Blurb: Talia Benson has always been independent, unafraid to go after what she wants, regardless of setback, injury, or failure. But between her father’s conditional tuition payments and her mother’s nagging concern over her emotional state, Talia’s suffocating. So when Talia meets doctoral student Sean Poole, she can’t figure out why she wants him to control her. Why she wants him to boss her around. Why she wants him to hurt her. Talia learns the hard way that not all control is created equal, and sometimes submitting is the most empowering thing in the world.
Review: I will say that the blurb had me completely intrigued. I am always interested in reading books when there is a power struggle and I am always down for a little Teacher/student romance. That may be because my American Novel Professor is HOT!
Anyway, the book starts off with a good pace and picks up quickly when we meet Sean, the doctoral professor. I immediately like this guy, because he doesn’t take himself too seriously and his quips are on point. He knows who he is and he cares for Talia enough to help her explore and accept who she is, and here is where this gets difficult…at 20 years old who the heck knows “who” they are? This is the age that you explore and find out.
I sympathized tremendously with Talia as she went back and forth with whether or not her desires were appropriate. I found myself going back and forth with her because of all the convincing outside influences. The mom in my was screaming “no baby no!” but the sensual adult in me felt “do what makes you happy” So needless to say, reading this book will definitely take you on a rollercoaster ride. And no matter what side of the D/s spectrum you fall on you will enjoy this book. It wasn’t a long read but a quite interesting one…I give this book 4 solid stars.
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Author Bio Sara Taylor Woods writes sophisticated erotic romance and dark urban fantasy. Her stories have been included in romance, erotica, and horror anthologies. When she’s not writing, she’s wrangling her two bouncing dogs, mainlining coffee, or working out. She lives in South Carolina with her husband. She’s represented by Lana Popović of Chalberg & Sussman.
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