’s revenge of her actions during the robbery, to say the least, was not very nice. Sorry, I’m not spoiling it but let’s just say, Nathan was right to be unhappy. As for Nathan’s actions, having gotten to know Nathan from before (Another blatant plug to the previous series) I was shocked by his actions. Poor Ashley, double whammy revenge is no fun. I’m glad they came to their senses.
I will briefly touch on the sex. Oh yes…it’s good but not as frequent as I expected. Don’t take it as a bad thing. Really it’s the journey that Tom and Ashley take together that really makes the story. The sex is an added bonus and very tastefully done. I merely want to mention, while Tom is a Dom and he wants to have Ashley as a submissive, I found there was some BDSM in their sexual play. Usually when you read a book containing a D/s relationship there is a bit more BDSM. Considering Ashley’s story I think Ms Barker nailed the amount perfectly.
In the blurb, Ms Barker states that this book “ends on a cliffhanger that some readers might find upsetting” UNDERSTATEMENT! No, no, no!!!! This isn’t the one I was expecting and I was caught completely unprepared. Of course, I anticipated something else. What a way to throw a curveball at me.
This is most definitely a recommended read. Ashe Barker’s stories will draw you in and have you aching to find out more. If you haven’t had a chance to read the Dark Side trilogy I suggest you do. It isn’t necessary but it will give a bit more background to several of the characters. Now the hardest thing for me is to calmly sit and wait to get my hands on the next book. Come on Ashe…I need that book NOW!