A stranger in the wings, a traitorous pair of toe shoes, and a traumatic turn dancing with The Great Rubio… For ballerina Ashleigh Keaton, it’s been one hell of a night.
But it’s not over yet. When Rubio drags her to a private BDSM party at his friend’s house in the ritzy part of London, she meets Liam Wilder, a lifestyle dominant and frighteningly seductive man. Liam pursues Ashleigh, attracted by her strength and talent, but she has secrets—an abusive past and a crippling fear of intimacy that prevents her from connecting to anyone, especially a kinky playboy reputed to be legendary in bed.
Eventually he wins her trust and sets out to heal the troubled dancer, awakening her to a world of erotic obedience and sensual abandon in a series of “sessions” at his home. But how pure are his motives? Is he helping her or endangering her fragile soul? Liam hides his own destructive secrets, and so does Fernando Rubio, their temperamental friend. Over time the three become embroiled in a tangle of artifice, fears, and lies that threaten to undo everything they’ve worked for.
Will Ashleigh and Liam find the strength to defeat their demons? Or are they cursed to sleepwalk through life forever, afraid to experience the passion and intimacy of love?
Not quite what I was expecting when I was looking into "dark" books, but a very cute story none-the-less.
Waking Kiss has emotions all over the place. From reliving child abuse, to BDSM, to bullying, to trying to overcome sexual responses.
Ashleigh is trying to get past her hangups with sex and wants to try to submit to Liam while trying to stay away emotionally....like that could ever happen.
Liam is the "big bad Dom" though I really didn't get a Dom feel off him at all, at least not compared to the other Doms I've read.
I think I was just expecting a bit more "darkness" to Waking Kiss, but I still enjoyed the story.