Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.
When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.
Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.
At first I was confused as to who this book was about but as I read more of the story I started remembering who Slade Lewis was. The hardass from the other Compass series novels and the guy I didn’t really high opinion of. Until this novel went and changed my mind! This story blew away all of my preconceived notions about this guy and I’m so happy that I got to read his story!
Slade Lewis is mean. He enjoys cutting people down and watching them shrink to the size of an inch. But at the same time he hates it. What is wrong with him? Why does he like to do this to people? Why does he want nothing more than to call his wife a dirty whore and watch as her face crumbs with tears as she begs for more? But he won’t do that to his perfect wife, whom he loves more than life itself. He will do them both a favor and push her away before she gets hurt. But now six years later he feels like he’s drowning. Nowhere to go and no one to hold on to, he sits adrift. Until an unlikely ally comes out of the darkness and shows him that no matter what type of kink you are into, everyone is welcome. And after he embraces his new way of life, he is flabbergasted to see that his prim and perfect ex-wife is into the same kink that he so desperately tried to hide all those years ago. Can they come together for a second chance at love? Or will old insecurities and pride get in the way of their happily ever after?
Pressly Allwyn is a good girl. Her family raised her with the single purpose of being a political man’s trophy wife. Helping him succeed in all of his endeavors. Making him look good. Never doing anything to bring shame to him or her family. She wasn’t allowed to have wants and if anything, she lucked out with her husband because he treated her like a treasure. Until he turned distant and cold. Six years later she finally has the life she wants…kind of. She still misses her ex-husband but she will be damned if she is ever taken for granted again. So when he shows up in her life again, she is thrown for a loop. Can they navigate their new relationship through discretion and leaving each other alone once the scene is done? Or will their uneasy truce blow up in their faces when past truths come to light?
I adored this plot. It was intertwined with Slade’s work but the main focus was his relationship with Pressly; no ex’s, no crazy drama, just good ol’ relationship challenges! They complimented each other well and I loved that neither of them wanted to hurt each other. I also loved that this novel was also told entirely from Slade’s first person point of view! It would’ve been awesome to get Pressly’s point of view but at the same time, Slade’s point of view made this novel that much more unique!
Ultimately, this was another great novel in the Compass series! I wasn’t anticipating this couple’s story, nor was a completely thrilled to get their story, but I’m so glad I gave them a chance because it is a fantastic tale! All in all, if you are in the mood for a hero who is just as twisted as his heroine then come check out True North!!!
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