I went into this book hoping that it would be a little more engaging than it turned out to be for me. The basic story plot was decent but I didn't really feel connected to the characters. The relationship between Max and Mallory wasn't captivating and did not draw me in. The whole premise of a retreat for the elite of the fashion industry being a cover for an exclusive BDSM retreat and night club just wasn't a win for me either. The writing is sufficient and the story was adequate, yet I failed to feel any real emotion one way or another. I like to either love or hate the main characters or at least feel something for a strong secondary character, but this one fell flat. Unfortunately, this was an unremarkable for me.
I received an ARC via Netgally/Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.
On the run from her abusive fiancé, ER doctor Mallory Bryant arrives at her sister’s Connecticut resort desperate for a place to restore balance to her life. But Couture is more than a haven for the rich and fashionable. Beneath its elegant facade is an erotic playground where dominants and submissives play out their fantasies. At first, Mallory is wary of Max Spencer, the martial arts trainer acting as her bodyguard—until he introduces her to passion so intense she wants nothing more than to surrender to his touch.
As one of Couture’s most skilled doms, Max enjoys taking Mallory to the limits of pleasure. It’s a dangerous proposition, and as their sensual games draw them into a relationship beyond the boundaries of pupil and master, Max starts spiraling out of control. But when Mallory’s violent past catches up with her, Max knows what he must do: draw her closer than ever before, even if it means risking a surrender of his own.
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