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Designed for Submission - Divine Designs Book One

By: Maggie Ryan
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2013 by Blushing Books� and Maggie Ryan
16 chapters, 76,900 words
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Elizabeth's life changed the moment she saw a sleek, black, limousine pull up to the curb outside the restaurant where she and her dearest friends were having a celebration dinner before going to the local club to play. Though she knew she shouldn't, she found herself stepping back into the shadows as the man she had bumped into earlier led his companion to the car. Her breath caught in her throat as she witnessed a scene that would follow her into her dreams.

Elizabeth had thought she had a clear idea of how she wished to live her life. She found happiness in her designs, spending time with her friends and occasionally playing in the local clubs. She is a copartner in her own design firm as well as working on a plan to fulfill her own dream project. She doesn't have the time to waste fantasizing about what might have happened after the car door closed on the couple from the limo.

Little did she dream that she would not only come face to face with the man she named her "Limo Man", but that he would demand she learn the exact meaning of clarity.

He demands absolute honesty in all things. He has known quite a few submissive women, but none like the small, dark haired beauty who is Elizabeth Adams. She steals his heart and captures his soul.

Logan knows she is fighting her own demon and he has no weapon to slay it. Can he teach her that freedom comes from total submission? Can he convince her that he will always be there to help her fly and catch her when she falls? Will she trust him enough, love him enough to gift him with the single part of her that she has withheld for years? After all, there are no limits to dreams and sharing them only makes them grow stronger.

A Year Earlier

''We are going to kick butt,'' Nancy said, as she and Elizabeth stepped off the elevator.� Elizabeth smiled and shook her head.� She would never understand how relaxed and carefree her partner could be.� Today marked a potential turning point for their small business.

''Don't let Jason hear you talk like that,'' Elizabeth laughed, as they began to walk down the hall.� ''You're likely to get your own you-know-what kicked.''

Nancy grinned and linked her arm with Elizabeth's.� ''Not that the thought doesn't give me just the tiniest thrill,'' Nancy said, ''but I have full faith that you will not rat me out to Jason.''� Nancy giggled.� ''Besides, you needed to laugh, girl.� No matter what happens, this isn't the end of the world.'' �

Elizabeth's head knew that to be true, but her heart desperately wanted this to be a success.

Nancy knew her friend extremely well and turned serious:� ''Liz, we did a really good job,'' she said.� ''If they don't accept the design, it is because they don't have the exceptional tastes that you and I share.� Now, chin up; nothing is going to stop us from becoming the most sought-after design team in all of Texas.''

Elizabeth finally relaxed and smiled.� They had worked extremely hard, and she had every confidence that their work was very, very good.� She only prayed the clients would agree.� ''All of Texas?'' she asked with a grin, looking up at Nancy.

Nancy shrugged and grinned again.� ''Well, okay,'' she said, ''we will worry about the rest of the state later.� Right now, girlfriend, we are definitely going to continue to make our mark on Houston.'' �Elizabeth prayed she was right but realized the banter had helped her feel more confident and hopeful, as they pushed opened the glass doors of one of the most prestigious architectural firms in the city they both loved.

Mr. Foster's administrative assistant, Gloria, met the women in the reception area.� She smiled as they walked down an adjacent hall.� Gloria had gotten to know Elizabeth and Nancy as the team had been in and out of the offices over the past few months.

''This is the big day, isn't it?'' Gloria asked, and the women smiled.� ''I know I'm supposed to be unbiased, but I will tell you that personally I feel your designs are beautiful.� You both have such a way with colors and textures.� If your company isn't chosen, then it will definitely be the client's loss.'' �Both women were very pleased to hear the compliment.� Despite knowing they had put everything they had into this project, hearing such praise from a woman who had seen a great deal of pitches helped calm any remaining nerves, and they thanked her.

''Okay, back to business,'' Gloria continued, as they entered the conference room.� ''The presentation you provided has been loaded into the computer.� Copies are on the table over there for you to pass around,'' Gloria said, pointing to a credenza against one wall.� ''There will be various teams making their final presentations.� You'll find an agenda at your seats.� It will tell you the order for the presentations.� Feel free to sit wherever you wish, as you are the first to arrive.� There is coffee and water, as well as light refreshments, on the table.� If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask,'' she said, and then looked at the two women.

''Kick butt,'' she said, and was rewarded when the women broke out into laughter.� The effect was immediate; Elizabeth felt herself releasing all of her stress, as she impulsively reached out and hugged the older woman.� Gloria appeared pleased at the gesture, and as she left them to prepare, she prayed the two were awarded the project.

