Still Taking Chances
A NIGHT OWL REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW | Reviewed by: Talina
He`d imagined this walk a thousand times over the last fifteen years. Always at the end of the journey was the house on the corner, his grandmother in the kitchen, and a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies on the table for him.
"Tell me what you learned yesterday."
This is what he`d feared, that she would get back on the confessions kick, but he had to admit, he felt better for telling someone about how he`d gotten his name. He still didn`t like that Mary Beth insisted on calling him by it, but exposing the secret to the light seemed to have made it less important.
I do not read many BDSM or Fem-Dom books, but I always make an exception for Roz Lee's stories. Still Taking Chances, while highly erotic and graphic, Ms. Lee layered in high emotions giving this story a whole other level that made me care deeply for the characters. The story starts out with two people, Elgin and Mary Beth, oppressing their true sexual nature for different reasons and quickly rolls into Mary Beth not being able to resist stepping back into her role as Dominatrix to help Elgin unearth buried issues that are causing him deep grief. Her demands, he must tell her everything, something he is unwilling to do.
There is much resistance by Elgin, however Mary Beth is a skilled and talented Mistress that knows how to work Elgin into confronting his fears and his past. Through his stages of healing we get to see this lifestyle at its glory and learn a bit about humans inner workings. Along the road we also get to see Mary Beth's side of the story and learn just how hard it is to detach oneself when walking alongside one's sub on the path to an unburdened soul. There is no shortage of heartache and tears before you reach the ending but when you do you can't help but smile at how things turn out.
True to her writing style author Roz Lee continues to grace this genre with great skill. She writes about wounded characters that need a helping hand in finding their happily-ever-after and always delivers a sensually erotic story to carry readers away.
Mary Beth Winters, an artist by profession lives the life of a Dominatrix. Or she use to anyway. Hiding out for the past five years in Prairieview, Texas, Mary Beth Winters is hiding just as much as Elgin and does not want people to know about her sexual preferences. Elgin, a DEA agent that doesn't blink an eye at the high risks of his job doesn't have the guts to face his inner demons. These two characters were fascinating to read about. Mary Beth sets aside her reservations of not touching her bag of tricks and Elgin Huddleston refuses to acknowledge he needs help. Both strong but Mary Beth knows how to make Elgin kneel before her so she can work her magic on his soul. I loved both Elgin and Mary Beth for their courage to look for the needed strength and take hold of the other and find the peace they both deserve.
Still Taking Chances is as much a healing story as it is a love story. For a short read of seventy-four pages the author worked in multiple layers of eroticism and love that delivered a highly entertaining read. Fabulous Job Ms. Lee!
Still Taking Chances
by: Roz Lee
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
review by: Barbara McCormick
Mary Beth Winters gave up being a dominatrix five years ago and has buried that part of her life. At least, she thought she had until Elgin Huddleston, her neighbor’s grandson, returns to Prairieview. Elgin has come back just after his grandmother’s death to try and deal with pain and guilt from a failed mission in South America. Mary Beth has to dig out what she had put away forever to heal herself and Elgin.
Still Taking Chances is the most tender, sexy, love story I’ve read in a long time. Elgin is looking for a session with a dom to help him pay for his guilt. Mary Beth demands that he expose all the secrets that have held him back. In the process of dominating him, she falls in love, knowing that he will leave her after he has healed himself. When Elgin, well that would be a spoiler, but suffice to say that the happy ending left me in tears. Elgin and Mary Beth are the only characters in the book and Ms. Lee has crafted them so well that they seem like real people who make their way into your heart. The sex scenes are hot and emotionally satifying. I am not into female domination at all, but Ms. Lee uses it to create a beautiful story. I have never been quite so moved by an erotic romance as I was by this one. Because of the plot, smooth flow, and strong characters, I simply had to give Still Taking Chances the JERR Silver Star Award. Read it with a big box of tissues and easy access to your toys!