Not Safe For Work

Author: L.A. Witt

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Rating: 2.5 stars

Buy Links: Samhain and Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.

Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away.  Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.

The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.

But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy. 

Product Warnings: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.

 

Review:  I thought this sound like a fun sexy read based on the blurb. It started out okay for me but I realized within the first 40 pages Jon was going to annoy me. His character may have been meant to come off as complex but for me he was a whiny insecure guy who played a Dom in the bedroom. Maybe it’s me and something I’ve come to expect from reading BDSM but I had issues with flipping from the supposed Dom to the guy who gulps water when his new sub touches him as if he can’t control himself. It just didn’t work for me personally.

Another thing I found odd was that his ex wife lived with him and he somewhat supported her. I guess if I had felt Jon had some sense of guilt or something this could have made sense but it really didn’t impact the book in any way beyond making it more difficult to play with Rick in his sex dungeon basement. Like they had to take turns having overnight guests in his house.  Honestly it felt like some kind of point about non traditional relationships or something. I guess at least she wasn’t an angry stereotype.

The other thing I found frustrating was how Jon kept worrying about people finding out about him and Rick and their secret lifestyle. His ex wife knew. Rick wasn’t some twit who would sabotage a business deal to get back at Jon if things went wrong. The whole work atmosphere could have been some delicious tension building up the things in the bedroom but it came off as boring and then later unbelievable. AND his boss was a bitchy stereotype.

Overall I was disappointed in this one. There was WAY too much sex. I think this could have easily been labeled erotica which to be fair isn’t really my thing. I also didn’t get into the BDSM at all.  I didn’t find it sexy at all.  I skimmed after awhile. Twenty pages of sex just isn’t for me. It’s no fun if I’m not in it emotionally. I felt like I was being told what was happening but never really cared about them as a couple or D/s. Pages and pages of Jon stressing out also wasn’t for me. Hell I didn’t even like the couple and I was sure I would based on the blurb. Social standings differences is a thing I like to read about. I liked Rick’s character but not enough to make up for how fussy Jon was. I was actually happy to be done with it.

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