Nancy was glancing over the agenda.� ''Well, we are neither first nor last,'' she said, running a finger down the list.�

Elizabeth picked up the copies of their presentation off the credenza and chose two seats towards the end of the table.� She found their name, 'Divine Designs,' and felt a sense of pride.� She had met Nancy in college, and the two became instant friends.� When they discovered they both were planning to major in the design field, they became inseparable.� Upon graduation, both took internships in a major firm to not only get some hands-on experience but to provide the money to pay for tuition to grad school.� They shared a small apartment in order to keep costs down; they worked hard and played hard.� Their love of life, color, texture, and comfort showed in everything they did.�

Nancy had a more modern, eclectic taste, while Elizabeth was more Old-World and comfort-oriented.� Not even considering that the two might not work well together, they immediately took the jump and decided to form their own company.� So far, they were the only two employees, but both had visions of future dreams.� They had been slowly building up their portfolio and references.� They would have been very pleased to know they were gaining a reputation for being delightful to work with and as a company to be taken seriously.� It was because of their work ethic that they had come to the attention of Garrett Foster, the owner of Foster, Inc.� He always worked with a wide variety of smaller firms, having found it far more profitable to not have the overhead of a large employee pool.� It also assured him a selection of fresh, new designers to keep his clients happy.� No one wanted to walk into another home and find it nearly identical to their old one they had just paid a great deal of money to update or remodel.

Elizabeth moved to the table to fix a cup of coffee before the meeting began.� They still had a bit of time to kill.� ''They have grouped the rooms together,'' she said as she poured creamer into her cup.� ''It makes a lot of sense and will allow easier and faster comparison of each concept.'' �Nancy agreed, and the two talked quietly together, as the room slowly filled with other teams.

Nancy nudged Elizabeth's arm when two men and a woman entered.� Elizabeth felt her stomach clench.� They had been up against the other team before, and when Divine Design won the contract, Greg Spenser, owner of Spectacular Spaces, had not taken it well.� It probably didn't help that Elizabeth had turned him down when he had asked her out.� She thought she had handled his repeated requests as best she could, always polite and respectful when she said no, thank you.� She was very hurt upon hearing that he was spreading rumors that the two women provided special favors to their clients.� Elizabeth had been horrified.� Her reputation meant a great deal to her.� She had avoided confrontation her entire life.� Nancy had seemed unaffected and told Elizabeth he was just jealous.

Seeing Greg look at her with contempt as he settled in the chair between his two teammates caused her nerves to kick in again.� She couldn't even smile at the other two in fear Greg would consider it some sort of come-on.� Instead, she turned away and tried to compose herself.� Elizabeth didn't see another man enter and take a seat by the refreshment table.

Greg stood and she stiffened, preparing herself for yet another cutting, hurtful comment.� Greg didn't disappoint.� He bent slightly and placed his hands on the table.

''I know that you and your, um, partner,'' he said, sliding his eyes to include Nancy, ''Are exceptionally experienced in the bedroom, but darling, not even you two can coerce every client into bed.� From what my sources tell me, this old couple is very old-fashioned; you know, only use the bedroom for sleep? �I fear that even a hint of impropriety about any firm's employees would just shock the poor dears.� Wouldn't want to chance giving the old prudes a heart attack now, would we?'' �He straightened and stepped to the table to grab a bottle of water.� No one else seated around the table had seen the ugly look on his face or been close enough to hear his words.� He made sure to nod his head to them as he returned to his seat, saluting them with his bottle of water, ''Best of luck, ladies.''

Elizabeth felt her face heat and her pulse race.� She realized she was trembling.� Nancy reached over and placed a hand on her arm.

''Deep breath,'' she whispered.� ''He thinks he is God's gift to design, as well as women.� He is pissed you haven't given in and taken him up on his sleazy offer to worship at his smelly feet.� He's a sore loser, so let's just make sure he loses again.''

Nancy's words had the intended effect.� Elizabeth's face relaxed, and she even managed a small smile.� ''Thanks,'' she said, and Nancy nodded.� ''Oh, and thanks for that very gross visual as well,'' she added.� Nancy smiled and then looked over at Greg and simply shook her head, as if nothing he said or did mattered to either her or her partner.

''Even if you get really nervous, don't you dare try picturing him sitting there in nothing but his underwear,'' Nancy said, with mock severity.� ''God knows you would be incapable of keeping your look of utter disappointment from showing on your face.'' �Elizabeth almost choked on her coffee.� The women's laughter drew looks of other competitors who envied them their obvious sense of confidence.

