Heat by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Heat (Club Inferno #1) by Jamie K. Schmidt
Mallory is running from an abusive relationship, she goes to her sister who runs a resort called Couture that specializes in all things fashion and apparently all things sex. She has a secret sex club within the facility called Club Inferno. Mallory and her sister Colleen’s relationship seemed strained to me but yet Mallory still felt Colleen would help keep her safe and she did. Colleen had one of her employee’s take her under his protection as her bodyguard. Max works at Couture as a martial arts instructor in the resort and as a skilled Dom in the sex club, setting up erotic scenes for club members. There is an immediate spark between Mallory and Max. Max is very much attracted to Mallory and he plans to show her that BDSM and sexual fantasy can be fun. Max is a sweet Dom who guides Mallory into a whole new world. He helps her work through her fear of her ex-boyfriend David and helps her to get her life back. She helps him to get over his abusive childhood and deal with a tragedy in his life. Their relationship builds nicely.
I almost gave 3.5 stars because the story dragged a little at times but the author picked it up for me at around 68% into the book, then at the end tying up (pun intended) the main plots with the main characters. The sex scenes were creative and steamy Max really knows how to set up a scene. I would not call him a 24/7 Dom I felt that Max came off as an in the bedroom kind of Dom which seemed to work for the story. Mallory is submissive in the bedroom but considering she is new to all of the BDSM stuff I don’t think she would have been believable as a submissive all the time.
Mallory’s ex-boyfriend issues, Max’s daddy issues and their relationship all gets put together at the end I like that in a series. Nice HEA for this couple as well as giving us a glimpse into the next couple Anya and Clint (Longing). I was a little disappointed that Colleen and Chase’s story isn’t next because I was really intrigued by their story even though we only got bits and pieces of their issues.
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