When Mark Moore arrives in Nassau to conduct a corporate training meeting, his only expectation is a week of professional and personal enjoyment in an island paradise. Since stepping down from his senatorial duties to have more time for his pop star daughter, Dasha, he’s liked the extra free time for projects like this—except for the moments when the memories attack of a love long lost, buried six years ago. He never expects the sweet surprise of Rose Fabian, a student who soon becomes much more—and a lover who reawakens every Dominant instinct in his body. But Rose carries emotional scars of her own, wounds that are worsened by desiring Mark: an older man who moves in social circles she’ll never reach. Only in submitting to him, and finally surrendering to their love, can she find the courage to believe that their future can be written in permanent marker.
This book really kept me gripped and although it’s only based over a few days, I didn’t get the sense that the story was rushed at all. We got to know the characters well and that they could only get what they needed by being together. Every time I thought things were going well Rose would revert back to her old self and they would have to start from the beginning again. But it worked – I think because she didn’t just immediately accept everything Mark said that was the total opposite to her ingrained beliefs as gospel it seemed more realistic – A person isn’t going to change overnight just because someone else told them to.
Saying that I did find Rose a bit frustrating at times but I could understand her personality. Her family had constantly drummed in to her head that she was basically a failure. If you hear something that often, from the people that are supposed to love you, you’re going to start to believe it and as that was all Rose had ever known it must have been that much harder to get past.
I liked the way the author kept focussing on the fact that even though Rose was choosing to submit that she held all the power. I know this is normally mentioned in one form or another in most books in this genre but it felt like it was especially true when we saw things from Marks perspective.
Mark was a lost soul. He had shut down and only existed, not really living after losing his wife 6 years before even if to most he appeared fine. He kept his life full with his work and tried to make that enough for him. He needed Rose as much as she needed him. She filled his life and gave him something to live for.
Even though at some points I felt I needed a dictionary to figure out what was going on I was totally hooked – not many books make me sneak read at work. And Oh My God I want to read Dasha’s book so badly – the little hints at the relationship that she obviously had with her manager and security specialist had me dying to read their story – I NEED to know what happened there.