The room began to settle, as Elizabeth saw Mr. Foster escorting the clients into the conference room.� She felt herself begin to calm, as Mr. Dietrich saw her and nodded with a smile.� Elizabeth returned the acknowledgement with her own smile.� During the initial client interviews, she had become very fond of the middle-aged couple.� They were as far from old and prudish as most young couples she knew. �She had been extremely impressed by the deep respect and love the two had for each other.� Mrs. Dietrich was a sweet woman, who wasn't hesitant to discuss her ideas with the team, but always conferred with her husband before allowing any changes in the plans to proceed.� Elizabeth took several deep breaths as the meeting got underway.� She forgot about Greg and his ugliness, as she forced herself to focus on the presentation.� She listened attentively when other teams presented the final drawings, samples and ideas for the areas in which they had been assigned.� When it was time for their presentation, she was briefly surprised to see a man sitting in a chair against the wall.� He looked vaguely familiar, but she didn't dwell on it as she and Nancy presented their design.� When they were done, they both felt like it had gone well.� Elizabeth relaxed and listened to the rest of the teams, secretly choosing the ones she would like to work with.� Regardless of today's outcome, she truly wanted the Dietrichs to have the best design possible.

Garrett thanked the presenters, after which Mr. Dietrich added his and his wife's thanks as well.� He helped his wife from her chair, and placing his hand on her lower back, guided her towards the door.� Elizabeth was extremely pleased when the couple paused at her chair.

''An exceptional presentation, ladies,'' Benjamin Dietrich said, with a slight nod of his head.� The women thanked him as professionally as they could, trying to hide the desire to simply jump up and down with happiness.� The couple left, and everyone visibly relaxed.� Most of these small, independent firms were accustomed to competing, and most all of them did so respectfully.� Everyone began to gather up the samples of fabrics, paint chips, wallpaper, flooring, tiles, etc., that almost covered the entire surface of the conference table.� The competition had been tough, but it was over.� Now they would all wait to hear the clients' final decision.

�''Great job, Nancy, Elizabeth,'' Ryan said, with a grin.� Elizabeth looked up from where she was gathering the rest of their things.� While she couldn't stand Greg, she had no such problem with either Ryan or Julie, who, unfortunately, worked with him.� Greg's expression said he thought his teammate was an idiot.

Elizabeth was about to thank Ryan when she was interrupted.� ''Give it up, Ryan,'' Greg said, as he and Julie joined him.� ''I've told you, if they get the job, it is because they do more for the client in the bedroom than just design it.'' �Julie looked as disgusted as Elizabeth felt.� Elizabeth had no idea how to respond; she was furious but speechless that someone, anyone, would act so inappropriately in a professional environment.

''I suggest the best defense is an unexpected offense,'' Nancy said softly.� Elizabeth looked up to see her friend extremely close.� ''Let's just keep him guessing,'' Nancy suggested in a whisper only Elizabeth could hear.� Nancy furthered the illusion by raking her blood-red nails gently down Elizabeth's arm where it lay on the table, before reaching out to slowly pick up a piece of fabric Elizabeth had been preparing to put away.� Elizabeth never understood how her friend seemed to just not give a damn what anyone might think; Nancy had a confidence that was truly inspiring.� Deciding to follow her lead, Elizabeth placed her hand over her friend's.

''I just can't wait to see this draped over that huge, beautiful, and extremely comfortable-looking bed,'' Elizabeth said, making sure she only looked at her friend as she stroked the fabric sample between her fingers.

Nancy had to bite her cheek in order not to burst out laughing.� "It will be gorgeous,'' Nancy finally managed to say, reaching out to gently pull the swatch from between Elizabeth's fingers.� The room was silent for a heartbeat, until they both heard Greg slamming his briefcase lid closed.� Elizabeth dared not look across the table but kept her eyes on Nancy instead.� Nancy's smile didn't waver when Greg snapped the locks on his case closed and stormed from the room.� Ryan and Julie were shaking their heads, their smiles showing their approval.

''When you are ready to expand, ladies, give me a call,'' Ryan said, as he and Julie followed Greg.

''You, my friend, are one very naughty, very wicked girl,'' Elizabeth whispered.

''Ah, but that is what makes life worth living,'' Nancy said and then smiled.� ''Perhaps I will confess my sins tonight,'' she continued, with a mock frown.� Elizabeth shook her head, her laugh soft and musical, filling the space around them.

''A lot of good that would do,'' she said, as she continued to gather the materials on the conference table.� ''I don't believe you are the sort that finds confession good for your soul.''

''Maybe not good for my soul,'' Nancy agreed, straightening and waiting until Elizabeth stood as well, folders in her arms, her satchel over her shoulder.� Nancy linked her arm into her friend's and continued.� ''But definitely good for my ass.'' �Elizabeth knew she should have been shocked, but simply shook her head and giggled.� The two left the conference room, neither aware of the man who still occupied the chair against the wall, his lips curved into a smile.

