Working for megastar Jeremy Gray has taken an emotional toll on personal assistant Kyle Winchell. In the name of self-preservation, he re-locates to New York City to work at Ironclad Solutions, a service agency catering to the needs of the rich and famous.
He accepts a job as personal assistant to well-respected concert cellist Caressa Gallo, only to find she’s not as respectable as she seems. Soon he’s involved in a world of lust and dark inspiration, and emotional stakes beyond anything he’s encountered before.
I really liked it this book. It was just as interesting as Comfort Object was and I liked getting to know Kyle a little better. In the first book we only got to see a little bit of Kyle and it was always in Jeremy’s shadow, so I really enjoyed getting to see more deeply into Kyle’s personality and even more when he was with his family.
Caressa, on the other hand, was a bit of a pain in the rear, but she was sweet at times and a little funny so the pain in the rear factor stayed tolerable. She is basically a talented but very spoiled brat that no one ever put in its place until Kyle comes around. Her crap is not easy to put up with and more than once I wished I could slap some manners into her. But (and I know it doesn’t excuse everything) she is under a lot of pressure, from the people around her, her work but also from herself, and she clearly craves attention while at the same time, rebelling against it. She was a little hard to get at time but eventually, she revealed herself and started acting like a somewhat normal person.
“When you said…when you said “good girl”….she paused, her voice suddenly tight with emotion. “It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt like I’ve done something well.”
This book is a lot less kinky than Comfort Object was. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of kink going on, but since Kyle is kind of new on the BDSM scene and Caressa didn’t know anything about it before Kyle came in the picture, this book was a little softer of the kink. But still very good. But it’s still on the light side of BDSM for those who are used to the harder, heavier stuff. But we still see how being dominated and relinquishing control actually frees Caressa and I really enjoyed this part of the dynamic between her and Kyle. It was also very interesting to see Kyle take responsibility for someone sexually and otherwise.
Annabel Joseph is a master in the art of describing good, hot, sexy BDSM scenes with deep emotions and she did a good job with this book too.
“He doubted there was any virgin in the history of the world who’d gone from lily white to so completely depraved in the space of a couple months.”
Caressa’s character is a little bit darker than Nell was but the overall feel of the story was still very close to Comfort Object, which is something I enjoyed since I really liked the feel of the first book and the balance it had between dark and serious and funny and witty. I also really liked to learn more about Jeremy and Nell’s lives throughout the book. They make some apparitions in this book and I loved them all.
Once again, the epilogue was great. Annabel Joseph has a talent when it comes to writing amazing epilogues to her stories. I’m still not over the epilogue in Comfort Object, so that’s saying something.