Stefan and Cassie have been playing for 10 months, but Cassie uses her safeword rather than renewing her monthly contract with him. Cassie has fallen in love and Stefan while he has been clear from the first time they played years ago that it would never be more than a D/s relationship between them and no matter how close she feels to him, he has never wanted to pursue a relationship outside of those boundaries. Knowing she cannot live this way, Cassie knows it is for the best that she moves on.
When Stefan has a severe heart attack, however, he becomes one of Cassie’s patients. He is given a second chance at life as long as he doesn’t screw it up. He’s also given a second chance at having a real relationship with Cassie if he can figure out his own feelings.
I loved how caring Cassie was. While submissive in her sexuality, I loved the spitfire she was outside of a scene when it comes to making sure that Stefan follows his doctor’s orders. I can see why she cried red rather than renewing a month by month contract since her feelings run so strong for him. And, while a caring man, Stefan feels emotionally unavailable and really doesn’t seem to reciprocate Cassie’s desire for more than a simple D/s relationship..
Honestly, Stefan was kind of a dumb a$$ when it comes to knowing his own feelings. He pushes his recovery too hard and fast and acts like he has a death wish when he finds out he will be medically discharged from the Coast Guard. He misses Cassie, but doesn’t understand just how much or why until he is literally slapped in the face with it thanks to a little manipulation to one of our favorite Dom’s from the Trident Security series, Ian Sawyer. Once he realizes just how much he has to live for, it’s time to make things right with the woman who has held a piece of his heart all along!
I really love that Samantha A. Cole has given us a look into the lives of some of the secondary characters in her main series. I loved getting to know these characters more intimately. The Shibari rope scenes in this book are spellbinding. Stefan and Cassie are a fabulous couple and their story was amazing. 4.5 stars.
About the Book:
Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundquist is more than happy with his life. As a member of the US Coast Guard, he works in the Gulf of Mexico, saving lives. As a Dominant in the BDSM lifestyle, he plays with submissives who are under no illusions their relationship will go beyond a D/s one. As a Shibari Master, he creates beautiful works of art on those submissives’ bodies with his ropes. Life is good—until it comes crashing down around him.
Cassandra Myers knows each of the D/s contracts she signs with Master Stefan are for exactly one month, with an option to renew, but when she realizes she’s fallen in love with him and that love is one-sided, she requests he remove her collar. Despite her broken heart, she tries to move forward with her life. Working as a cardiac rehabilitation technician is something she loves to do but going back to school to become a registered nurse is now her goal.
When Cassandra discovers her new patient is none other than the Dom she can’t stop thinking about, she’s determined to help him recover. As she tries to hide her feelings and protect her heart as best she can, Stefan’s new lease on life has him comprehending how short his time on earth could be. Can he convince Cassandra he now wants more than he ever thought he would, or has he lost her forever?
About the Author:
An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.
Her standalone novel, The Friar, (retitled The Road to Solace) won the silver medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards in the Contemporary Romance genre out of more than 1000 entries.
While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have been completed, they have brought many opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more characters and stories to love. Look for her new Hazard Falls series, the Trident Security Omega Team series, the Doms of The Covenant series, the Blackhawk Security series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several standalone projects.
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