Later that evening, the two women were seated on lounges on the back patio of the home they had recently finished renovating.� Jason listened as they told him about the presentation.� He was grilling the steaks as the potatoes finished baking in the updated kitchen.� He knew he should protest when Elizabeth told him what Nancy had said about Greg and his underwear.

''Babe,'' he said, as he turned from the grill and put his hands on his hips.� ''You have got to get over this obsession with visualizing other men.� In just a few weeks, you will have only one man and, young lady, if you know what's good for you, I will be the only man you ever fantasize seeing in his underwear again.'' �Nancy stood and slowly sauntered over to him.� She reached out and put her arms around his neck.

''Oh, my,'' she said, huskily, ''what female could ever think about looking at any other man when they have a big, strong, handsome and incredibly sexy Dom in their own backyard?'' �Jason looked down at her, a smile on his lips but a look in his eyes that said he wasn't quite buying this act.

Nancy let one arm slip from his neck, and trailed her fingers down his chest.� ''Who needs underwear, when my man wears such a sexy apron?'' Nancy asked, and then burst out laughing, looking at the depiction of a hugely muscular bodybuilder's chest and abs that decorated the apron's entire front.� Her laughter quickly turned into a squeal as Jason easily turned her around and slapped the spatula he was holding against the seat of her jeans.

''Owwww!'' she shrieked, as he popped her again.� Elizabeth smiled as the two played, Nancy laughing and squealing with every pop against her butt.� ''Liz � help me!'' Nancy said, and then yelped again.

