The story is written in a manner that I haven't encountered before and took a bit of getting used to. Personal and proper nouns are capitalized or not according to who is being referred to even in third person. For example when referring to Rick He, His, and Me are always capitalized denoting his Dominant status.Whereas when referring to Micah she, me, my and her name are always in lower case denoting her submissive status. This rule also extends to the secondary characters if they are part of the D/s lifestyle.
Micah is a 30 year old professional woman confident in her abilities and sure in what she wants in a personal relationship. Although a submissive, Micah takes control of her wants and needs and will not settle for less than the right Dom to offer the gift of her total submission and trust to. Micah's last long term relationship was with a man who didn't understand or respect her needs and she is determined not to waste more time on a man who is not worthy of receiving what she has to give. When Rick begins to pursue her she is still a bit leery of his intentions and whether or not what he is offering is real. Rick is offering her what she has been longing to have for years, a committed and monogamous long term relationship. Micah has to decide if she is going to allow insecurities and an abundance of caution to cost her what may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to find a partner that is not only interested in supporting her very specialized needs, but revels and thrives in the D/s lifestyle.
Rick is a successful doctor and Dom who has been burned by love and has stepped away from committed long term relationships. However, after his first harrowing interaction with Micah he knows that he has found the woman who will make him reconsider what he wants. What I loved about Rick is that he isn't afraid to aggressively pursue Micah and heeds his instant attraction to her. Micah isn't a leggy, long haired woman that normally grabs his attention and Rick enjoys her differences.
Things move quickly between Micah and Rick but it feels completely plausible. When Rick tells Micah "I'm looking for her; My obedient vixen, My lover, My friend, My wife, My everything." I was totally sold on him. (Yeah, I'm a sucker but I totally embrace that about myself!) Everything between the two is consensual and done with mutual respect. I very much look forward to more books from Harper Miller and hope that this is just book 1 in a series. There are two secondary characters that would make interesting stories. Micah's best friend Kisa is a submissive on the hunt for her perfect Dom and Rick's friend Josh is a Dominant who's tastes definitely run toward the outer limits of what I will probably be comfortable with. However, after reading THE SWEETEST TABOO I will definitely trust Harper Miller to take me on that journey. If you are looking for a well written and sexy erotic BDSM love story THE SWEETEST TABOO is definitely a winner. This one is going on my favorites list!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
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