Deacon Willis has lusted after his friend, Bethany for years – but has kept his distance, not wanting to alienate one of the most important women in his life. Not only is she the manager of his bar, she’s also the best friend he’s ever had. But all that changes one fateful night when he realizes Bethany’s desires run just as dark as his own. Once witnessing her need to submit, he’s determined to show her, that only he can give her what she needs. He’ll be her Dom and she’ll be his cherished submissive. Hopefully it will be enough to make her happy, because he’ll never be a family man.
A sub who’s about to lose it all…
Bethany Adams has been in love with Deacon for years, but knows his reputation. He’s a love ‘em and leave them type, never settling on one woman long. It isn’t until she walks in on him dominating another woman that she realizes he could give her everything she needs – a firm hand and a strong man that can fulfill every one of her submissive fantasies. But what happens when her deepest fantasy becomes a reality?
Will Deacon stick around to be a father to his child…or will he walk away, taking her heart with him?
Safeword Interrupted was a well-written and developed friends to lovers drama in only the style and fashion deliverable by Dakota Trace. Deacon and Bethany have been friends and co-workers for ages. Upon losing a bet, Bethany agrees to enter a temporary D/s relationship with Deacon. Intrigued by what she saw in his office and with the yearnings she now feels, Bethany has little choice but to allow the fantasy to play out. For Bethany though, the fantasy becomes all too real as her feelings for Deacon flourish and unbeknownst to her, the playboy Dominant has taken his role in her life very seriously and to the next level.
As always, Ms. Trace elicited a myriad of emotions from this reader as I forged ahead through the book. If truth be known, Deacon was not my favorite character and I lamented over my inclination to despise him. His arrogance and self-indulgence left me seething with a desire for Bethany to toss him aside. But, patience being a virtue and Ms. Trace being aptly talented, my heart soon opened to Deacon and his misgivings—much of which stemmed from his childhood—Deacon soon won me over as a man of his word and a dominant.
Bethany’s characterization was a strong woman who fought for what she believed to be right and in the best interest of herself, her unborn child and even Deacon.
Together the two characters waded through the trials and tribulations of beginning a D/s relationship and Bethany’s reluctance to step into the lifestyle. Dakota Trace never leaves a stone unturned in her research of a topic and her mastery of transferring emotions from character to reader is flawless.
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A five handcuff review