Author: Mina Vaughn
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: 21 July 2014
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: New Adult, BDSM, Erotica
In this fun and saucy romance novel, all-star college basketball player Thea dominates on the courts—and off—with a rock star who is determined to win her over.
Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…
Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?
A delicious and sexy story about Thea, a rising star on the UConn Huskies Women’s basketball team, Keaton, the sexy front man for rock band Trickster City, and her unusual introduction to the D/s lifestyle. Upon their first meeting, Thea has no clue who he is, she only knows that she feels the need to want to dominate him. And lucky for her, the sexilicious Keaton just happens to be a sub who wants her to be his Domme. Oh, did I forget to mention that all of this is happening during the UConn Huskies’ attempts to reach the NCAA Basketball Championship tournament? No added pressure right?
Thea is a very confident young woman who really, really knows what she's doing on the ball court; not only is the team playing their way to the finals, Thea is a serious contender for Rookie of the Year. She's all about the game in her head, until she meets Keaton. They have an immediate connection, which leaves Thea confused since she doesn't understand why she feels the need to be dominant. Her confusion is soon cleared up when she gains a mentor by the name of Scarlett, who teaches Thea all about the BDSM lifestyle.
I love how the characters are written; even from their initial meeting, Thea and Keaton have great chemistry, none of the weird awkwardness that could usually happen. I really liked the twist on the storyline in that Thea is the alpha in the relationship; I've read a scant handful of D/s books in which the female is the Domme. Even more impressive is that Thea didn't lose her mind and go from a strong, kick-ass woman to a weak, indecisive female. She wasn't focused on the present, she actually thought about her future and made her decisions based on the long-term. Keaton is just sexy, there's no other way to say it. Who wouldn't want to get with a sexy, tatted-up rocker who just happens to be a sub?
Now, the only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I would have liked for Thea to have been maybe a couple of years older; yes she's an adult, but as a college freshman, she's what, 19 at most? But that is the only reason I didn't give it the last half of a star. Would I recommend this book? You damn right I would! So what are you waiting for, go 1-click already and let me know what you think!
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.