Recently divorced soccer mom and paralegal extraordinaire Charlotte Sullivan has a secret past life that returns to haunt her on her birthday in the form of a perfectly gift-wrapped, blood-red velvet bustier. A summons from her once Master, François Rene de Hart, follows.
Pure lust awaits a mere train ride away, but she fears the journey may break more than her heart the second time around. With her teenage daughters in Europe for the summer, Charlotte’s opportunity to relive her youth with a man she once loved seems too good to be true. It’s also a chance to be bad, which she hasn’t been in a very long time. Curiosity and temptation win out over logic.
But more surprises are in store. François’ current lover, Pierre-Louis, is very much a part of his life. If she wants to be truly reunited with her Master, she must learn to love the other man as well.
Review: For one man Charlotte answered to the name Cassiopeia. The man she called Master was named Francois Rene de Hart. Today, after 18 years, she received a package that will allow her to live that life again. How will she let herself return to the only man that ever made her happy when returning to him means changing her whole life?
I actually enjoyed Prodigal Slave very much. There were a few times where I was a little uncomfortable but I don’t mind that at all. Actually I enjoy books that push me out of my comfort zone a little. I think that the author set a nice pace for the story. The way that Charlotte was easing back into the role and not just jumping right into line felt right. She had years of behaving a buttoned up mom and then expecting her to just fall into being a slave again would be ridiculous. Charlotte has to deal with her parents and children finding out about her and the ménage arrangement very abruptly and I imagine that would not be easy. I found it interesting that Pierre-Louis is much younger than the other two characters and that made the dynamics more exciting. Comically so, when Charlotte’s daughters meet him. Personally, I would have liked to have known more about Francois since he is the Dom and it seemed like as the story progressed he sort of faded into the background. There were a few other things in the story line that bothered me but I won’t go into details because I hate spoilers in reviews. Overall I found this was well written and flowed smoothly. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Harte’s work.
Publisher’s Note: This title was previously published elsewhere, but has been revised extensively for Ellora’s Cave.