Ethan Clarke cannot believe his good fortune. After briefly meeting the beautiful Holly at a D/s party he had become determined to meet and hopefully start a long and loving D/s relationship with her. After Holly's "Ex" showed his true colors he found himself in a dilemma. How was he to get Holly to open herself up to another relationship let alone a D/s one? With a little help, unbeknownst, from the "Ex" Ethan is given the opportunity to crack the shell Holly has encased her emotions in and hopefully reawaken her trust in both herself and her belief of a truly loving D/s relationship.
What a wonderful story Ms. Adair has written in HOLLY. After the rather emotionally shattering beginning that would leave any romantic reader distressed Ms. Adair gradually rebuilt Holly's confidence and trust in herself and my belief that love does conquer all. The tension between Holly and Ethan is riveting and the love scenes are exceedingly hot. The pace of the story flows extremely fast and before I knew it I was on the last page wanting more. To me this tale of D/s was not about hot sex but a story of hope and love. Hope that even after the most awful of abusive relationships a person can find love, all they have to do is not close themselves off, remembering that love can come around when least expected. HOLLY is a spectacular first book in the SOUTHERN SUBMISSIVES story line that if continued in this fashion will become a magnificent trilogy. I can't wait for the next one.