Author ~ Morticia Knight
Publisher ~ Pride Publishing
Published ~ 27th October 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary BDSM M/M Romance
Can the kinky billionaire owner of Dark Fantasy Resort Casino capture the heart of a muscled SWAT officer with a secret fetish?
SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator, Steve, wonders why he can’t stay away from the spoiled rich Allistair, owner of Dark Fantasy Resort Casino. They have mutual kinks - ones Steve can’t find with other lovers—but there’s something else about the emotionally detached, beautiful man that calls to him.
Billionaire Allistair stays alone in his luxury penthouse apartment at the top of Dark Fantasy, terrified of the real world and of opening himself up to genuine emotions. He takes lover after lover, all of them allowing him to do whatever he wants to their bodies, in the hopes that they can scam something from him.
One night is all he ever shares with a plaything—he knows they only want the money and luxury he can offer them and nothing more. But the down to earth Steve is different. They share the same kinks and are explosive when together. But could the muscled law officer ever want more than the lust-filled encounters that have become such an addiction?
As they grow closer, they discover they also have to find a balance between Steve’s everyday world and Allistair’s entitled world before they can truly find an ever after. They also have to make sure Allistair stays safe. Filthy rich playboys are too tempting to those who seek the ultimate payday—and who aren’t afraid of hurting someone to get it.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of BDSM and fetishism.
Steve is a hostage negotiator, used to high stress situations and trying to make the best of things if he can. He has had a couple of play dates with Allistair, the owner of the Dark Fantasy club. He actually wonders if the aloof Allistair could possibly be a vampire (he's not) because of his unemotional sexy elegance. But he also gets the idea that the man is incredibly lonely, and being rich also comes with problems of its own.
People are constantly trying to fuck me, scam me, hurt me or kidnap me. It's rather exhausting.
Allistair is the poor little rich man who really stirred my heart strings. An older brother who hates him, a need to shut himself from people, which essentially translated into cutting himself off from life - he spent so much time worrying about what people wanted from him (with good reason, it turns out) that he virtually had no life at all. The trust building that Steve talked about was truly beautiful, and apparently exactly what Allistair needed. Their dinner, where Steve was in charge was truly lovely and a huge sign of how much Allistair was trying to fit in.
If you have read some of the other books in this series, then you will notice that it runs along a similar timeline to the story between Cole (Steve's longtime friend and fuck-buddy) and Brett, a hostage survivor. If this is the first book in this series that you have read you won't have any problems following the action - the books are just as wonderful as a standalone.
The kinks that Allistair and Steve share are truly beautiful in that they are unique in some ways, and yet bordering BDSM in others. To me it wasn't the terminology or labelling of what they shared that was important, it was the way the two men met each other's needs beautifully. And the corset proved really useful towards the end.
This was a beautiful book and one of my favorites in the series. I could relate to Allistair's concerns about the "outside" world, and yet when he tried it was so amazing. Steve's protectiveness and his ability to show Allistair the joys of things that could be had for free was priceless all in itself. This is definitely heading for my favorites file.