Saturday, October 12, 2013

ARC Review: Safe in His Arms by Renee Rose

Safe in His Arms
Renee Rose
Published July 23rd 2013 by Stormy Night Publications
ARC Copy

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For as long as she could remember, Becca dreamed of a dominant man to take her in hand, and Zac, the handsome Marine she met at her sister's wedding, filled the role with aplomb… for a weekend. Then the fling came to an end, Zac went off to war and died for his country, and Becca learned she carried a child who would be born without a father.

Seven years later, Becca has done her best to move on and forget about Zac… until the day she walks into her kitchen to find the man she believed she would never see again locked in mortal combat with her son’s nanny, and realizes everything she thought she knew about Zac was a lie.

Like all Black Ops agents, Zac doesn't exist in any government record. His life is a series of deadly missions, and relationships of any kind are unsanctioned. But he keeps one secret. He watches over Becca, the beautiful daughter of a rogue agent, and Parker, the six-year-old boy he fathered that fateful weekend. When he spots a known assassin in their apartment posing as a nanny, he's forced to reveal himself and take them to safety… whether Becca likes it or not.

While Becca may have enjoyed his dominance once, bending her to his will again may not be quite so easy. He is determined to keep her safe, however, and if a long, hard spanking is required, he is more than willing to oblige. Having Becca over his knee rekindles more than his passion, though; even when the immediate danger has passed, he finds it much more difficult to “ghost out” on his family again. Must he resign himself to protecting those he loves from afar, or can he find a way to be the man Becca needs and longs for, the man who is worthy of her submission and her love?

Publisher’s Note: Safe in His Arms is an erotic romance novel that includes both consensual and non-consensual spankings, anal play, graphic sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Initially, Safe in His Arms was supposed to be an afternoon of light reading. Well, it was, if you think R.E.D/NCIS crossed with the L.D.D. Blog is light reading. It's a quick, fun book that requires a HUGE suspension of disbelief.

This is more of a "what if" Jason Bourne or G. Callen (of NCIS L.A.) had a previous association that produced a child. After Becca and Zac Casper's weekend filled with a fulfillment of her spanking and erotic fantasies leaves her with a child and news that Zac was killed in action in Iraq, Becca sets out to raise their child Parker as a single mom.

Everything changes when she takes in a part-time nanny to live with them. It turns out the nanny is also known as "Angel", a gun for hire known to the Agency. Suddenly Zac ("Ghostman" - Casper, get it?) comes back into their lives, taking out the assassin and bringing Becca and Parker to a safe house to wait for the apartment to be cleared. Their relationship picks up from there like almost nothing happened in between.

Parker doesn't see anything wrong either as apparently he inherited a sixth sense from his father that gave them both a close, if unusual, psychic relationship. It seems Zac had been keeping tabs on them all along; Parker's stories about his dad turns out not to be made up and Becca's longings for him to be a part of their lives had come true but in a surreptitious way.

Sounds outrageous? Yes. While quite a few people may not relate to a domestic discipline relationship as much as a BDSM one, it's the dynamic between Zac and Becca that makes this story work. And people in Special Ops, the CIA, or undercover agents are real personalities that live lives we may think are pure fiction. If you can manage to meld these two disparate story lines together, you have the makings of a surprisingly intriguing tale.

Nice job, Renee Rose. Can I say, "How now, brown cow?"

Review based on ARC from Netgalley.

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