Review: A Little Harmless Pleasure by Melissa Schroeder

A Little Harmless Pleasure by Melissa Schroeder
Series: Harmless (#2)
Release Date: December 29th, 2008
Publisher: Samhain
Page Count: 232
Source: Provided by author for review

Cynthia Myers meets Chris Dupree at her former fiance’s wedding. After a little dancing, and champagne, she ends up back in Chris’s hotel room. For one night of down and dirty sex. That’s it, that’s all. He lives far away, and she has other things to do…like get a life.

Chris is a switch. He likes to dominate but he also likes to play the role of a submissive from time to time. His last relationship with a sub turned nasty and since then, he has shied away from anything but straight vanilla sex. When he meets Cynthia, he finds a woman who could change his mind. His mate. The only problem is he has to convince her.

In a carefully orchestrated seduction, Chris teaches Cynthia about submission and dominance, allowing her take the reins. As he leads her through pleasures she thought she’d never experience, Cynthia’s self confidence soars and she finds herself falling in love with him. But, when he asks for submission in the bedroom, can she surrender to prove her love or was it all about a little harmless pleasure?

Content Warning: D/s, menage

Review:  This is book 2 in Melissa’s Harmless series.  Cynthia was engaged to Max in book 1 and Chris is Max’s best friend.  This book opens with Max and Anna’s wedding and Cynthia having just a little too much champagne after standing up to her father to attend the wedding.  Cynthia decides she wants to rebel by having a one night stand with someone that her father would disapprove of, and Chris is the lucky guy.

Fair warning, this book does some exploring of Dominant/submissive relationship.  Chris is a switch (meaning he enjoys playing both roles, which evidently is not common) and is looking for a mate who has similar interests and feels he’s found that in Cynthia… but first he has to introduce her to the lifestyle.

The thing I enjoyed most about this book is watching Cynthia come out of her shell and grow from a debutant, bred to do what her parents ask of her to a woman confident in herself and her sexuality.  Let’s face it, Cynthia was a biotch in the first book; so to see her mature and come into her own was quite rewarding.

I’m very much forward to seeing where the next books in the series are going to go.  And Melissa has written a free short story as an epilogue, A Harmless Little Kalikimaka.

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