Title: Deep Control (Dark Dominance #2)
Author: Annabel Joseph
Type: Standalone within a series
POV: First person – dual
Expected Publication: January 22, 2018
Dr. Ella Novatny is well-respected theoretical astrophysicist heavily focused on her career but when she isn’t immersed in the lab, she needs the escape of pain delivered by a Dom’s hand. Offered a job in New York, she must travel by plane and face one of her fears. However, when she is thrust into a completely uncontrollable situation, she is tested in more ways than she expected.
“I have a tendency to worry about things. To overthink. My field of science is based on questions more than answers.”
Captain Devin Kincaid is a pilot and known to be playboy sadist. Comfortable with his traveling and uncomplicated lifestyle, his time at The Gallery keeps him busy and sated by submissives. After meeting a certain masochist, Devin’s need to play with others becomes diminished but his past still affects certain decisions.
“It was fun-ishment. But I can do punishment, too.”
As Ella and Devin find a common bond with pain, she begins to trust Dev but certain vulnerabilities flair causing Ella to do what she knows so well. Even with Ella’s pushback, Devin assures her of his intentions, but when Devin’s latent emotions surface, he must accept what he feels to move forward.
“Just lie there and imagine my cock moving in and out of you, pounding your hungry, juicy pussy.”
Told in dual POV, getting into the minds of these characters feels effortless. I admired Ella’s intellectual abilities and understood her deep need to protect her heart. While Ella works hard, she also needs an equally impactful release achieved by being a submissive. With Devin providing the security and touch Ella craves, she’s able lose control and quiet her mind leading to hot scenes.
“Things are always better after you fuck me,” I said. “You have a magic cock.”
From the beginning, Devin oozes sexiness as a Dom and while in his pilot’s uniform. While these two may have been an unlikely match without kink, their attraction builds as plot points are met. What I always appreciate about this author’s writing is her consistency in staying true to her characters.
Deep Control will appeal to those who enjoy BDSM play and also a romance about characters trying to find their way together.
*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*