The description was the hook and since I’m that someone who is an outsider looking in on that particular lifestyle, but is absolutely intrigued by it and all its nuances there was simply no way I could pass this book up and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s sweet, smexy, a little dark and yet there is a lot of heart woven into it as Abby and Rufus work their through the ups and downs of the Little/Dom lifestyle to find their own happiness.
This review is going to be a little different than my norm because I’m not going to get into my feelings about Rufus and Abby, not because I didn’t like them, I actually found them to be quite likeable in general, but their journey is what fascinated me the most, so why force the issue? From start to finish I was totally fascinated by how their relationship evolved. The beginning had me running through a number of reactions on both sides of the coin, but as I got further into the story I really enjoyed the dynamic between Rufus and Abby. They gave each other exactly what they needed to enjoy the life they were living and it made them both stronger for it. But, as with any relationship, not everything is smooth sailing and that big ‘ole sinkhole in their road is a doozy. Hell, I had guessed at who would be involved just not the how of it and though I was irritated with how the initial fallout what handled, or not handled really, but one of the characters, it made sense. And I did like where Rufus and Abby were at the end of the book.
Is this book for everyone? It could be in all honesty because at it’s heart it is about two people giving each other what they need to be themselves. Is it in the most conventional of ways? No, but neither is it entirely unconventional. The writing was engaging and the solo 1st POV was done well. I liked that the story was simple and concise, no excessive angst going on, and I appreciated how the Dom/sub relationship was explained and shown.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
Twenty-year-old dancer Abby Williams has only ever felt truly herself while she's onstage. It's the one place she gets the firm direction and focused attention she craves to keep her whimsical thoughts in order. Offstage she feels out of place, forced to give up her girlish treasures and bombarded at every turn with adult responsibilities. But one missed dance cue in front of the intimidating theater owner could take all this away.
Summoned to Rufus Kingsolver's office, Abby is terrified the darkly handsome, commanding man is about to end her dream. But Rufus has other ideas. He wants to be her Dom. He wants her to call him Daddy.
Abby is shocked, but the spark of curiosity and taboo desire have her wanting more. Under Rufus's firm hand, they explore the erotic depths of their unconventional, yet beautiful, relationship. Abby is falling deeper in love with Rufus and the Little/Dom lifestyle, but it's not long before she comes face-to-face with her darkest fear—judgment from the outside world.
Daddy knows best, but what if, this once, he can't protect her?
Brianna Hale couldn’t live without her notebook and an assortment of glitter pens, and when she’s not writing she can usually be found with a book, fighting video game monsters and aliens or attending the theatre. She believes that pink and empowerment aren’t mutually exclusive, and everyday adventures are possible. Brianna lives in London.