The Man Who Holds the Whip
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The Man Who Holds the Whip was published in the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, MAKE ME: Twelve Tales of Dark Desire.
"The chemistry between these two characters was sizzling, the sex was hot and you could feel how much they still loved each other even after three years apart." - Phuong Phan, Goodreads
"I felt like I was there with Grace and Ian as a happy, comfortable, invisible bystander, marveling at what occurred page after page." -Liberty Ann, Goodreads
“Another excellent read from Shoshanna Evers, the characters are likeable, the story fast paced and the sex hot and steamy. Who hasn’t wondered “what if” and this story certainly gives you some ideas. Recommended for someone who likes a hot read to help keep you warm at night..or anytime. Happy reading :)” ~ Jill B., Amazon review
When Grace discovers her gorgeous ex-boyfriend Ian broke her heart three years ago so he could pursue a career as a professional Dom, she never expected to be intrigued...and aroused. Ian looks damn good holding that whip. But can a girl who’s always considered herself “vanilla” fire up her kinky side for love?
To find out, she’s going to audition for a chance to play Ian’s sexual submissive—and maybe find her way back into his heart.
The Man Who Holds the Whip is a 28,000 word contemporary romance novella from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers.
The Man Who Holds the Whip
This is one of my favorite Shoshanna stories. I read this as an ebook when it came out. I enjoyed it even more on the Audible version. The narration is excellent. She brings Grace and Ian to life--especially Grace with the intonations that you do not get in a written version. Her thoughts and dialogue gives an entirely enhanced understanding of Grace's journey from a non-existent vanilla sex life to a woman who can be a "regular" person by day and submissive to Ian at night.
Ian left her 3 years before because of his proclivity to BDSM sex play and he thought Grace would not understand. He was probably right then, but not now! He texts her to not contact him anymore, but puts a hyper-link to a site that features his bondage movies, thinking he would scare her off for good. He did not! She looks at a couple and she shows up at his studio the next day saying she wants an audition as one of Ian's bondage girls, but mostly to see Ian.
There are only 2 actual BDSM scenes. But the sex scenes between Grace and Ian are very HOT and have just the right amount of description of the hot sex and the emotions Grace feels--everything for the the first time. This is my perfect mix for a BDSM romance. I love all of Shoshanna's books. But this audio version is one of my favorites. Her stories have a great mix of hot sex and emotional growth. And she can do it without the characters spending hundreds of pages with their struggles.
[In Fifty Shades there was very little actual BDSM, but the author took 1600+ pages mostly with Christian's struggles. It was important to understand where he came from, but it could have been done in 400 pages before you have an HEA ending.] Shoshanna can accomplish the same thing in 100 to less than 300 pages! You enjoy the sexy growth without being bored to death with hundreds of pages of struggles. Too many authors (even some of my favorites) spend 60 to 70 % of the book with the struggles before anything good happens. Shoshanna is a master of mixing the right amounts of all the important elements.
Another Sexily Evers After!
The Man Who Holds the Whip is a BDSM contemporary romance between Grace Pontaine and her ex-boyfriend Ian from three years back. After a trying day at work as a nurse practitioner, Grace caves into an evening of wine to drown in her woes of being disrespected by an arrogant boss. Furthermore, she does the one thing that often results from her drunken spells: she texts Ian. Unlike the many times before when he responds from a standoffish manner, he actually bares a secret that shocks Grace into actually looking more into it.
Apparently, he stepped away from his old life—leaving her and his life as a lawyer—to work as a Dom for an internet porn site. Grace, intrigued and aroused by the little she did see at the website, takes matters into her own hands. If showing up at the studio is the only way to see Ian now, then she may just as well test how far she would go to do that—including auditioning and starring in a video herself! At a rate that exceeds a whole week's pay per video, how can Grace pass up such an opportunity? Then again, she has been living her life as a goody-two shoes who has done everything right and respectable. Who's to say that Ian wants her back anyway when he left years ago and broke her heart? Can she with her vanilla ways really fulfill his kinky needs?
The Man Who Holds the Whip is a touching story between a feisty heroine awakening to sexual fantasies she previously never entertained (nor conceived) and a compartmentalizing male exploring the possibilities of the spectrum of kink (≤ 24/7 TPE) in daily life. When they work out their kinks, the sparks fly and possibilities previously unexplored open up. Definitely a must-read!