Many thanks to Sarah Wendell on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books podcast for recommending this book as “nerd BDSM erotica”, which sets my little heart aflame. I read it in one gulp – not hard considering it’s 136 pages, but still. Hot.
And with rep! It’s not explicitly stated but Ivan appears to be neuroatypical. He’s a genius with science and computers but the ‘rules’ of human relationships are harder for him. He has a high stakes event coming up where he needs to smooze with potential donors so he asks his next door neighbor, Camilla, for help. She’s had a crush on him for a while now so when their get togethers start looking like dates sparks fly.
Many BDSM romance heroines know they’re submissive and are looking for scene experience and the Dom of their dreams. That’s flipped here – Camilla has no idea what BDSM is, just that she likes what dominant Ivan does in the bedroom. His personality meshes well with being a Dom and the resulting scenes are delish.
Dryden has the plot firmly in hand and fits the novella length well but man, I wanted to see more of this couple. It looks like the other books in the series are similarly short so I may just have to binge read them instead. 🙂