Elizabeth shook her head.� ''No way, girlfriend,'' she said, as she took a sip of her wine.� ''I know better than to ever get between a Dom and his Sub.'' Jason turned his fianc� again, this time drawing her into his arms and kissing her.� Nancy stopped giggling and went up on her toes, once more wrapping her arms around his neck.� Elizabeth smiled.� It was wonderful to see two people, whom she loved more than anything, love each other so completely.� Together, they had all come a long way and she couldn't imagine life without these two people.
Tamara on 09/07/2015 11:59pm
Great story!
Tamara on 09/07/2015 11:59pm
Great story!
Margaret Corcoran on 03/07/2015 01:09pm
I really enjoyedthis story, well written and describe. It has strong characters and scenes.A lovely begining to the series.
Margaret Corcoran on 03/07/2015 01:09pm
I really enjoyedthis story, well written and describe. It has strong characters and scenes.A lovely begining to the series.
J. Jones on 02/22/2015 05:52pm
I enjoyed this book. The heat scale was just right, the relationship and emotions between the characters was strong. Good secondary characters as well. It is clear she has a strong grasp on the BDSM lifestyle.
J. Jones on 02/22/2015 05:52pm
I enjoyed this book. The heat scale was just right, the relationship and emotions between the characters was strong. Good secondary characters as well. It is clear she has a strong grasp on the BDSM lifestyle.
Kathie on 02/20/2015 06:49am
Really enjoyed the way the book let you feel the emotions of the charters. Thank you for the free download I have gone online and bought the rest of the books in this series can't wait to read them
Kathie on 02/20/2015 06:49am
Really enjoyed the way the book let you feel the emotions of the charters. Thank you for the free download I have gone online and bought the rest of the books in this series can't wait to read them
Livvy on 02/19/2015 05:52pm
Amazing book, i found my self welling up with tears and instinctively squirming and winching and getting wetter throught the book
Livvy on 02/19/2015 05:52pm
Amazing book, i found my self welling up with tears and instinctively squirming and winching and getting wetter throught the book
Kathy on 02/19/2015 06:33am
This is the beautiful love story of Elizabeth and Logan and how she finally learns how to embrace her true desires. Very well written, you will laugh and cry, and wish that Logan was all yours! This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read more!
Kathy on 02/19/2015 06:33am
This is the beautiful love story of Elizabeth and Logan and how she finally learns how to embrace her true desires. Very well written, you will laugh and cry, and wish that Logan was all yours! This is the first book I have read by this author, and I can't wait to read more!
laura on 02/18/2015 05:12pm
A very good book and a great series. I truly hope that she continues the stories of this wonderful family.
laura on 02/18/2015 05:12pm
A very good book and a great series. I truly hope that she continues the stories of this wonderful family.
Denise on 08/16/2014 10:03pm
This was such an amazing story. From beginning to end, you cannot help but want to know more about each character and believe in each one as well. I loved all the innuendos and teases, and felt like i was right in the room with them. You root for them to be lovers. Cannot wait to read the 2nd book in the series.
Denise on 08/16/2014 10:03pm
This was such an amazing story. From beginning to end, you cannot help but want to know more about each character and believe in each one as well. I loved all the innuendos and teases, and felt like i was right in the room with them. You root for them to be lovers. Cannot wait to read the 2nd book in the series.
Tahnee on 07/01/2014 04:58pm
I must admit that I read this one without having read the first book in the Divine Designs series - however, that did not matter in the slightest, and I did not feel as though I had missed any vital plot elements. (Having read this one, though, I will definitely be getting the first one as well!) A newly engaged couple pursue their dream of establishing a bdsm-themed hotel for kinky lovers, helped out by their closest friends and family (who are all aware of their inclinations). Ms Ryan has an incredible talent for characterisation; creating a cast of characters who are so three dimensional that you grow to know and love them almost immediately after beginning to read. I was unable to decide whom I fancied more: Logan or Craig! Add some superb chemistry, sizzling erotic scenes and a touch of humour to the mix and you have a book you do not want to put down. A Submissive's Dream is satisfying on so many levels - from the length to the plot and all elements in between. Sweet, steamy, sexy... I cannot recommend it highly enough if you enjoy romance, domestic discipline and age play.
Tahnee on 07/01/2014 04:58pm
I must admit that I read this one without having read the first book in the Divine Designs series - however, that did not matter in the slightest, and I did not feel as though I had missed any vital plot elements. (Having read this one, though, I will definitely be getting the first one as well!) A newly engaged couple pursue their dream of establishing a bdsm-themed hotel for kinky lovers, helped out by their closest friends and family (who are all aware of their inclinations). Ms Ryan has an incredible talent for characterisation; creating a cast of characters who are so three dimensional that you grow to know and love them almost immediately after beginning to read. I was unable to decide whom I fancied more: Logan or Craig! Add some superb chemistry, sizzling erotic scenes and a touch of humour to the mix and you have a book you do not want to put down. A Submissive's Dream is satisfying on so many levels - from the length to the plot and all elements in between. Sweet, steamy, sexy... I cannot recommend it highly enough if you enjoy romance, domestic discipline and age play.
Pooky on 05/30/2014 03:42pm
If you like a book that tells a story, not just a reason for spanking, this is the one for you. This book is hotter than any I've read lately and I'll definitely read more by Maggie Ryan. I was a little confused in the beginning because of the number of characters introduced right away, but after spending some time getting to know all of them, it was easy to fall in love with each and everyone-the array of doms, especially. I'm not usually a huge fan of the BDSM club books, but this one was so moving. Each character was so perfectly fleshed out. I could totally relate to Elizabeth's inner conflict (won't give away the story) and I loved how sensitive Logan was to her needs. I'd recommend this book to others in a heartbeat.
