Elliott Anderson likes things a certain way. He's very particular. Very precise. He doesn't like dating, or does long term relationships. Doesn't do well with someone else asking relationship things of him ... the kind of things you're supposed to do with a girlfriend. He doesn't do them. Doesn't like to do them. And admitting to Simone Kahan that he really likes her is a big step for him.
“I get it. You don’t want a girlfriend and you’re a freak about people messing with your stuff. You’re not always a [male appendage], but you will be sometimes and you won’t apologize for it because you’re just a cranky grouch, and that’s who you are.”
Amused by Elliott's “guidelines,” Simone is willing to try to understand his point of view, so long as he gives her what she wants, too. For her, pleasure and pain is all tied together. She likes it when he uses his teeth. When he pinches her. When he pulls her hair. And everything seems to be moving along fine, until a misunderstanding about Simone’s relationship with an ex-lover forces them to face their real feelings for each other.
In the third installment of this erotic serial, Simone and Elliott are still trying to define the boundaries of their somewhat dysfunctional relationship. They're both quirky and likable, and both have a pain fetish. He likes to give it, and she likes to receive it. I didn't enjoy the scene with Simone's ex Aiden and his submissive Corinne. For a Dom, he's a self-absorbed, insensitive a**hat! Regardless, this is an edgy, intelligent, well-written erotic read that's only getting better with each installment.