Review: A Little Harmless Obsession by Melissa Schroeder

Series: Harmless (#3)
Release Date: September 21, 2010, print coming in August 2011
Publisher: Samhain
Page Count: 240
Source: Purchased for pleasure

What begins as a quest for submission becomes an unrelenting need for love.

May Aiona’s crush on sexy Evan Chambers is a bad habit that should be easy to break. It’s not like he’s ever noticed her. Looking for a safe place to release the reins of control and explore her curiosity about BDSM, May takes a friend up on an invitation to visit an exclusive bondage club—all she has to agree to is a public submission.

Evan can’t help but notice the exotically beautiful May. But despite his success, the dirty secrets of his past whisper that he’ll never be good enough for her. When Evan sees her standing in his club ready to submit to his best friend, he gives in to the thing he wants most—May as his sub. After their session, he knows one night will never be enough. But loving May isn’t easy for a man always ready to take charge. She might like to submit in the bedroom, but she doesn’t like anyone telling her what to do outside of it.

When May insists she’s not in any danger from the person seemingly obsessed with her, she ends up in the sights of a deranged stalker—with Evan possibly too far away to help.

Warning: Explicit sex, BDSM

Review:  So, for those wanting to know how this book connected to the series, May works for Chris (hero of book 2) as the manager of his restaurant.  Evan is also one of Chris’ best friends and participated in a menage with Chris and Cynthia in A Harmless Little Pleasure.

Now that I have that out of the way, this story delves even further into the world of BDSM, mostly focusing on the Dom/sub relationship, because you have a true dom and sub.  Evan is the silent, co-owner of a popular BDSM club and May is wanting to explore the world of D/s because something has always been lacking in the bedroom.  She’s also been harboring a major crush on Evan but isn’t ready to submit to him.

So, in addition to May’s discover of pleasure and submission in the bedroom, she’s also being stalked.  I think this subplot should’ve been explored a little more.  To me, if feels like it was just thrown in there as a way to make Evan fess up about his feelings for May.

I liked the story, but so far it’s the weakest link in the Harmless series.  And if you’re interested in a hot prologue to May and Evan’s story, check out A Harmless Little Surprise.

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