Jun 16 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Joely Sue Burkhart’s The Billionaire Submissive (June 17, 2014)

The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart

Joely Sue Burkhart
The Billionaire Submissive (Billionaires in Bondage)
Samhain / June 17, 2014 / $5.50 digital

The Billionaire.

Donovan Morgan rules his billion-dollar international company with an iron fist. But in the privacy of his bedroom, he hungers for an iron lady to rule his body.

The Mistress.

Lilly Harrison helps her clients tame their personal demons by taming them. Lots of men—blue collar to white collar—enjoy female domination. But the ultra-rich and powerful CEO is alpha to the core. In public, that is. The challenge will be to teach him that bossy isn’t always better.

The Contract.

Donovan selects his potential Mistress as carefully as a prime investment opportunity, and negotiates a contract as tight and binding as any corporate takeover. He must ensure his privacy at all cost—even if he has to resort to a little blackmail to ensure her full cooperation.

His First Lesson.

When the indomitable Miss Harrison laughs in his face, tears his contract up, and walks out without a backward glance, it seals the deal. Donovan will have her. Even if she makes him crawl to her side.

It seems like there is a rule in erotic romance: billionaire heroes must be dominants. The genre certainly seems to be overrun with them. Fortunately, Joely Sue Burkhart turns this trope around with The Billionaire Submissive, a romance involving alpha-billionaire Donovan Morgan—a man looking for a woman who is strong enough to force him to submit. That woman is professional dominatrix Lilly Harrison, otherwise known as Mistress L.

Donovan Morgan is a man who rules his business empire with an iron fist. He is a private person with a need to be dominated by a powerful woman. Yet given his high profile position, he isn’t comfortable letting people know about his sexual preferences. As a result, he searches high and low for the right dominatrix and then hires an investigator to find out everything about her. Donovan gets Lilly into his lair by offering her a commission to create a stained glass window for his company.

At their initial meeting, Donovan pushes Lilly hard.

He took her arm and drew her firmly to his side as he led the way out of his office. The corner of her mouth quirked and she gave him a knowing sideways wink that made his cock twitch in his pants. Yeah, he led the way. But only because she’s letting me.

Which was the crux of the issue. He wasn’t the kind of submissive who would whine and bet and crawl to his Mistress’s feet and kiss her toes. No. Donovan Morgan wasn’t going down without a fight. The difficulty was finding a Mistress who’d relish the fight as much as him. Someone who was strong enough to bend him to her will, even when he hated every moment of it. Even if he swore he was never coming back. Never giving her what she wanted.

Donovan does want Lilly to create a stained glass window for him, but he is more interested in getting her to agree to be his Mistress. He won’t take no for an answer, planning to offer her an exorbitant amount of money, and then demands that she give up all of her other clients. He is under the mistaken belief that Lilly is a prostitute who has sex with her clients as she dominates them. As such, he believes it will be easy to get her to agree. Plus, he is a bit of an arrogant jackass.

Lilly, however, is made of sterner stuff. Yes, she dominates her clients, but does not have sex with them. She is flabbergasted by Donovan’s attitude and does walk away from his offer. Of course, he regroups and pursues her. Knowing that Donovan hired a PI to dig into her life makes her uncomfortable.

“What if I say no?” She kept her voice light and soft, watching his reaction.

His eyes locked into hers. “Then I’ll find a way to convince you to say yes. I might be a submissive, but I’m not the kind of man who’s ever going to settle for no.”

Eventually, Lilly does agree to become Donovan’s Mistress, to take him hand. But this is only after some contentious contract negotiations, most notably around sexual contract and exclusivity. It is apparent from the start that there is much more to Lilly and Donovan’s relationship than domination and submission. They are well suited to one another and have a sizzling chemistry that makes their sessions erupt with sexual tension.

Donovan does not go down without a fight. Fortunately, Lilly has the inner strength needed to handle him and to make him submit. She is able to read him, block his attempts to control everything and even make him beg. In one very memorable scene, Lilly gets Donovan to debauch a cherry pie (you’ll never look at this dessert the same way again). Everything about this relationship is a struggle, but Lilly does come out on top.

Joely Sue  Burkhart’s The Billionaire Submissive is an erotic romance that stands out, with an alpha, billionaire hero who is at heart a submissive (deep, deep, deep down). The power struggle between Donovan and Lilly is one to behold, intense and filled with an explosive passion. This one is a femdom story not to be missed. 


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Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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