Deep Control by Annabel Joseph
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Not all fantasies are safe, sane, and consensual. Welcome to the world of The Gallery…
Devin’s a pilot and playboy, as well as a Gallery Dominant known for his sadistic desires. Ella is a famed physicist whose quiet intelligence masks a depraved longing for pain. When the two connect in a foreign dungeon, neither knows that one of them will soon save the other’s life.
From such dramatic beginnings, a mutual friendship grows, along with a daring D/s relationship. Is their play merely sensual, or do their feelings run deeper? Within the opulent walls of The Gallery, Devin and Ella explore ever-expanding limits and test the boundaries of trust…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Deep Control (Dark Dominance #2) by Annabel Joseph was an absolute delight to read.
Its one of them reads that’s a little bit out of the box in regards to the normal and that’s what floated my boat with this story.
So Deep Control is the second book in this series and although
these books occupy the same world this can totally be read as a stand-alone, I did and had no issues what so ever following along.
I also want to mention how much I’m loving that book cover, such a hot combustible image, adoring it totally.
So this book follows Pilot Devin a Dominant and a bit of a sadist and Ella an astrophysicist with a penchant for pain.
When the two meet, first with a brief encounter at a club and later as Devon is accompanying Ella on a flight to New York as a flight coach due to her severe phobia of flying, sparks do fly and after sharing a traumatic life-affirming experience the two end up hooking up and realise there desires align perfectly.
Deciding this is something they both want to explore Devon asks Ella along to the Gallery. An exclusive club that caters to the extreme, here there are no safe words and a sub needs a sponsor and invitation to play.
Neither wanting a relationship, each for there own reasons, the two embark on a friendship of mutual desire and depravity, but sometimes the best-laid plans can easily go to pot.
So I really enjoyed Deep Control, it was a hot messy read but also had the added bonus of a great storyline, I really liked all the characters if at times I did want to give Ella a big kick up the derriere for her sheer stubbornness in realising what she actually held in her hand and was in danger of losing if she didn’t pull her finger out and smell the coffee.
Devin himself was such a delicious specimen and I just loved how he took such good care of Ella it was very apparent early on how much he cared.
I found this to be such an easy read with some great secondary characters and I raced through this very quickly indeed.
I should also probably mention that there are menage scenes where Devon shares Ella with his friend, this is all completely consensual and the HEA that eventually occurs is only between Devon and Ella but I thought I should this just mention just in case this bothers you at all.
Though I haven’t read anything by this author before I am pleased to say this was a very positive experience and I will definitely be checking out any other books she has out, especially the ones in this series.
So that’s about it, Deep Control gets a big thumbs up from me, check it out you won’t be disappointed.
I was provided with an ARC of Deep Control (Dark Dominance #2) by Annabel Joseph of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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He shook his head and walked away, going for his clothes, dressing for a flight he’d take later, a flight I wouldn’t be on. He must understand that. I could never get on another plane, or a boat, or anything that would take me over the vast, unforgiving ocean that lapped this island’s shore.
Tears welled in my eyes as I stepped into my panties and then pulled a pair of jeans over my sore butt. I rummaged for a fresh t-shirt, and came up with one that said Astrophysicists Do It With Large Objects, a going-away gift from my Via Sofferenza friends. I shoved that back under the pile and chose a plain, faded blue one.
“Do you mind going to your own room now?” I said. “I need to do some work.”
“Yes, I fucking mind.”
His sharp reply took me aback. “Are you angry with me?”
“Angry? No. Confused. A little annoyed with the way you run hot and cold.” He glanced down at his shirt, also a faded blue tee. We looked like twins. He snorted and poked the air between us. “We’ve had sex twice now. I’ve fucked every one of your holes, twice without protection. I saved your life, and you don’t trust me?”
“I trust you. I don’t trust airplanes!”
“I’m telling you, they’re safe. Air travel is the safest form of transportation, safer even than walking. What happened yesterday was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
“Why does this matter so much to you?” I raised my voice, cutting him off. “If you want to get on a plane and fly to New York, then do it. That’s fine, I won’t stop you, but I’m not going. I’m staying here.”
Even as I said it, I knew I sounded ridiculous. I couldn’t stay in the Azores forever, only because I was afraid to fly.
“You’re going with me,” he said, yelling across the gap between us. After all we’d done together, all the ways he’d groped me, we couldn’t seem to touch each other in our matching shirts. “I said I’d get you to New York, and I’m going to get you to New York.”
“You don’t need to get me to New York,” I said. “I’m thirty years old. I have a doctorate in astrophysics and cosmology. I’m a grown-up person and I’ll be fine.”
“Grown-up people fly on airplanes,” he snapped.
I took a step back, trying to understand why he made me feel so harried, so scattered. It wasn’t only my fear of flying, and that he was a pilot. It was fear of him, fear of his skill at taking over my body. As we stood there, glaring at each other, I imagined gravitational waves crashing between us, red and angry and jagged. I could lose myself in him, in this man whose career was based on my deepest phobia…
Annabel Joseph is a NYT and USA Today Bestselling BDSM romance author. She writes mainly contemporary romance, although she’s been known to dabble in the medieval and Regency eras. She is known for writing emotionally intense BDSM storylines, and strives to create characters that seem real—even flawed—so readers are better able to relate to them. Annabel also writes non-BDSM romance under the pen name Molly Joseph.
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