Title: Life Under New Management
Author: Jane Davitt
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages
At a Glance: Not for everyone, but I could not put this book down!
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Working for a perfectionist like strict, sexy-as-hell Ethan isn’t easy. Falling in love with him? No problem at all.
Taking a bar job in an exclusive hotel is a stopgap for Andy. He’s an actor and his big break is coming soon—he knows it. His hot new boss Ethan is strict, demanding and totally off-limits but Andy can’t stop thinking about him.
When Andy learns of Ethan’s need to be in control of his partner—in bed and out of it—he’s stunned by the intensity of his reaction. He wants Ethan guiding him, bringing order to his chaotic life. And he sees that Ethan needs him too, though they can’t be open about their feelings.
Ethan deals out deliciously perverse consequences for misbehaving, but when it comes to incentives, he knows just what to offer to have Andy on his knees begging for more.
But some secrets can’t stay that way for long. And when difficult choices arise, for once Andy can’t turn to Ethan for guidance. This time, he’s on his own.
Review: This book is not for everyone, but I adored it. In fact, once I started reading, I couldn’t stop, and I’m so glad I didn’t have to work the next day because I stayed up until nearly four in the morning in order to finish it.
This novel centers on a five star hotel, a floundering actor, and his new boss. Andy is an actor in Vancouver. and he can’t get a job. In order to pay the bills, he finds an opening at a hotel and tries out for the job. He pretty much fails at it, but Ethan is desperate to fill the position, and so he hires Andy anyway. Of course he’ll be on trial, but to Andy that’s all he needs to prove himself.
What follows is a tumultuous ride as they dance around their attraction for each other, their kinks, and then work out a relationship that will fit both of them.
As a fan of BDSM books of all flavors, this one was refreshingly different. Ethan doesn’t consider himself a Dom in the traditional sense. He doesn’t want leather, he doesn’t want a slave or a sub in the sense most people would. Instead, he wants to help a partner make sense of his life and organize it for him. He wants to tell him what to do and have his directions followed. It was interesting to see a man who is such a perfectionist also need that in his personal life. So many BDSM novels are twisted so that the perfectionist boss at work craves submission at home.
Then there’s Andy. He doesn’t even know he wants to submit to someone, or that he likes pain, but he discovers that with Ethan, and he thrives on it. His life is a mess and he wants someone to control every aspect so that he can find his footing and succeed. Really, it’s a match made in heaven. Except Andy does love to fight and push back sometimes, which Ethan hates.
This book had more of a domestic discipline flavor to it than actual BDSM, but there are elements of that as well. Thinking about it, I’m not really sure which category I would put it under, but I think that’s good. The book goes beyond the bounds of other BDSM fiction and shows a relationship that really could exist that blurs lines between categories. Both partners are consenting adults, and they crave what the other offers. What they do and how they act might make some readers uncomfortable, but I think that’s part of the book’s beauty.
I highly recommend this book to readers who are fans of BDSM, domestic discipline, boss/employee relationships, or anyone looking for something that pushes boundaries. I think, like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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