In Plain Sight by Marie Tuhart
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (147 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Bad boy businessman Joe Bradshaw has achieved almost everything he’s wanted in life, but his strait-laced colleague Victoria Collins is proving an elusive challenge. A steamy encounter in the elevator begins a wild journey of sensual discovery. Joe’s determined to break through Vicki’s barriers to reveal the red-hot woman hiding inside. But Vicki is stalked by her past—her ex-fiancé will stop at nothing to get her back. Falling in love and keeping Vicki safe could be the biggest challenges of Joe’s life.
In Plain Sight is a story that contains two of my favorite elements when reading erotica – a tortured heroine and the protective hero who is drawn to her. There is something thrilling in taking a journey in which a woman learns to trust and let go. Of course, adding some super-racy love scenes never hurts, and you get plenty of those as well.
When we first meet Victoria, she’s tight-laced and unapproachable. A previous relationship has left her wary of men, and she masks her appearance behind drab clothing and makeup so as not to draw attention. Her efforts are for naught, however, as her luscious co-worker, Joe, sees past the mask. He wants to know the woman beneath, and after a steamy encounter in a stranded elevator, vows he will have Vicki no matter the cost. As they enter into a tentative friendship and delve into the possibilities of something more, each will find what they desire most. Joe wants a submissive woman who craves his power and protection, while Vicki needs to know the man caring for her will see to her pleasure, happiness, and well-being. It’s give and take, and once I started reading, I simply couldn’t stop.
The subplot with the angry ex-boyfriend doesn’t come into play until the end of the story, by which time the characters have grown and have taken on a new purpose. It works wonderfully for the subject matter, and elevates Vicki from being a victim to an active participant in her life. The shift is slow, but adds depth to the characters and ensures the ending occurs with a bang. I loved the chemistry Vicki and Joe share, and I wilted and melted when they forgot their inhibitions and allowed desire and passion to dictate their actions.
Fans of super-hot erotica with a slathering of BDSM will thoroughly enjoy In Plain Sight. The characters are fantastic, the writing is tight, and a heaping portion of emotion exists just inside the pages. This is a definite must read erotica enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.