Pooky on 05/30/2014 03:42pm
If you like a book that tells a story, not just a reason for spanking, this is the one for you. This book is hotter than any I've read lately and I'll definitely read more by Maggie Ryan. I was a little confused in the beginning because of the number of characters introduced right away, but after spending some time getting to know all of them, it was easy to fall in love with each and everyone-the array of doms, especially. I'm not usually a huge fan of the BDSM club books, but this one was so moving. Each character was so perfectly fleshed out. I could totally relate to Elizabeth's inner conflict (won't give away the story) and I loved how sensitive Logan was to her needs. I'd recommend this book to others in a heartbeat.
sarah on 04/06/2014 05:49pm
Great story! Great characters and wonderful chemistry between Elizabeth and Logan. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
sarah on 04/06/2014 05:49pm
Great story! Great characters and wonderful chemistry between Elizabeth and Logan. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
James on 04/01/2014 07:04pm
Great book. Loved that male characters were not only strong, dominant men but loving as well. Liked humor. Great, erotic sex scenes as well as hot spanking scenes. Well done Ms Ryan!
James on 04/01/2014 07:04pm
Great book. Loved that male characters were not only strong, dominant men but loving as well. Liked humor. Great, erotic sex scenes as well as hot spanking scenes. Well done Ms Ryan!
K on 03/24/2014 01:41pm
This was a great story. I just wish it had been longer. I loved her creative side of the heroine.
K on 03/24/2014 01:41pm
This was a great story. I just wish it had been longer. I loved her creative side of the heroine.
Barbara on 03/18/2014 08:53am
As usual with Maggie Ryan's books, this is well written with good character development. It's a charming love story with elements of BDSM. The story is perhaps a little slow getting started but gentle humour helps to maintain interest.
Barbara on 03/18/2014 08:53am
As usual with Maggie Ryan's books, this is well written with good character development. It's a charming love story with elements of BDSM. The story is perhaps a little slow getting started but gentle humour helps to maintain interest.
Laurel on 03/16/2014 03:52pm
I just loved this book. Elizabeth was a wonderful character, she has such mixed emotions, Logan is a strong Dominant and the other characters are also featured. The romance was hot and so was the spanking.
Laurel on 03/16/2014 03:52pm
I just loved this book. Elizabeth was a wonderful character, she has such mixed emotions, Logan is a strong Dominant and the other characters are also featured. The romance was hot and so was the spanking.
Catherine on 03/12/2014 10:46am
Incredible book! I was hooked from the very first page until the last. I didn't want the book to ever end. The characters are both fascinating and intriguing. Logan is a man I would love to get to know and Liz is truly his perfect soul mate. Maggie Ryan does another fantastic job of telling a story that is believable, romantic and very, very hot! I can't wait to hear more about every single character. Nancy and Jason are another great couple who truly enjoy everything about their lives. I want to hear more about Garret and Ariel and please let us know more about Ethan as his scene was sexy and loving. Please don't wait too long to build Haven and fill it with new characters with their own stories. I loved that the scenes were all steamy whether it be punishment or pleasure. Wouldn't it be great if places like Tastsinn really existed :). I would give this far more than 5 stars if I could. Great job Miss Ryan - you are definitely one of my favorite authors as you have a gift for writing in a way that brings both places and your characters to life for your fans. Thank you and hurry with sequel!
Catherine on 03/12/2014 10:46am
Incredible book! I was hooked from the very first page until the last. I didn't want the book to ever end. The characters are both fascinating and intriguing. Logan is a man I would love to get to know and Liz is truly his perfect soul mate. Maggie Ryan does another fantastic job of telling a story that is believable, romantic and very, very hot! I can't wait to hear more about every single character. Nancy and Jason are another great couple who truly enjoy everything about their lives. I want to hear more about Garret and Ariel and please let us know more about Ethan as his scene was sexy and loving. Please don't wait too long to build Haven and fill it with new characters with their own stories. I loved that the scenes were all steamy whether it be punishment or pleasure. Wouldn't it be great if places like Tastsinn really existed :). I would give this far more than 5 stars if I could. Great job Miss Ryan - you are definitely one of my favorite authors as you have a gift for writing in a way that brings both places and your characters to life for your fans. Thank you and hurry with sequel!
Rhonda on 03/10/2014 08:20pm
This book was absolutely amazing. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!! The writing was excellent, the characters believable and very likable. I loved Logan and Elizabeth's story. That alone would have made a great story. But the supporting character's relationships were an added bonus. I would love a prequel that told Logan's parent's story. I want to know more about Nancy and Jason life and of course more about Elizabeth and Logan's life together. I can hardly wait for the promised sequel.
Rhonda on 03/10/2014 08:20pm
This book was absolutely amazing. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!! The writing was excellent, the characters believable and very likable. I loved Logan and Elizabeth's story. That alone would have made a great story. But the supporting character's relationships were an added bonus. I would love a prequel that told Logan's parent's story. I want to know more about Nancy and Jason life and of course more about Elizabeth and Logan's life together. I can hardly wait for the promised sequel.
JK on 03/10/2014 04:17pm
