Esme Spade is struggling to pull her life back together after the tragic loss of her husband five years ago. Not only were they married, but she was also his submissive, leaving her feeling even more lost and alone without the guidance she needs. Suffering from nightmares and panic attacks, her late husband’s friend and partner in the FBI convinces Esme to move to LA to be closer to him so he can help her in finding her way again . . . part of which is introducing her to Club Decadence.
While she finds comfort just being in the club, Esme isn’t quite ready to move forward other than watching those around her, the no lurkers policy threatens her membership. She has no choice but to find someone to connect with or lose the one thing helping to hold her together emotionally.
Keiran Finnegan is too busy with work helping to run a security and protection company to break in a new submissive. But, from the first moment he sees Esme, he knows there is something special about her. He knows he can be the man she needs to help bring her wounded soul back to life with the patience, caring and dominance she craves.
Esme is terrified to love again, and Finn’s dangerous profession has her wanting to run for the hills, but neither can deny their attraction and deeper connection. Will she be able to deny their love or will a ghost keep them apart forever.
This was my first foray into Maddie Taylor’s writing and I really enjoyed it. Esme is such a beautifully broken character. She tries to be string and move on, but she needs more. But, it is easy to see why both Finn’s affections and especially his job terrify her after all she has been through.
Finn is truly one of the most patient and caring book boyfriends I have ever read. He knows exactly what Esme needs and helps her begin the healing process showing her she can love again.
While this amazing slow burn of a love story is happening, the author throws in an unexpected suspense element that will leave readers reeling. It adds the perfect amount of drama and intensity to this story to make it a page turner right up to the finish. 4.5 stars!
DO. YOU. DARE!?
Dare To Love Again by Maddie Taylor is LIVE and it brings the sizzle!
Five years is a long time to be alone, especially for a submissive. But after a near-eternity without the protective, quiver-inducing touch of a master, Esme Spade remains on the sidelines — even inside the walls of Decadence L.A. Though several Doms would gladly have her, she can’t seem to do anything more than watch, despite the club’s unwritten ‘no gawkers’ policy.
Keiran Finnegan has no time to break in a new submissive. But he’s also a man who knows what he wants, and there’s something about the obviously-wounded Esme that is exactly what he’s been longing for. Will his strength, skill, and patience be enough to revive the spirited beauty? Or is it too late for this gorgeous creature to become his permanent sub?
Dare to Love Again may be read and enjoyed as a standalone romance!
A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.
Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.