This is a story about Claire and Luca, both two damaged characters who are trying to navigate through their lives, both having been cut by loss, despair and hoplessness. Claire is a powerful banker having nurtured and created Zurich’s most elite banking establishment all amidst the love of her life dying from terminal cancer. A year on from her husbands death, Claire meets Luca, a charismatic, domineering Italian who she already has been affected by. Luca puts forward a business proposal, one in which her company can’t really afford to pass up. Claire is ever so dilligent and asks multiple questions to assertain the credentials of the proposal. The end result being, Luca asking her to come observe before making her final decision. The business proposal is an adult sex club that Luca is interested in buying and once claire steps foot into the building it awakens feelings and thoughts she would never have deemed possible.
The narrative within the story allows us time to build a connection with both the protagonists. Both Claire and Luca are equally as damaged as the other. The story was focussed around the fact that Claire had lost herself during the grieving process of losing her husband. The persona that she emitted to the world through her professional persona was indeed very different to her private life. She is a strong, confident and doesn’t accept any bullshit where her career is concerned, but, the loss of her husband has left her not knowing what direction she is taking her life and generally feels that love has no place within her heart anymore. Luca on the otherhand, although being a strong and capable Dom doesn’t let anyone into his heart either. His mother died at an early age and it has obviously had a strong and profound effect on him to this day. He has had many submissives but mainly in a training capacity. No sub has ever seen inside his bedroom or apartment and his one hard limit is “no falling in love”. Both as broken and closed off as the other.
That I can make my own happiness. That death is the reason to live.
Both the authors, in my opinion, has done a stellar job at both researching and immersing the reader into the D/s world. It is refreshing to read a piece of fiction within the D/s world and it be accurate and not make it seem weird or judgy. The characters were complex but completely believable and I did find myself actually caring about the outcome of their story. This is the first book that I have read from these authors but I look forward to reading some more. The story flowed beautifully.
I was provided with an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.