We’ve had some nice, sweet, light romances the past few days. Kneel is not one of those. In fact, about the only thing that Kneel has in common with those stories is that they are all romances. Well, kinky romances. Fair warning, you probably don’t want to show this to your maiden auntie, unless she is kinky AF. So, Dani Rene and Kneel are bringing us back to the Dark Side. Come join us, we have cherries.
So, our main characters are Nate and Eva. We also have Carrick, who is important to both Nate and Eva. Nate and Eva both have secrets in their past, painful secrets that could hurt them and each other were they to come out.
I love the prologue of this story. It really does start the whole thing off strongly. You learn important things about Nate from the very beginning. The prologue is all about him Dom’ing a sub using humiliation, something that they both get off on. Don’t get me wrong, he likes spankings and tying up a willing sub, but he’s deep into humiliation. That plays into the story strongly.
The start of the book has Nate walking into a BDSM club owned by Carrick, who is a friend. Nate sees the hostess introducing the live show and tells Carrick to send her back to a certain room and have her get ready. All Nate knows is that she is the last name on a list of women that he has had to humiliate and leave ruined. Obviously, Eva is that woman, otherwise, it would be a really short book.
He takes her into this room to play with her, the chosen room has a two-way mirror. He opens up the curtain so that whoever is on the other side can witness it, particularly his patron, the one who is blackmailing him to do these things to women. However, he doesn’t go quite as far as he had expected to since she overwhelmed him. But, once he’s done, he walks away, knowing that he can never see her again. However, that doesn’t stop him from really wanting to see Eva again.
Eva enjoyed the scene. Nate played deeply into her desires and it was everything she ever wanted. She has never had a Dom, although she really wants to find the one for her. She thinks that Nate is the kind of Dom that she wants.
Even though Nate is usually a one and done kind of guy, he can’t get Eva out of his head. He calls Carrick to get her info and calls her out for a date. He tells her that he wants to watch her get dressed. Eva loves that. I do too. It’s pretty sexy, right? She loves his confidence and how he makes her feel. After a second bite at the apple, Nate knows that he needs to have Eva in his life, and Eva wants to be there. So, he offers her a 3 week D/s contract.
Wow, I think that I’ve made this sound so much less passionate than it was, but trust me, lots of passion in there and lots of chemistry. So, here’s where we are going to split. I have so, so, so many things to say about this after the picture. There are lots of things I like about this story. I really like the negotiation that takes place over the contract that Nate offers Eva. I know I mention that negotiation every time I see it in a book, but there is a really good reason for that. That’s because it’s important that everyone involved is aware of boundaries, hard limits, soft limits, safe words, so on and so forth. You should always make sure that you do all that discussing and negotiating, whether it’s for a night or for forever. Never just assume that you and your partner are going to be on the same page. I’ll step off my soapbox now. There is a lot of sexy sexy fucking in here, lots of cussing, and lots of spanking and other punishment kinds of things. Totally hot. This book left me feeling all kinds of ways, all good.
I like cherries. I look forward to cherry season every year. There is a scene in this book that makes me look at cherries in a whole new light. I’m really, really looking forward to cherry season next year. Hot, hot, hotter, and even hottest.
Nate’s patron gets mad that he’s continuing with a relationship with Eva. She wanted Nate to ruin Eva and walk away. She really has a hate on about Eva. She threatens Nate with disclosure if he doesn’t walk away from Eva. So, he does. He takes her back to the club, scenes with her, and dumps her. It’s ugly. Seriously ugly. He tells Carrick to take care of Eva.
Eva’s secret is painful too. There are all kinds of layers to her secret. Carrick knows most of it, and has offered to take care of it for her. Spoiler within a spoiler, I wish he had.
I love the fact that the secrets actually intersect. I also love the fact that Nate realizes that he was a dick. Even better, I love the fact that he has the perfect way to fix the problem. It’s always nice to have a pure sadist around, isn’t it? Nate manages to get justice for Eva in all kinds of ways.
This book is intense in places. I cried at times. I got so drawn into the characters. They are magnetic and charismatic. I felt really connected to Eva. I don’t know what there was about it, but there was just something that drew me to her. Nate is super sexy.
OK, if I keep talking, I’m going to really spoil things. Go read this book. Go read it before Whisper comes out in a couple weeks. I have the ARC for that on my Kindle. I’ve heard from others that it’s even better than Kneel, which if it’s true, then I’m excited!
This weekend, I think there may be another Kit Rocha story. We have Exalted by Sansa Rayne coming up too. That was just really fucking amazing too. Really, go check out this book. I think I made it sound boring and dry, but there really isn’t any boring and dry to it. Happy reading!