Lori Toland – Dangerous Submission

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Author: Lori Toland
Reviewed by: JustJen
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: M/M BDSM
ISBN 13: 9781623000776

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

Summary:  British Agent Drake Steele never thought when he was hired on at the Serious Organised Crime Agency that his job would involve spanking a co-worker. But when the colleague is Lord Robbie Covington, the sexy red-headed computer hacker for SOCA and MI-6, Drake can’t agree fast enough to pop Robbie’s cherry and pull him into the sensual world of BDSM.

Now they are caught up in a web of lies as they pose as members of the jet-setting crowd. Drake and Robbie have to race against the clock to stop a weapons haul that could threaten the safety of all Europe. As their covers begin to fade and danger is closing in, protecting Robbie is Drake’s most important task, but neither man is ready for the moment when their hearts are put on the line.

Review:  This story is book 2 of the Dangerous Affairs series and follows The Long Con.  At the very beginning, we get to see Tony and Nate from book 1, but that’s the extent of their appearances.  This installment is about another mission where Drake Steel is partnered up with Lord Robinson Covington (“Robbie”) to pose as Dom/Sub while attending a weekend long BDSM sex party in Prague.  Drake is the experienced Dom, while Robbie is a virgin at being a submissive.

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in this story.  Whereas book 1 was full of twists and plot attempts, this one centers around Drake and Robbie attempting to pose as Dom and Sub while, at the same time, fighting to keep it a ruse.  I actually liked the idea of this issue because it actually seemed plausible to me, but the execution was a bit lacking, I’m afraid.  They needed to be close in order to maintain their cover, yet they (or Drake, rather) kept fighting trying to keep things professional.  Of course, he eventually loses the fight.

I would have liked to have seen a bit more preparation for Robbie.  Neither Tony or Nate, or even Drake, gave him much of an idea of what would be expected.  They barely even had a conversation about it, which just struck me as odd.

I had a really difficult time connecting or feeling the connection with Drake and Robbie.  Drake just didn’t seem to have many redeeming qualities or much of a personality, beyond being an expert Dom with exceptional whip yielding skills.  I did enjoy Robbie though.  He was quite a fun and brave, cheeky and sexy redhead.

The BDSM is heavier compared to the first book, but it consists mostly of whipping/flogging/spanking, none of which is very detailed, and it consistently gave the feeling of being on the outside looking in.

Near the end, there is a bit more about the case they are trying to crack, with Stefan the unbelievable spy and Monroe, the art/ammo dealer.  This all happens fairly quickly, and things are back to Drake and Robbie getting back to real life and how they will continue on living in different cities.

All in all, I enjoyed this but was hoping for more.  I am looking forward to seeing the next installment which looks to be a short story about Tony and Nate.

 

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