48 Hours

Author: Callista Arman

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: May 10, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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The vanilla lifestyle just isn't cutting it for attorney Maddie Brindisi. She wants a man who doesn't need step-by-step instructions on pleasing her in bed. Since she can't seem to pick the right man, Maddie enlists Patrick's services in helping her to find the perfect man.

Patrick Illhenny has had D/s dreams about Maddie since he first met her. Unfortunately, he's an underachiever with a dead end job as a computer geek. As far as looks go, he's the complete opposite of everything Maddie claims to want in a partner.

Rafael Montevale owns the D/s club where Maddie has chosen to drag Patrick to aid in the search of her ideal man. Maddie's mannerisms draw Rafael's interest, she reminds him of a woman from his past - a love he's lost.

Patrick may not have much to recommend him as the ideal date, but he certainly felt a touch of hope when Maddie called asking for help with a "personal matter." He is shocked to learn that she wants him to help her find a date. Patrick can't deny her request after seeing how vulnerable she appears. Maddie's qualifications for a man are the exact opposite of Patrick, crushing any hope he had of getting her to notice him as a potential lover.

Patrick doesn't discover that the club that Maddie dragged him to is a D/s club until after she has hooked up with Rafael. There is no way Patrick is going to stand by while Maddie lives out all his D/s fantasies with another man. So while Maddie does everything in her power to get Patrick to leave the club, he stays and watches her and Rafael like a hawk. Rafael has requested and received Maddie's compliance for forty-eight hours of obedience. But her escort isn't relinquishing Maddie to Rafael's care. Rafael suspects Patrick could have the soul of a Dom hidden behind the nice guy exterior and sets out to test his theory. A lot can happen in only forty-eight hours!

Callista Arman's 48 HOURS is a breathtaking introduction into the world of D/s. The characters will touch your heart while the plot keeps you guessing at what will happen next. I adore both Rafael and Patrick. They're both such dynamic and caring men. Maddie has a stubborn streak that gets her in trouble, but she never seems to mind the punishment. I couldn't put this book down until I finished reading the entire thing. I just had to know if Maddie ended up with just one of her men, both, or neither. Ms. Arman does an amazing job keeping us guessing about the outcome from the weekend D/s session until the very end. Hopefully there will be more stories to come involving some of the other characters introduced in this book.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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