Alice White isn't used to being ignored. So when the object of her lust does just that, she's bound and determined to get his attention. Her pursuit leads her to Wonderland, the kind of club she's only read about, and suddenly Alice is craving something she never knew she needed.
Gael Hernandez wants to be the youngest partner at his prestigious law firm, and not even a certain tempting legal assistant can distract him from his goal of financially helping his family. Until she shows up at his favorite club and surprises him with an interest in being restrained. But the BDSM lifestyle is no game to him, and he won't take things further until Alice is schooled into submission.
After a taste, Alice wants more. She offers to be Gael's sub for one weekend, with nothing forbidden and no boundaries. In a few short days, he gives her the strength to be the person she's always wanted to be. Now Alice just needs to convince Gael that he can dominate in the bedroom, and submit to love.
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Alice White walked from the elevator and into the air-conditioned chill of her law firm's office. She'd been a legal assistant at Gibson, Murphy and Dow for seven years now and couldn't have been happier. She enjoyed the challenge of the job and loved the people she worked with. But one call from her mom before she'd even had her first coffee had her questioning everything she'd worked toward. This was the first time in recent memory that her mother had presented her with a modeling offer that addressed nearly every issue she'd ever had with her prior career. She'd actually considered it for all of five minutes before saying no.
God, this was stupid.
The mirrored hallway practically begged her to turn her head and study her appearance to ensure she looked perfect as she passed. It was an old habit, one that liked to rear its ugly head from time to time, especially after she'd had a call from her mother. And yep, that had been the first thing she'd had to deal with this morning. Hi, Mom. Love you too. No, I don't want a shot at being the face for Regal Fashions. Yes, I'm certain I like working for lawyers. No, I won't change my mind.
Of course she liked her job. It was stupid to even think about going back into modeling, considering how much it had screwed up her childhood. She wouldn't start second-guessing things now.
Ensuring her gaze was locked onto the door at the end of the hallway, she kept going.
She'd spent longer than normal getting dressed, discarding everything she'd tried on before she was finally able to settle on something. Despite the weather predictions that the day would hit thirty-five Celsius, Alice had seriously debated putting on pants and a long-sleeved top that wouldn't draw attention to her body.
Dammit, she shouldn't still have these hang-ups. She didn't want to be that woman who always needed to be put together perfectly and would make adjustments throughout the day to keep the image up to par. She wasn't, not really. But some habits were harder to break than others.
Why the hell had her mom called her this morning to tempt her this way? She wasn't an actor, model or anything else her mother had aspired for her to become. Alice liked facts, loved digging through the flotsam and jetsam of the Canadian legal system, finding precedents that would be able to assist in her bosses' cases. It gave her a sense of security, and in the end, she was helping people.
Still, her mother hadn't given up the dream of having a famous daughter. Someone she could point to and say That's my baby. Isn't she beautiful?
"Hey, Alice." Brian, one of the shipping guys, waved as she approached. "Lookin' good."
And just like that, she was pulled back into reality. "Thanks, hon."
"Have you decided to take me up on my offer and run away with me?" The older man smiled at her, the lines around his eyes crinkling. "You know I love you, right?"
"And I love you." Alice made sure to bat her eyelashes at him and sigh as dramatically as she could manage. Her earlier panic and pressure started to wane, allowing her to be herself once more. "But it'll have to remain forbidden love for now. Your wife might get upset with me if I steal you away."
Brian sighed and shook his head. "She tends to ruin all my fun. Another day, then."
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I enjoyed this book. Lighter BDSM than some but still enough to keep me interested. Nice story line. Will ready this author again.
