Title: Beg For It
Author: Megan Hart
Series: – –
Genre: BDSM Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 14th June
He’s gonna have to beg for it…
Corinne was young once. She did everything—girls, boys, drugs, toys—and did it in high funky fashion. Reese wasn’t her first lover, but he was the first to submit to her. For a while they had something special, but it ended badly.
She’s a little older now. And the wealthy businessman who just bought the company she works for bears little resemblance to that boy. He’s commanding, domineering, and seems hell-bent on pushing her past her limits.
In a flash of anger, she falls back into their old pattern—and Reese falls right in with her. Before she knows it, she’s testing him. Then tasting him. But she can’t afford to get involved again. Her life is complicated enough without throwing in a slew of kink.
Now if only Reese would stop making her feel like the goddess she used to be…and showing her who’s been the boss all along. Then…and now.
Warning: Contains thousand-dollar, custom-tailored business suits, fuzzy green boots, goth eyeliner, and fishnet sleeves. We’ll let you discover who wears what.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
I’m a little undecided about this book. For one thing that blurb is rather misleading – Corinne doesn’t seem to have any encounters with girls or any history of drugs (in fact she pretty much states her sex life away from Reese is pretty vanilla) – and there is no point where Corinne snaps and Reese falls straight back into line. Everything in the warning is blink and you’ll miss it too, so take only the vaguest feelings of Domme/sub from the blurb and you’ll be closer to the truth.
Corinne is a hard-working, single mother of two, divorced for two years, worried that the company she has worked her entire career for is failing. She’s a woman who likes to be in control and is fed up with people not pulling their weight around her, which is part of the reason she split from her husband. When she’s in the bedroom with Reese, she is fond of making him wait for things and taking a dominant position (especially with toys). They like a fair bit of punishment too, and although there are no formal agreements, I liked how respectful she was of Reese, ensuring that they both had fun.
Reese, ah, yeah, him. I didn’t like him. The younger version of him we see in flashbacks is very immature, leading to selfish decisions and it seemed like he was a sub for Corinne simply because it meant he didn’t have to make any hard choices for himself because she would always look after him. Now he’s back and seems intent on making her life difficult just because he can. He’s a dick, basically, and even in his sub moments I could never quite believe in the role he was playing. There is a good amount of trust between them, but I found his personality hard to connect with.
The action is split between their relationship now and flashbacks to their original relationship fifteen years ago. The past stuff is all told in present tense (and the present stuff in past), which I found quite jarring at first, and is mostly made up of sex scenes. Which is fine, and all, but it made the shift from quiet, sweet Reese to spoilt brat Reese a little hard to follow, and the long time it took to reveal just what went wrong in their relationship got on my nerves a little. I never felt like Reese gave a good reason for coming back into Corinne’s life either, and there were plenty of issues left unresolved at the end – the lying thing just got forgotten, which annoyed me, leading to a rushed ending that I couldn’t put much faith in.
Despite all that this isn’t a bad book. There’s plenty of sex, so if you’re into Dommes then you will get plenty of that. However, if you’ll looking for something with a deep emotional connection or clarity about how such a relationship will work moving forward (beyond Reese throwing money about), you will probably be disappointed. This is readable and easy enough to enjoy, but mostly it left me underwhelmed.
Beg For It is out June 14th!
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