Review: Still by Ann Mayburn

Still by Ann Mayburn
Series: Long Slow Tease (# 1)
Release Date: April 8, 2013
Publisher:  Honey Mountain Publishing
Pages: 234
Source:  book provided by the publicist for review

Dr. Michelle Sapphire and Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan formed an unbreakable bond and an unacknowledged, forbidden attraction to each other while serving together in Afghanistan. Their lives are forever changed when a mortar attack grievously wounds Wyatt and Michelle brings him back from the brink of death. But when they both return to the civilian world, Michelle discovers that her rock-solid Marine is suffering from severe PTSD and may even be suicidal.

Wyatt Callahan fell hard for the aristocratic blonde doctor the moment he laid eyes on her. After reentering civilian life in his hometown near Austin, Texas, Wyatt is plagued by nightmares of the death and suffering he witnessed during the war. He’d love to reach out to Michelle, but — Michelle is a Dominatrix, and she has made it very clear to Wyatt she isn’t interested in a relationship with anyone who doesn’t accept her lifestyle. An Alpha male to the core, he can’t imagine the appeal of being submissive. At the same time, the idea of serving Michelle, of being everything she wants and needs, rings true in his wounded soul.

Michelle has dark secrets of her own, and together with Wyatt she will have to battle her personal demons during their emotional journey of healing, redemption, and love.


Review: When I first started reading Still I was very unsure if I was going to like it. I do enjoy military type novels with suspense and erotica mixed in. I do however prefer my men to be the dominant one in the relationship, not the submissive. As I continued reading I learned to like having Wyatt as the submissive in the relationship. Michelle was not what I thought as the typical dominant or domina. She could be a bitch when she needed to be, but overall she was very loving in her dominating stance.

Both Michelle and Wyatt need each other. One to heal from a past trauma and the other to heal from PTSD from the war. They both have to learn to trust the other and let down the walls built. Ann Mayburn does a very good job at making the plot believable and not cheesy.

The sex was beyond hot and explosive. You could totally tell that the sexual relationship between them was something much deeper than sex. It was something real and something that was scary for both Wyatt and Michelle. I liked that the whole novel was just the two of them having sex. You actually got a storyline with character sketches that went in depth and not just touching the surface that can happen in many erotica novels.

I look forward to reading more books in the series.