Review: Disgrace by Dee Palmer (Choices #5 / Disgrace #1)

Note: This ARC was provided by Ardent PRose in exchange for an honest review.

Can two Dominants have a relationship within and beyond the bounds of BDSM? That's the question that Disgrace, the latest addition to and the second standalone spin-off of author Dee Palmer's ongoing Choices series, poses and seeks to answer. As Mistress Selina, Samantha Bonfleur is the Dominatrix that clients line up for, giving them exactly what she thinks they need. She's a Domme who's created a much-deserved reputation and following for herself and Jason Sinclair has made it clear that he wants that attention to be turned his way and to keep it solely for himself. But Jason isn't a submissive looking to Sam to whip out her flogger and make him toe the line between pain and pleasure. You see, Jason is a Dominant and it's Sam's affection and submission that he's craved for nearly a year and a half. Sam already knows what it's like to be stripped of control and giving in to the perversions of one man and she promised herself it would never happen again. Jason, however, wants Sam's sweet surrender and the temptation to let go and trust him is becoming too irresistible. Just when they decide to give being in a relationship a chance, their secrets, the machinations of others, and Sam's dark past conspire to end it all.

There was no putting this book down once I started it. I went into this not knowing that it was part of a series, and yes, there are a couple of characters who obviously already had their time in the spotlight sharing their own love story, but it was difficult to lament the fact that I didn't get to read the series in order. Why? Because Sam and Jason and their story was simply too engrossing to be distracted from. Sam's past is painful to read, and I'm going to insert a trigger warning here, because there are various forms of abuse that she goes through, so be aware. As much as Sam tells Jason she trusts him, being in a relationship like theirs is something she has very little experience with, especially since her first and last one wasn't really based on love, so there are moments that she reacts without really taking the time to think things through. Jason, too, has his moments wherein he lets his emotions and insecurities get the better of him. Their story is all about them slowly but surely being more open and honest about their pasts and pushing one another to be more trusting. Overall, Disgrace was a good book and has me adding the first five books in the Choices series on my to-be-read list. I'm giving this new erotic romance 4.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 29 May 2016

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