Honoring a promise he made to his late mother, David Eastridge, part owner of SAFE Security, returns home one final time—to help his father find the culprit responsible for embezzling three million dollars from his company. It should be an easy job—his father already has a suspect in mind.
After a series of tragic events that robbed her of a father and put her sister in a coma, Autumn Sullivan was forced to take on several jobs just to get by. She’s an accounting assistant by day, an occasional service Domme on the weekend, and a thief-for-hire by night.
David’s strategy of hiring Autumn—as a submissive—backfires when he finds himself enchanted by her sense of humor and playful attitude. Determined to prove her innocence, he enlists the help of Malcolm Legato and Agent Keith Rossetti to dig deeper. This enigmatic submissive is openly hiding things from him. Her secretive nature and the bread crumbs she drops about her past don’t add up—not even when he assigns Jesse Foraker, his SAFE Security buddy—to tail her and search her apartment. None of them are prepared for what the FBI uncovers.
Falling in love wasn’t in the plan, but David makes her believe that she isn’t doomed to live a solitary life. Plunged into a world of lies and espionage—with a serial killer after her—Autumn is forced to come to terms with her past if she is to have any hope of a future with David.
Warnings: BDSM party games, sex toys, bondage, flogging, spanking, and a trip to the beach
This is my first Michele Zurlo book and I can’t believe I didn’t find this series sooner. I love a good possessive alpha ex-military guy and boy the heroine was so complex too.
David is contacted by his estranged father to help figure out who is responsible for embezzling 3 million dollars from his company. His prime suspect is Autumn Sullivan.
Autumn works in the accounting department of Calder Co. She is barely able to make ends meet since she is caring for her sister Summer who has been in a coma for 3 years.
David goes undercover in Calder Co and gets close to Autumn both inside and outside the office. Will he be able to break through her walls before it’s too late? Will he be so blinded by his feelings for her that he can’t see the truth?
I really enjoyed meeting the crew of SAFE Security. Since I had not read the earlier books I had a bit of a struggle learning all the characters, but it wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed the strong Alpha males the way David was such a good Dom but lacked the ability to handle the aspects of a normal relationship. It was funny how the rest of the guys knew what he should say way and he had no clue.
There really was a lot going on. There were a few moments where things happened and I wanted to say ‘talk, you have the pieces right in front of you’ but due to their trust issues they didn’t put the pieces together in time. There were really some excellent twists and turns and I’m sure it would be even better if the series was read in order since there were some past events that shaped the team dynamics that was not detailed in this book. There were a few loose ends, like the mention that Calder Co is an iceberg with some dealings above board and some hidden under the water, but that really is never discussed in detail. Overall I enjoyed the dynamics between the SAFE Security crew and Autumn and was happy to see an ending without a cliffhanger.
Overall: 5 stars
Designation: Part of a series, can be read as a standalone
Reviewed by Sharon
LLEP Review Team
Bracing her foot against his—without crossing the line—she leaned over and picked up a mint with her teeth. Before he could pull her, she was back. He bent his knees to line up his mouth with hers. “This doesn’t count as kissing.”
With the peppermint effectively gagging her, she couldn’t respond.
He used his tongue to take the candy, dipping into her mouth to snake it around the treat. His bowl was closer, and he was taller, so he didn’t need her leverage to make the deposit.
She didn’t dawdle. As soon as he was upright, she grabbed the next one. They worked quickly and efficiently, though each time his lips came into contact with hers, he had to force himself not to take his time and explore the sparks that kept igniting. Later he’d dazzle her with his tongue wrestling skills.
The verbal buzzer sounded as Bree was on her way to get another peppermint. David pulled her back to him, wrapped his free arm around her bare waist, and reined in the passion simmering in his veins. Her gaze fixated on his lips, and he wondered if she truly was a switch and, if so, was she in submissive headspace right now? Pushing aside the reasons his mission sanctioned his actions, he traced his thumb along her lower lip before cupping the side of her head with the hand still bound to hers. “This counts.”
He closed his mouth over hers, taking what he wanted. She tasted of mint and a sweetness that had nothing to do with sugar. Her body softened against his, and she tilted her head a little more to give him better access. Chemical reactions burst through his senses in a series of tiny detonations that drove him to deepen his foray. She grasped his sleeve, her nails digging the slightest bit into his arm, and a soft, kittenish moan sounded in the back of her throat.
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