From the moment Elizabeth sees Logan outside of a restaurant spanking his date, I was hooked. I was as unable to get that picture out of my mind (and my fantasies) as Elizabeth was! We have a wonderful heroine here who is strong, hard working, successful and submissive. I love that kind of submissive! She meets her Logan at a work/dinner party, and the fun begins!! Every little conversation and every scene was very hot and very erotic. There was spanking and BDSM play throughout the entire book! Loved every minute!
JK on 03/10/2014 04:17pm
From the moment Elizabeth sees Logan outside of a restaurant spanking his date, I was hooked. I was as unable to get that picture out of my mind (and my fantasies) as Elizabeth was! We have a wonderful heroine here who is strong, hard working, successful and submissive. I love that kind of submissive! She meets her Logan at a work/dinner party, and the fun begins!! Every little conversation and every scene was very hot and very erotic. There was spanking and BDSM play throughout the entire book! Loved every minute!
jeanped on 03/06/2014 07:09pm
"""I am a big fan of Maggie Ryan and I have to say that the book was very well written with full characters and an intricate plot... But I am not a fan of the heros or heroines having affairs with anybody else but each other which happened here, not so much when Elizabeth has her traumatic experience, but more when she gives to play at the club, and the play is not with Logan... Aside from this I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to other readers who enjoy this genre."""
jeanped on 03/06/2014 07:09pm
"""I am a big fan of Maggie Ryan and I have to say that the book was very well written with full characters and an intricate plot... But I am not a fan of the heros or heroines having affairs with anybody else but each other which happened here, not so much when Elizabeth has her traumatic experience, but more when she gives to play at the club, and the play is not with Logan... Aside from this I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to other readers who enjoy this genre."""
Katy Beth McKee on 03/06/2014 03:27pm
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - This book is the journey of Elizabeth as she fulfills her dreams and finds her voice. This story slowly builds the story, background, and characters in a way that makes the story feel natural and not dragging. Logan is such a wonderful Dom and I love that Liz is given a chance to explain herself and her actions before a punishment. And even more that Logan is willing to change the plan so that it fits the reality of the circumstances.
Katy Beth McKee on 03/06/2014 03:27pm
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - This book is the journey of Elizabeth as she fulfills her dreams and finds her voice. This story slowly builds the story, background, and characters in a way that makes the story feel natural and not dragging. Logan is such a wonderful Dom and I love that Liz is given a chance to explain herself and her actions before a punishment. And even more that Logan is willing to change the plan so that it fits the reality of the circumstances.
piff on 03/05/2014 08:49am
I was already a big fan of Ms. Ryan before this book, but this might be my new favorite. Her stories always have a good balance between care and discipline, but it was refreshing to see her writing skills applied to a story where the discipline side was not quite so severe as her others. That's not to say I didn't enjoy them (e.g., Women of Wintercrest series)...I did, but this one was truly heart-warming (and yes, bottom warming too ;-) ). I agree heartily with another reviewer that the character development of ALL the characters was excellent and filled out the story so well. Can't wait for the next installment...this series rocks!
piff on 03/05/2014 08:49am
I was already a big fan of Ms. Ryan before this book, but this might be my new favorite. Her stories always have a good balance between care and discipline, but it was refreshing to see her writing skills applied to a story where the discipline side was not quite so severe as her others. That's not to say I didn't enjoy them (e.g., Women of Wintercrest series)...I did, but this one was truly heart-warming (and yes, bottom warming too ;-) ). I agree heartily with another reviewer that the character development of ALL the characters was excellent and filled out the story so well. Can't wait for the next installment...this series rocks!
Kristin Elyon on 03/03/2014 02:02pm
Wow! 10 Mind blowing stars! This is the first book I've read by the author and now it won't be the last! I've added several books to my TBR and I belive I have a new fave author! Anyways... First of all, the book is based outside of the clubs which is different than most books out there... and I loved that! The author did a fantastic job on this book. There were so many characters involved and all of them were done perfectly. Each had a story to tell and it wasn't hard to keep up with any of it. Liz and Logan... I don't know where to begin. Logan is a wonderful man who every girl dreams of being with. He is a hot smooth talking Dom that will melt your panties... and yet. His care and concern for Liz is mind blowing. The aftercare he provides is stunning. He is totally 'in tune' with Liz and it really shows! He might be the new book boyfriend, if Liz will share with me :P I doubt it, they seemed totally connected. Maybe she can introduce me to Ethan instead ;P The author painted a perfect picture with this story and I can't wait to read more! The characters were so real that I could see myself being friends with Liz and Nancy, chit chatting all afternoon over coffee. The story was so well done, I could see this being turned into a movie! Well, an X rated sizzling movie that will blow your mind. Also, I do hope that Nancy/Jason and Ethan gets their own books and have their own HEA because they deserve it :D Overall this was a super hot super amazing story that I highly recommend. Watch out folks! The author will soon take this genre by storm!
Kristin Elyon on 03/03/2014 02:02pm