Former child beauty queen, Alice White, is aware of the attention her looks can draw, but the only man she is interested in doesn't seem to notice her. Alice loves her work as legal assistant at the law offices, and is good at what she does, but it is a constant struggle to keep her mother from wanting to draw her back into a world where her looks are her only selling point. Alice has much more to offer than that. With his family in financial need, Gael Hernandez signed on with his uncles law firm in hopes that he would make partner, and would be in a position to help them out. That is, if he could keep his nose clean, and that would mean no involvement with office staff, especially the gorgeous Alice, whose looks and generous heart are already a big distraction from his goal. When Alice decides to fly solo on a Saturday night, and go out, she spots Gael and follows him into an obscure club. The name is Wonderland and it opens her eyes to a sexual smorgasbord she has only ever read about. Gael is living a BDSM lifestyle, but is very discreet about it and none to happy that Alice has followed him. But when she displays an interest, he can't resist and decides to test her willingness. Knowing he is taking a risk, Gael invites Alice to spend a weekend as his submissive, and intrigued by her single experience, Alice accepts. She finds herself flourishing in the lifestyle and under Gael's guidance, giving her a strength and confidence in a short time, that had been lacking, while Gael finds himself connected to Alice on a deeper emotional level than he had anticipated. And when the weekend is cut short and family obligations and responsibilities, both real and perceived, threaten to pull apart their new found connection, it takes all of that strength, confidence and depth of feeling to stand up for their own wants and needs. **** A fabulous short that holds a complete story. Christine d'Abo introduces us to a world of BDSM as seen through the eyes of a novice, never losing sight of the importance of the storylline that it enhances. We get a quick glimpse in a variety of kink at Club Wonderland, which may be a brief shock to some, but it serves to break us out of conventional thought and into a more openminded space.....more accepting. Once there, we are eased into what BDSM means and especially, what it does for someone like Alice. Misconceptions that still exist around the role of submissives are addressed once again and it is made clear that the ultimate power lies with them. That knowledge is what gives Alice her strength and confidence. Never having had full control in her life, it may seem ironic at first that she willingly gives control to yet someone else, however, knowing that she holds the ultimate power to stop whatever is happening, instantly, in fact gives her the upper hand at all times. For Alice this is a heady feeling and one that allows her to comfortably, willingly and confidently submit herself. For Gael, Alice has been a challenge from the start. She was someone he needed to resist, probably because he recognized the effect she could have on him if he let her come too close. He grew up in a liberal household with respect to alternative lifestyles, but was aware the rest of the world was not as accepting. Craving and needing control, he tended to prefer incidental encounters at a club, avoiding emotional involvement. It was clear early on that would not be an option with Alice and she breaks through all his barriers with relative ease. I really enjoyed Ms. d'Abo's writing style, her explanations and detailed descriptions when it comes to the BDSM lifestyle. For the non-initiated, it really helps put it in better perspective. The story was strong in itself, the characters compelling, the sex blistering hot. A great read! The book was just a bit too short! ¿An innocent ex-beauty queen, a grouchy Dom, a succulent short story!¿ **ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Carina Press in return for an honest review.**
Sexy erotic romance with light BDSM elements. Alice, a former child beauty pageant queen and model had the looks, but they never brought her luck in the dating department. She wasn't portrayed as the bimbo who used her looks to get what she wanted. She was smart, a hard worker and a helpful work colleague. Despite her attraction to Gael, she never acted upon it. Gael never seemed to pay any attention to her in a manner that was anything but professional. I thought she managed to fake confidence quite well. Sometimes it was genuine, other times it seemed to evaporate. However, I liked that she spoke up for herself more often than not. I think the book blurb was a little misleading, especially the part about Alice "not used to being ignored and being bound and determined to get his attention". That implied that she was a go-getter and probably not afraid of rejection, but she didn't come across that way to me. Gael needed money to help out his parents, and his one shot was to make partner at his uncle's law firm, but there were strict rules he had to follow: no one could know of the family relation, no dating the office staff, and under no circumstances could his kinky lifestyle come to light. Alice hadn't gone unnoticed, but he was determined to keep his distance from her, no matter how much it pained him to do so. I enjoyed Alice's honesty about her feelings and wants once she had followed Gael into Club Wonderland. Too many times characters beat around the bush or just don't say anything out of fear of rejection or embarrassment. While Alice explored her submissive side, she showed Gael that it was possible to find someone who embodied everything he wanted in a partner. Love, acceptance and enjoyment of the same lifestyle. However their time was cut short by Alice's mother. That was the only aspect of the story that I had a difficult time with. Her mother didn't do anything that would have made me think she was caring or considerate. Every time she came on the scene, she was telling Alice what she should do. At the end, it seemed like she had finally gotten her way, but then seeing her daughter mope made her do a complete three sixty. I just didn't buy how quickly that came about. Despite that hiccup, I liked that it was Alice who brought the ending full circle instead of having the man chase after her. This was a very steamy read and not heavy on the BDSM. After all, Alice was a novice. But all the scenes were pretty hot. I thought the story flowed well, and the speed of their budding relationship didn't feel rushed, considering they'd been dancing around their mutual attraction for months. Having Alice not hold back also helped to move things along quicker because Gael always knew where he stood. Club Wonderland is another story by this author that I'll be adding to my favorites list along with her Long Shots series. It's also one that I would read again. Rating: 4-4.5 Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.