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Mark Santos let Isabella slip away once, but not this time. Now he’s playing for keeps. 

After her husband’s death, Isabella Santos fled Washington and its bruising memories. But estate matters force her to return and fate gives her a chance to connect with a man she’d always secretly longed to call Master - Mark, the brother of her late husband. 

Mark Santos has never forgiven his late brother’s neglect of Isabella, a woman he’s loved from afar for 10 years. Now retired from his black ops career, he grabs the second chance Isabella’s sudden appearance in D.C. presents, and their forbidden love blooms into a perfect, domestic discipline life - a life both of them crave. 

Who cares if her family doesn’t approve? He won’t let her disappear again, especially not when ghosts from the past rise up to threaten her.

This audiobook is a stand-alone and part of an interconnected series. Not a cliffhanger.                      

©2016 Elizabeth SaFleur (P)2017 Troll River Publications

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Excellent audible book and intriguing story

This is a real page turner. It is full of so many twists and turns. It is a love story of a man that has waited so long for a chance at love and will do whatever it takes to protect her.

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A pleasant surprise.

Isabella and Mark have a chance at love a year after the death of Isabella’s husband, who was also Mark’s brother. A relationship between Isabella and Mark is forbidden by Isabella’s family for religious and moral reasons. The chemistry and bond the couple shares is well portrayed in the writing and I warmed to them easily. The writing is great and the characters were mature and admirable as they navigated their way through grief and forgiveness on their road to peace. The novel includes some suspense, danger and intrigue thanks to Isabella’s husband’s unfinished “business” and this heightened the emotion and heart-beat factor in the story-line. It was also a very steamy story.

This is my first novel by Elizabeth SaFleur and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the third in a series of stand-alones, but you don’t need to read the first two to enjoy this book three.

This novel starts with a note from SaFleur about Dominance and Submission roles and how popular fiction often misrepresents them as involving BDSM. However, in this novel the characters are drawn to Domestic Discipline (DD). It’s a consensual arrangement where one party assumes the Head of Household or Dominant role, and the other person takes on a Submissive role. Each couple modifies the lifestyle to their needs as did the couple in this book. At home they adhered to these roles with Mark being the dominant one, but in public, Isabella’s feisty nature was encouraged and her career ambition also respected and promoted. At home, she was submissive.

It’s been a fascinating experience for me as a reader to learn about this lifestyle from the perspective of various authors. The lifestyle portrayed in this novel is not abusive, thankfully, – this couple were happy within the model they set up for themselves and they seemed content with it so who am I to judge if in real life, couples do the same?

I listened to the Audible version of this book. What a pleasure to hear narrator Anastasia Watley perform. I loved her representations of the characters and I enjoyed the smooth transition between male and female characters and their varying accents. I’ll be going back to books one and two in this series because I enjoyed SaFleur’s writing, and the same narrator performs those audio books. I know it will be a pleasant Audible experience.

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Great romantic suspense story

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It had a great combination of action, suspense, and romance. I loved seeing the characters grow and develop trust with each other. The narrator is great, she seamlessly moved between male and female characters, giving each one a distinct sound. You won’t regret spending your time lost in this story!

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Very glad I gave this a chance!

This is the first book I have read/listened to from this author, it will not be the last, the one clicking has already commenced! In an effort to be open and honest I was given the promo code for this book. But again, I have already purchased the ebook and audio book of the first in this series so have put my money up as I hope you will. On to the book review.

As the introduction played my first thought was I don't think this is going to be for me, then as she spoke of respecting people's choices and decisions it really spoke to me, while this not be my choice I can learn more and be respectful. So I started the book.

I was quickly pulled into the story, you are quickly immersed in emotions alot of Them!
The next time I remember being pulled out of the story was at the first hurdle she faces at the club, I pulled away from the story and thought and here we go.... expecting her to handle the event like a immature airhead, but I was Wrong! This is what made this book stand out for me, this pair of characters were intelligent, strong, and smart enough to realize that facing things as a team was the best way!

This book was easy to listen to as a standalone, yet it is part of a series. I did not feel I missed anything coming in at book three but I do want more details and the back stories of some of the mentioned characters so I am going back and starting at book one.

This book was NOT one of the cookie cutter bdsm books that flooded the market after the 50 Books!

This book has intelligent, strong, emotionally mature characters. It has a nicely paced action filled storyline. It has realalistic relationships. And it has some very well written, hot and steamy sex!

I did enjoy the narrator, and think she gave life and personality to the characters.

Highly recommend this book, very much worth the investment of your time and money.