Belong to Me by Shayla Black
Series: Wicked Lovers (#5)
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Source: ARC provided by author
She’s undercover and in over her head…
When FBI analyst Tara Jacobs’ fellow agent and best friend goes missing while investigating a sex ring, Tara goes undercover as a submissive in a Dallas BDSM club called Dominion. But no man can top a woman with Tara’s moxie convincingly enough—until an edgy, dangerous Dom takes control of the scene and sets her heart racing with a single, commanding glance. Too bad he’s also the man who stole her innocence years ago—and the one to whom she will never submit.
He’s got everything under control…until he falls for her again.
Navy SEAL Logan Edgington once left the woman he loved to save her life. He knows Tara will never forgive him, but he has no doubt that he possesses the knowledge to master her fears and the strength to guide her through an unfamiliar world of pleasure and pain. He alone can protect her on a dangerous mission that reveals both wicked depravities and terrible secrets. Logan relishes the exquisite torture of holding her again, feeling her uninhibited response. No matter how much Tara insists their fling will end after this mission, he’s determined that she will be his again—and this time, he’ll never let her go.
Review: I’ve been following Shayla’s career for a couple years now. And while I have a couple of her early Wicked Lovers books sitting on my shelves, they’ve gone unread as of yet. So, when I talked with Shayla’s assistant about a guest spot on the blog, I was offered an ARC of Belong to Me. Well, who’s going to turn down an ARC? Not me.
Word of warning. This book is HOT and pushes some boundaries. If you don’t like to read about domination in the bedroom, this book is not for you. This story totally revolves around Logan and Tara and their Dom/sub relationship… or rather her being introduced into it. First, it was for her FBI undercover training, but it does grow from there. Sometimes, I felt things went a little too far as Logan taught Tara and wondered how their relationship was going to grow. But as Tara grew more confident and got past her past, their relationship flourished and the Dom/sub thing didn’t seem as wrong as it did in the beginning.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get the appeal of BDSM. But it’s been interesting to read about. This is probably the book that’s gone the furthest into exploring domination in all those that I’ve read. Shayla was able to create a love story that show the love and trust between to characters in such a relationship. There’s such a fine line between being equals (even though one is “dominant”) and being abusive of the apparent power over a submissive.
I think I could’ve used a little more meat in the plot outside of the bedroom or BDSM club. Yes, the story is about Tara and Logan’s relationship, but they’re brought together again because of an FBI mission. I would have liked to have seen that mission be explored a little more. Part of me felt that it wrapped up just a little too nicely in the end.
But that said, I’m glad I finally read one of Shayla’s books. Now I need to get back and read the earlier books in the series. In no way did I feel like I missed out on anything by starting with book 5, but I believe a couple “stars” from past books made appearances in this one. This will definitely not be my last Shayla Black read and if you’re looking for a scorching erotica, pick this one up!