Elena avoids relationships by using her flogger as a shield. Alex is struggling with substance abuse and Elena will do nearly anything to help him conquer his demons, even risk losing him forever. When he comes home, whole and healthy, he raises the stakes by requesting their friendship turn to a D/s bond. His submission will change their dynamic forever. She convinces herself it's just sex. Love and desire aren't part of the equation.
Under Elena's reverent command, Alex finds a comfort he's always yearned for. He's happier than ever as he spends his days slinging coffee and his nights bound and collared. Submitting to Elena exposes more than his strengthsit reveals a powerful attraction. Most of all, it uncovers their passionate love. He's ready to convince her there's no reason to mask her feelings, but his efforts are derailed when his toxic past resurfaces to annihilate their future.
*Warning: A hunky, tortured barista. A seductive, stubborn Domme. Desire that can't be tamed by cuffs, ropes and chains. And angst. So much drama and angst, John *Hughes would be proud. Being bad never felt so good.
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