In this story, we follow Stella and Marshall. Stella is a barely functioning adult who only really has a handle on her professional life as a tattoo artist. She awakes in a stranger’s bed, unaware of how she got there. It’s clear that great care was taken — her clothes are intact, her phone charging and set tidily beside her. Upon further inspection, she realizes there’s a note. One explaining that she had been drugged the night before and saved by Detective Marshall.
Their relationship takes a turn when Marshall’s protective nature gets the best of him. Their relationship blossoms into a DD/lg (Daddy Dom, Little Girl) dynamic as they begin an investigation into what happened the night they found each other.
I really did enjoy this story! Which, I feel like is a testament to the story itself, given that DD/lg doesn’t particularly interest me. I enjoyed this heavier plot — I much prefer when the relationship develops alongside another story arc.
I would have rated this a solid five stars, but there were a few points that asked me to suspend reality a bit more than I was willing to. Largely when Marshall spoke in a possessive way in front of Vice’s father, who, for all intents and purposes, fills a paternal role to Stella (in the non-kink context). I had flashbacks to my father and really was surprised that Marshall didn’t wind up on his backside by the throat. The dialogue in general was a bit rough around the edges and it was hard to imagine anyone saying some of the stuff without devolving into giggle fits.
The third installment does end on a cliffhanger, and we are meant to wait for Jill’s story to learn more about Stella’s assailant.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this series and quite invested. I will definitely be picking up the books as they come out!
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