Type: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
My Copy: Sent
To find happiness, she must do something she swore she’d never do again…Let a man control her.
After beating cancer, Vivian goes on a mission to cleanse her life. First on the list, kicking her cheating, controlling husband to the curb. Second, discovering the answer to a question that’s been haunting her. Is the love she harbors for Brock, her bad-boy brother-in-law, genuine or a chemotherapy-induced illusion?
Brock loves a woman he can’t have. His brother’s wife. To claim her would be a betrayal. He knows loving her is wrong but he can’t help it. So when circumstances bring them back together, he can no longer deny his forbidden attraction, and they unite in a fury of passion, lust—and bondage.
But Vivian isn’t prepared for Brock’s BDSM lifestyle, no matter how sexy he looks with his tats and leathers. After ten years with a controlling husband, submission is terrifying—but so is never being with Brock again. Submission or freedom? No matter which she chooses, her life will change forever.
Ok first off, I flipping have huge cover love for this book! I absolutely LOVE the cover on this. Those tats, they get my motor running..vroom vroom! His Forbidden Submissive walks the line between cravings and morals with quite good finesse. Vivian has just decided to walk away from her rat of a husband after years of infidelity and complete disregard for her during her most fragile time of need. With her Cancer in remission Vivian only has one thing on her mind, exploring the feelings for the man who stood by her side throughout her fight, Brock, her husband’s half brother. Not knowing if her feelings are real or hero worship she sets out to seduce him without him knowing how much of her heart is already engaged.
It always amazes me how much a man and a woman can misread signals. It’s obvious from the beginning how much Brock cares for her and yet Vivian simply can’t see it. She entices him with a business deal before she starts taking her clothes off. I found the rouse to be slightly unsettling but, ok, I went with it. I even chuckled because while Vivian wanted to get Brock in the sack and fast she isn’t prepared for his confession that he is a Dominant and he’s looking for a submissive. She can’t separate submissive with controlling and finds the prospect of such a venture scary.
I enjoyed Brock’s easy but eager way of breaking her into his D/s lifestyle. Instead of scaring her with overloading her all at once, Brock shows her with actions and orgasms. Lots of orgasms. Brock knows showing her everything at once would scare her away so he leaves out the parts about him being co-owner in a BDSM club/restaurant. I understood Vivians reluctance because of her relationship with his brother but I thought her over the top reactions were childish. She claims to trust Brock and yet every time that trust is tested she runs. It got tiresome. Vivian doesn’t even trust her own body. So in theory she doesn’t trust herself either. Even knowing how much Brock cares, and that he wouldn’t hurt her, she still balks at his lifestyle and leaves him again and again.
While I found Vivian to be lacking I really liked Brock. Even after all his secrets are laid bare he still stood as solid for her as he always had. Even when Viv is confronted by her soon to be ex-husband Brock stands his ground with her. I wished there would have been a slightly bigger scene in that regard since the her ex really had a face pounding coming to him. I was bummed when that didn’t happen. I also liked the reaffirmation that a person should listen to their own body and not think so much. The freedom in allowing yourself to let go and just feel.
I give His Forbidden Submissive by Brandi Evans 3.50 stars!