Author: T. Neilson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 105 Pages
At a Glance: The BDSM is not particularly heavy in this book, so if you’re not looking for a lot, this would be a good book.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: Cole Doren is starting over. He’s moved, started working as a food writer again, and is crushing hard on his new neighbor, Daniel Mazurek, who is a genuinely nice guy and as hot as a supernova.
Too bad for Cole, Daniel’s not what he seems.
And too bad for Daniel, the cute boy-next-door’s DNA says he’s one of America’s most wanted, and it’s Daniel’s job to confirm that and bring him down. Digging through Cole’s past, Daniel finds out about Cole’s BDSM videos and while it should set off warning bells, it only leaves Daniel damn hot for Cole. Getting closer to his subject is easy, but starting a relationship built on trust is a lot harder when everything Daniel’s ever told Cole has been a lie.
Review: New twists on the BDSM genre are hard to find. Too often the stories involve Doms or subs going to a club to find someone to play with and then meeting their perfect partner. Not so with Submission Guidelines.
Daniel is a bounty hunter looking to bring down a dangerous criminal, and he thinks he’s found that in Cole. Meanwhile, Cole has moved into a new place and meets his hot neighbor when he drunkenly breaks into his house, thinking it’s his own. Cole is adorable, dorky, and a bit shy. And totally not the man Daniel is looking for. At least, not for work.
It’s interesting that the blurb for the book says that Daniel is not what he seems, because I found this to be true with both men. Both Daniel and Cole are keeping secrets. Cole is a food writer with a past history of starring in BDSM videos. And Daniel is looking for the man that got away, and almost killed him in the process.
The BDSM is not particularly heavy in this book, so if you’re not looking for a lot, this would be a good book. It focuses more on the budding relationship between Daniel and Cole, and their attempts at building that relationship when both of them are hiding things. When the truth comes out, it’s hard for them to trust, which is completely understandable, given the situation. And when the tension ramps up and danger lurks around the corner (literally), they have to learn to trust each other again or risk losing everything.
I enjoyed the ending and found it satisfying. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice it to say, unlike in other books, neither of them give up their lives for the other person. There are no major sacrifices, but they’re both happy. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, given Daniel’s job, but the author managed it really well!
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