Series: Partners in Play
Published by NAL on March 4, 2014
Julie Masterson craves a taste of danger.
Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given into her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.
Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.
As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned...
Successful businesswoman Julie Masterson runs a popular flower shop with her friend Sasha. There, she encounters Daniel Covington, Vice President of Weston Bank, when he comes into the shop to purchase flowers for a family member’s ballet recital. The attraction between Julie and Daniel is instantaneous and they quickly find themselves in bed together. But Daniel is a respected Dominant within the local BDSM community and while he enjoys the vanilla sex he shares with Julie, he craves a deeper relationship with her, something that will allow his Dominant side to come out. But before Daniel can broach the topic with her, Julie agrees to attend a BDSM informational session with Sasha, an openly submissive woman who has invited Julie to these meetings many times before. Once there, Julie immediately runs into a stunned Daniel, the Master running that night’s session.
Despite her friendship with Sasha, Julie is innocent when it comes to the BDSM lifestyle, but is curious to learn more. She’s bold and possesses the shrewd confidence required to run a thriving business. Daniel is intrigued by Julie’s repressed submissive nature. He is confident without being an alpha-male jerk. He is supportive of Julie exploring her sexuality, but doesn’t try to force her into a lifestyle she may not be ready for.
I think this provides a well-rounded, yet mild look into the BDSM lifestyle – the good and bad, the sensual and scary. Most of the story centers around Julie and Daniel’s exploration of Julie’s growing understanding of her submissive nature and the internal and external conflicts that arise as a result. As Daniel must slowly introduce Julie to the lifestyle and what it means to be a submissive, so too is the reader’s introduction to the same. Accordingly, the sex between Julie and Daniel is very light on the BDSM – some spanking, light whipping, and a play room, but that is really about as far as it goes. Now, there is mention of a session between secondary characters gone very bad (someone ends up in the hospital), but nothing is described in great detail.
Unfortunately, as for the story and characters, both are fairly thin. The plot is largely carried by Julie and Daniel’s internal conflicts. Not a whole lot happens outside the characters’ heads. And although readers are given a little bit of Daniel’s backstory, we are told almost nothing about Julie before the book begins.
Seduced by Fire wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly memorable either.