Bunny and the Beast by Heather Rainier
Series: Divine Creek Ranch #22
Also in this series: Brokenhearted Beauty
Published by Siren-BookStrand
Publication Date: September 22nd 2015
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Hard-working, strong, and sassy, Bunny Carrigan desires a simple life, far away from the complications of the big city, posh houses, and materialism. She makes her own rules and has no time for pushy men in fancy suits or playing games.
Joseph Hazelle enjoys taking control and has very set ideas about what the ideal submissive looks and acts like. In fact, his ideas are so set they might as well be concrete. Vibrant and full of life, Bunny challenges Joseph's preconceived notions and she's determined that if she submits at all, it's going to be on her own terms. Accustomed to being the instructor, Joseph discovers that Bunny has claimed his lonely heart and has a thing or two to teach him. All he has to do is educate her about his world and convince her that she does indeed "do" submission. What could go wrong? ** A Siren Erotic Romance
[Siren Everlasting Classic: Erotic Consensual BDSM Romance, BDSM, sex toys, HEA]
This is the 22nd book in the Divine Creek Ranch series from this author and it is a series that I continue to read with great enjoyment. Ms Rainier has managed to bring these characters alive as they interact with community citizens, partying, enjoying a night of dancing and fun at the Dancing Pony club, doing a little matchmaking on the side, and living life and loving on their own terms.
Readers met Bunny Carrigan and Joseph Hazale in the previous Lumberjack Weekend and these two knew then that their was an attraction that couldn’t and wouldn’t be ignored. They each live a very different lifestyle, guided by very different rules and attitudes, and their personalities are seemingly at odds with each other. Yet there is no denying that Bunny and Joseph are two individuals who will find a way together, even though their future relationship is iffy.
This is a book that contains very obvious erotic content as well as one that is based in the practice of BDSM. In fact, Joseph owns a BDSM establishment and it is clear that he is locked into his understanding of the Dom/sub configuration that guides his interaction with the opposite sex. Bunny is simply a hard-working young woman who has family responsibilities even though she has never been married. She is open to a love relationship but she is never open to giving up her independence and her ability to call the shots for her life. The idea of any kind of submission is simply foreign to her. So where are these two going? That is the question that drives this novel and it is fascinating to watch how their story unfolds. Both are really good people but their alternate views of how men and women interact romantically and sexually is the sticking point between them. Readers will find themselves deeply involved in watching Bunny teach Joseph some romantic realities that he never knew or has long forgotten while Joseph opens Bunny’s awareness to the many facets of BDSM that are healing and empowering.
I greatly enjoyed this story just as I have the 21 books that preceded it. It is always fun to keep up with characters who have populated previous books and in the community of Divine, Texas, there is always something going on that keeps readers attached to that fictional town. From the very beginning, Ms Rainier has written her books with the express goal of demonstrating that human love is magnificent and can be expressed in myriad ways. The people in her books are good, ordinary, hard-working, life-loving persons and all of them are seeking to find love and acceptance. Many of them find it in very unexpected ways and family configurations. This book is a case in point. Ms Rainier continues to grow in her writing expertise and yet there is always that sense of realism, of down home connection that all her books bring alive. As always, it is a joy to experience her Divine, Texas people.
I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5.