Wow! 10 Mind blowing stars! This is the first book I've read by the author and now it won't be the last! I've added several books to my TBR and I belive I have a new fave author! Anyways... First of all, the book is based outside of the clubs which is different than most books out there... and I loved that! The author did a fantastic job on this book. There were so many characters involved and all of them were done perfectly. Each had a story to tell and it wasn't hard to keep up with any of it. Liz and Logan... I don't know where to begin. Logan is a wonderful man who every girl dreams of being with. He is a hot smooth talking Dom that will melt your panties... and yet. His care and concern for Liz is mind blowing. The aftercare he provides is stunning. He is totally 'in tune' with Liz and it really shows! He might be the new book boyfriend, if Liz will share with me :P I doubt it, they seemed totally connected. Maybe she can introduce me to Ethan instead ;P The author painted a perfect picture with this story and I can't wait to read more! The characters were so real that I could see myself being friends with Liz and Nancy, chit chatting all afternoon over coffee. The story was so well done, I could see this being turned into a movie! Well, an X rated sizzling movie that will blow your mind. Also, I do hope that Nancy/Jason and Ethan gets their own books and have their own HEA because they deserve it :D Overall this was a super hot super amazing story that I highly recommend. Watch out folks! The author will soon take this genre by storm!
Marybeth on 03/02/2014 08:14pm
This is a wonderful story. I love Maggie Ryan’s books. She does such a great job writing characters that are well rounded and thought out. Her characters usually have a background that helps explain why they act the way they do. Her female characters are usually sweet, friendly people, not bitches. And her male characters are definitely dominant! This story starts out with Julie and Elizabeth. Julie is engaged to Jack and they are a D/s couple. Elizabeth is submissive, but has not found a permanent Dom. Elizabeth and Julie are partners in an up and coming design firm. We learn about not only their personal lives, but also how their personal lives spill over into their professional lives. It takes a while, but eventually Elizabeth finds her own Dom and has her own happy ending. I was so glad to find out that this is going to be a series. I am really interested in finding out how the different characters progress. I also like that this was a longer story than most spanking stories have been recently. This is 134 pages long and they are all wonderful pages. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I like there to be spanking in a spanking story. Well, there is in this story! But, it is always in context to the story and the characters. I highly recommend this story to everyone!
Marybeth on 03/02/2014 08:14pm
This is a wonderful story. I love Maggie Ryan۪s books. She does such a great job writing characters that are well rounded and thought out. Her characters usually have a background that helps explain why they act the way they do. Her female characters are usually sweet, friendly people, not bitches. And her male characters are definitely dominant! This story starts out with Julie and Elizabeth. Julie is engaged to Jack and they are a D/s couple. Elizabeth is submissive, but has not found a permanent Dom. Elizabeth and Julie are partners in an up and coming design firm. We learn about not only their personal lives, but also how their personal lives spill over into their professional lives. It takes a while, but eventually Elizabeth finds her own Dom and has her own happy ending. I was so glad to find out that this is going to be a series. I am really interested in finding out how the different characters progress. I also like that this was a longer story than most spanking stories have been recently. This is 134 pages long and they are all wonderful pages. If you have read any of my other reviews, you know that I like there to be spanking in a spanking story. Well, there is in this story! But, it is always in context to the story and the characters. I highly recommend this story to everyone!
KArc on 03/02/2014 12:33pm
This is a great story. Elizabeth knows she wants a dominant in her life but won't let one in any farther than a scene in a club. She has some healing to do but isn't quite sure how to go about it. When she has a literal “run in” with Logan and then witnesses him spanking his date in the parking lot; he takes over all of her fantasies. Eventually they attend the same dinner party and their relationship takes off. I loved that they were both so strong in their roles as Dominant and submissive. The BDSM scenes were very hot, not only between Logan and Elizabeth but between all the couples. The one problem I had with this story was that it took so long for their relationship to get off the ground. The beginning of the story included some scenes with the other main couple in this story, Jason and Nancy who have been in a D/s relationship for years.
KArc on 03/02/2014 12:33pm
This is a great story. Elizabeth knows she wants a dominant in her life but won't let one in any farther than a scene in a club. She has some healing to do but isn't quite sure how to go about it. When she has a literal run in۝ with Logan and then witnesses him spanking his date in the parking lot; he takes over all of her fantasies. Eventually they attend the same dinner party and their relationship takes off. I loved that they were both so strong in their roles as Dominant and submissive. The BDSM scenes were very hot, not only between Logan and Elizabeth but between all the couples. The one problem I had with this story was that it took so long for their relationship to get off the ground. The beginning of the story included some scenes with the other main couple in this story, Jason and Nancy who have been in a D/s relationship for years.
SH on 03/02/2014 12:46am
Oh I just loved this book! What a great plot and what great characters! I was hooked from page one and I just kept reading and reading until I finished it. Elizabeth is a fascinating woman who has some healing to do and Logan is just the perfect man for her. The Ds scenes are completely believable and so, so HOT! Their romance was wonderful to read and I just adored the ending! I am thrilled this is book one in the series and I can not wait for book two! Very well done!! I received this book from Blushing Books Publishing as an Advanced Reader Copy.
SH on 03/02/2014 12:46am
Oh I just loved this book! What a great plot and what great characters! I was hooked from page one and I just kept reading and reading until I finished it. Elizabeth is a fascinating woman who has some healing to do and Logan is just the perfect man for her. The Ds scenes are completely believable and so, so HOT! Their romance was wonderful to read and I just adored the ending! I am thrilled this is book one in the series and I can not wait for book two! Very well done!! I received this book from Blushing Books Publishing as an Advanced Reader Copy.

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