It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book with a significant BDSM aspect, but I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis of FOR HIS PLEASURE by Shelly Bell. A parole officer heroine with a parolee hero? If you’re thinking that sounds delicious and slightly ridiculous, you would be correct. The first thing you need to do before reading this book is to suspend your disbelief. This is intense, sexy fiction and is in no way realistic.
What worked: Cash. That man was SEXY dang the way Ms. Bell described his hands alone gave me shivers. He was also inherently good and incredibly self-aware, which makes sense since he just spent the last eight years in prison. I also liked the sensitive way Dreama and her disabilities were portrayed. She was strong and independent without being obstinate about it. I feel like I need to shout out a VERY hot and well-done sex scene involving clothespins. Loved it.
What didn’t work: This book was just trying to do too much. There were about 500 too many topics, subplots, and layers that didn’t need to be there and it really took away from Cash and Dreama’s romantic connection. Cash’s sister’s dog rescue, the sex club, the weird kennel employee, Dreama’s professional problems, her recovery, her ADHD, her overprotective parents, finding Cash’s family (just to name a few of the topics discussed in DETAIL), all just took away from the romance and mystery plot. Add BDSM elements in there, my head was spinning at points. I wish a few of the side topics were condensed so Dreama and Cash could have explored their connection more. It also made Dreama’s genuine need for healing and recovery feel way too rushed.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick read. Was it perfect? No. Was it an excellent way to spend a few hours? Yes! I am invested in this group of family/friends, and I hope Cash’s sister gets a book soon!
**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**
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