“You're my babygirl. And Daddies always give their babygirls what they need.”
Umm…I am SPEECHLESS! Like I can hardly muster the words to describe my ADORATION for this book. HIS BABYGIRL, book 4 in Jane Henry and Maisy Archer’s wildly addictive Boston Doms series, is by far the most SMOLDERING HOT book in the series and this is hands down the most scintillating—and enjoyable--Daddy Dom book I have ever read. This tantalizing tale gave me so many delicious tingles and squishy heart feels throughout I am still in subspace!
So…in case I haven’t been clear enough, this book hits my sweet spot in Every. Single. Way!! It is hot and sexy with plenty of torrid interludes, deliciously wanton spankings, titillating BDSM power exchanges, and warm snuggly romance. Plus I enjoyed the drug cartel suspense thread, which has been a concurrent subplot throughout the past few books, because it added a level of dramatic urgency and excitement to the tale, tied in the secondary characters into the plot, and was interwoven beautifully with the trust issues (or lack thereof) between Alice and Slay.
But let’s get real here. The main draw of this series are the potently sexy Boston DOMS…and after devouring this current installment and basking in all the "Slay splendor" I am left with an EPIC. BFF. HANGOVER!!!! OMGGGG I love that man to pieces! This man defines hunkalicous in all his big, hard-muscled, tattooed and pierced glory! Everything about Alexander “Slay” Slater is FIERCE. Fiercely dominant. Fiercely protective. Fiercely loving.
Believe me when I say that Slay will make you swoon like you’ve never swooned before. Sighhh…he is PURE ALPHA MALE PERFECTION and gives new meaning to the word PANTY MELTING HOT! I mean this guy is off the charts sexy and delightfully broody...and man does he know how to please his woman. I mean multiple screaming O’s, ladies. Like seven in one session!!!
This former Marine and Dungeon Master-turned-tattoo artist/secret operative is unapologetically dominant and has an inherent need to lead and command. It is in his blood. And being a large, strong man, all his life he has been searching for the perfect babygirl to fulfill his innate craving to nurture and love, possess and protect. Now he’s finally found her. He’s been watching Alice Cavanaugh for months, biding his time to make sure they will be compatible and he finally makes his move after he catches the feisty single mom/club waitress “in the act” of taking a cigarette break.
So what does this strong, tough-as-nails ex-soldier do when his “Allie-girl” sasses him and tells him TO HIS FACE to “eff” off when he lectures her on safe and appropriate behavior? Haul her upstairs for an intense OTK spanking she won’t soon forget and then claim the naughty blonde as his own!
But as much as her blatant disrespect incited his ire, he couldn’t help but be insanely aroused by her sass! Alice Cavanaugh was fearless and brave. In the years he'd spent at The Club, he'd never met a submissive who would stand up to him, look him in the eye the way she did, and tell a man twice her size with the potential to spank the heck out of her to get his act together and make him earn her trust. But he comes to realize something vitally important. “She needed so much more than discipline and structure, hot sex against the wall and a man to call Daddy.” She needed someone she could count on. And he was determined to prove he was the right man for the job.
Since she’d started working at The Club as a bartender last spring, Alice has been nursing a massive crush on Slay, but thought he wanted nothing to do with her after he spurned her TLC after he was hurt in the line of duty. So when he makes his intentions BLATANTLY known, her heart throbs with joy and her body thrums with pleasure at his rough yet tender touch. But submitting to a hardcore dominant is easier said than done. How will a man like Slay fit into her everyday life beyond the playroom? Plus he is hiding some dangerous secrets that he is being infuriatingly tightlipped about.
As with all the books in this Boston Dom series, trust between the Dom and his beloved sub is a big component and once again the authors KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! I always need more than hot sex to satisfy and what I love best about this novel was the searing emotional intimacy, fiery sparks and breathtaking tenderness between this couple. Slay is a very stern dominant, and holy moly does he spank HARD, and even I dare say came across a tad too rigid and bossy at times with his incessant rules. But how can I hold that against him? His heart is in the right place and he takes his role as Alice’s protector very seriously. He’s all about giving her what she wants and needs. And even though he is tough and taciturn and downright intimidating on the outside, he is so soft and sweet on the inside. Not only did I melt in his scenes with Alice but his gentle rapport with her little boy Charlie was OVARY EXPLODING goodness.
Gah! I cannot rave about this book enough. The dynamic between Alice and Slay is fascinating because she is not just some stereotypical baby girl. She is a hardworking single mom with ADULT responsibilities and they clash on many occasions as they try to find the right groove that works for them. While the sexual submissive inside her can’t help but respond to Slay’s toe-curling dominance, the independent woman and mother who was used to fending for herself struggles to submit in all areas of her life…even when it is for her own good.
“For a girl who’d grown up in a household so conservative it made 1950s sitcoms look edgy, he was the ultimate bad boy fantasy” and a Daddy like Slay and the discipline and structure and nurturing he can provide appeals to her on an instinctual level because she feels powerless in so many areas of her life and it’s nice for once to have someone to lean on, to confide in, to cuddle with and to support her. But explosive attraction aside, can he truly be the man she needs and a good role model for her beloved son Charlie? Can their lives mesh? Does he have what it takes to earn her trust?
As with all the books in the series, both of them make missteps along the way and their relationship is all about taking baby steps, communicating their wants and desires and needs and owning up to their mistakes and learning from them.
I think the authors should be applauded for giving an in-depth and fascinating look at the true nature of the daddy/baby girl dynamic (which I personally think has an unfair stigma attached to it in the mainstream erotic romance community because it is so woefully misunderstood). While this book does have some mild elements of age play there is no age-regression, which is not in my wheelhouse, and I was just swept off my feet from page one by the achingly beautiful love story that blossomed between this endearing couple. Plus Jane Henry and Maisy Archer did a fantastic job working in cameos of the recurring characters, providing juicy updates (hint a fan favorite MIGHT get life-altering news, just not saying who!) and planting yummy seeds for future books in the series.
This dynamite writing duo is magic in motion and I just can’t get enough of this series! So if you like your BDSM erotic romances with scorching hot kink, your Doms big and brawny, uber-macho and heartmeltingly tender, your subs adorably feisty, and a fast-paced plot that dramatic, emotion-packed and sweetly satisfying, then you do not want to miss this latest installment!
Only one small quibble—one book of Daddy Slay and his Allie-Girl is not nearly enough. I demand a Slayquel!