Lucky by Elizabeth SaFleur
Billionaire Derek Damon Wright has never called a woman twice--until Samantha and she won't answer her damn phone.
Confirmed bachelor Derek Damon Wright learned at a young age women were trouble--especially someone like dancer Samantha Rose. She walks into his thirteenth, Washington DC nightclub opening with an authenticity and passion for life that could rock his jaded, albeit privileged, world.
Samantha, an aerial artist and dance studio owner, hasn't been lucky in love, and the charismatic Derek spells trouble. He certainly won't draw her closer to her life-long dream of having a baby. Yet she's helpless to resist his charm and sophisticated world of private jets, Caribbean islands and the sensual pleasures of dominance and submission.
As past mistakes rise to the surface, so do their longings--for each other.
Stand-alone and part of an interconnected series. Not a cliff-hanger.
About the Author
Elizabeth SaFleur writes super steamy romance who writes, tweets and posts under a pseudonym. Otherwise, her day-job business clients might be -- WOULD be -- shocked at her second career choice (the delicate flowers). Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Virginia with her husband and furry child, a Westie who is the real Dom in the family.
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Lucky (Elite Doms of Washington, #4) based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Lucky is the fourth book in Ms. SaFleur's Elite Doms of D.C. series. As with the last three, the book focuses on a member of the tribunal, in this case, Derek. While this is part of a series, you do not need to have read the earlier books in order to enjoy this. Derek owns multiple clubs, restaurants and other businesses. At his newest club opening, his manager hires Samantha Rose, a dancer, to perform. From the moment he sees her practicing with her parachute silks and Lyra, he can't help but imagine what it would be like to bind her and suspend her himself. Samantha isn't sure whether getting involved with Derek is the smart thing for her but is drawn to him. As she gets to know him more and he introduces her to his lifestyle, she needs to decide whether to risk it all with him - or give up her dream of children. Overall, this was a delight to read. Ms. SaFleur presents the BDSM lifestyle with a deft touch and I have enjoyed her exploration of the different facets of BDSM with each of her books. Derek was an interesting Dominant and I liked learning more about his relationship with Alexander and how he got involved in this lifestyle. Samantha's love for dance was evident throughout the book. Watching the two of them be drawn together and try for a relationship was fun to read. However, there were some plot beats that did not work for me. At the start of the book, the reader is introduced to Samantha's ex, who is naturally, not a great person. The resolution of his tiny plot point feels unfinished or included pro forma and I would have rather it not be included at all. Samantha mentions a few times that she teaches dance to empower women, but I did not feel that that was shown. Indeed, despite her teaching all ages, most of the dance class scenes focused on children, perhaps to serve as a foil for Derek's feelings about children. Lastly, I thought that Samantha was surprisingly sanguine towards how much Derek became involved in her life and business. Lucky is a good read that illustrates the beauty of dance, of rope binding and suspension, and of course, a romantic relationship with two people working to figure out what they have. If you've enjoyed the previous books in this series, you will likely enjoy this. I certainly did. 4 Stars
I really enjoyed this book. Derek Damon Wright has some personal issues that have compounded throughout his life and they all come to the fore when he meets and is instantly attracted to Samantha Rose. Samantha is such a warm and caring character who's biological clocking is ticking loudly and Samantha is definitely listening to it especially as she loves kids. Watching the relationship develop between these two with a little help from their friends (both new to the series and re-occurring from previous books) made for a book that I could not put down. Threats from several possible directions cause the Doms from Accendos to jump into action to help one of their own and just makes for a deeper, more intriguing story. The author also gives us one heck of an epilogue that fantastically wraps up Derek and Samantha's story. I would definitely recommend this whole series (including the related stories - Jackson and Riptide). Even though each book can be read as a standalone (I read them out of order 3, 1, 2, 4), I feel that reading them in order adds just that little something extra (like being in on a secret).
LUCKY is a wonderful story, like the three other books in this series, all of which I had purchased – Lovely, Untouchable and Perfect. While characters from the other stories make their appearance in Lucky, it can certainly be read as a stand-alone as there is sufficient explanation to make their history clear. What makes it a wonderful story are the two key characters, Derek and Samantha, who are well drawn characters that learn and change gradually as they interact with each other and deal with problems thrown their way. There is a lot of loving and sex in the book, as well as nicely written BDSM episodes, and the HEA is satisfying and makes good sense. I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review, which this is.