Wrapped Around Your Finger
Ellora’s Cave, 2010
Plus-sized fetish model and aspiring chef Indigo Hartley has plenty of tattoos and a fiery attitude to match. When she's offered a job as a sushi model for one of Miami's trendiest restaurants, she jumps at the chance. Little does this country-mouse-turned-city-vixen know that what starts out as a modeling job will end up the answer to all of her kinkiest fantasies. Three days serving as a sub to this hot chef is too tempting an offer to refuse.
Banner Faust has worked his ass off and sacrificed his love life to become a rock star in the culinary world. On what should be the biggest night of his career, he realizes something is missing from his life-the submissive woman he's always craved. The curvy new model with the blue-streaked hair and innate submissive nature just might be the one he's been waiting for. And when he gets her home-and in his bed-he soon realizes three days will never be enough.
Genre & Keywords:
M/F, BDSM, Contemporary, Food, Full figured heroine, Tattoos, Miami
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Heat level: 3 out of 3 flames
Why I read it:
I received a review copy from the author
This short novel has a sexy, dominant chef as a hero and a sassy, tattooed fetish model as his submissive heroine. When Banner and Indie meet she's nearly naked and modeling for one of his culinary highlights: lying on a table, dressed with food (among which the deadly blowfish) and having people eating from her body. Indie is a bit unsure about her body, since she's a plus-sized model and her ex-boyfriend always commented on her figure. But Banner is instantly smitten with her and loves her appearance. He also recognizes a natural submissive in Indie and likes to spend some sexy time with her, so he makes her an offer which she can't refuse.
The next three days they spend together as a Dom and sub. Indie is new to all these experiences and Banner knows from the beginning that she's the woman he's been looking for to spend the rest of his life with. She's afraid to admit her feelings although she's having the best time of her life. This causes a little conflict in the end, but everything is resolved very quickly. So this novel is not an angsty one, which doesn't mean it's emotionally underdevelopment. Because since Ms Blake has focused her story mainly on the relationship building, there's plenty of room to explore her characters' emotions and feelings. I must admit that I would've liked to see a bit more of the hero's inner thoughts and feelings, since I felt the focus was more on the heroine than on the hero.
The BDSM scenes can probably considered being on the light side if it were not for the last scene, which takes place in public. The majority of the scenes are about obedience and control, there's a little spanking involved and some anal play, but hardly any bondage and no gags. I thought the sex scenes were scorching and super sexy, which shouldn't be a surprise with such a perfect and hot Dom controlling the scenes. Maybe my only complaint is that Banner felt a bit cliché as a Dom and too perfect, with him knowing exactly what was right for his sub Indie, whom he only just met. So, he seemed a bit too good to be true... And perhaps their whole relationship building went a bit too smoothly, especially given the fact that the story takes place in only three days.
But other than that this was a very enjoyable and sexy story which I couldn't put down and which I finished in nearly one breath. The author's engaging and pleasant writing style contributed to my reading pleasure, something I already experienced earlier with her first novel, This Side of Heaven, a paranormal book. No matter if Fallon Blake writes contemporary or paranormal romance, she knows how to hold my interest with her stories.
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