**Not for readers under the age of 18+. Contains language, explicit sex, and adult situations.**
Liam Donovan can’t connect with women. The only woman he thought he had something with was his best friend Shayne, but she chose his younger brother over him. Single, bitter, and with a non-existent sex life, he’s accepted the only good things he’s got going in his life are his tattoo shop and fighting in the cage.
When Lucy Stevens walks into his shop for a tattoo, he dismisses her like so many of the beautiful but vapid girls he’s met over and over. Unfortunately for him, this five foot blonde bombshell is more than capable of going a few rounds, easily putting Liam in his place. He finds her ability to keep him on his toes both intriguing and annoying. But he isn’t just afraid of being able to keep up with her verbal jests. Despite nothing being medically wrong with him, Liam hasn’t been able to “perform” on that front in years…
But Lucy isn’t one to back down from a challenge. When she gets this man in a compromising position and it seems once again his body won’t cooperate, Lucy takes control of the situation. A little tough love never hurt anybody, and it seems with Liam, that’s just what he needed.
For someone that’s spent the last decade having to be in charge, Liam finds complete release in handing it over to her. But Lucy is keeping a few secrets from Liam. Secrets that have previously destroyed her life and her past relationships. As she falls for Liam, she knows she needs to tell him. But will he still want to submit to her once he finds out the truth? Or will this be the one fight he walks away from?
Review by Brittany
Liam Donovan lost his parents when he was in college, leaving his two younger brothers at the possibility of being taken by his abusive biological father. Stepping up, he decides to fight for custody, winning, and leaving Ireland to make a home in the States.
After losing his fiancé, he struggles to live a happy life. He is raising his brothers, Niall and Kieran, who are both fine gentlemen today. He opens up a tattoo shop with a friend of his, and he’s somewhat happy. He’d be even happier if he could get it up, you know what I mean?
Niall is a photographer and has brought in La Belle Dame, a famous dominatrix/model, to shoot for a project. Liam loves La Belle Dame, even has a tattoo of her on his arm. Niall thinks it’s funny not to tell Liam who Lucy (La Belle Dame) really is; he won’t figure it out, without the hair and makeup, Lucy looks nothing like La Belle Dame.
Liam slowly discovers he might actually like Lucy. But there’s a catch. He likes her, for her, but also likes the way she dominates him in the bedroom. With her, he can forget everything, he can be happy.
When the truth comes out, does it break these two apart?
Let me just say, this book is full of everything. There’s humor, hot, hot sex, angst, and love. It’s perfect! You have everything you want in one book.
The humor. Oh my I couldn’t wait to write this review so I could tell you how hard I laughed at this book. JA Howell is hysterical. Really. Imagine this. A penis, a hard penis, with a little top hat, and a Sharpied mustache and monocle. And then it nods! I lost it. I was rolling at that part. And then you have Niall, the youngest brother, who I think is the funniest of them all. Check out this text conversation between him and Liam.
:WHERE R U, U BLOODY ARSE? BEER! NOW!:
:GET UR ARSE 2 FINLEYS!!!!!!!:
I sighed and texted him back.
:No. Going home.:
My phone buzzed again before I could even start the engine.
:Now you’re just texting me body parts...:
:AND UR A DICK!:
I mean come on. That’s hilarious.
Moving on, the sex, was pretty freaking hot. I mean, there were many scenes where I was throbbing. I won’t say more. Just know that a Domme and her sub, phew. You might need a fan, or a B.O.B.
I loved the relationship between all the characters. They were all so close, but they all interacted with each other differently somehow, it was refreshing.
The only thing that bothered me, and this bothered me in the first book (Marks on my Skin) is the dialect. I know, you can’t not have it, because they’re Irish, but the way the accents are written out sometimes distracted me from the story, because I’d go back and say it again in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, you can always understand what they’re saying, I think I was just trying to read it in my mind with the accent.
Five stars for this spectacular novel by JA Howell! I loved it! Book one, Marks on my Skin, is a lot like this book, not in plot, but in the humor, angst, love, and such. I really recommend this to those that like the BDSM novels, and with the humor thrown in, you can’t go wrong. Check out this series! You’ll love it!
About JA Howell
J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.