Conner Raub is a professional bull rider with a secret; he is also a Dom. Sure that his professional career will take a hit if anyone finds out about his kinky side, Conner goes to a club where secrecy is the name of the game. When his mask slips after coming to the aid of a submissive in need, he has to hope that no one guesses his real life identity. Unfortunately, things don’t quite work out that way.
Jessica has always read kinky love tales, especially literary tales of BDSM. Tempted by the thought of submitting, she finds herself at one of the most secretive BDSM clubs. Entranced by an overprotective Dom who stops his own scene to go protect a sub in distress, she can’t quite believe when he is revealed to be the gorgeous Conner Raub. Jessica works with the bulls that Conner rides and has lusted after him on a daily basis. Finding out he is the kind of Dominant she dreams of is just the icing on top of the cake.
Getting him to sleep with her isn’t that hard a task but getting him to top her is another matter entirely. He doesn’t want to mix his two worlds, no matter what he may be throwing away. Can Jessica convince him that he can have his cake and eat it?
Jessica is a fab character. Experimental, unafraid of her own sexuality and quite fearless when it comes to getting what she wants, I enjoyed reading her tale. I enjoyed that she was unafraid to deal with the continual rejection that Conner kept throwing her way, kept plugging because she believed that he was the right Dom for her. She was a woman that wasn’t afraid to lose the little things in her life in the hopes of achieving the things that really matter. I really really enjoyed the background settings of the rodeo; I love the competition, the grit and the camaraderie that goes with this event. Conner too was a fun character. A stubborn male who held fairly old fashioned beliefs about the roles of men and women, I didn’t mind that he saw himself as the protector (in fact, as a Dom, I’d have questioned if he didn’t!). I loved his interactions with other rodeo stars; I really am looking forward to seeing where this goes.
I have always enjoyed Cassandra Carr’s writing and this one was no exception. When she approached me asking if I wanted to review her Cowboy Dom book, I leapt at the chance! Cowboys? Doms? That’s all of my favourite things in one book! The thing is I think I’d have preferred the book if there was no BDSM at all. As an experienced reader of BDSM, I know what I like and what I don’t like in this genre. I had an issue with Conner being a Dom; I just didn’t believe it. He didn’t really seem to be there for Jessica’s pleasure, more his own. He didn’t want to seem to push her boundaries and seemed happy with some mild bondage, spanking and ordering her to give him head. I believed in his Dom-ness much more at the beginning of the tale when he is at the club. The only real training Jessica had was how to hold off her orgasm; I didn’t feel she was particularly submissive by the end.
This is where my review gets tricky. I didn’t like the BDSM aspects of this book, but I loved the romance part of this book. The chemistry between them was undeniable and, if you ignored the references to BDSM, the sex scenes were very very hot. I know Cassandra Carr writes good sex; I have seen examples of it time and time again. These scenes were no exception unless you thought of them BDSM ones. The fact that I couldn’t see the Dom in Conner had a massive impact on how I viewed this book BUT if I hadn’t read a lot of BDSM, I think I’d have loved the whole thing. It was very well written.
I’m giving this book 3.75 Stars because, as a Cowboy romance, it is very very good. Just because Conner doesn’t fit my idea of a Dom, doesn’t mean he won’t fit yours. With a rodeo backdrop and a host of gorgeous men lined up for the series, I can’t wait to see where she takes this next. With lots of smutty sex and a feisty heroine, I liked the book overall. Bring on the next guy J