Early Review: Not Safe for Work by L. A. Witt

Not Safe for Work by L. A. WittNot Save for Work
Genre: Erotica / M/M
Publication Date: December 15th, 2015
ARC provided by Samhain Publishing and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.

Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.

The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.

But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.

Angie’s Review – 3 Skulls – B-

Not Safe for Work is precisely what it touts itself to be – NSFW. It was a steamy read with mature MC’s – both men are over 40, and there was a lot to like about this book. While Rick had his life together, Jon struggled. He had three college aged kids, and he was the one footing the bill for their education. He was walking on eggshells at work in an effort to keep a position that was few and far between due to being phased out by technology. But what I liked about his character was that he didn’t wallow about how much he didn’t like his job. He took the time to appreciate what he could: his lively coworkers and his boss, a woman trying to find her place in an all-boys club, but not too intimated to stand up for what she knew was right. Jon’s release was dominating in the bedroom, and his aim was to find a sub that was just right. Imagine his surprise when the face of his firm’s biggest client – Rick – fits the bill. Rick may have been submissive in the bedroom, but in the boardroom, he was anything but. He was powerful and decisive, and it made it that much more exciting to see him on his knees. Insta-lust doesn’t usually work for me, but I have to say that it did here. Rick and Jon both had very specific needs, and I think the sparks flew from the minute they realized what the other was. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other, even when they knew they were at risk of being found out. There was chemistry galore between them, and they burned up the sheets.

There were a few things I’d like to have seen in this book. More build up in the beginning would have been nice. Things happen pretty quickly once Jon and Rick discover each other on the dating site. I wanted more boardroom flirting. Also, Jon is practically killing himself at work for his kids, but we never meet them until the epilogue. I think seeing him interact with them could have given more depth to his character and his motivation for staying in a lackluster job. And the last thing – I feel like the blurb was a bit misleading in regards to the blackmail. It doesn’t make an appearance until the end of the story, and it didn’t really feel genuine. The biggest hurdle Jon and Rick had were their income brackets, and had that taken center stage, it could been enough to drive the story. And then we could have avoided the public declaration that didn’t feel in character for Rick or Jon.

So, I had some issues with Not Safe for Work, but overall, I think it was a decent read. Jon’s inner struggle with his pride was the highlight of the story for me, and I think that part was really well done. I’m looking forward to diving into this author’s back list.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Thank you to SAMHAIN PUBLISHING and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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