Hector Sanchez has just finished his MBA and wants to make his mark in the world of business. After working as an assistant for members of The Mansion for the past few years, he’s ready to part ways and strike out on his own. The problem is, The Mansion isn’t ready to let him go just yet. Stacey Corsair is a former stripper who is stuck in a bad relationship with her boss. She is tough as nails and yet allows herself to be used and abused just in order to survive. She longs to find a man who is truly deserving of her love and devotion. When Hector enters her club one night, she wonders if he is that man. The Mansion makes Hector an offer he can’t refuse—membership in The Mansion—but requires that he first prove himself in business and then provide a gift to them as a sign of loyalty. Stacey might be that perfect gift, but is she willing to be trained as a submissive? And will she agree to serve The Mansion anyway? Plus, is Hector capable of giving up the woman he now loves, just for membership?
The Gift by Kassandra Wylde
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Stacey Corsair is working at a strip club and surviving by allowing herself to be in an abusive relationship with the owner. Hector Sanchez is making his way in the world of business after completing his MBA, and is on his way to larger success. He steps in when at a strip club with clients he witnesses Stacey's boyfriend hit her. She loses her job and along with it her place to stay. Hector is offered a chance at membership in the Mansion if he can present a gift to them to prove he can excel at dominance. He sees that Stacey may be a submissive and that training her and presenting her as a gift might change both their lives for the better.
Hector came from the streets and worked hard to get where he is. He recognizes similar traits in Stacey and in addition to being attracted to her he does have a desire to help make her life better. Both characters are likable, if a bit underdeveloped, and their sexual chemistry is good. I found some of the dialogue to be a little too formal, but I know that some of that has to do with the rules and traditions of The Mansion. This is a pretty quick read, and I think those who have enjoyed the previous books in this series will also enjoy Hector's story.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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Kassandra Wylde is a pen name for a husband and wife writing team, both of whom currently work in the writing industry. Together they form a writing team extraordinaire, bringing you hot and passionate stories about relationships, love, and sex.
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